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Purchasing the Right Snowboard Bag for You

Aug 17, 2007
Not all snowboard bags are made alike. You will find slim models and others that are more bulky. Some are made to strap to your back, others are meant to be carried by hand. One type is not really any better than the other; it all boils down to personal preference.

However, no matter whether you want a backpack type or a carry on type, there are several basic features that you must have. The first one is that your bag needs to have a water-resistant coating. You wouldn't settle for a jacket that failed to repel water; don't settle for less when it comes to your snowboard bag. You want to protect your snowboard when it is not in use or when you are in transit. A water-repellent shell is the only way to go.

The bag must also be large enough to accommodate your snowboard completely. You don't need to spend good money on a snowboard and then carry it around in a bag that will not completely house your investment. Many bags on the market are constructed to be able to expand, allowing for different size snowboards. These may cost a little more, but they are worth every penny.

Whether you opt for the carryon or the backpack type, make sure that the straps are strong and secure. Check out the seams; you don't need the straps to separate from the bag the very first time you use it. The same applies to any zipper pouches that may be on the bag. The zippers need to be a good quality, not some cheap plastic type that will come apart with very little wear. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Many bags are made to accommodate more than one snowboard. If you want a bag that will adequately hold two boards, make sure the padding on the inside goes from one end of the bag to the other. Don't waste time with padded inserts that you can remove. All you get with the inserts is time lost trying to find where you left them the last time they were taken out. Go with padding that is a permanent feature of the bag. You'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble.

There are a number of companies that produce excellent snowboard bags. Check out some of the online stores as well as your local sporting goods store. You will find several bags that will be perfect for your needs.
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