Hauling all your gear to the mountain is usually a gnarlier proposition than skiing the steepest mogul-infested run. The Kulkea Boot Trekker virtually eliminates that stress. The most thoughtfully designed ski boot bag we have ever used, this durable backpack has a solution for stowing everything you'll need. Beginning with your boots, two well proportioned side pockets house those cumbersome behemoths easily and have the added feature of Velcro vents that open to air out wet boots after a long day of skiing. The main gear compartment is large enough for plenty of extra layers and a three-coarse lunch, while a second front pocket is almost as big and includes a soft pouch that allows ski goggles to hang untouched by the rest of your gear. Several smaller pockets complete this pack rat including two separate glove pockets (one for each) and a small pocket on top for a wallet, keys, etc.
The amount of storage for something you carry on your back is over-the-top, but the bag is equally impressive when it comes to sturdiness. The Boot Trekker is made of a water resistant nylon and the Tarpaulin-reinforced bottom that mean you can literally throw it in the snow and around the lodge without a second thought. Even the zipper pulls feel indestructible. Our only complaint is that the bag didn’t make the cut when we tried to carry it on a plane, but it’s a small price to pay for never wrestling with your gear again. [$150; kulkea.com]