In this guide we’ll look at the best ski boot bags .
We’ve compared design, capacity, travel friendliness and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Ski Boot Bags
More Detailed Ski Boot Bags Reviews
Athalon Everything Boot Bag/Backpack Review
The name says it all with this boot bag; Athalon really did think of everything and for a great price. We loved the range of colors and patterns to chose from and found that the waterproof polyester fabric faired well, even after being put in the hold on the flight.
The hidden backpack straps make for easy airport carrying with additional carry handles on the sides when our backs got a bit tired of it.
It has pockets for gloves and goggles alongside a helmet compartment. A drawcord on the top allows quick exterior storage of loose items and ski boots are easily placed in the bag using the side compartments that are well ventilated. The only downside is that it’s a little big for your standard overhead cabin bag. You may have to check this one, especially on regional flights.
Kulkea Thermal Trekker Heated Ski Boot Bag Review
The Kulkea Thermal Trekker is the most expensive bag we reviewed however, the additional features do make up for the increase in cost, like the heated side boot pockets to ensure your feet are toasty when putting them on.
There are three heat settings going up to 140F and it can be charged using both an outlet and a car charger which is ideal if you’re doing a ski road trip.
The helmet is stored in a sling which means I wouldn’t recommend putting this in the hold as it could easily get damaged. However, the plus side is there’s plenty of room for gear and goggles inside.
Obviously, because of the heat benefits, you pay the price when it comes to its weight, this bag is almost double the weight of the Athalon Everything bag.
Thule RoundTrip Ski Boot Backpack Review
Thule is known for its quality and this bag delivers with what feels like never-ending compartments. It has room for a helmet, boots, gloves and more. Another plus is the exterior attachments that you can fasten your skis to when heading to the mountain; perfect for long days in the backcountry.
For transportation, it has carrying handles on the side as well as the backpack straps. We found the backpack to be optimum in terms of comfort and the back panel was especially useful as it doubled up as a mat to stand on whilst changing into our shoes.
There’s even a “crush-proof” compartment for fragile items such as iPhones and Goggle lenses. One of our testers even put their laptop in there. The bottom is made from solid tarpaulin ensuring solid water resistance.
Element Equipment Ski Boot Bag Deluxe Review
With the choice of bold colors or fun geometric prints, the Element Equipment Ski Boot Bag is great for powder hounds who want a bag that delivers for a lesser price.
The bag is comfortable to carry thanks to extra padding in the back and solid straps. A major bonus is how much gear you can fit in. We managed to get clothes, gear, goggles, and gloves in there. One of the testers even squeezed in a few groceries after a day on the slopes.
Ski boots are easily placed in the side compartments which feature holes for thorough ventilation. There’s even a drawcord on the exterior for trail maps or anything else you can think of.
Athletico Ski Boot Bag Review
The Athletico is a great all-rounder budget ski boot bag with a bunch of carrying options; a front handle, a top handle and stowaway backpack straps.
Each side of the ski boot is fitted with metal grommets for drainage which also doubles as ventilation to curb stinky boots alongside a plethora of zips and compartments to access all your ski gear easily.
The bag is waterproof and our testers loved all the hidden extras that came with, like the extra pockets for gear, bungee cord storage on the front and internal key clips so nothing gets lost.
High Sierra Deluxe Trapezoid Ski Boot Bag Review
The High Sierra Deluxe Trapezoid Ski Boot Bag is very spacious, durable and has room for plenty of ski gear including your helmet and goggles. Like the other ski bags the boots fit in on the side and there are holes for ventilation. One user tester managed to get their pants and jacket in there too!
This bag is probably too large to go in the overhead cabins, however, but if it did just have ski boots in it and nothing else, due to the flexibility of the fabric, it might get in the overhead compartments of larger aircraft.
Our users tried the bag over several days on the slope and it managed to hold up well against wear and tear and the straps on the pack were reported to be comfy too.
OutdoorMaster Ski Boot Bag Review
The OutdoorMaster Ski Boot Bag is another mid-range ski boot bag with all the essentials you need to take all your gear to the mountain. A highlight of this bag is the fully waterproof base with non-slip grips and grommets for snow drainage.
This item also comes with a lifetime warranty as it’s a customer favorite, meaning that if the bag doesn’t perform as intended, they’ll replace it.
The interior is designed to fit any size boots, helmets and goggles and our users even found a little extra room for a lunchtime snack. The interior also has a panel to separate the wet and dry compartments so all your dry gear won’t get soaked – perfect!
Ski Boot Bags Buying Guide
Ski boot bags are an essential part of a skiers equipment, yet sometimes, they’re something that may be put on the back burner as it’s not the first thing when you think about purchasing ski equipment. Nevertheless, It doesn’t make them any less important.
So, why do you need a boot bag?
Not only do they keep your boots dry and protected from the outside elements and the dust in your cupboards in the offseason, but they also provide a way for you to transport your gear easily, whether it’s just around the mountain resort or further afield on planes trains and busses.
It’s important to know the functionality of a ski boot bag and how different features could work for you. Although they all may look pretty similar from a distance, on closer inspection you’ll see that there are some factors that differentiate them. Here are the things I think you should look out for when choosing a boot bag.
Your bag needs to be made of a sturdy fabric as it’s likely going to be subjected to a lot of wear and tear, especially if you take flights to ski resorts. Look out for bags that are made from polyester. More expensive models usually can develop this in a lightweight form without compromising the durability.
Having a boot bag that’s comfortable to carry around is super important when considering your options. Some bags have built-in backpack straps which are ideal if you’re carrying a ton of gear around an airport or are taking your boot bag to a resort for the day. Having a bag with multiple ways to carry it is always a strong point in my eyes.
Most bags are designed to fit all kinds of boots so, for the most part, their sizes are similar. There’s usually room for a helmet and some goggles too and, depending on the size, you may be able to squeeze in an extra pair of pants and a fresh shirt for apres ski. To save room, we always put our socks and gloves inside our ski boots.
While not too important in terms of performance, style and color may play a part when deciding on what ski boot bag to purchase. Nowadays, most brands offer a wide variety of colors and designs to suit your needs.
A good ski boot bag can be used to store your boots during the off-season which is one of the reasons why good ventilation should be considered when choosing the right ski boot bag. Not only this but if you’re lucky enough to visit a few resorts during your ski trips, your boots may not be as dry as you’d hoped when packing. Appropriate ventilation and drainage prevents the growth of bacteria, mold and therefore curbs the stink!
Most ski boot bags will need to be put in the hold due to the dimensions of them. Especially in Europe, where low-cost airlines’ baggage allowance tends to be a little more strict than they are in the Americas. The good thing is that a lot of carriers permit a boot bag as part of your sports equipment allowance, meaning you can take that plus a ski bag and will only be charged for one bag. It’s worth checking directly with the airline before flying, however, just to be sure.
Skiing is one of the most fun ways to spend the winter months, however, hauling luggage that’s heavy, uncomfortable and impractical isn’t. From the ski bags I’ve reviewed above, I think a solid choice is the Athalon Everything Boot Bag. For a more no-frills suggestion, the Element Boot Bag hits the spot with terms of price and functionality. As for those of you who like the luxuries, have some cash to splash and don’t mind the extra weight, the thought of having nice warm boots every morning makes the Kulkea another highlight for me.