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Snowboarding is typically seen as skiing’s younger, cooler sibling. It’s little edgier and rougher around the edges. The truth is, though, that snowboarding is all grown up. After all, it was developed in the 1960s and became an Olympic sport in 1998. That means that snowboarding is dad-aged now, and with that comes some responsibility. Where before a snowboard might be slung over the shoulder and hauled to the slope with a devil-may-care attitude, now greater care must be applied to the board. That’s where a snowboard bag comes in.
Snowboard bags come in a lot of different varieties, and those differences largely come down to the kind of travel the board will be doing. If you’re flying, for example, you’ll want a snowboard bag that is padded enough to protect the board. Some options even have wheels, making it easier to get from the gate to the slopes. Some bags are minimally padded, making them better suited for driving to your skiing destination. However you’re getting there, you’ll want some kind of bag to carry your board. These are some of our favorites.
1. Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag
This padded bag from Burton has a shoulder strap for carrying it in hand as well as rolling wheels for comfortably carting it around. It’s fully padded, and the main compartment is capable of holding multiple snowboards. The bag size varies by snowboard size, so you can make sure you get the exact fit for your board.
Pros: Fully padded, has wheels for rolling the bag, can accommodate multiple boards.
Cons: Large and heavy size of the bag may be an issue when flying.
2. Burton Space Sack Snowboard Bag
Another option from Burton is this non-padded “Space Sack” snowboard bag, which is suitable for light handling and driving. As the name suggests, it’s spacious enough to hold multiple boards. It has a detachable shoulder strap for carrying the bag. Like the other Burton bag, you can choose between board sizes and colors.
Pros: Lightweight option for carrying multiple boards, comes in various colors.
Cons: Unpadded, so may not be ideal for air travel.
3. Athletico Two-Piece Snowboard and Boot Bag Combo
This affordable bag from Athletico fits snowboards up to 165 cm, so it may not be ideal for taller snowboarders. The bag is padded, and included is a separate matching boot bag that can hold boots up to size 13. The snowboard bag has a detachable shoulder strap for comfortable carrying.
Pros: Includes separate matching carrying bag for boots.
Cons: Not ideal for larger snowboards.