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Bags + Packs Guide

Sleeve - a lightweight sleeve, cover, or bag will protect your board against surface scratches. Use these for storing boards/skis in the off-season or if you'll be packing an overhead rack with multiple pieces of equipment

Padded - if you'll be flying, you want to invest in a padded and/or wheelie bag. Baggage handlers aren't the gentlest creatures, so to avoid edge & surface damage your gear needs protection.

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Whether it's a wheelie, backpack, shoulder strap, or handle- style make sure they're strong & durable. Bags also carrying boots, helmets, & outerwear can get heavy and dragging a bag with a broken handle through the airport is a rough way to start any trip.
Materials should be heavy & tightly woven. The higher the denier, the better. Fabrics to look for include:

Treated fabrics can keep outside moisture away from your nice, dry gear & interior tarp linings will keep melting snow from getting to other luggage/on your mom's new carpeting/etc. Any fabric with a PVC coating will be waterproof.

A coil zipper is made from one continuous piece. They're more durable & easier to repair than your standard tooth zipper. Also look for dual zipper pulls especially if you're flying. This way you can secure it with a TSA lock.

You don't want seams to give out after just a few uses so look for more than one line of stitching. Piping along the seams gives added strength& support, but also check manufacturer specs for seam reinforcement and/or waterproofing.

Packing your Gear

First off, make sure you choose the right size bag. One that's too long will have it's contents sliding around & one that's too small won't close correctly.

Divider - if you're packing multiple boards/pairs of skis a divider will guard them from surface scratches

Interior Straps - secure your gear in place & prevent shifting while in-transit

Expandable - width can be modified to accommodate several boards/pairs of skis

Wet & Dry Compartments - thoroughly lined pockets to keep dry gear dry & wet stuff confined.

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