Caroline Graham has skied all over the world. As an Australian, skiing often means traveling by air. In 2008, she looked at her options for transporting her ski boots and decided that there had to be something better.
“I found that I couldn’t physically carry my ski boots in the boot bags that were currently available as they were too heavy and awkward,” states Caroline. She didn’t like packing her boots in her regular luggage because of the weight, so she began looking for something more durable, functional and stylish. When she couldn’t find what she wanted, she designed her own bag. “I was just going to get someone to put wheels on my cheap, nylon bag, but then the idea grew legs and I ended up going into full production with the Skboot.”
The Skboot has all the features Caroline was looking for: a main access area for boots, helmet and gloves; two side pockets; a small front pocket for keys or travel information; a removable padded laptop sleeve; a fur-lined goggle pouch and a removable wet storage bag with carrying straps. There are also two mesh side vents which open to allow air circulation, a snap-on shoulder strap and, of course, wheels.
Small and Light, But Big Enough
So how does the Skboot work? Based on my experience, pretty darn well. The bag comes in two sizes, medium and large. Caroline sent me a medium bag to try. The medium bag comes in black and red and measures 15 x 15 x 12 inches for 1.13 cubic feet of packing space. It weighs 7.5 pounds. The large Skboot comes in black and grey and measures 16.5 x 16.5 x 12 inches with 1.34 cubic feet of packing space. It weighs 8 pounds.
My first reaction was “that’s a cool looking bag, but it seems small.” Curious about how everything would fit into the medium Skboot, I started packing. Referring to a photo on the Skboot website showed me where to put my helmet and then it was easy. I put in everything I would need on the mountain for a ski vacation except for my skis and clothes. I actually had room leftover in the side pockets for extra socks, an additional baselayer or maybe a book. Once packed the bag weighed in at 26 pounds, including my 13″ laptop. Heavy to carry, but easy to roll.
The medium Skboot held everything I needed. I can only imagine the luxury of packing the large Skboot. What would I add? A sweater, a shell or more socks?
When something is well-designed and well-made, it feels luxurious. One thing I love about the Skboot is the attractive and smart design. Everything you might want to bring along has been considered and devoted some space. The bag looks good and even the logo is stylish. Handling this bag, I could almost imagine myself in a fur coat, pulling it gracefully through the Geneva airport and feeling quite luxurious. Not schlepping at all. But the real luxury? The ease with which I can move all this gear, without slipping shoulder straps or a tired back.
If only ski boots weren’t so heavy, the Skboot would be an ideal carry-on bag. Because weight is the limiting factor, the Skboot is made to be checked with reinforced handles and corners to prevent bag-handling wear and tear.
Perfect for Families
When I am skiing, one thing I hate to see is a parent, usually a mom, laden down with gear for all of the kids and herself. Been there, done that and it isn’t fun. In fact, gear logistics can make skiing more trouble than it is worth for some families.
Our local resort has a central parking lot and when our kids were little we had pull bags for them to drag their boots and gear into the lodge. The Skboot is ideal for this. It’s not too big or too heavy, so even small kids can pull everything they need into the lodge, or through the airport.
Skboot founder Caroline Graham has graciously donated a red and black medium Skboot as a giveaway to a reader of the Brave Ski Mom. One winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Tuesday, November 22 at 9:00 MST. To enter, please leave a comment. For a second entry, please follow Skboot on Facebook.
To facilitate this post, I received a medium Skboot bag to try. All opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Linda!
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