Packing for a ski trip involves a lot of organization. You’ve got to dust off all your ski gear and pack it safely and conveniently for the trip to the mountains. One of the most awkward items to pack are your ski boots. They’re bulky, heavy plus you’ll need to use and store them each day while you’re on the slopes.
A good ski boot bag is a must-have item to keep your boots safe while getting from A to B and also to store any extra accessories like a helmet, goggles, gloves, socks, and more. There’s a huge range of ski boot bags on the market and some are much better than others. We have taken some of the best ski boot bags around and put them in this handy review, so you can find the ones that suit you best, quickly and easily.
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The Athalon Everything Boot Bag is a great option for those on a budget. It has loads of space for your boots plus all your extras like a helmet and gloves.
It’s made from high-density polyester with a waterproof lining. This makes the bag durable against wear and tear and ensures any snowmelt doesn’t get inside the fabric or your other gear. The base is waterproof to stop water from getting in, and there is a waterproof tarp to protect your bag when it rains or snows.
The boot storage is on either side and both are vented to ensure odors don’t hang around. They’re very spacious and can fit any size boot plus room for some extras too.
The large central compartment provides ample space for your helmet, goggles, and more. There’s a clip for your gloves, an internal security pocket, a key clip, and two external zippered pockets on each side.
There’s also a small external zippered pocket on the lid plus some shock chord on top for stashing things you need quick access to or slinging your jacket on when it gets a little warm.
The back is padded to stop any gearing digging into you and the removable shoulder straps are comfortable to use.
Overall, an awesome ski boot bag and it’s great value too.
The Kulkea Boot Trekker is the largest boot bag in the review with a capacity of 70L. This is a huge amount of space and using the external helmet sling, you’ll be able to fit everything in this bag for your trip to the slopes bar your skis.
It’s made of a combination of durable, water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon, polyester, and tarp. It’ll handle any wear and tear plus heavy weather conditions. The base includes a water-resistant tarp to stop any moisture from getting in plus drainage grommets.
This ski boot bag has 4 internal compartments, one on each side for your boots, a large main compartment, and a small front compartment for things you might want to access quickly. There’s even a protective goggle pocket and the use of the external helmet sling opens up a lot of internal space.
Being such a large bag, it’ll get very heavy and it comes with comfortable padded shoulder straps, a sternum strap, and a hip strap. This makes carrying this bag fully loaded, easy, and comfortable. It’ll also fit in the overhead on flights if you can get it past check-in, which is super handy.
It will fit in most airline overheads but if you check it, I would not keep your helmet in the external sling! I like having the option of keeping my helmet in it. It frees up a lot of space in the interior storage compartment.
Overall it’s a great ski boot bag for anyone looking for a bag that can fit everything in it. It’s a bit expensive but worth it for the extra space and design.
The Sportube Overheader Boot Bag is more of a multi-purpose ski backpack that holds your boots too. It’s ideal for getting all your gear to the mountain and to use while skiing once you’ve got your boots and helmet on.
It’s made from durable water-resistant materials and comes with excellent YKK zippers. The bag has a 44L capacity split over two main compartments and when combined with the helmet sling has enough space for all your gear.
It only fits boots up to size 28, which is large enough for the majority of people, but if you have a shoe size over 11.5, it won’t work for your boots, unfortunately.
There are 6 external pockets too, 5 zippered for quick access and specific accessories plus a mesh water bottle slot. It might seem big but you can take it on the plane as carry-on luggage when not using the helmet sling.
The bag is heavy when fully loaded comes with padded shoulder straps, sternum, and hip straps that support you while carrying it around. It’s super comfy.
Overall and awesome ski boot bag that doubles up as a ski backpack too.
The Transpack XT1 Ski Boot Bag is a pretty basic but affordable storage solution for getting your ski boots to the slopes. It’s not very spacious but if you’re looking for something simple and affordable that’s just for your boots, it could be a great option.
It’s made from water-resistant 600D nylon with a waterproof base and uses an Isosceles Storage System. The boot storage is on each side and there is a small storage compartment between them. There are also side mesh zipper pockets for wet gear and a top lid pocket for anything you need to access quickly.
The back panel is well padded to ensure nothing digs into your back while carrying it. And padded neoprene shoulder and sternum straps also add to the carrying comfort.
Overall it’s a great affordable option, compared to other ski boot bags. However, it doesn’t offer space for much more.
The High Sierra Ski Boot Bag Backpack is made with a simple design with ample space for all your extras. There’s space for your helmet, goggles, gloves, socks, jackets plus your boots of course.
It’s extremely light, weighing less than a pound, and this is thanks to the use of Diamond Ripstop 600D Duralite, an extremely durable lightweight material.
It has a 57-liter capacity that is split over three compartments. The two ski boot compartments are on the side and are both vented with drainage to ensure any water leaves the bag and odors don’t hang around.
There is also a spacious central main compartment accessed from the top which has enough space for all your extras.
The back panel is padded and the external shoulder straps make it comfy to carry when fully loaded. But, it does not have any external storage options and is also lacking hip and sternum straps.
While this is a very affordable option, it’s also quite basic. But, if you’re on a budget, it’s a pretty solid durable choice.
The Element Equipment Boot Bag Deluxe is the best ski boot bag in the review in our opinion. There’s space for everything, it looks cool, and it’s made to last.
Made from 600D Oxford PVC Coated Polyester, the bag is super durable and waterproof. it’s also been reinforced with double stitching, lined interior, padded bottom, padded shoulder straps, and carry handles.
It has a large capacity of 66L over three internal compartments. The two side compartments are equipped with ventilation to avoid boot smell and the main central compartment has enough space for all your extra’s. It also features a fleece-lined google pocket in the main compartment.
Externally, there are pockets for your ski pass, wallet, and sunscreen too, so you’re ready for the slopes with just this one bag,
The back panel is fully padded to ensure nothing digs into your spine and the padded straps ensure carrying comfort. The straps can also be tucked inside for check-in.
Overall, this is our favorite ski boot bag. It’s affordable, large, organized, and durable.
The Select Sportbags Team Pack is more of a ski backpack than a ski boot bag. It comes with a large main compartment and stores both your boots and helmet externally.
This is ideal for when using the bag as a ski backpack, just pop your boots and helmet off the outside, plug into your skis, and use the backpack for all your needs on the slopes.
The bag is made from 600D polyester backed with a waterproof PVC laminate. This ensures the bag’s longevity and stops any moisture from getting in to protect your extra layers and gear you need on the mountain.
The backpack comes with one large main compartment for layers, two side compartments for accessories, and a lid pocket for any valuables. The shoulder straps and back panel are padded for carrying comfort too.
The lid is adjustable, to ensure you can compress the bag down for whooshing down the mountain with your gear bouncing around. There aren’t any sternum or hip straps includes which may be an issue while skiing as the backpack may move around a lot.
Overall, it’s a pretty awesome and highly versatile ski boot bag.
The Swix Norwegian National Team Tripack, while looking a bit awkward, is a great si boot bag with space for all your other gear too. Being Swix it’s made to the highest quality specifications and will last.
The boot bag is made from 1680 Ballistic Nylon with added polyester side panels. This made the bag superiorly durable and water-resistant too. It has a capacity of 65L that’s split over 3 internal compartments and 5 external compartments.
Your boots side in the two internal side compartments that included drainage grommets, leaving a very spacious middle compartment for your helmet, goggles, layers, and more.
There are two handy external pockets on each side ideal for snacks, sunblock, and anything else you want to access quickly. There is also a front zipper pocket for valuables and other things too.
The back panel is padded and breathable to ensure you don’t overheat and the included straps are also comfortable.
The only downsides are that the boot bag doesn’t include hip and sternum straps for extra support, and there is no external helmet storage, so it will take up a lot of internal space.
Overall, great value ski boot bag that does it all and will last.
Every ski boot bag in the review, bar one, fits every boot size out there. But, it’s still worth checking, especially if you use a very large boot size, that your boots will fit in the bag you want.
The ski boot bags in the review come in a large range of sizes, some have room for your boots and helmet, while others can fit a lot more in them. Think about whether you just want a boot bag or a bag that can fit pretty much all your ski gear in it. If you’re making the investment, it’s worth it in our eyes, to go for a ski boot bag that can hold all your gear.
All the ski boot bags in the review come with padded straps to ensure the bag is comfortable to carry around. But, not all the bags have the option to stow your shoulder straps, which you’ll need if you plan on checking in your bag at the airport, as it’ll stop the straps from being damaged in transit. If you know you’re going to check in your ski boot bag, then make sure you opt for one with stow-able straps.
Some ski boot bags come with a great number of extra pockets both internally and externally that make organizing your gear easy and getting to it quick and hassle-free. If you love to have a place for everything, it’s worth getting a bag with these options. They include pockets for snacks sunblock, goggles, and more.
Some ski boot bags also allow you to store your helmet externally which gives you much more internal storage than one that doesn’t. This is a really useful feature, especially if you want a bag that carries everything bar your skis.
If you want to take your bag on the plane, make sure to pick a bag that’s the right size for use as hand luggage. There are some in the review that is labeled for use as carry-on luggage.
Ski boots are tough and their plastic will rub and is guaranteed to put some strain on all ski boot bags. All the bags in the review are made from very durable materials that will handle the punishment ski boots can do. As a general rule, you should choose a bag that uses a high D nylon, Oxford, Duralite, or polyester fabric.
Luckily most of these fabrics are water-resistant and some of the bags also include a waterproof inner lining. We all know the feeling of melting snow getting into your bag, and it’s not ideal, to say the least. If you want to avoid this, then it’s worth getting a back with a waterproof base or inner lining.
The best ski boot bags come with a ski boot compartment that is both ventilated and has drainage grommets. The ventilation is in place to try and control odors. One day of skiing adds a lot of sweat to your boots and your boots are going to smell bad during a ski trip. Vented ski boot compartments are ideal for stopping any odors from getting into your other gear and the bag itself.
The drainage grommets are there to make sure any ice or snow on your boots leaves your bag to stop a build-up of moisture and further odors. Having a damp compartment with smelly boots inside it is a recipe for disaster.
Some of the ski boot bags in the review are actually ski backpacks with external or internal boot storage. These are ideal for anyone who wants a ski boot bag that you can use as a ski backpack too, saving you from investing in both.
The best on a budget ski boot bag is the Athalon Everything Boot Bag. The Athalon gives you a huge amount of space, is waterproof, vented, and has great organizational options for extra gear like your helmet, gloves, and goggles, all for less than $60.
The best all-rounder skit boot bag is the Sportube Overheader Boot Bag. It’s well made, durable, has space for all your gear plus doubles up as a ski backpack for the slopes too.
The best of the best ski boot bag is the Element Equipment Boot Bag Deluxe. This bag has space for everything, is durable, looks awesome, has all the features you need, and it’s super affordable.