Wednesday, August 16, 2006

In the bag.

Ever get a piece of ski gear you really, really liked? One that made your life oh-so-much easier?

I had that exact experience last winter, when I purchased a boot bag I can carry on my back. See, I used to hoist my skis over my right shoulder and steady them with my right arm, while I carried my boots and helmet with my left.

By the time I'd hike from my car to the lodge, my left wrist would feel like it was going to break off (those boots are heavy!).

So I found this great boot bag, with enough room to carry not just my boots, but my helmet, googles, and anything else I needed for a day on the slopes. And since it works like a backpack, my wrist didn't kill me all winter. To me, that's a big improvement.

I wish I'd found it sooner, but I guess I'm glad I found it at last. I don't think a day went by when I wasn't thrilled to have it.

Anyway, if you're looking for a better way to carry your stuff, I highly recommend it.

Reminder: Coming in September --, an internet forum especially for women skiers (see August 2 blog entry). If you'd like to know when it's up and running, send me an email and I'll keep you posted!


Philpug said...

YEP, I will agree. Transpacks ARE the best. My neice got one first abotu 2 years ago, now the whole family and ski crew has them, about 12 in all. Someone finally invented a "better mousetrap" when it comes to ski bags.

Wendy C. said...

I know -- I feel a little strange recommending a specific product, but they really are terrific. I think some other manufacturers may have introduced similar bags by now, so there may be others that'll do just as well. All I know is that it's really made the whole process of getting to the mountain much, much easier.

molly said...

how do you feel about a bag that actually holds your skis or board? I've been considering one, but I'm not sure!

Wendy C. said...

The only time I use a ski bag is when I travel by plane and have to check 'em as luggage. As for boards, I couldn't say, but I suspect it's the same thing. Some people use devices that clamp their skis together to make them easier to carry. Here's one that might be worth checking out.