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TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 10/05/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. The Rundown Best Overall: Dakine Boot Locker 69L at Amazon "Ample, simple storage for all your ski gear with a separate, lined compartment for ski boots." Best Budget: Völkl Carryall Tote at Voelkl "Keep it simple and affordable but still organized and dry." Best Backpack: Marker Access Backpack Boot Bag at Skis "Whether you use it to head to the resort or the backcountry, the backpack style is comfortable and familiar for grab and go." Best Classic Boot Bag: Swix Norwegian 65L Tri-Pack at Amazon "Classic design, spacious bag with simple dividers suitable for local or international ski trips." Best for Checked Luggage: Thule Roundtrip 90L at Bloomingdales "Heavy-duty storage for boots, helmet, and nearly everything but your skis." Best Carry-On: Sportube Cabin Cruiser Boot Bag at Amazon "Don’t take chances with airlines losing your boots and roll them on instead." Best Heated Boot Bag: Rossignol Hero Heated Racing Boot Bag at Amazon "Avoid cold boots by transporting and storing them with a built-in heating element." Most Eco-Friendly: Patagonia Black Hole Duffel at Backcountry "One hundred percent recycled materials and a time-tested simple design." Best for Ski Racers: SYNC Locker Pack at SYNC "Extra space for all the extra gear ski racers need to bring to events." Ski boots might be the most important piece of ski equipment you own. So you need a way to reliably store them at home, take them to the mountain, and take them on trips if you travel to ski. Boot bags—from purpose-built ski racer bags to common duffels—are the go-to solution to keep boots and other gear dry, protected, and organized. The proven design of the classic boot bag hasn’t changed much over the years, but companies have added features such as boot heaters, improved materials, and found ways to customize them for certain types of skiers. Here are the best ski boot bags of 2021, broken down into categories so you can find the right option for you. Best Overall: Dakine Boot Locker 69L Courtesy of Amazon Buy on Amazon Buy on Skis.com What We Like Affordable Simple design Ample storage space What We Don't Like Hard to find things when bulk storage is full of gear The Dakine Boot Locker 69L is a simply designed bag with a lined boot compartment on the bottom and a large bulk storage space on top. Inside the bulk storage compartment, there’s a small mesh zippered pocket on the underside of the lid, but other than that, it’s just the two main storage zones. The bottom is for boots only and the tarp-like lining keeps melting snow and dirt away from the rest of your gear. You can keep hats, gloves, goggles, balaclava, and all other miscellanies in the bulk storage zone, which is a great way to stay organized so you don’t forget essential items when you head to the ski hill. Volume: 69 liters | Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 14 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds Tested by TripSavvy This has been my personal boot bag for the past four years and I love the look, durable materials, and the multiple carry options. (It has a regular duffel handle, shoulder strap, as well as backpack straps.) Dakine hasn’t changed the design much over the years, but the newest version is now tarp-lined in both compartments (not just the bottom boot storage) and the top zipper flap opens from the opposite side. This is a soft-sided bag, but it has enough structure and padding to protect the contents, and the bottom compartment has a ring of dense foam padding within the fabric to protect your boots from impacts. The exterior fabric is tough enough that I don’t feel like I need to baby it and can toss it in the truck without worrying I'll break something inside. Dakine has become known for their bags and packs but they’ve kept the price fair on the Boot Locker. They’ve also managed a feel-good element here, with the fabric being 100 percent bluesign-approved recycled polyester. — Justin Park, Product Tester Best Budget: Völkl Carryall Tote Courtesy of Volkl Buy on Voelkl.com What We Like Inexpensive Able to hold boots and some extra gear What We Don't Like No separate gear storage so your gear could get wet and muddy when placed with boots While shopping bags are certainly a valid budget option for carrying your boots and ski gear from house to vehicle, they don’t tend to last very long. They also don’t have much structure and items can fall out in transit. Enter the Carryall Tote from Völkl which, sizewise, is somewhere between a grocery bag and those extra-large Ikea tote bags. However, it’s more durable than either and offers a few nice features such as a clip at the top to keep gear inside as well as two interior pockets for smaller items—one zippered, the other open. You can use the Carryall Tote as a no-frills boot bag and still have room for a few more items such as helmets, goggles, and gloves. The main downside is that any gear in the bag gets mixed directly with potentially wet and muddy boots at the end of the day, but this bag is best as a quick transport option rather than as storage. Volume: 35 liters | Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 8 inches | Weight: Not listed Best Backpack: Marker Access Backpack Boot Bag Courtesy of Marker Buy on Skis.com What We Like Comfortable to carry Waterproof boot storage compartment What We Don't Like Expensive for a backpack A backpack-style boot bag is a great option for anyone that needs to walk with their bag, whether it’s through an airport or a labyrinth of ski lodge buildings. The Access Bag from Marker is a simple backpack built to serve as a boot bag and the PVC-coated tarp material used throughout means snow and weather stay out and boot moisture doesn’t soak other sections of the bag. Plus, the large boot storage compartment is big enough to fit a pair of large boots and a handful of other items if needed. Volume: 50 liters | Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 12 inches | Weight: 2.76 pounds Tested by TripSavvy The Marker Access Backpack is serving as my backcountry ski boot storage bag and it’s just big enough to house my touring boots, skins, and a few backcountry-specific items. While the Access isn’t an actual touring backpack, it has helped me get my backcountry gear organized and serves as a shuttle from vehicle to home and vice versa so that I don’t forget to bring my boots inside to warm up after a backcountry tour. It also serves as a home for items I don’t use every tour such as boot and ski crampons and my ice ax. Whether you use it to head to the resort or the backcountry, the backpack style is comfortable and familiar for grab and go. The boot storage area opens from the back (facing your back when worn) and has thick foam padding that gives the bag back structure without needing an internal frame and keeps you from feeling your boots in your back. I also like that it has several different storage pockets in addition to the bulk boot storage compartment. That way I know where to reach for goggles, ski straps, or whatever item I need. In addition to the padded back, there’s an adjustable chest strap that’s key for distributing the substantial weight of your boots and gear. There’s no hip strap, but, again, this isn’t meant for long-distance hauling. — Justin Park, Product Tester The 10 Best Ski Boots of 2021 Best Classic Boot Bag: Swix Norwegian 65L Tri Pack Courtesy of Backcountry Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry.com Buy on REI What We Like Time-tested design balances weight What We Don't Like Race-inspired aesthetic not for everyone Boot bag design hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years and that’s in part because the classic design simply works. The Swix Norwegian is a spacious 65 liters in the classic European ski racing-style “tri” bag with boot compartments on either side and a central storage zone for everything else. There are also two small zippered pockets on either side for quick access to minor miscellanies such as lip balm and keys. This is the go-to resort skiing bag for Joe Howdyshell, USA Skimo National Team Head Coach and founder of the Summit Endurance Academy, who says he mostly only uses the main compartment. “I turn my boot dryers on for 15 to 20 minutes while I’m getting ready, and then I put the warm boots in the bag, and then wrap them in my jacket in the bag. Then when I get to the hill they’re still nice and toasty,” he explains. Volume: 65 liters | Dimensions: 17.7 x 16.2 x 13.7 inches | Weight: 1 pound, 13 ounces The 8 Best Ski Helmets of 2021 Best Checked Luggage: Thule Roundtrip 90L Courtesy of REI Buy on Bloomingdales Buy on REI What We Like High volume Smart design to maximize space What We Don't Like Too large to carry on Flying to ski means traveling with a lot of gear. So in addition to your ski bag, it’s always smart to minimize bag fees and take a larger duffel for everything else. While the Thule Roundtrip looks somewhat like a large duffel, it actually has the classic boot bag design with slots for one boot on each end and a large main compartment in the middle. The zippered lid flap for that main compartment also zips all the way down so its tarp-covered interior can serve as a built-in changing mat to keep feet dry while getting into your boots. The 600-denier exterior ripstop polyester fabric is tough enough to stand up to airline abuse, or just bouncing around the back of your vehicle. If you’re in the market for a ski bag as well, consider the Thule Roundtrip Ski Bag which attaches via clips and webbing straps to the Roundtrip Boot Bag to keep your gear from getting split up in transit. Volume: 90 liters | Dimensions: 27.5 x 14.5 x 17.3 inches | Weight: 2 pounds, 14 ounces The 15 Best Ski Clothing Brands of 2021 Best Carry-On: Sportube Cabin Cruiser Boot Bag Courtesy of Amazon Buy on Amazon Buy on Moosejaw.com Buy on Sportube.com What We Like Designed specifically to carry on boots Padded boot compartment Three year warranty What We Don't Like A bit heavy for when you can’t roll it Pricey Savvy ski travelers (and travelers in general) know airline luggage personnel are busy and move fast. So with expensive and important items like boots, many simply throw them over their shoulders as a “personal item." Avoid the awkward strap carry and maximize your carry-on capacity with the Cabin Cruiser, a wheeled boot bag meant to keep your boots safe and give you plenty of extra storage within the overhead luggage size limits. Sportube specializes in hard and soft-sided luggage for specialty pursuits such as skiing (they’re based near Vail, Colorado), spearfishing, and golf. And their gear prioritizes protecting your pricey equipment. The Cabin Cruiser’s boot compartment is fully padded and the 840D polyester is extra heavy-duty to ensure the bag stands up to the gauntlet of air travel. Volume: 35 liters | Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 6 inches | Weight: 6 pounds Best Heated Boot Bag: Rossignol Hero Heated Racing Boot Bag Courtesy of Rossignol Buy on Amazon Buy on Rossignol.com What We Like High volume Two power options What We Don't Like Heavy and pricey Starting with cold boots in the morning is a surefire way to have a short ski day. While at-home boot heaters are great, the Hero Heated Boot Bag from Rossignol lets you warm boots both at home via the 110-volt plug option and on the way to the ski resort with the “cigarette lighter” plug option. Not only does this extend your ability to keep your feet warm and keep skiing, but warm boots cam also much easier to put on since the plastic shells tend to be more flexible when warm. Of course, it also is a boot bag, not just a heater bag, so it comes with lots of ski-specific features and carry options. While it has a traditional look, it’s not the classic tri model, meaning boots go in a large main storage compartment in the center that’s flanked by several smaller pockets around the exterior for the rest of your gear. There are multiple carry options as well, including backpack straps, a shoulder sling, and a grab handle. Volume: 60 liters | Dimensions: 17x18x13 inches | Weight: 10.2 pounds Most Eco-Friendly: Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Courtesy of Backcountry Buy on Backcountry.com Buy on REI This classic duffel design from Patagonia has a place in the closet (or backseat) of anyone that spends time outdoors. It also works great as a catch-all ski bag to house not only your boots but your base layers, outerwear, goggles, and anything else you can imagine fitting in the 100 liters of volume inside. The fabric is an ultra-burly 1200D polyester recycled from water bottles and is 50 percent solution-dyed that’s built to withstand bouncing around in a vehicle and abuse from baggage handlers. Patagonia also details out their bluesign-approved manufacturing processes and makes their supply chain public. The main drawback to using this classic duffel as your boot bag is there’s no divided storage and snowy boots can get tossed around with base layers. Luckily the size of the bag is large enough that you can fit a normal-sized boot bag or a waterproof tote, like the Volkl mentioned above, inside to keep boots separate. The Black Hole Duffel comes in a range of sizes from hip packs up to this oversized duffel, but most of them can be carried via shoulder strap, duffel handle, or built-in backpack straps. Wheeled versions are also available. Volume: 100 liters | Dimensions: 31 x 15 x 14 inches | Weight: 3 pounds Best for Ski Racers: SYNC Locker Pack Courtesy of SYNC Buy on Syncperformance.com What We Like High volume Durable Ski-specific features What We Don't Like Heavy Large for casual use Founded by and for ski racers in Vail, Colorado, SYNC is a direct-to-consumer ski bag brand that prides itself on creating features suggested by its athletes. The Locker Pack is the ultimate expression of those feedback loops. The 62-liter volume bag is smartly organized into a backpack-style boot bag big enough that you don’t have to leave anything at home. Howdyshell, the US Skimo Team Coach says, “For training, most of my athletes use a regular boot bag. But for a race day, typically we bring something bigger so that we can change clothes a couple of times, have food, extra skins, etcetera.” Ski racers have to carry more gear than the recreational skier and they often have to take it on road trips, to the top of the race run, or even on international flights. The insulated boot compartment helps boots retain heat in transit while the 900D TPE-coated fabric is waterproof and eco-friendly. And unlike some backpack-style boot bags that are glorified school backpacks, this is clearly a technical pack with metal closures, serious zippers, and multiple access points to internal compartments. Wisely, for a bag of this size, there are also shoulder straps balanced by a chest strap and waist strap, all adjustable for proper weight balance on the body. Volume: 62 liters | Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed Final Verdict For a simple, affordable boot bag with enough capacity to hold most of your everyday snowsports gear, it’s hard to beat the Dakine Boot Locker (view at Amazon). The split-level design makes it easy to keep everything in one bag, while still keeping boots separate in their tarp-lined, zippered compartment. If you fly to ski frequently, consider the Sportube Cabin Cruiser (view at Amazon) as a carry-on or the Thule Roundtrip 90L (view at Bloomingdales) for a larger carry-everything option. What to Look For in a Ski Boot Bags Size Size matters in boot bags and what size is right for you depends on how you intend to use it. Our top overall pick, the 69-liter Boot Locker from Dakine is great if you like to keep nearly all your gear in one place. But if you have a different system and just want a bag for your boots and a few other items, something smaller such as the Marker Access might fit your needs and take up less space. You may also find that an extra-large bag makes sense if you like to use your boot bag as your storage location for almost all your ski gear. Likewise, if you frequently fly to ski, it makes sense to use the largest bag you can (without triggering oversize luggage penalties) to minimize bag fees. I’ve found that for an everyday pack to store boots, goggles, helmet, jacket, and miscellaneous extras, you want a boot bag between 50 and 70 liters. If you’re a ski racer or gear junkie, you may want to go bigger. Built-In Heater The option to heat your boots inside their bag usually isn’t cheap, but it’s one feature that can yield tangible benefits for your ski day, especially if you’re prone to forgetting to bring your boots in from the vehicle at night. Howdyshell, the USA Skimo National Team Head Coach and founder of the Summit Endurance Academy, says he actively shops for a heated bag since he often spends long days on the hill coaching. “With coaching, a heated bag is key. That way you can have your boots (maybe even a spare warming pair of boots), snacks, coffee, and all your clothes nice and toasty,” he says. Consider your transit time and your ski day logistics before paying for a heated bag. Is your drive long enough for boots to start getting cold in the trunk and for a heated bag to do its work? If you leave a bag in the lodge, is it realistic to be able to plug it in while you eat lunch? Fabric A good boot bag will have a tough exterior if it’s going to last more than a few seasons. Look for a fabric that feels closer to canvas than silk and if a Denier rating is given, it should be around 600 or greater. Ideally, the fabric is also weatherproofed, either with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating or PVC. Many bags also use tarp materials on the inside of their boot compartments to keep melting snow and mud from soaking into other parts of the bag. Why Trust Tripsavvy? Author Justin Park is a lifelong skier based in Breckenridge, Colorado. He’s taken boot bags to Austria, the Sochi Olympics, and all around the US on ski road trips, so he knows what matters (and doesn’t) in a boot bag. He logs over 100 ski days each year between resorts and backcountry terrain that offer a wide range of conditions for testing gear. For this roundup, Justin relied on his own knowledge and expertise, researched the best models, and tested bags. The 8 Best Ski Socks Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 9 below. Continue to 9 of 9 below.