When someone offers to help you create a visual, interactive packing list, you don’t say no.
Instead, if you’re me, you send them a confusing list of links and notes.
And, then, if you’re the magic people at Blogger’s Lounge and VIP Ski, you take the mess I sent, remove the chaos and send it back in beautiful form.
And now that you’ve got an idea of what you want to pack, here’s an update on two new bags in which to pack some of it.
Two New Kulkea Boot Bags
I reviewed Kulkea’s Boot Trekker pack last season. Well made, and super organized with dedicated pockets for everything you’ll need, the Boot Trekker is a “place for everything and everything in its place” kind of pack.
This season, Kulkea has two new designs. The Powder Trekker backpack is similar to the Boot Trekker, but about 1000 cubic inches smaller. Which is only an issue if your ski boots are larger than a Men’s size 10.5 or Women’s 11.5.
The advantages of the smaller pack are many, especially if you’re a smaller person. As a woman, I like the smaller size, and the correspondingly lighter weight. Although the bag has an optional helmet sling, I didn’t need it. The central compartment was large enough for my helmet and everything else. The Powder Trekker’s 3200 cubic inches (52 L) volume is more than plenty, for moms, dads and, especially, kids.
Powder Trekker Features:
Kulkea calls it “intuitive packing,” but I call them pockets. And while the Powder Trekker has fewer dedicated pockets than the Boot Trekker (for example, there are no individual glove pockets), it still has plenty of features.
Side Boot Pockets: Complete with ventilation and full zippers, it’s easy to access your boots.
Large Center Compartment: Large enough to hold extra socks, mittens, a fleece and your helmet.
Retractable Helmet Sling: Need extra space in the central pocket? A front zipper releases an optional helmet sling. The sling won’t keep your helmet out of the elements, but it’s handy if space is at a premium. The only downside? Carrying your helmet with the sling pulls the pack further back and changes the center of gravity.
Wide Front Pocket: A medium size compartment, with a pocket on the flap, I’d use this space for smaller items like sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle, snacks and glove liners.
Goggle Compartment: Right on top, there’s a fleece lined pocket perfect for your goggles and face mask. Or maybe, your car keys!
Kulkea Speed Pack
Kulkea’s other new pack is the Speed Pack. A simple design, it’s all about maximizing volume while minimizing weight. At 3600 cubic inches (59 L), it will hold up to a men’s size 11.5 ski boot.
Like the other Kulkea packs, the Speed Pack has contoured, full zip boot pockets on each side of a roomy central compartment. This center pocket is where you will put most everything, from helmet, to gloves, to an extra shell and more. There is one exterior zipper pocket which would be great for sunglasses or hand warmers, and one small interior zipper pocket where I’d stash my keys and a snack.
Whether you win this for yourself, or your daughter or son, I know your ski days will never be the same. Getting organized, and staying organized, is a good thing!
In addition, we’ve got some other prizes, including a pack of my favorite ski and bike snacks from Honey Stinger, and 4 pom-pom beanies from SKEA – maker of beautiful ski clothes. There’s only one string attached: if you win a beanie, SKEA would like you to send them a selfie of you wearing it!
To enter, please leave a comment about why you need a new ski boot bag.
Winners will be chosen randomly on Monday, October 27th.
To facilitate this post, I received two boot bags from Kulkea for review. I am giving away the Powder Trekker via this giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
- Ski Boot Bags to Keep You and Your Kids Organized, November 6, 2013.
- Ski Fashion: Packing Light and Looking Great, January 9, 2012.
- The Hard Stuff: Getting Your Ski Gear From Here to There, January 10, 2012
- Everyone Carries Their Own Gear: Transpack Bags, December 7, 2011.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sarah!
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