If you’re going to pay an expensive baggage fee when jetting off on your next ski vacation, you might as well get the most out of it. Thanks to Thule’s new RoundTrip Double Roller, you can carry your skis and poles and your clothing, too.
Instead of excessive built-in padding to protect your skis, the Double Roller uses your hats, gloves, ski jacket, and pants. The bag comes with two large stuff sacks, each with a reinforced panel, for your ski clothes or pedestrian clothes. It secures two pairs of skis with quick-release buckles to hold them in place. Once your skis are secured and your stuff sacks are filled, padded pockets keep everything extra protected. The top flap of the bag has a mesh pocket that runs about two-thirds of its length — long enough to hold your poles and more apparel for padding. We stashed base layers, socks, and jeans and flannel shirts for après in this pocket, as well as a bag of energy bars and a flask.
Thule is confident in its durability, and for good reason. Sturdy wheels, three haul handles, and a shoulder strap helped us maneuver it from the rental car over a snowbank and into the lobby of our hotel. Multiple carry options made toting skis extra easy to deal with even when we were also driving a rolling carry-on, an overstuffed personal item, and boots. And, on the exterior, the ends of the bag are reinforced to prevent blowouts. But even if something happens, the bag comes with a 25-year warranty, which is ideal considering nearly every ski bag we’ve had rips or gets damaged after half-a-dozen round trips, from rough handling by the airlines or general wear and tear.
We’ve traveled with this one all season, and so far it looks as good as new. Also available for a single pair of skis. [$260; thule.com]