Salomon Extend Max Gearbag
- Keeps boots stacked upright
- Integrated changing mat
- Waterproof bottom
- Relatively small size
- No backpack carry option
- Questionable durability
The Extend Max Gearbag is a study in simplicity with a waterproof bottom and an integrated changing mat. The Extend Max Gearbag was the least expensive bag we tested, a reflection on the limited feature set and quality of construction.
The Extend Max has a durable cloth exterior with a waterproof layer added to the bottom of the bag. The sides of the bag are padded to help add a layer of protection for boots, and the insides are made from a plasticy tarp material. The bag didn’t show any malfunctions thorough the course of the test, but details such as single stitching on the seams, thin zippers, and lightweight plastic buckles on the shoulder strap could create issues over time especially if the bag is exposed to rugged use.
While the Extend Max provides a separate compartment for helmet and other gear, which makes it more versatile than many bags that are designed to simply hold ski boots, the amount of gear that the Extend Max is capable of carrying doesn’t provide much flexibility for using the bag as anything other than a way to get boots and the most essential gear from the car to the lodge.
The Extend Max features a reinforced handle on top of the bag to grab hold of while the bag is sitting upright. But because the bag only features a single shoulder strap for carrying, the Extend Max isn’t designed for hauling boots and gear for long distances comfortably, but does provide an effective solution for throwing the bag over your shoulder and making the trip from the car to the lodge a little easier to manage.
The Extend Max is designed as a simple way to get ski boots and essential gear from the car to the lodge and as such doesn’t include many additional features aside from the waterproof bottom and back flap that doubles as a changing mat.
The wide opening in the boot compartment not only provides a changing mat to help keep feet dry while putting on boots in the snow, it makes it easy to get even large sized boots in and out of the bag. The Extend Max also features mesh panels in both the boot compartment and the gear section that help promote air circulation in both chambers, not just the boot section. The Extend Max seems to be designed with simplicity in mind, and to that end, it succeeds brilliantly.
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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