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By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 9 years ago October 23, 2014

GEAR: Chasing Storms In Style

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You can’t bribe the sky; trust us, we’ve tried.

Weather patterns are indifferent both to warm-hearted prayer and cold, hard cash. Sometimes your local mountain is doomed for desert-like dry spells while neighboring states boast double-digit snowfalls.

Stow away in a cargo ship, try your thumb at hitchhiking or bridle a Black Bear (honey bribes are your best shot).  No matter how you get to the mountains, tote a gear bag that handles the trip.

Fully featured, heavy-duty bags are airborne armor, while cheaper, less beefy options fit short-haul road trips. Here are four Active Junky-approved ski and snowboard bags when you’re ready to flake out.

Basic Protection

Dakine Pipe Snowboard Bag: 

A basic board bag available in 157 cm and 165 cm sizes, the Pipe Bag protects primarily against scratches and dings. A shoulder strap simplifies slogging and there’s room for a pair of boots and helmet. Additional padding is non-existent, though the 600D polyester is surprisingly durable.

Best For: Board storage, short car trips or domestic flights.

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K2 Simple Ski Bag: Tubular Transport

K2’s stripped down bag comes in two versions, 175cm and 195cm, and a shoulder strap makes for easy carrying. Totally tubular in shape, the cylindrical zippered bag is free of overwhelming straps, unnecessary features and a jaw-dropping price tag.

Best For: Minimalist travel, durable performance.

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Deluxe Defense

Rome Cache Snowboard Bag: Passage To Paradise

Wherever you roam, the padded Rome Cache Snowboard bag safeguards your quiver, no matter how turbulent the flight or pot-holed the drive. The 162 cm size can handle most powder boards while the two-layered “coffin construction” allows for protected multi-board storage; the Integrated Board Scabbard separates boards from gear.

Best For: Multi-modal travel where rolling is important (and camo is favored).

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Dakine Concourse Double Ski Bag: Tip To Tip Protection

Trekking to fabled Niseko, Japan powder, Chugach steeps or a nearby legendary resort warrants extra ski protection. Rolling in on two urethane wheels and fitting two pairs of powder skis, the airport-ready Concourse (185cm or 200cm) features three internal organizational pockets for boots and gear.

Best For: Full kit protection including poles. 

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Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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Sam Collentine

Meteorologist

Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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