Douchebag Ski Bag
- Adjustable length
- Daisy Chain hookup system
- Rib Cage ABS protection
- Max ski length: 210cm
- Width: 38cm
- Height: 18.5cm
Stated Weight: 8.4 lbs
Blister’s Measured Weight: 8.00 lbs
Test Duration: 2 international trips from Alaska to Japan and New Zealand; local use moving skis around Alaska.
Over the years I’ve spent a lot time time schlepping skis around the world, and have often complained about various inadequacies in the bags I’ve used to carry my most important cargo on these trips.
That’s why the Douchebag Ski bag, touted as “the flagship of the travel gear revolution,” caught my attention. Well, that plus the name…
The Douchebag has zippers that run about 3/4 length along each side of the main compartment. The wheeled end of the bag has two small inner mesh pockets along the sides. The top of the bag is unpadded, while the bottom and sides of the bag are reinforced with plastic panels about 3cm wide that give the bag some protection and rigidity when there are skis in it, but still allow the bag to fold up easily (more on this in a minute).
At the end opposite the wheels, the bag is sewn shut. There is a small handle with straps and hooks that attach into the daisy chain strips that run full length along the top and bottom of the bag. These allow you to adjust the length or secure the bag into a small bundle.
One of the most unique features of the Douchebag is the ability to adjust the length of the bag to fit your contents. In a world of increasing baggage restrictions and reluctant cab and bus drivers, being able to shrink the bag down can make the difference between a huge hassle and an easy ride to the mountains. This also allows the Douchebag to double as a snowboard bag.
Compressible Roll Away Feature
As far as we’re aware, this feature is unique to the Douchebag, and is arguably reason enough to buy one (depending on your intended use and living situation). Whether I’m living out of a van, couchsurfing, or stashing my gear somewhere while I go for a ski tour, it’s often a bit challenging to store my gigantic ski bag—especially when it’s not in use.
Similarly, at my small house in Girdwood, Alaska, there is a premium on space. Being able to roll the bag into a tight bundle and tuck it away in the car or under a bed is very convenient. During one van trip, my buddy and I both had Douchebags and were able to free up a ton of space in our damp, cramped quarters by using this feature. Very cool.
NEXT: Padding / Protection, Capacity, Etc.