The Best Ski Boot Bags in 2021

While a boot bag may not be “essential” ski equipment per se, it sure can make getting to and from the hill with all of your equipment a lot easier. Even the best ski boots are large and bulky to transport – and snowboard boots can’t be tucked away in a tiny corner of your backpack either. Add in your ski helmet, gloves, ski pants and maybe a packed lunch and you have got your hands full!

We have gone ahead and laid out the pros and cons of some of the best ski boot bags to help you find the right boot bag for you. Take a look!

swix norwegian national team tripack
  • Main material: 1680D ballistic Duralite nylon
  • Capacity: 3825 cubic inches (65 litres)
  • Weight: 3lbs 4oz
  • Dimensions: L: 17.7 x W: 16.1 x H: 13.8 inches
  • Pockets: 7 + central compartment
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This classic ski boot bag comes from one of the most reputable winter sports brands and it doesn’t disappoint: it is made of durable material and has ample space for all of your equipment. The boots pockets on the sides are large enough to accommodate size 13 boots and several individual front pockets are convenient for goggles, wax or any other smaller items that you don’t want in the main compartment. The main storage compartment itself is easily large enough for your helmet, extra layers and could actually hold a second pair of boots if need be.

Sturdy, padded straps make the National Team Tripack comfortable to carry and grommets integrated into the various pockets allow water and dirt to drain out. The only real complaint is the relatively wide construction appears bulky and is actually too wide to easily fit in change room lockers. This bag is also only available in classic Swix red and black.

Pros:
  • Great durability
  • Multiple storage pockets
  • Drainage grommets
Cons:
  • Too wide for storage lockers
  • No alternative colors available

Dakine Boot Pack 50L

The Best Light-Weight Ski Boot Bag

dakine boot pack 50l
  • Capacity: 3051 cubic inches (50 litres)
  • Weight: 1lbs 11oz
  • Dimensions: L: 19 x W: 14 x H: 13 inches
  • Pockets: 2 + central compartment
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This simple, sleep design provides enough space for your boots, essential gear and a few extra’s as well. The tarp-lined central compartment of this ski bag is especially convenient: it keeps your gear dry on the way to the hill and you’re your vehicle dry on the way home. The fully waterproof boot compartment is really easy to wipe clean and doesn’t allow moisture from your boots to get out.

The main compartment is accessible through the back panel, which makes for a large opening with easy access to your ski or snowboard boots – and frankly having access to the full vertical length of the compartment makes rummaging to find stuff much easier too. The padded helmet and goggle pocket help protect your more sensitive gear and an ID patch makes it easier to pick this sleek black bag out of a crowd.

The only downside is that the shoulder straps only have moderate padding so while they do the job, they aren’t the most comfortable option available.

Pros:
  • Tarp-lined central compartment
  • Light-weight
  • Easy access back panel
  • Wide range of colors and patterns
Cons:
  • Only 2 pockets
  • Thinly padded shoulder strap

KULKEA Boot Trekker – Ski Boot Backpack

The Best Full Feature Boot Bag

kulkea boot trekker ski boot backpack
  • Main Material: water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon
  • Capacity: 4272 cubic inches (70 litres)
  • Dimensions: L: 14.5 x W: 18 x H: 18 inches
  • Pockets: 9 + central compartment
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This boot bag has space for all of your gear and then some! The large boot pockets on the size easily fit up to size 13 boots and the central compartment is truly spacious. In case you are out for a weekend with a lot of gear, there is an extendable helmet sling that can be used to attach your helmet outside of the main compartment in order free up even more space if need be. Plenty of pockets and additional compartments make organization a breeze: sock pockets, glove pockets, soft-lined goggle pocket, ID patch – you name it, they have thought of it!

Not only does the Kulkea Boot Trekker provide space, but it comes with a lot of high-quality features as well. The boot pockets are both ventilated and have drainage grommets, which helps your boots dry and ensures that you won’t end up with puddles forming in your bag. The YKK zippers are water-resistant, very durable and even have glow-in-the-dark pull-tabs. The tarp-coated bottom of this bag is also waterproof, durable and has drainage grommets so you can set your bag down on the snow without worrying about your gear getting wet. A removable waist belt, well-padded straps and a supportive back panel make the big bag comfortable to carry.

Pros:
  • A lot of storage space
  • Drainage grommets
  • Waterproof Zippers
  • Very durable
  • Tarp-coated bottom
Cons:
  • Very big! (which is also why we love it)

Athalon Everything Boot Bag/Backpack

The Best Value Boot Bag

athalon everything boot bag backpack
  • Main material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 3295 cubic inches (54 litres)
  • Weight: 1lb 13oz
  • Dimensions: L: 17 x W: 15 x H: 14 inches
  • Pockets: 5 + central compartment
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This ski boot bag is versatile and practical. With carry handles located on both the top and the front as well as padded, hidden backpack straps you can carry this bag in just about any way that suits you. Even though the shoulder straps can be tucked away, there is still lumbar support padding built into the back panel; however it isn’t as comfortable to carry when fully loaded.

Ventilated side pockets provide perfect boot storage leaving the main compartment for your helmet, clothing and any other gear. The front pocket has an mp3 port as well as integrated hooks to help keep you small items like gloves and keys well organized. Additional elastic cables on the outside of the bag can be used to strap on extra items – like a wet jacket. A waterproof bottom with drainage grommets makes this bag ideal for sitting on wet or snowy surfaces.

Pros:
  • Multiple carrying straps
  • Vented boot pockets
  • Drainage Grommets
  • Many color options
Cons:
  • Uncomfortable to carry when fully loaded

Transpack XT1 Ski Boot Bag

The Best Carry-On Boot Bag (under 50L)

transpack xt1 ski boot bag
  • Main material: 600 Denier Polyester
  • Capacity: 2800 cubic inches (46 litres)
  • Weight: 2lb 11oz
  • Dimensions: L: 20.6 x W: 14.7 x H: 12.7 inches
  • Pockets: 5 + central compartment
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The boot pockets of this bag are located on each side and are set at an angle to make carrying more comfortable. The downside of the triangle shape is that the internal storage is somewhat limited. The main compartment may not be the biggest, but it has an extra internal pocket for smaller items as well as one external top pocket that provides easy access to your keys, phone or sunglasses.

The main compartment also has a double closure system with an internal drawstring and a zipper, while both features function well it makes access unnecessarily complicated. On the plus side, exterior mesh pockets make convenient storage for anything wet.

Padded, neoprene shoulder straps with an extra chest strap make this smaller boot bag easy and comfortable to carry. Classic features such as the waterproof tarpaulin base are practical for outdoor and snowy conditions and durable quality construction mean that this bag should last you several seasons of wear and tear. The high carrying comfort and smaller size make the Transpack XT1 a perfect choice for anyone who is planning on traveling by air or otherwise.

Pros:
  • Comfortable to wear
  • External mesh pockets
  • Waterproof bottom
  • Durable
  • Many color options
Cons:
  • Smaller than the average main compartment
  • Top closure unnecessarily complex

Dakine Boot Locker Bag 69L

The Best XXL Boot Bag

dakine boot locker bag 69l
  • Main material: 600 Denier Polyester
  • Capacity: 4211 cubic inches (69 litres)
  • Weight: 2lb 7oz
  • Dimensions: L: 20 x W: 15 x H: 14 inches
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This bag is BIG! If you need to carry a lot of gear you will love this – especially if you would prefer not to carry it on your back. This bag has a sling-style, removable shoulder strap and can be carried over the shoulder or like a small duffel with carrying grips. It’s general design is also unique in the world of boot bags: the entire bag is divided into two separate halves, the bottom of which is tarp-lined for your boots while the upper half has plenty of space for your helmet, goggles, jacket and other gear. The Dakine Boot Locker can be spread open into its halves which makes for access easy to all your gear at once.

The boot section of the bag has drainage grommets for ventilation and snowmelt; however, they aren’t really big enough to provide adequate airflow for boots to dry or to prevent things from getting smelly. All-in-all the unique practical design and large size of Boot Locker make it great for day trips, but more than adequate for longer trips as well!

Pros:
  • Tarp-lined bottom
  • Ventilated boot compartment
  • Practical split level design
  • Removeable shoulder straps
  • Durable zippers and construction
Cons:
  • Boot compartments vents inadequate

Atomic Redster Heated Boot Bag

The Best Heated Boot Bag

atomic redster heated boot bag
  • Main material: 600D polyester + PVC backing
  • Capacity: 2746 cubic inches (45 litres)
  • Weight: 4lbs 6.5oz
  • Dimensions: L: 18.5 x W: 15.7 x H: 9.5 inches
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Like the name suggests, this bag has heated sides and bottom, which help your gear dry out after a day on the snow or stay nice and warm on your way to the hill. Not only that, it features an extractable, heated floor mat – that means you will never have to change into your boots standing on a cold or wet surface again. The integrated heating system can be set to 122, 130 or 150°F and can be plugged into your car (AC / 12V).

The Atomic Redster features removable shoulder straps for backpack-style carrying, complete with a stow pocket, as well as a sling-style carrying strap: both options are more than adequate for carrying given the bag’s slightly smaller size. Though this bag has several internal and external pockets, as well as an ID patch, one disadvantage is that your boots are stowed in the main compartment along with your other gear as opposed to in separate boots pockets.

Pros:
  • Heated!
  • Extractable, heated floor mat
  • Removeable shoulder straps
  • Great durability
  • Helmet cover
Cons:
  • No separate boot compartment
  • Smaller capacity
  • Relatively heavy

Mountainsmith Boot Cube 56L Storage Bag

The Best Multisport Boot Bag

mountainsmith boot cube 56l storage bag
  • Main Material: 150d Baby RipStop Poly/210d Nylon Liner
  • Capacity: 3417 cubic inches (56 litres)
  • Weight: 1lbs 13oz
  • Dimensions: L: 15 x W: 15 x H: 15 inches
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This cube is compact, practical and provides enough space for all your gear. Coated mesh fabric panels give your boots lots of fresh air, which is definitely an advantage for smelly or wet boots. The main compartment offers plenty of space for your helmet, outdoor clothing and any other gear: this bag was designed with other outdoor sports in mind and should work well for biking and fishing gear as well. The main compartment has a hanging, zippered pocket for goggles and other small accessories. There is an additional zippered front pocket as well.

You can use the adjustable shoulder straps backpack-style or carry this bag by the robust carrying straps. The cube shape makes the Mountainsmith Boot Cube easy to stack whether it be in your garage, your car or a luggage rack; however, the shape is awkward to carry as a backpack.

Pros:
  • Mesh boot pockets
  • Drainage Grommets
  • Hanging interior mesh pocket
  • Designed with multiple sports in mind
Cons:
  • Shape feels awkward as a backpack

Salomon Extend Gear Bag

The Best Budget Boot Bag

salomon extend gear bag
  • Main Material: 100% polyester, Interior: 100% polyethylene
  • Capacity: 2014 cubic inches (33 litres)
  • Weight: 15oz
  • Dimensions: L: 12,9 x W: 9 x H: 15 inches
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Simple and affordable, this boot bag is designed to help conveniently transport your boots and essential gear for short distances. You can grab the robust handle or throw the bag over your should with the single should-sling strap, but the lack of backpack-straps does limit the carrying options.

The bag itself is cleverly designed so the opening to the boot compartment is actually a large flap that can double as a changing mat when fully open. The large opening is also convenient for getting your boots in and out – especially if you have big feet. A separate compartment is available for other gear which is a feature not always seen in smaller bags, though it only has enough space for some small essentials. Both compartments have mesh paneling to increase overall ventilation. The waterproof bag bottom means you can set your bag on wet or snowy surfaces without thinking twice.

The Saloman Extend is ideal for anyone on a budget or anyone who only needs a boot bag a few times a year: the design functions well, but the materials include thinner zippers, single stitched seams and light plastic buckles which may not hold up to long term wear and tear.

Pros:
  • Waterproof bottom
  • Integrated changing mat
  • Mesh ventilation panels
  • Light-weight
Cons:
  • No Backpack-straps
  • Relatively small
  • Mediocre durability

What to Consider When Buying a Ski Boot Bag

Your ski boot bag is all about convenience and organization. Whether you need something carry-on size for the airplane or perhaps a backpack style bag with good lumbar support to transport over longer distances, there are still a few key features that most good boot bags have.

Capacity

One of your main considerations needs to be the size. While essentially all boots bags are designed to easily fit a pair of ski boots (up to men’s size 13 is standard) the gear volume ranges from 30L all the way up to 70L. Most bags account for your goggles and helmet, but it still makes a big difference whether you only need to fit a few basics in there, or whether you want an extra jacket, a change of clothes for your après ski and your lunch to fit as well. If space is a factor make sure you look for a bag with a stashable helmet net or extra elastic cording: putting your helmet, or maybe a wet jacket, on the outside of your bag can be a great space saver. Also don’t forget to check the carry-on dimensions if you want to take your boots with you on the plane.

The Boot Compartment

Not all boot compartments were created equal: definitely consider choosing a bag with drainage grommets and a wipeable interior. These features will help your boots start drying while in transit and make the cleanup of snowmelt and mud much easier. Some boot compartments even have ventilation holes or mesh panels, which can up the dry time and lower the smell of your boots significantly.

Portability

Make sure you think about how you want to carry your boot bag. Many bags have backpack-style shoulder straps, which make for easy and convenient transport. The amount of lumbar support and shoulder strap padding can vary greatly though, and the importance of carrying comfort will depend on whether you are planning on a quick jaunt from the parking lot to the lodge or perhaps expecting to be carrying your gear for a longer stretch.

If you don’t need or want backpack straps, don’t worry: almost all bags have carrying straps and many backpack straps can be removed or stowed away.

Waterproof Bottom

Most boot bags are relatively robust and water-resistant with some going all out with waterproofed zippers while others provide more basic protection for your gear. The one feature you should never go without is the waterproof bottom. You know there is going to be snow and wet areas, and you need to be able to set your bag down without worrying about its contents getting damp every time.

Pockets

Most bags have some external pockets and some have an extra internal hanging pocket within the main compartment as well. If you like to be organized and have lots of little goodies like keys, phones, ski wax and water you will probably make good use of a bag that offers lots of pocket options! It is a definite advantage to have a gear compartment that is separate from the boots pockets.

Other Nice-to-Have Features

There is always a smattering of special features to consider such as a heated bag or one with an integrated changing mat. Perhaps the pocket with the mp3 port is important to you, or you know that you want an ID patch on your bag. Likewise, some boots bags offer only a standard color scheme while others come in a vast array of colors and patterns. You really can’t go wrong here – it’s all about what is important to you!

Whatever you choose – get that boot bag packed and hit the snow!

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