Don’t Be A Douchebag, But Do Carry Your Skis In A Douchebag
Faced with the epic challenge of dragging ski gear, 3 weeks worth of junk and 3 young children to the French Alps and back, I knew I needed a douchebag in my life. I grabbed Douchebags original Douchebag Snow Roller and put it through the ringer en route to France and back with a few detours in between. The bag was a big upgrade from most of the half-torn bags I’ve borrowed in past sealed the deal for some smooth international travelling. Well, there was puke, blood and tears, but that wasn’t the Douchebags fault.
Compression – You can fold this bag into a nifty little cinnamon roll when you’re not using it. This is handy for storing the bag while you’re travelling or when the bag is doing some time in the garage over the summer. It easily beats the big floppy old ski bag that I just gave away because I couldn’t find a good place to stuff it in my garage.
The Name – So many opportunities to say Douchebag in a sentence, so little time.
Hook Up System – I didn’t actually get to test this out, but saw it in action on our trip to Bella Coola in January and was pretty jealous. Instead of dragging two bags you can just attach one of their Hugger Bags and get rollin’.
Length Adjustment – This part is cool. You can easily adjust the length of your bag to match your skis or boards. Nobody has 200cm skis anymore so it’s a bonus to be able to shorten the bag. It might save you some oversized baggage fees in select instances too. Luckily I don’t need to worry about that, I just freak the staff out with my gaggle of children and they process those bags as fast as they can.
Ease of Packing – This bag isn’t ideal if you plan on putting all your personal gear and ski gear into one bag, then living out of it. In other words the roll-up design with both zippers coming from the bottom isn’t as easy for the in’s and out’s of packing as some other ski bags that have full length zips and fold open like a suitcase. There’s also only one main compartment and two little pockets. It’s a minor compromise that’s totally worth the awesomeness that it yields in the Pros section above, but just thought I’d mention it.
Facing three weeks in France I knew there’d be some douchebag moments if you know what I’m sayin’. Luckily the Douchebag Snow Roller moments were positive. Two thumbs up for this bag. It travelled well, appears to be reinforced in all the right places, is light and packable, and gave me a chance to say douchebag a couple dozen times in this gear review. I’ll update this post with durability results after a few more jet-setting ski missions. Bon voyage, see you next time you douche.