As you surely know, snowboarding is an incredible winter sport that can quickly empty your wallet. And the more serious you become about boarding (and you will), the more expensive (and fun) it becomes. You owe it to yourself, and to your gear, to make sure it travels by air as safely and comfortably as you do.
While taking your “stuff” along for the ride can be a hassle, packing it away in a high-quality snowboard bag will make your travels much less stressful.
With dozens of bag options out there, we’ve done some research for you, coming up here with three of our favorites that clearly would be a good investment for snowboarders.
Burton Wheelie Board Case Snowboard Bag
The versatile Burton wheelie snowboard bag is incredibly light, but built with tough materials. You’ll feel comfortable packing all of your gear into this well-padded bag which consists of polyester construction and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) backing.
The bag has dual-deck padded protection, a multi-functional, removable boot and binding bag (use it for wet clothing or laundry), and amazingly smooth-rolling IXION skate wheels.
Other standard perks include outside zippered pockets for accessories, side and hauling handles for easier carrying, inside webbing straps so your board stays in place, and zipper pulls that fit TSA-approved bag locks. Best of all, the Burton wheelie bag comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
Dakine Low Roller Snowboard Bag
With superb padding throughout, this bag from Dakine comes in three lengths (67, 70 and 74 inches), so there’s bound to be one to fit your board. It’s lightweight, too, so your airline allowed weight limit will be primarily your personal belongings.
You can pack two boards, one with bindings mounted, as well as one pair of boots and your downhill outerwear. The boot bag is removable so that you can use it for other items while away from home.
The Low Roller comes in a wide variety of colors with varying levels of recycled polyester or nylon ripstop. All bags have either a water repellent or weather resistant finish, breathable air mish shoulder straps, and a padded bottom panel.
The end handles are perfect for two people to carry in-tandem, or for a single person to roll through parking lots and airport terminals.
Dakine goes even further with built-in conveniences to reduce your travel hassles. The Low Roller also comes with a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, an organizer pocket, mesh side pockets and a zippered exterior pocket.
A lifetime limited warranty, over-sized urethane wheels for smooth rolling, and a TSA-approved lockable main zipper come with every purchase.
Evo Padded Wheelie Roller Snowboard Bag
Manufactured using heavy-duty polyester, this is a tough bag that’s perfect for your snowboard gear while traveling. The evo snowboard bag includes space for two boards (one with full bindings), and a removable boot bag that, as with the other options above, can be used for a multitude of other purposes while you’re away.
Two carrying handles makes for easy hoisting onto the airline’s weigh-in scale, and smooth rolling durable wheels make the walk from your airport drop-off to the check-in counter easy as can be.
Nicely padded to protect your valuable gear, you’ll also find nice features like an ID sleeve, YKK zippers, an internal strap inside the bag to keep your things secure, and reinforced bottom plastic railings for added strength and maneuverability.
The lowest priced of the three bags described in this article, the evo includes a one-year limited warranty.
Final Thoughts on Snowboard Bags for Air Travel
Just as you do with anything of value, keeping it in tip-top shape is crucial. When it comes to snowboarding, taking your gear to the local ski hill is a lot easier than taking that long-awaited winter vacation which requires air travel to reach your destination.
The experts at Proper Peaks consider a high-quality snowboard bag to be an essential part of a complete snowboarding (or skiing) package. You may get to buckle-up for your flights, but there’s no guarantee that the airline’s baggage handlers will be as gentle with your gear as you would like them to be.
This makes it a must to pack your belongings securely in a high-quality bag that’s specifically made for snowboards.