Boot Bags for Skiing

Skiing requires a lot of gear, and there’s no way you’ll be able to take all of your equipment with you by hand. Plus, what if you need to take extra items like food, a book, a flashlight, or a safety kit? To take all the things you need with you, you’ll need a bag that is wide enough to carry everything you need. The bag must be durable enough to stand up against freezing temperatures and bumpy rides. I suggest you purchase a boot bag. With the right type of boot bag, you can carry your boots, mittens or gloves, helmet, and goggles plus anything else you need with you all in one handy and organized bag. If you don’t know which boot bag to purchase or you’ve never heard of it before, then keep reading. I’ll explain everything you need to know about boot bags in this in-depth, comprehensive guide.

What Is A Boot Bag?

To carry your equipment with you so you can shred up some powder, you need to have a bag to put everything. While it is acceptable to use a duffel bag or backpack, the best way to carry your expensive skiing equipment is in a boot bag. A boot bag is a special bag that keeps your boots and other items safe and protects them from damage. It is built specifically to be a one-stop complete carrying case for everything but your skis. There is padding within the bag to keep your boots and anything else protected from collisions and bumps. Plus, even the most simple ski boot bag has many small compartments to keep your items neat and organized. Certain boot bags even have special compartments for your helmet and goggles for easy retrieval and access. If you feel the need to splurge a bit when shopping for a boot bag, you can always look into a heated boot bag.

The Four Types of Boot Bags

All in all, there are four different types of boot bags available to skiers and snowboarders. Before you read this list, it is essential to note that boot bag makers blend features to create versatile bags that cater to their customers. If you’re looking for a shoulder bag that also doubles as a backpack, you’ll have no trouble finding one. Boot bag backpacks are combined with wheeled bags as well.

The plain boot bag is a simple non-bulky bag that skiers can use to carry their ski boots, helmets, and goggles. The main compartment inside is wide, and it usually has zippered side pockets. And the walls of the pockets can be unzipped to maximize the space inside.

The next bag is the heated boot bag. You may be surprised to learn that there is such a thing called a heated boot bag. It is a special type of bag that keeps your ski boots and other equipment. A heated boot bag is a rechargeable bag that generates heat within the bag to keep your boots warm. The engineering of the heated boot bag is quite ingenious, and it does fix a problem that all skiers and even snowboarders have. People do not like to stick their feet in cold boots. It also may be healthier for you because you do not have to rely on your body heat to warm up your boot. Your boots are already warm, so your feet and toes are safe from the cold. However, heated boot bags are not cheap. The average non-heated boot bag is anywhere from 20 to $70, but a basic heated boot bag starts at $150 and can go up to $300. 

Next is the wheeled boot bag, which has wheels at the bottom and a handle, so the skier doesn’t have to carry their equipment on their body. A wheel boot bag is excellent for people who have limited muscle strength and need to conserve their energy for skiing or walk long distances like in an airport or around a ski lodge. A wheeled boot bag is also handy if you are traveling to different skiing areas like on a road trip.

The last bag is the boot bag backpack, a bag that a skier can carry on their back and shoulder. This may be the most common type of boot bag because of its versatility and carrying options. Many boot bags can convert into backpacks, so it shouldn’t be hard to find a bag that you like. Unlike boot bags that can only be carried over the shoulder, Well designed bag backpacks have a second strap which can be wrapped around the carrier’s waist to take the weight of their equipment off of their shoulders and onto their waist.

Features to look for 

Inside or side storage

Some boot bags don’t store ski boots inside the bag. Instead, each boot is strapped to the bag’s side, so the main storage compartment is empty. While storing your boots on the side of your bag gives you more room for your other items, rain, snow, and debris from the wind can fall into your boots. On the other hand, boot bags that are designed to store your boots inside the main compartment will keep them safe from the elements. But you will have to give up a lot of storage space.

Weight

Because of how bags are constructed, some ski bags will weigh more than others even when they’re empty. Some fabrics and materials are heavier than others, so it is important to know how the bag feels on your back or when it is both packed and empty. If you choose to purchase a heated ski boot bag, the battery inside will add to the bag’s weight. Also, bags with wheels and a handle are heavier than a standard bag. You may purchase a wheeled bag, so you don’t have to carry it and use your energy, but there may be some areas where you cannot roll it on the floor because of snow or mud. Then you will have to carry it on your back.

Comfortable handles

Bags that you can hang over your shoulder or carry on your back must have comfortable straps that don’t leave red marks when you take them off. Extra padding is more comfortable, so you don’t get tired of carrying your bags. The more comfortable the boot bag is, the farther you can travel without needing to stop and rest.

Ventilation

A well-made ski boot bag has ventilation pockets or breathable fabric as part of its design. Ventilation is important in a ski boot bag because it prevents the buildup of odors or smells within the bag, causing your boots, goggles, gloves, or helmet to smell. In a heated ski boot bag, ventilation is key because the odors amplify with heat.

Waterproof

The fabric that makes up the outside of the boot bag has to be waterproof. If it is not waterproof, the equipment inside can get wet and freeze, especially if snow or rain falls from the sky. A waterproof bag should repel both snow and rain, so the equipment inside stays dry.

Price

We all want to ski with the best equipment, but unfortunately, our wallets deny us this fantasy. Before you purchase a boot bag, set a price limit so you won’t be tempted to buy an expensive bag.

Heated

Placing your foot into a freezing cold boot is never a good experience, but if you are willing to pay the price, you’ll never have to feel that sensation again. Heated boot bags will keep your ski boots and other equipment warm and ready for you to use whenever you like. Be sure to purchase a boot bag that can be charged by both your car through an adapter or from a wall plug.

Traveling by plane

Traveling with ski equipment can be a hassle, especially when going by plane. Many different airlines have weight and or size limits for the bags you check on, so you must consider the size of your future ski bag when traveling in the air. Also, look up the rules and regulations towards ski equipment whenever you book a flight. Each airline has its own special regulations, as there is no standard code.

Lining

Just like mittens and gloves, a boot bag with a lining is much easier to clean. Just remove the lining from inside of the bag and hand wash it or throw it in the washer and set the temperature to cold. Some liners even have small pockets attached to them, so you have more space to organize your things.

Padded Pockets

Multiple pockets and compartments make it easy to organize your boot bag so that you don’t have to search through the bag every time you want a small item like sunglasses or your phone. Like the outside of the bag, pockets should be padded to protect the items inside from damage.

Insulated Food storage 

Skiing takes a lot out of you, and many people carry snacks or a meal with them when they’re out on the slopes. But if you have ever experienced your lunch exploding in your backpack in grade school, you might be hesitant to place your food inside your bed.

Multiple Openings

Because your ski boots are inside your ski bag’s main chamber, they will take up a lot of room. So a well-designed ski bag needs to have more than one opening so you will have multiple ways of accessing your items. If a ski bag only has one opening, it’ll be harder for you to search inside the bag, and you will have to pull your thing out of your bag to get a better look.

Best Ski Boot Bag

Athalon Everything Boot Bag/Backpack

Athalon Everything Boot Bag/Backpack

Some people save the best for last, but that’s not my style. Every skier needs to know about the Athalon Everything boot bag. First, it comes in over 30 different colors so you can absolutely find a design that matches your ski outfit. This bag was built to be extremely comfortable while sitting on your back, and the shoulder straps are padded so the strap won’t dig into your shoulders. The part of the ski bag that touches your back has padding, so you won’t constantly feel like your bag is smashing against your back.

When ski boots are packed back into the bag, sometimes they’ll still have some snow on them, which will melt inside the bag. For some bags, this is a major issue, but this is not a problem for the Athalon. On the bottom of the bag, there are drainage holes that lets the melted snow to drain away. This bag weighs about 3.8 lb and fits up to size 13 boots.

Dakine Boot Locker Bag 69L

Dakine Boot Locker Bag 69L

This ski boot bag’s simple design may put you off, but its reviews show that customers enjoy using this bag because of its wide storage capacity and durable construction. Because it is one solid shape, many people who purchase this bag say that they can carry all of their equipment and even have room for more. 

The main reason why this bag has so much room is that the ski boots are not stored in the main compartment. Boots are stored underneath the main compartment in their own separate area. Unfortunately, this bag does not come with backpack straps, so the user can only carry from a shoulder strap. And it is not waterproof or weatherproof, so you need to cover it with a waterproof cover. This Boot Locker Bag weighs 2.4lbs.

Kulkea Boot Trekker – Ski Boot Backpack

Kulkea Boot Trekker - Ski Boot Backpack

For those of you out there that need compartments and pockets in our bags to organize everything the way you like it, you’re going to like this boot bag. There are different types of pockets all over the bag to fit anything and everything you can think of. And all of your stuff will be protected thanks to its water-resistant fabric. It has three different openings so you can reach any parts of the main compartment without shuffling around your things. The straps are padded, so the bag will rest easy on your shoulders. Ventilation pockets and drainage holes are found in certain areas of the bag to prevent odors and drain melted snow from your ski boots. It comes in five different colors, and each bag is designed with several contrasting colors for easy visibility at night.

This bag weighs 4.4lbs and is able to hold up to size 13 boots.

Best Heated Boot Bags

Athalon Heated Boot Bag

Athalon Heated Boot Bag

This boot bag is one of the best-heated ski boot bags under $200. Because heated bags have a battery inside of them, their final weight is extremely important as skiers don’t want a bag that is too heavy to carry. The Athalon Heated boot Bag only weighs 6 lb with its battery. Charging the battery is easy as it comes with both a wall outlet plug and a car plug. If your ski boots are wet and you don’t want to put them in the bag to protect the battery, there’s no need to worry. The battery is safe, and this pack also comes with drainage holes, so water doesn’t sit in the main compartment. On the side of the bag is an unheated pocket for items that don’t need to be warmed. This bag comes with a five-year warranty, so if the battery stops charging or is damaged, you can receive a replacement.

Rossignol Hero Heated 110V Boot Bag

Rossignol Hero Heated 110V Boot Bag

The last bag on our list, The Rossignol Hero Heated Bag is made for hardcore skiers and competitors in mind. The helmet clips onto the top of the bed to maximize storage space, and there are many pockets inside and around the bag for easy organization. Wearable as either a shoulder bag or backpack, it weighs about 10 lb all by itself, so beginners and children should not use this bag. On the bottom of the bag, a small pad can be pulled out and placed on the floor to keep your feet from touching the ground and snow as you put on and take off your boots. 

It is made out of waterproof polyester along with PVC coating, so your items will be safe from rain and snow. The fabric on the outside of the bag is not just waterproof, but it is shiny as well, so the person carrying the bag is easier to see at night.

Tips For Packing Your Ski Boot Bag

Throwing all of your stuff into your ski boot bag seems like an easy idea. As long as everything fits, who cares where it goes, right? But packing your equipment neatly into the correct compartments can maximize the space within the boot bag so you can store even more items. Plus, packing a ski boot bag properly will keep it organized so you can quickly grab what you need without searching through the boot bag frantically for 5 minutes. 

So here are a few tips to packing your ski boot bag that will maximize space inside so you have as much room as possible for your equipment.

Pack your items in smaller storage containers

Don’t just throw your stuff into the ski bag. If there’s any way to organize and make it neater, you should utilize this process. Use ziplock bags, elastic bands, and small boxes to organize small objects and keep them all together. Some jackets that are extremely puffy come with a small storage sleeve. So if you own one of these jackets, you can wrap it up and roll it in the sleeve to save space.

Store helmet on the back not inside

Your boots already take up a lot of space, and adding a helmet will reduce the bag’s space even further. But clipping your helmet on to one of the handles of a ski bag will preserve any space in the bag for other items. Purchase a second reinforced clip if you are worried that the helmet will become unclipped and fall off, and you won’t even notice.

Use your ski boots as storage too

If you have the type of ski boot bag that stores your boots inside the bag, you can play small objects like flashlights or snack bags into your ski boots. When taking your boots out of the bag to put them on, there will be a lot more room available, and you can take the items from your boots and put them in the bag.

Share supplies with partners

Going with a friend on a ski trip means everything will cost twice the price. Two hotel rooms, two ski lift tickets, two plane or train tickets, etc. You get it. But, both of you don’t have to bring the same amount of supplies. One person can bring the emergency shelter and kit, and the other can bring the food. Coordinating with your partner on who brings what items for the both of you can save a lot of space in both of your ski bags.

Conclusion

Although you may just want to throw all of your equipment in a duffel bag and head up to the slopes, purchasing a high-quality ski boot bag has many benefits. Boot bags are designed to be more comfortable than just a plain old duffle bag. The straps are thicker, and the bag’s weight is distributed evenly, so the carrier won’t end up with a sore shoulder the next day. A well-made boot bag can protect your equipment from rain and wet snow, and from collision damage or rough storage if it is placed in an airplane’s cargo hold. Having the right boot bag can make all the difference, especially when it comes to weight and water and moisture protection. So choose the right bag for your needs and strength and get back on the out on the slopes as soon as possible.

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Harry Sowers

Harry has been skiing and snowboarding since he was a boy growing up outside of Denver Colorado. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college a UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.