The Tandem Ski Boot Bag
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a good ski boot bag can make a ski mom’s day.
Frankly, a good ski boot bag can make anyone’s day. When it comes to efficiently organizing, neatly storing and easily transporting ski gear and clothing, I’m all in on ski boot bags.
Today, I’m excited to share the new Tandem Ski Boot Bag from Kulkea.
Unlike Kulkea’s other bags, the Tandem is a duffel bag, complete with a carrying handle and shoulder strap. Usually duffel bags are a deal breaker for me, as I prefer backpacks, the better to keep my hands free for carrying skis, holding little hands or waving at friends.
So why do I like this bag? Because it’s perfectly designed with ski parents in mind.
The Tandem doesn’t just carry one set of gear, it carries two sets of children’s boots, helmets, goggles, gloves, extra clothes and so on. Compartments are smartly designed to keep your kid’s stuff separate and everything fits in a specific spot.
Whether you’re ultra-tidy or need a push to get organized, this is a fantastic bag for ski moms and dads, and their little rippers.
My Favorite Features
Here’s a one-minute video that outlines the Tandem’s features.
- The smart design.
- The heavy-duty, waterproof fabric, the tarpaulin bottom and reinforced stitching. This is a bag that can take a beating.
- The ventilation grommets. While this might seem like a small detail, it’s important to let moisture out when the bag is zipped, especially if you’re driving home on a wet, snowy day.
- The two small handles on the sides. These make it easy to lift the Tandem ski boot bag into the car or store it on a shelf.
- The “cooler” design. The Tandem opens just like a padded beverage cooler, with easy access to the top pockets and 100% access to the body of the bag.
- The Navy blue fabric and the Kulkea logo trim. It’s a good-looking bag.
Two Things to Consider
First, the bag is designed for little kids gear (up to about ages 7 or 8).
The maximum recommended ski boot size is mondo 22.5 (US Men’s 4.5 or Women’s 5.5). While you might be able to squeeze slightly larger boots and helmets into it, a better option is the Kulkea Speed Star backpack ski boot bag which your child can carry all by themselves.
This doesn’t mean you’d have to trash the Tandem when your kids outgrow it. It doesn’t look like a kids bag, nor overtly like a ski boot bag. I can think of plenty of other ways to use it, including as a duffel bag for other outdoor and travel adventures.
Second, the bag is big and could be heavy depending upon how you pack it.
The Tandem dimensions are 32” L x 13” H x 12” W. These generous dimensions give the bag a whopping 62 L or 3200 cubic inches of volume. This means you can fill it up and fill it up some more. Conceivably, it could get heavy. I found it to be well-balanced for carrying by the handle or shoulder strap, but if you have a long way to schlep, a backpack type pack might be easier.
On the plus side, the Tandem is an outstanding solution if you’re flying on a ski vacation. It can carry almost all of your children’s gear and I wouldn’t hesitate to check it at the airport.
The Talvi Ski Boot Bag
This is Kulkea’s other new bag for this season. Similar in design and function to their popular Speed Pack, the Talvi is both their most lightweight bag (weighing in at just 1.2 pounds) and most economical (MSRP $59.95).
A simple top-loading bag with a roomy central compartment for a helmet, gloves or mittens, extra layers, lunch and so one, the Talvi also has easy-to-access front-loading boot pockets (one on each side). While the body of the bag is not padded, the back is and so are the shoulder straps.
Here’s the Kulkea video showing all of the bag’s features.
What If You’re Traveling
I think the Talvi is a solid option for day trippers. Because the bag is not padded (which makes it so comfortably lightweight), I wouldn’t check it for air travel. But for day trippers, it’s a solid option at a lower price.
Other Kulkea Bags
I’ve been reviewing Kulkea bags for several years now. The company started with the Boot Trekker and then added the Powder Trekker, both of which are designed with full compartmentalization (they call it the Intuitive Packing System). If you’re tidy, these bags are outstanding.
I’m also a big fan of the Kantaja Ski Bag, a fully padded, fully opening ski bag with room for poles and quite a bit of clothing. It holds so much, you just have to be careful not to exceed the airlines’ weight limits.
Ski Boot Bags and More Valuable Tips:
- Pack It Up! An Interactive Ski Packing List, Plus Two New Boot Bags from Kulkea, October 15, 2014.
- Wax and Clean: How to Care For Your Skis and Ski Clothes, June 6, 2016.
- The 2015 BSM Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Snowboarders, November 18, 2015.
- Ski Mom “Secrets” for New Ski Moms and Dads, November 4, 2015.
- Tips for Your Best Family Ski Vacation, Ever! December 3, 2014.
- Ski Boot Bags to Keep You And Your Kids Organized, November 6, 2013.
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