Best Ski Bags For 2023

When travelling to the mountains this winter, ensure peace of mind by using the best ski luggage. From the super spacious to the super protective, our guide to ski bags has got the lot

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

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. 


Thule Roundtrip Ski Bag

Reasons to buy it: Nice cushioning solution with the stuff sacks, well-organised, lightweight, protective from the elements, easily packed-down and stored after use

Material: Polyester

Capacity: One pair of skis, and gear

Price: £110 / €130 / $160

Weight: 1.5 kg


There’s no denying that a good roller bag has its benefits. This being said, we also think there’s something to be said for a decent over-the-shoulder ski bag. The Thule RoundTrip may lack wheels but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a difficult piece of luggage to use. The designers at Thule have taken their time to ensure that the bag’s other excellent benefits mean you’re far less likely to dwell on the fact you’re carrying it around (rather than smoothly rolling it). 

For obvious reasons, it’s more lightweight than the roller bag options. What’s cool about it though is that it’s still packing enough padding to put even the most anxious-skier’s mind at ease. The 600 Denier polyester here is backed up by a second water-resistant layer of rip-stop material. Little things add up to give the impression that this ski bag really has been put together in a way that can shield the contents from whatever’s happening in the outside world. The two-way zipper deviates from a straight line in the bag’s middle. This design makes it easier to zip the bag up around bulky binding setups. 

“If you’re the kind of person who buzzes off practical storage solutions, you’ll love the inside of the RoundTrip”

If you’re the kind of person who buzzes off practical storage solutions, you’ll love the inside of the RoundTrip. There’s an internal sleeve for the ski poles, for one thing. What’s most impressive about the bag’s insides though is the way the stuff sacks can be utilised. Pack them with outerwear, and various other apparel like your ski socks and ski hats, and then position them over the tip and tail of your skis. It will cushion and protect your most precious cargo from nasty impacts and rough baggage handling. When your trip’s finished, roll the Thule RoundTrip down for easy and compact storage. 

Obviously, we’re not going to stand here and say you won’t miss wheels if there’s a long walk involved during transit. If you can get past this though, and fully embrace what the Thule RoundTrip does offer (it’s comfortably our favourite over-the-shoulder bag), we reckon you’ll end up quietly appreciating what this bit of ski luggage brings to the table. 

Alternatively, head on over to Surfdome and pick up the roller version of the Thule RoundTrip ski bag instead. It costs more, sure, but some people can’t live without the wheels and we respect that. 


Sportube Series 2

Reasons to buy it: Maximum protection, internal padding at both ends, incredibly solid

Material: High-Density Polyethylene

Capacity: Two pairs of skis, plus gear

Price: £200 / $250

Weight: 5.4 kg


If maximum protection is what you want, look no further than the Sportube Series 2. Sportube is responsible for producing some of the world’s best hard-sided ski carriers. Whether you’re into skiing or fishing, they’re the brains behind some of the toughest luggage options for sport equipment. Constructed from high-density polyethylene, there’s no place – in our minds at least – more reassuring to store your skis and ski poles when you’re travelling to the mountains in winter. Proof that you should never judge a book by its cover, we like the fact there’s internal padding in this bag to protect the tips and tails of your skis. 

“If maximum protection is what you want, look no further than the Sportube Series 2”

What this bag delivers in protection it maybe lacks in additional storage solutions. There is, for example, not much in the way of additional pockets for your various bits and pieces. That being said, there is enough space to cram one of your ski jackets, and some other apparel, between the two pairs of skis the Sportube Series 2 can cater for.

Needless to say, the Sportube Series 2 is heavier than your standard fabric bag option (although not as heavy as you might think). On this note, you’ll be glad to know the handles and wheels have been well implemented and make moving this bulky option around relatively easier. There are more ‘comfortable’ bags to haul around, and more practical bags to store at home. The peace of mind offered here though is second to none. It’s a solid option perfect for skiers after some super solid protection for their skis.

Wedze Bag (4 Skis / 3 Snowboards)

Reasons to buy it: Great value for money, loads of storage space, decent wheels

Material: (Outer Fabric) 100% Polyester Lining, 100% Polyethylene Coating, 100% Polyurethane

Capacity: Four pairs of skis with poles or three snowboards with bindings

Price: £90 / €90

Weight: 4 kg


When it comes to getting value for your money, the affordable outdoor gear offered by Decathlon is always worth a look (especially in these difficult economic times). It costs just £80 but has room inside it for four pairs of skis (with poles) or three snowboards (with bindings). If you’re a family looking for some basic equipment-transporting luggage that won’t hit the bank account too hard, this product’s worth a look for sure. Likewise, if you’re going away with some mates on your annual ski trip and want to split the costs between you a bit more this bag could be the way to go. 

“This ski bag is incredibly affordable, has loads of room inside it, and is nicely manoeuvrable”

No, it’s not as premium as some of the other bags on this list. The padding on the sides and the rigid base are acceptable enough, but in a direct comparison with some of the pricier options here it does find itself sitting slightly behind in terms of performance. 

That being said, there’s nothing more boring than people being snobby or disparaging about Decathlon. This ski bag is incredibly affordable, has loads of room inside it, and is nicely manoeuvrable thanks to the presence of wheels. All things considered, it’s a bit of a bargain (especially if you’re a ‘one skip trip a season’ type person / family. You don’t need us to tell you that skiing and snowboarding are expensive hobbies. We also live in difficult economic times, so it does make sense to try and make savings wherever you can. After something that can get a big pile of ski gear from A to B, for under £100, this winter? Give this product some consideration. 

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