Line Skis Slope Pack
- Large size
- Cushioned fold-out changing mat
- Padded and ergonomically shaped shoulder straps
- Boot stacking design can lead to water getting inside boots
- Access to boot compartment can be challenging
Line Ski’s Slope Pack is a backpack style boot bag that has a stacking style boot compartment which can lead to the boots getting wet on the inside. Nevertheless, the bag is durable and roomy and includes an integrated changing mat.
The Slope Pack is made from thick, durable material on the exterior that is similar to the material you expect to find in higher end daypacks. The shoulder straps and the grab handle on the top of the bag are all wide and solidly built. Internal stitching seems to add to the durability of the pack. The interior of the bag is made from a thinner nylon material that doesn’t seem durable but it held up to our test with no troubles at all. The zippers on the main compartment and outer pocket are thinner, but the one on the boot compartment and changing mat is a thick, heavy-duty zipper that is likely to stand up to extensive use.
The Slope Pack would be just as functional as a daypack for short hikes or a climbing pack as it is a ski boot bag with the fold-out changing mat just as useful for changing out of approach shoes as it is for putting on ski boots. The pack would also make an effective travel bag with enough padding around the boot compartment to keep boots well protected.
Although the shoulder straps on the Slope Pack aren’t the most padded of all the bags we tested, they are among the widest which significantly helps to disperse the weight of the pack and keep the straps from digging into your shoulders. Even without the padding in the straps, the bag would likely be comfortable and easy to carry, and the grab handle on the top of the bag is big and wide, making it easy to get a good grip on even while wearing thick gloves.
The key feature of the Slope Pack is the cushioned fold-out changing mat that is as comfortable as it is convenient. The pack also features a divider in the boot compartment to further protect the boots and both the boot compartment and main section of the pack are ventilated. The bag has a small outer pocket and a pair of tight stretch material zippered pockets on the side of the bag, but the addition of a few more pockets or separate compartments to help keep gear organized would be welcome additions—as would other features such as quick release buckles on the shoulder straps.
Overall, the Slope Pack is a well-designed bag, but the way the thick shoulder straps are sewn into the bag directly over the zipper to the boot compartment makes it nearly impossible to access without contorting the straps over the front of the bag. This can sometimes make access to the boot compartment challenging. And while the stacked boot design means that there is a possibility that slop from one boot can possibly fall into the inside of the other, the divider built into the boot compartment on the Slope Pack reduces the likelihood of it occurring on a regular basis.
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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