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REI Evaporator Double Ski Bagis rated3.7143out of5by7.
Rated5out of5byBrad from SeattlefromExceeded ExpectationsBag travels well and easily can hold 2 adult size skis + poles (probably could do 3-4). The tie-down straps at either end do a great job of consolidating the skis for ease of carrying. This bag is well thought out and constructed.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated5out of5byPablo SnoozefromSimply great!Not fancy but gets the job done. What else ya need?
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated4out of5bySuperDaveOfromVents compromise protectionI bought this bag for a trip from CA to Colorado for my whole family. On the plus side, I can easily fit my 179 cm fat skis, my wife's 150 cm skis, and my daughter's 120 cm skis, plus three sets of poles and one ski jacket inside. There are slots for 4 poles (2 sets), and they worked fine (no stitching problems as related in another review).
The major caveat I have is the vents in the bag, presumably to let water evaporate. Nice idea if you are putting your skis into the bag when they still have snow on them and YOU will be the only one handling them (e.g., if the bag is only to keep things tidy in the back of your car or truck). YOU won't bang the bindings onto a concrete floor.
But for me this bag is for use on airlines. I can take the time to dry my skis before I depart. What I worry about is damage to the bindings, which protrude significantly from the skis. This bag has thin foam padding everywhere except the vents. (The Dakine bags have much thicker, more confidence-inspiring padding). But of course, where the vents are, there is no padding, so you have to pack very carefully to ensure that your bindings don't end up right by the vents. Or you need to wrap the bindings in foam or a ski jacket to add cushioning. I also worry that the mesh parts will be torn easily.
I should say I haven't taken these on a trip yet--I've just packed it up in my family room to see whether it all fits, and it is fantastic to get three pairs of skis and poles in!
Other than this caveat, the bag seems well made.
I think the clear design change is to put evaporation vents only near the ends of the bags (where no bindings will ever be), and leave the center of the bag well padded.
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated5out of5byMiguelitofromOne big bagThis is a simple, but very good bag. It is massive. I had a pair of skis and a snowboard in it and still had room for other ski gear. The one drawback is that if you don't need a lot of space, it is too big.
I can definitely give it my recommendation and if you don't need a bag this big, get the single ski bag which is still big...just not as big. It is a great bargain.
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated3out of5byFamousJfromOK, but not greatI've traveled twice with this ski bag, both times with two pairs of skis. Both times went fine, no issues with airlines, no damage to skis. All that was good.
I took off two stars for the following reasons:
1) On one side, the slots for ski poles appear to have been stitched the wrong way, so the slots won't hold poles longer than about 36". It's clearly incorrect, meaning it really only securely holds on set of poles.
2) The carry straps are almost useless. They could have easily been designed to be easier to carry. There's just no comfortable way to carry this bag.
This was purchased as a light use bag, so it otherwise met my expectations. Some general info for anyone wondering: it's not padded in any meaningful way, but the construction feels solid and is designed well for handling wet skis. The tie-straps are well-placed and work well, but they're on the outside; there's nothing internally to secure the skis in place in the bag.
I think the bag is fair to what was offered. It's just a simple offering, but there are some key elements that could have made it better (pole retention and straps, per above).
I plan to keep it, and it's primary usage will be storage in winter and light travel (probably less than yearly), so it met what I was looking for (mostly inexpensive). If that's the primary goal, inexpensive for a little travel, it's probably sufficient.
Date published: 2013-01-19
Rated1out of5bycurtashfromNo way to lock the zipperThis bag would be great, but for one major problem. The zipper does not allow for adding a TSA lock. If you're spending a couple grand for two skis, bindings and poles, you will want to lock the bag shut before checking it for flight. Really a major fail on the part of REI. Both sets of skis fit in the bag with poles and even helmets, so there's plenty of room. Unfortunately, the bag was returned to REI and we purchased a SportTube instead, which, with its hard siding, is probably a better buy anyway.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated3out of5bySkier Skier SkierfromPlenty of room for skis and gearused it on a 5 day trip to Utah for skiing. Traveled by air. full bag of 2 pairs of skis and gear weighed 50 lbs. Would have been easier to handle at the airport if the bag had a set of wheels at one end.
Date published: 2012-12-26
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