There are lots of different types of ski bags out there, but a word of caution: Choose yours wisely. Not all ski bags are created equal, something we’ve learned over the course of many seasons and ski trips.
Here, we list the bags that haven’t let us or our ski gear down. The bags that have wheels roll like they’re supposed to, and the bags that claim to hold two pairs of skis, can, in fact, fit two pairs of skis.
You won’t find any hardshell cases on this list because, quite frankly, they’re not our style. We prefer softshell ski bags that can be stuffed and padded with all our other ski gear and are still lighter weight than the hard cases.
But rest assured that these softshell bags are all made from materials durable enough to withstand even the roughest baggage handler, and each features padding galore to keep your babies snug and secure.
Evoc Snow Gear Roller
This is the motherlode of ski bags, designed for your most epic destination ski trips. Featuring skate wheels and a durable grab handle at the top of the bag, the Snow Gear Roller is a breeze to maneuver between airport concourses and around baggage drop-off queues even when it’s packed to the gills.
It comes in three different lengths to accommodate your length of skis (M fits skis up to 160cm; L fits skis up to 175cm; XL fits skis up to 195cm), but each is wide enough to fit two pairs of fat skis, all of your outerwear, and extra layers. Plus, a dedicated avalanche safety equipment pocket on the exterior keeps your avy shovel blade and probe safely tucked away from your ski edges and down layers. The whole bag is tarp-lined and features an extra layer of padding that folds down on top of your skis. Lastly, adjustable interior straps keep your skis safely tucked in throughout the journey. A great buy for those who travel the world checking off their bucket list ski destinations. [$200, evocusa.com]
SporTube Traveler Single Ski Bag
On the other end of the spectrum, the SporTube Single Ski Bag is a great choice for those who just need to get from A to B. It doesn’t have wheels, but because it’s more compact and only designed for one set of skis and poles, it’s not a huge load to shoulder. And though it dispenses with the bells and whistles, it doesn’t skimp on protection. The bag is made with heavy duty polyester and PVC laminate. The Traveler fits skis up to 190cm and holds around 88 liters, so there’s room for outerwear and layers on top of skis and poles. The best part about this bag: Last we checked, it meets the ever-more-restrictive checked baggage dimensions of most airlines. [$110, sportube.com]
Evo Roller Ski Bag
Here’s another option for skiers who want to cram all their gear into one bag and just carry on their ski boots. Evo’s Roller Ski Bag is slightly smaller than the Evoc Snow Gear Roller, but still fits up to two pairs of skis and comes in two different length options (175cm and 195cm) to best suit your quiver.
The interior features a strap to secure skis, a separate storage pocket, plenty of padding, and even a padded pole sleeve to keep your ski poles safely stowed away from your ski edges. On the exterior, you’ve got another pocket to hold odds and ends, padded handles on the top and sides of the bag, plus a rubber handle at the end to make it easy to snag your bag off the luggage carousel. A roomy and quality ski bag that meets the needs of most destination skiers. If you need more space and are willing to shell out another $65, you can always upgrade to Evo’s Deluxe Roller Ski Bag. [$140, evo.com]
Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Bag
Skis? Check. Poles? Check. Ski Boots? Check. The Fall Line fits all your ski gear if you only need to schlep one pair of skis. Take the ski boots out and carry them separately in the removable boot bag, and you can comfortably fit two pairs of skis plus your outerwear and clothes for the weekend or week. Cram anything else that’s small and you need on-the-go access to in the convenient outer stash pocket.
Like the other options on this list, the Fall Line comes in two sizes to fit shorter or longer skis (up to 175cm or 190cm). A durable polyester outer, bomber handles, and efficient wheels make the Fall Line easy to tow around whether you’re navigating snowy streets or bustling airport terminals. It’s not as fully featured as some of the other double-ski bags on this list, but it’s got all the necessities without weighing you down with the extras. [$124, dakine.com]
Shop for it on evo: Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Bag
Thule RoundTrip Ski Roller
This is the Rolls-Royce of ski bags, which is no surprise since it’s made by Thule. This brand just knows how to transport ski gear safely and designs racks and bags that feature everything a skier could want or need. The RoundTrip Ski Roller is a double ski bag that comes in a 175cm and 192cm length and features more padding than your car has airbags.
Two cinch-top ski sleeves and a removable padded divider keep skis from rubbing against each other; internal and external compression straps allow you to cinch your sticks down even more securely; a dedicated ski pole pocket keeps those poles in line; and the large volume and internal mesh pocket let you stuff all your extras in there, too, to add an additional layer of protection. And while bigger ski bags can get a little floppy and awkwardly shaped once filled with gear, structural reinforcements keep the RoundTrip Ski Roller more rigid and easier to handle. [$280, thule.com]
Find it at Backcountry.com: Thule RoundTrip Ski Roller