The best ski bags should put your mind at ease whenever you’re travelling to the mountains in winter. Damage to valuable skiing and snowboarding equipment can hit you where it hurts, not just emotionally but financially as well. Obviously, it’s impossible to ever truly know what the baggage handlers are up to in transit but a good ski bag should reassure you when you’re checking it in at the airport. If things getting broken between home and the mountains are your main concern, look out for extra sturdy and protective designs. There’s plenty of them on this list.
The kind of ski bag you’ll want will vary massively depending on the type of skier you are. If you’re a one ski trip a season type, you’ll probably be fine with a cheaper and less durable option that skimps on some of the classic ski bag luxuries (i.e. wheels, clever pockets etc). If, however, you’ve got a ski quiver to rival a professional’s, and do a lot of travelling during the winter months, you’ll want a noticeably tougher ski bag that won’t become tiresome to haul around week after week; season after season. A higher quality ski bag will likely cost you more, of course, but sometimes it’s an investment well worth making.
The Best Ski Bags For 2023
- Db The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag
- Dakine Fall Line Roller Ski Bag
- Dakine Ski Sleeve Bag
- Thule Roundtrip Ski Bag
- Sportube Series 2
- Wedze Ski Bag (4 Skis / 3 Snowboards)
Below you’ll find our guide to the best ski bags for winter travel. Once you’ve acquired your new piece of luggage, be sure to view our guide on how to pack a ski bag for travel.
Db The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag
Reasons to buy it: An award-winning and all-time great ski bag, patented ‘rib cage’ construction, nice length adjustment system and seriously practical
Material: (Main Fabric) 100% Polyester 900D back PU coating and water repellent finish
Capacity: One pair of skis, poles, boots, helmet and apparel or, alternatively, two pairs of skis and apparel
Weight: 4 kg
Price: £250 / €269 / $289
DB’s Djärv Snowroller is a piece of award-winning ski and snowboard-carrying luggage that’s arguably never been surpassed. It arrived in 2012, under a different name, and has been pleasing skiers and snowboarders alike ever since. The patented ‘Rib Cage’ construction is a really smart piece of work, and one of the most reassuring features we’ve ever come across in ski bag design. What it means, in essence, is that you can stow away your winter sports equipment in the knowledge that it’ll be well-shielded from all manner of bumps. Just like a human rib cage looking after vital organs, this bag protects ski gear as if its life depended on it.
“Just like a human rib cage looking after vital organs, this bag protects ski gear as if its life depended on it”
The Snowroller’s patented Length Adjustment System allows you to customise the space for your skis / snowboards (up to 200 cm). By allowing the fit to be optimised in this way, the bag can remain rigid for safe, comfortable, and user-friendly transportation.
There’s definitely cheaper ski bags around than The Djärv Snowroller. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that – thanks to its ingenious design – there’s arguably not a ski bag on earth better equipped to handle the needs of serious snowsport enthusiasts.
Read our review of The Djärv Snowroller Ski Bag.
Dakine Fall Line Roller Ski Bag
Reasons to buy it: It’s popular for a reason, 360 degree padded ski protection, intelligent design, super functional, lightweight and stylish
Material: 600D Recycled Polyester ripstop with water repellent finish, bluesign® approved materials
Capacity: Two pairs of skis, one pair of boots, ski poles and outerwear
Weight: 2.8 kg
Price: £145 / €165 / $180
Sometimes things are popular for a reason. Dakine’s most loved ski roller bag, for example, is also its most versatile. Lightweight yet still tough enough to take plenty of careless bumps in transit, this excellent piece of ski luggage has more than enough room to house two pairs of skis. Chuck your boots, your ski poles and your clothes in here as well. There’s plenty of space for all that.
Everything about the Dakine Fall Line Roller Ski Bag feels reassuring, durable, and built to go the distance. The over-sized 9cm urethane wheels, for example, have got a beefiness to them that allows them to take on all manner of terrain. If you’ve ever experienced the nightmare of your ski bag wheels going a bit ‘wobbly wheels on a supermarket shopping trolley’, you’ve got nothing to fear here. They’re not quite military-grade tank tracks but they’re not far off.
“It’s tough but doesn’t make you feel like you’re hauling around a concrete nuclear bunker”
The 360-degree padded ski protection is superb. It’s tough but doesn’t make you feel like you’re hauling around a concrete nuclear bunker. In short, it’s the kind of build that means you can check your bag in without breaking into a nervous sweat. Other aspects of this ski bag worth shouting about include the lockable main zipper, a removable boot bag, and a tow handle that feels nice in the hand. Guiding a ski bag through busy airports is never easy, but this roller bag makes it feel like a relatively simple exercise.
Rather than just mindlessly focus on the big things like ski equipment storage, Dakine have also factored in that most users are going to be carrying about a bunch of other essentials with them. The external pocket is ideal for stashing important things like travel documents, itineraries, keys and tasty snacks. It’s practical, and feels secure.
Dakine Ski Sleeve
Reasons to buy it: Inexpensive, super lightweight, water-resistant, simple, does the job
Material: 600D Polyester
Capacity: One pair of skis
Price: £55 / €60 / $65
Weight: 0.73 kg
For weekend ski missions and a generally more lightweight existence, why not give the Dakine Ski Sleeve a look? It’s a great way of getting your skis from place to place, without also having to deal with the bulkiness of roller bags or those noticeably heavier ski bags. Inexpensive, extremely lightweight, and super storable; we’re loving the quality and effectiveness of this simple solution.
“Inexpensive, extremely lightweight, and super storable”
The single layer of 600D polyester fabric offers no padding. This might set alarm bells ringing, but skis are tough things really and should be OK here unless it’s dealing with a particularly violent bag handler. If it’s a road trip you’re doing, the bag will certainly do the job of helping to protect the back of your car from sharp ski edges, stabby bindings and the dampness that comes with melting snow. Still nervous about the lack of padding? There is room to squeeze some soft goods in so try and get tactical with where you put your ski gloves, hats and any other items of clothing you can squeeze in. You should, for example, be able to get a lightweight ski jacket in here no problem.
The shoulder strap and handle are nothing special in and of themselves, but they’ve been carefully implemented in a way that doesn’t detract from the user experience. There are, of course, far more elaborate ski bags around. For those skiers who just want simple ‘gets the job done’ effectiveness however, this one feels like a bargain.