Travel With Ease: Travel Bag Overview

Travel With Ease

By Tara Miller

Traveling is by far one of the greatest things to do. There’s nothing like checking out new places–boarding a train in a rush not knowing you’re on the wrong one, waking up disoriented in a foreign country and forgetting what language or money you’re dealing with–even if you get lost and frustrated. However, the worst thing you could possibly do is bring too much crap with you. The best thing to do is travel with the right equipment, and you’ll be cruisin’. A good gear and board bag with wheels can help make that happen.

The following information is pretty straightforward, describing the features each gear and board bag has to offer. The gear bags all have a retractable trolley-handle and an attached pull-handle unless noted otherwise, and the board bags all have a pull-handle, a carry-handle, and a detachable shoulder strap unless noted otherwise. Comments are provided on features that could be improved upon or really enhance the functionality. But you should know, they’re all great bags, and you’d be stoked to travel with any of them.

686 Team Roller Bag (Suggested Retail Price $130)

Features: Extra-large main storage compartment, numerous small and medium cargo pockets, boot compartment with ventilation, large zipper bag, business-card-size ID pocket, outside cinch straps, carry-handles on both ends and on top, detachable shoulder strap.

Comments: Great duffel bag if you’re planning to be gone for a while–otherwise, it’s a bit too huge. Retractable trolley-handle seems somewhat weak for such a major bag.

686 Snowboard Roller Bag (SRP $130)

Features: One very large and two medium zipper pockets on outside, ID pocket, cinch straps inside and out.

Comments: Easy access to gear in outside pockets–not necessarily safe if checking in on a plane.

Da Kine Split Roller (SRP $150)

Features: 50/50 duffel-like suitcase, top half divided into three compartments (two of which have zipper access from outside); mesh division with two zipper pockets; outside cinch straps; carry-handle; detachable shoulder strap.

Comments: Pull-handle placed on wrong end–difficult to get to retractable trolley-handle when bag is on ground.

Da Kine High Roller (SRP $140)

Features: Outside tool-organizing pocket, inside big mesh zipper pocket, two detachable wet/dry bags with mesh, extra layer of padding, inside cinch straps.

Comments: Perfect amount of space and pockets. Well organized.

Forum Team Travel Bag (SRP $240)

Features: Hard bottom and sides, nylon top with layer upon layer of pockets and compartments, two major compartments contain neoprene expansion zones, detachable inner bag, ID pocket, cinch straps.

Comments: Zips open like a suitcase, but there are straps you have to undo first that are a pain in the ass. The neoprene’s a unique and good idea, though.

Forum Board Case (SRP $250)

Features: Three outside pockets, skateboard straps on top and bottom, mesh ventilation on sides, two inside wet/dry big zipper pockets, two detachable mesh bags, extra padding, ID pocket, inside and outside cinch straps.

Comments: Great–one of only two with ventilation.

Ride Deluxe Gear Bag (SRP $130)

Features: Two outside end pockets and two pockets along each side; zipped, retractable trolley-handle cover; inside wet/dry pocket and mesh pocket; carry-handle; detachable shoulder strap.

Comments: Nifty duffel.

Ride International (SRP $170)

Features: One small outside pocket, four small inside zip pockets, key clips, ruler printed on inside of bag, ID pocket, permanent ID info printed on inside of bag, two detachable bags: one with own carry-handle and shoulder strap, and onwith mesh and neoprene.

Comments: This is the board bag of board bags. Really nice, well-balanced detachable shoulder strap.

Nidecker Rider Travel Bag (SRP $160)

Features: 60/40 suitcase opening lengthwise, outside organization pocket, hanger clip, inside wet/dry bag, ID pocket.

Comments: This is the most simple gear bag of them all–perfect for quick trips without a lot of gear. No carry-handle.

Nidecker Rider Board Hauler (SRP $180)

Features: Outside mesh Velcro pocket, organizing pocket, elastic bungy straps, mesh ventilation on sides, two big mesh pockets inside, extra padding, ID pocket, inside and outside cinch straps.

Comments: Simple, good size, one of only two with ventilation.

Burton Wheelie Double Deck (SRP $160)

Features: 50/50 duffel-like suitcase, hanger clip, small outside pocket, boot compartment with inside and outside access, large lower compartment and small upper next to boots, mesh divider containing zipper pocket, ID pocket, outside cinch straps, handles everywhere for easy carrying.

Comments: Burton has done it again–this bag’s got everything except a shoulder strap.

Burton Wheelie Case (SRP $170)

Features: Outside zip pocket with access inside, extra outside attachment strap, ID pocket, outside and inside cinch straps, two inside detachable bags: one completely wet/dry, and one with mesh.

Comments: Great bag; no shoulder strap.

Bonfire Travel Case (SRP $160)

Features: 70/30 suitcase opening lengthwise, two side-zip pockets, big waterproof bag, ID pocket, outside cinch straps.

Comments: No carry-handle.

Bonfire Wheelie Board Case (SRP $170)

Features: One large and one medium outside pocket, extra padding, ID pocket, inside and outside cinch straps.

Comments: Top of bag unzips and peels down to slide board in lengthwise.

Lamar Pro Duffel (SRP $100)

Features: Two outside end pockets and two pockets along each side; zipped, retractable trolley-handle cover; inside wet/dry pocket and mesh pocket; carry-handle; detachable shoulder strap.

Comments: This bag is identical to the Ride bag, only smaller.

Lamar Pro Bag (SRP $100)

Features: Extra attachment straps on outside, two inside detachable mesh bags, inside plastic pocket, extra padding, inside and outside cinch straps.

Comments: Not sure what extra straps on outside are for–strange sizes and places. The padding and bags inside seem out of place, too.

K2 Narita-Duplex Rolling Travel Bag (SRP $159)

Features: 50/50 suitcase, one small outside pocket, wet/dry compartment, one inside small mesh pocket, mesh dividers with zip pockets, ID pocket, inside and outside cinch straps, carry-handle.

Comments: Simple yet roomy.

K2 Wheeled Logan (SRP $139)

Features: Inside mesh bag with small plastic bag, ID pocket, inside cinch straps, attached shoulder straps, pull-handle underneath.

Comments: Very simple, pull-handle underneath is a great idea to avoid dragging. Attached shoulder straps are not very comfortable and may get in the way.

Duotone Gear Bag (SRP $79)

Features: Two outside end pockets with a few pockets inside, one of which accesses a large wet/dry bag inside; one long outside pocket; zipped, retractable trolley-handle cover; skateboard straps on bottom; carry-handle; detachable shoulder strap.

Comments: Good-sized, basic duffel bag.

Duotone Boardbag World Cup (SRP $199)

Features: Small outside pocket, zip access on upper end from outside, inside wet/dry zipper pocket, deep storage, folds completely open when unzipped, inside and outside cinch straps, attached shoulder straps.

Comments: Easy-access when unzipped all the way. Attached shoulder straps are not very comfortable and may get in the way.ot very comfortable and may get in the way.