K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag
- Carries boots in upright position
- Stowable padded backpack straps
- Ventilated boot and gear compartments
- Lack of waterproof liners inside boot compartment
- Long-term durability questionable
The K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag is a simply designed and effective ski boot bag that stores boots in an upright position on either side of the center compartment. The bag is a medium-size without being so big that it becomes cumbersome. The center gear compartment limits the placement of the helmet to the top section which collapses under the weight of the helmet if the bottom section is empty. Both the gear and the boot compartments are ventilated and the bag features padded, stowable shoulder straps with quick-release buckles.
The K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag is made from rip-stop polyester with a water-repellent finish. The material held up well during the test, but isn’t as thick or as durable as the material on many of the boot bags we tested and left some questions as to how the material would hold up to long-term use, especially for people who tend to be a little tougher on their equipment. The bag does have a layer of padding on the outside of the boot compartment, but the interior of the compartment doesn’t have a waterproof lining to help keep water from the other compartment and help protect the bag from the hard edges and buckles on ski boots. The straps and carrying handle are thick and durable, but the seams only offer single stitching, and while the zippers functioned well throughout the test, they are thinner than the heavy-duty zippers offered on some of the other bags.
The stowable shoulder straps, carry handle, and padded sides allow the Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag to be used as a travel boot bag, but it doesn’t really have the durable construction most people would look for in a bag that is designed to withstand the rigors of baggage handlers, while offering sufficient protection for the valuable cargo inside the bag. It’s apparent that the Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag was designed mainly as a way to make it easy to get boots and other gear from the car to the lodge, and in this capacity it functions well.
Although the shoulder straps on the Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag aren’t contoured, they do offer a fair amount of padding, which makes carrying even a fully loaded bag easy and comfortable. The bag also features quick release buckles on both straps to make it easier to slide the bag off your back if you’re wearing a heavy coat. The reinforced handle on top of the bag makes it easy to grab off the ground or pull out of the back of the car.
The Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag is a pretty straight-forward bag, but it does include a few extra features including a small zippered pouch for passes, wallets, etc. as well as a split main compartment to keep a helmet separate from the rest of the gear. The boot compartments on either side of the bag are expandable so if you aren’t toting ski boots you can zip the compartments down and make the bag even more streamlined.
The Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag is well designed with the boot compartments on either side that keep boots upright and dry, with a separate main compartment for a helmet and other essential gear. The design could be significantly improved with a waterproof bottom on the bag and the lining of the boot compartments. And while the split design in the main compartment is a nice feature, the downside of the design is that the helmet only fits in the top section and the weight of it collapses the fabric “shelf” if the bottom section isn’t loaded with additional gear to provide support.
How We Tested It
The ski boot bags in this test were used year-round to simulate more than just one season of use. Each bag was tested with a variety of sizes of ski boots as well as with other items through the summer for various activities and adventures.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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