Hauling your gear to the hill, whether a car ride or a plane flight is involved, can be a messy proposition, with gloves falling in the snow, goggles getting left in the car, etc. Whatever your budget, a good boot bag can solve the problem by tucking away your goggles and gloves as well as your ski pass, extra layers, lunch, sunscreen, and anything else you need for a day on the hill. Here are three of our faves for this season:
High Sierra Bucket Boot Bag: Simple, straightforward, no frills. Adjustable padded backpack straps support your load leaving your hands free to carry skis and poles. Or, you can carry the Bucket Boot Bag by the top handle. Its large top-load main compartment holds your boots, and any other gear you can cram in there (see photo above). Ventilation/drainage grommets on the bottom keep the contents fresh while a zippered front accessory pocket holds the small stuff: neck gaiters, sunscreen, and tools. Jam everything else into a side mesh pocket. 18” x 14” x 9”, $50, hssc.com
Athalon Amped Heated Boot Bag: Who doesn't like to don warm boots when you hit the hill? Athalon’s Amped Heated Boot Bag plugs into your wall outlet or your car charger to toast your ski boots, gloves, hat, extra layers, and anything else you want to keep warm. The bag has a wrap-around heating unit with three temperature settings. And when you’re waddling to the lodge with too much stuff, the external side expanding helmet pocket can carry lunch. An unheated side accessory pocket keeps your pass and car keys at hand. Carry the bag with padded, adjustable backpack straps that tuck away when you’re checking it at the airport. Drainage grommets in the bottom keep your boots dry and vented. 17” x 15” x 11”, $170, athalonsportsgear.com
Kulkea Boot Trekker: If organization is your main priority, Kulkea’s Boot Trekker is your bag. It carries your boots, one on each side with a closable vented panel. But boot carrying is only one of its functions. A large central gear compartment can be packed with bulky fleeces, snacks, helmet cam accessories, waterbottles, and more. A soft goggle pouch protects your eyewear, while designated single glove pockets help ensure you’re not leaving the resort without one. Dual wide mouth forward pockets hold more gear—use one for each kid you’re keeping track of. ID holders, document pockets, external zipper pockets, and clear zippered pockets—there is a pocket for everything you could possibly need to stash. Carry your load with adjustable padded shoulder straps and a waist belt, all sewn to a supportive back panel. One of our favorite features: a back-saving pack release buckle that lets you disengage one shoulder strap and drop your load without twisting and bending. A deployable helmet sling holds your lid, and you can strap everything else onto a front gear loop. 18” xv14.5” x 18”, $135, kulkea.com.