Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of ski essentials — including the best ski and snowboard gear and what to buy to look like a Vail skier — here, we’ve rounded up the best ski boot bags, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated ski boot bag
“Talk about holding everything but the kitchen sink,” one reviewer writes. Like many, they give this bag top marks for having ample storage. They add, “This boot bag holds both ski boots, helmet, goggles, two pairs of gloves, ski pants, two ski jackets, socks, face mask, and MUCH MORE.” Another says they fit, “my helmet with a pair of goggles inside of it, one pair of ski pants, one neck gator, a hat, a “Buff,” a Seirus face mask, a long john top and bottom, two quarter zip pull overs, a boot in each pocket, two pair of socks, an extra pair of gloves and the outer shell to my ski jacket.” In addition to its roominess, users also praise it’s construction and hidden conveniences. “The backpack straps can be zipped up into a compartment, making checking this bag in a breeze,” one writes. Another says, “The handles on the top and front are sturdy and a good size that you can grab easily with gloves on,” adding, “This bag also sits upright when empty, which makes it easier to load the middle without boots than some other bags.” As one user concludes, “If you are looking for something with high quality that can fit anything from boots to helmet, this is the bag for you.”
Best-rated (less expensive) ski boot bag
This two-piece ski and boot bag set get top marks from reviewers for being a great value. “Great set for the price,” one reviwer exclaims adding, “Not padded at all but I didn’t expect it to be.” And many reviewers note that both the boot bag and the ski bag have plenty of storage for all their gear. “Ski bag was more than ample for my 170-centimeter skis,” one customer writes, adding that the “Boot bag holds my 29.5 boots, helmet and whatever else fits into the helmet (goggles, balaclava).” Another attests, “I fit two pairs of Nordic skis (195 centimeters) with poles in here to fly with and there is still a lot of room (can fit a third skinny pair, but depends on type of Nordic skis).” They continue, “The boot bag can fit several pairs of Nordic boots plus whatever else you need — still extra space.” One element dozens of users call out is the fold-down feature, which makes the bag a bit more snug for smaller skis. While one admits, “I have not taken the Athletico Two Piece Ski and Boot Bag out on the trail yet,” they write, “My skis, poles and boots fit well and the roll down feature worked well and secured the shorter skis and poles in the bag.”
And now for some micro-picks for every ski boot bag you might be looking for.
Best durable ski boot bag
“If I’m buying any sort of sport-related bag, if High Sierra makes it, I’m getting it,” one brand stan writes. “Not only is it reasonably priced compared to many other top brands, but it’s durable, and always comes with a lifetime warranty.” Other reviewers agree that these bags hold up well. “I’ve used this for three seasons and it’s still going strong,” one writes. Another says, “After 3 years, no tears, little sign of wear.” They add, “They take a beating with these kids. Usually hang them on hooks at the lodge and at home they are hung up (without boots), strap is still firmly sewn on. Many times they end up under the tables in the lodge with people kicking them with their boots, stepping on them. And yet, they still look great.” In addition to being long-lasting, lots of reviewers say these are comfortable to carry, like one who writes, “Even with the bag completely full, it feels light and smooth on the back.” Another describes the bag as “comfortable to carry even with my older child’s large and heavy boots and loaded up.” They even note, “My youngest and I have narrow shoulders while my eldest and husband have broad, this pack fits all of us well.”
Best ski boot bag with backpack straps
“I have been shoving all of my gear into a regular backpack for years,” one reviewer admits. “Who would have thought that a pack, specifically meant for ski gear would make such a difference?!” And many reviewers find that this particular backpack-style boot bag is particularly useful, especially when trying to go skiing with kids. “I bought these bags because they have backpack straps and my kids will be able to carry them easier,” one reviewer explains. Another says the straps, “make it a whole lot easier to carry your gear, especially when I am trying to also keep my two boys by my side with their equipment.” One even notes, “The backpack straps have plenty of adjustment and there’s a pad to make wearing the loaded pack more comfortable.” Customers also appreciate that the slots for the boots are on the side leaving the middle section for more ski gear. “Holds a ton …and keeps boots and dirt away from center which holds helmet, socks, gloves, extra jackets or vest… and maybe a small child,” one writes. “Seriously, it’s roomy.”
Best ski boot bag combo
“Pleasantly surprised how much I appreciate this combo,” one reviewer writes of this ski and boot bag set, and they’re also stoked with how much gear they can fit into both. “The boot bag fits boots, helmet, googles, masks, gloves easily and the ski bag holds skis, poles, jacket, pants and still room at the tip (which nicely folds over if you have shorter cargo).” Another says it’s all they needed to bring for a ski trip: “Between the boot bag and the ski bag all our casual clothes, night clothes, under garments and toilet bag could be stuffed in.” Even with all this stuffing, reviewers say these bags hold up. One who says the boot bag fits their 29.5 boots and the ski bag their 170 centimeter skis writes, “Both bags are more heavy duty than I was expecting.” Another says, “This is a thinner bag, not padded, but seems very durable and tear-resistant.” They conclude, “It holds all the gear, and I couldn’t beat the price.”
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