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Advice needed ski bag

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by argento, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    I purchased a douchebag roughly 4 years-ago and it is the only ski bag I have owned. I have noticed that the bag has now got tears and usually notice them right after a flight. I am wondering if the bag is ill-suited for the mistreatment airport bag-handlers met out.

    I am now in the process of purchasing a new bag. Can those who have owned a douche bag and other types please advise which type of ski bag you'd purchase if you could do it all over again.

    cheers
     
  2. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Get it repaired?
     
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  3. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have two Dakine double ski bags. They’ve put up with all sorts of rough treatment without so much as a small tear. @zac150 may have something to share about his Douchebag ....
     
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  4. skinavy

    skinavy One of Us

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    Got a Dakine and Spyder bag. Both are over 10 years old and done multiple Europe tours. Dakine has a couple of small tears that I have repaired with vinyl and contact cement. Also just bought a Swix bag (need a 205+cm bag for upcoming Austria trip.)
     
  5. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    In my experience all ski bags seem to get damaged at the hands of baggage operators. My douche bag seems to have held up the best though. Our snowkarts the worst, we threw them out after one trip.
     
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  6. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Lady Penelope ......your memory!

    yeah we had two db’s dragged back from Sydney by Qantas. I think one bag had 18 holes! My take was awesome as nothing in the bags were damaged and in the end that’s kind of the goal. Our helmets were in the bags and qantas replaces these (and the bags) mainly due to the uncertainty.

    so the fact the bag is broken and gear isn’t, isnt a bad thing.

    personally I love the flexibility of the DB, the fact the size down to skis makes them far better than other bags as you don’t get the bend. I also like the fact they roll up. We carry a few ikea bags in them and end up putting skis on the roof of cars and breaking down gear into bags which takes up a lot less space when traveling
     
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  7. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sportube. I don't know how many flights mine has survived, but it's quite a few. A bit heavier and it doesn't roll up out of the way.
     
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  8. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My douchebag survived 2 trips. Got completely destroyed coming back from our last USA trip. As did a Burton bag. I wouldn’t buy another DB, great idea but I don’t think they’re tough enough.

    I have an old Energi double wheelie (10+ years) that’s been around the world multiple times. Still in great condition. Not sure if they even make them anymore?

    If I was buying another skibag, I’d get a sports tube.
     
  9. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've had my DB carry on backpack repaired a couple times. The strap gave way.
    You could repair it.
    I know the DB aren't as robust as other brands. BUT, I have been using their Slim Jim model to carry skis. I think the deisgn works really well for me and my needs. So, if I had to, I'd purchase the Slim Jim again.
     
  10. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I travel on my own and only take one pair of skis so the old single ski bag containing skis & poles only works for me. Versatile - can carry over shoulder, squeeze into corner of a Japanese business hotel room, store on an overhead rack on trains, on roofracks etc. Fold up when not in use. Do take a bit of wear and tear and need to be replaced after a few years but not expensive.
     
  11. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Contact adhesive and patches keeps bags going longer.
    Duct or cloth tape for emergencies on return trip.
    I picked up a DB as new for $80 a couple of years ago and it sure is convenient but I’m not expecting to last.
    For several trips I used the Aldi version of the DB which was great value at about $45. It’s last trip with me it was probably more duct tape than bag.
     
  12. BoofHead

    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Will be doing same on next trip. We’ll have a car and the wheelie bags are just too bulky.
     
  13. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Douche is excellent kit but a tad under done on the underside towards the wheels. Does not like being dragged along rough surface such as train stations and asphalt/gravel Car Parks sidewalks etc.

    Still the best bag I have used.
     
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  14. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    So you started with a ski bag and ended up with a golf bag?
     
  15. ponyrider

    ponyrider Addicted

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    I was shattered after my last trip when my 30 y.o. unpadded Head ski bag got trashed by Delta. I mean sure the zips had packed it in a good 10 years back and a fair bit of duct tape was always required, but...
     
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  16. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have found the same.

    We had a situation where I needed to give my sons best mate a board bag FAST (long story but suffice it to say I gave him mine knowing I had a week in town to source a new bag/path of least resistance). Mine was a shiny new douchebag. Got it back trashed. He didn’t take the time to pack it properly and had that saggy limp bend near the wheels that you get if you don’t pack the board right to the wheels tightly. Even dragging it through the airports shredded it. We still use it taped up when necessary, but it’s the rolled up spare in the storage room in Niseko for similar eventualities LOL

    Pre-douchebag we’ve had a good dozen or so different bags - family of 6 and various board sizes. Most of them ended up with cuts, holes and damage eventually. It’s all down to how they’ve been packed, and how they’ve been treated by baggage handlers. With the 2nd being numero uno as far as cause.

    For me the functionality and weight of the douchebag is the prime selling point. If I need to buy a new one every now and again, that’s all good.
     
  17. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you have ever sat beside the window and watched baggage handlers load ski bags you understand why armour plating is the only solution.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sportube here, again after watching baggage handlers do their best to smash every bag on the way in and out of the aircraft pretty much every flight.
     
  19. linked_recoveries

    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    I have an O&E wheelie bag that's tough as nails. It's seen seven overseas trips and is relatively unscathed. Heavy though.
     
  20. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    I need to replace my db. I travel with work, resort and BC equipment and need to save weight for my travel allowance.
     
  21. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ive got 4 douchebags all used multiple times and had no tears or issues.
    I’m a big fan

     
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  22. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
    I never get tired of seeing that photo.
    It’s the most phallic representation of a family of blokes going snowboarding as you can possibly get!
     
  23. Slalom

    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is there a reason that you have wheeled bags on a trolley with wheels?
     
  24. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pushing a trolley in front of you with one hand while towing a wheeled ski bag behind you with the other is no fun.
     
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  25. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    ughhh....my OCD is working overtime.
     
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  26. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    PB and I often share the load.
    He has the passports and booking stuff so he takes the 2 wheeled suitcases and heads to the check in desk clearing a path through the airport for me to follow dragging the 2 douchebags. First time we did it it was a challenge to his masculinity that I had the snowboard bags, but it works best for us. For some reason a path clears for him, but not for me if I’m leading.
     
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  27. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

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    I had a very similar Salomon bag that lasted over 20 years.
     
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  28. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    i got a padded dakine ski bag last year, its awesome, but no long-term use to report yet. Fits 2-3 sets of skis and 2 boots and 2 helmets + jackets pants etc
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    probably very similar to the one on the left with the bros-go-snowboarding pic
     
  30. Slalom

    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why not wheeled DB in one hand and wheeled lugage in the other?
     
  31. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Good quality bags. Our grown kids use them. They put everything in them (so that's their check in luggage), with a day pack for carry on. The Dakine bags have probs done about 10 trips and are still in very good condition. However, I prefer the over the shoulder ski bag and clothes in a normal wheelie case. I find it easier to move around airports, train stations, bus depots, accom etc etc. (much smaller footprint).
     
  32. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    As LMB said, nowhere near as phallic if you oull them regularly.
    Actually its becase we had suitcases, boot bags and backpacs as well and steering all that through an airport is easier with a single trolley
     
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  34. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    You sound like you avoid airport trolleys at all costs Slalom - me too.
     
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    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had DB, now just go light and minimalist. Gloves over tips and tails, ski pants around bindings. Otherwise DGAF. When travelling by train through Europe with skis, the DB is OTT.
     
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  36. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Doh. Because it is much easier to have everything on a trolley.
     
  37. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nor do I lol but for totally different reasons!
    This. Trolley every time.
     
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  38. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    And interestingly this thread proves one of the main learnings of my business since it launched 7 years ago.

    If you told me back then how much luggage we would sell I would not have believed you. I probably wouldn't have believed that we would sell a tenth of what we do. It's astounding.

    But what I've also learned is just how personal luggage is. Everyone has their own theories on how they like to move with their gear, it's generally pretty well thought out and suits their circumstances.

    People are also scarred by bad experiences with shit luggage so as a result people are very deliberate with their decisions.
     
  39. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    So true.

    Go with what works for you.

    We just bought new suitcases.
    Well overdue and bought matching sets.
    I am really struggling.. my stunning shiny new dusty pink luggage looks so sophisticated, but I REALLY want to slather it in snowboarding stickers so it’s unique and easy to spot on a packed carousel like my last one.
    #firstworldskierproblems
     
  40. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    i only have one sticker on my DB.
    Aussieskier.com
     
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  41. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ve got none on my dB.
    I usually weave one of those personalised luggage straps through the top straps so it’s identifiable among all the other douchebags at the oversized collection point.
    I’d like to put some iron on/fabric ones on.

    I did have an Aussieskier one on my old suitcase - AND have a new Aussieskier one ready for the new cases if I can bring myself to plaster them.
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    funny, I didn’t picture you and PB as a suitcase people! I figured you would have north face duffles due to PB climbing.

    I agree with @CarveMan luggage is such a personal thing, I remember my first trip to whistler I had my north face duffle (best kit every) and my DB, my relo’s had ski bags and wheels bags. They laughed as I walked in to the airport duffle on the shoulders towing the ski bag with a small tote in the other hand.

    needless to say that was the last time they laughed, towing luggage (with small wheels) and ski bags through the snow is no fun. Pretty sure I’d downed half a beer after checking in whilst waiting for them to walk from the bus.
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    i have a 3 bag quiver.
     
  44. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    This


    plus this


    plus this


    equals easy peasy
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's a three bag container...wow!
     
  46. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG]

    For NZ this year I dropped the backpack for a smaller day pack.
     
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    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    NZ this year.
    Aldi :D
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ha ha yep we have the North Face Duffle set also. Large Medium Small each. Have to for the climbing adventures; and will often take them empty in one bag to bring home extra stuff, or take them over full with intention of bringing home empty on the way back. Depends on what the trip is and what we need.

    Our next trip is to Niseko for 3 months.
    Our snowboards and douchebags are over there already, as we packed and took them over in advance (during the World Cup trip) so that we didn’t have to wait for oversized luggage on 1st Jan. Depending on how much I’m packing I may take 2 suitcases (1 large 1 medium) or a suitcase and a duffel. But there’s no dragging bags through car parks and up streets - hire car from airport, parked out the front of our apartment.

    Juggling 2 duffels and hiking backpack each at the airport is an experience - I do like to search out a trolley then LOL

    Oh and I did sticker up my suitcases with what I had - time to start collecting again. I don’t have a THREDBO stickler!! :eek: @CarveMan the AussieSkier sticker is on ;)
     
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    BilbyBill One of Us

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    I have used sports tubes on a few trips. Cant pack much in them and one came apart during handling because the locking pin had not been inserted properly after a TSA inspection.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Let me know which bit affects you most :evil: