In the Bag: Spyder


Tired of lugging and dragging your ski gear? Check out these seven solutions. With everything from quality inline skate wheels and bearings to padded shoulder straps and multiple side handles, today's high-performance bags are as easy to maneuver as your new shaped skis. Welcome to the world of 21st-century travel.

When it comes to duffels, it's hard to beat Spyder's sturdy and stylish Excursion Bag ($165). It has large, side ski-boot compartments that can be zipped off and then adjoined to make a separate day-trip bag. The middle portion acts as a bag in itself, and it has a soft, zippered inside pocket for sunglasses or goggles. With heavy-duty Cordura body fabric, a PVC backing and a thick matte vinyl base, this bag keeps your gear safe and dry. Downfall: It doesn't have wheels. Call Spyder Active Sports, (888) 840-5004.