Welcome to a special Destination Issue installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the equipment and accessories that everyone should know about before their next big ski trip. Can’t get enough gear? Click here to see our entire 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
Consolidate your ski trip baggage by packing all of your gear in this evo roller bag. Large enough to fit your skis, poles, helmet, goggles and boots, this ski bag is all function, without the frills. Padded protection around the interior keeps your equipment safe and sound, while a weather-repellent 600d ripstop polyester fabric on the outside will hold Mother Nature’s worst weather at bay. Simple and functional, the evo Deluxe Ski Bag is even large enough to fit two pairs of skis, if you really can’t decide which twigs to bring on your next adventure.
PSA: Switch Designs is making boot bags cool again. Utilizing a patent-pending, transformable design, this pack converts from backpack to a stylish tote bag in mere moments thanks to a reversible buckle engineered by Fidlock in Germany. The Boot Bag’s slim design is ideal for storing in your truck or at home, but don’t be fooled—inside the center compartment you’ll be able to fit everything you need for a day out on the ski hill, including a helmet, goggles and gloves, with plenty of room to spare for some “cold snacks.” You’ll be turning heads with this all-new take on the boot bag.
This 90-liter, go-everywhere duffel bag is designed to carry your belongings to the furthest reaches of Planet Earth. The exterior of this bag is made of super durable, weather-resistant 900d ATC fabric, which means you can throw this thing through the wringer and it won’t get torn up. Inside, the black hole-style main compartment fits anything and everything, while an internal mesh pocket helps keep smaller items organized. Removable backpack straps are the final touch, allowing you to carry this bad boy hands-free.
Taking ski luggage to a whole new level, Arc’teryx infuses its V110 Rolling Duffle with a variety of stylish attributes and functional features that are aimed at getting you to the mountains with greater ease. This 110-liter roller bag utilizes an external aluminum frame that helps reduce irregular spacing, allowing you to pack more essentials for your trip. Convenient external pockets keep small items easy to access, while watertight zippers, TPU-treaded wheels and a padded, abrasion-resistant bottom make this bag nearly indestructible.
The Osprey Shuttle 100 is constructed to haul gear to faraway places, but it’s also ideal for the jet-setting skier who wants to balance durability with convenience. It all starts with an oversized, 16-inch chassis that stabilizes the heaviest of loads and large, off-road wheels that provide unprecedented ground clearance for winter weather trekking. Multiple pockets on the exterior provide storage for valuables or an extra pair of shoes, while a lower compartment is great for tossing dirty clothes. Boasting 100 liters of storage and a slew of travel-oriented features, this pack from Osprey will get you where you need to go with ease.
As with all of Deuter’s bags, the Freerider Pro 30 is designed with a slew of technical features and thoughtful detailing. Here, the Alpine Back System uses two, vertical back pads that conform to the wearer’s body, helping keep the pack comfortably centered, even when it’s fully loaded. Its padded hip belt, built with fins that move with you, accentuates mobility and increases balance when skiing, touring or sprinting through the airport. All in all, the Freerider Pro 30 is fully stocked with useful components that make this a noteworthy pack for the most adventurous skiers.