How to Pick a Snowboard Bag

How to Pick a Snowboard Bag
Traveling around the world to different ski resorts is the best way to experience snowboarding. Chase powder, experience different locales and cultures, and enjoy an atmosphere that no other sport can offer. In order to travel, you're going to need a snowboard bag. Investing in the right snowboard bag will ensure that your board is protected regardless of how and where you travel. It can also help keep your gear organized.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Decide where you're traveling. The type of bag you need for a car or bus trip may differ from the type of bag you'll need for a plane. If there will be a lot of walking involved (i.e. at an airport or train station), for instance, you'll want a bag with wheels. Determining the nature of your travel plans can help you get the right bag.
Step 2
Decide what you'll put in the bag. In addition to your snowboard, you may consider storing other gear such as boots, tools and goggles in the bag. If possible, consider storing all your snowboard provisions (outerwear, gloves, hat, etc.) in the bag to keep organized. With this figured out, you can shop for an appropriately sized bag.
Step 3
Go to a snowboard shop. Bring your board to help measure the bag.
Step 4
Look for a bag made of sturdy material---either semi-rigid or strong material such as Cordura or 600D polyester. Look for padding and reinforced seams. Avoid purchasing a cheap, flimsy bag as this won't protect your board very well.
Step 5
Place your board inside prospective bags. While getting the correct length is easy, the depth of the bag can often be deceiving. Ensure the bag closes easily over your bindings without putting stress on the zipper.
Step 6
Keep the fit tight. While you want a bag big enough to fit the gear you intend to carry, you also want to avoid buying too big of a bag, which will be cumbersome and awkward. A lot of extra space can make the bag lopsided and more difficult to transport. Try to get a bag that fits your gear without a lot of extra space.
Step 7
Look for large, burly zippers. Avoid cheap, small zippers. The bag will be getting tossed around with a decent amount of weight in it so purchasing quality zippers will prevent your gear from being strewn all over the airport.
Step 8
Look for additional compartments for your helmet, goggles and accessories. Pay attention to where these are and consider if they'll keep your gear from being crushed.
Step 9
Check for exterior tie-down straps. These will help to keep your bag compact and secure.
Step 10
Look for a quality stand-up bag with wheels if your travel plans involve a significant amount of walking (train stations, airports, etc.). Test out the wheels to make sure the bag moves smoothly. Look for strong, quality wheels.
Step 11
Check the strap to ensure it's padded and comfortable. If your bag doesn't have wheels, you'll be using a shoulder strap to haul it around. The more comfortable the strap, the more comfortable you'll be.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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