Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller Bag
- Integrated tip and tail reinforcement with durable, waterproof tarpaulin material and extra thick padding
- Padded cinch-top sleeves slide over ski tips and tails for enhanced protection and also keep outerwear and layers safe from sharp ski edges
- Built in loops let you quickly connect the Thule Boot Backpack for easy transport when traveling
- Integrated wheels for easy transport
Depth: 32cm / 12.6”
Height: 19.05cm / 7.5””
Length: 193cm / 67”
Volume: 7232 cubic inches
Stated Weight: 8 lbs
Blister’s Measured Weight: 8.63 lbs
Test Duration: ~20 days in New Zealand, Idaho, and Montana
[Editor’s Note: We reviewed the 14/15 RoundTrip Double Ski Roller Bag, and it gets a cosmetic update and few small changes for 15/16, which are covered in the review.]
Many of us are familiar with Thule’s ski and bike racks, but what about their ski carry bags? I’ve used the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller Bag down in New Zealand this summer and more recently around Idaho and Montana, here’s what I’ve found.
The RoundTrip is set up to carry two pairs of skis (although we’ve managed to make 3 pairs fit pretty easily, with bindings). It has four buckled straps on the floor of the bag to keep skis secure, and a flap down the middle third of the bag that sticks between skis to keep the bindings from rubbing.
In the top “lid” there is a sleeve for poles and a long zippered mesh pocket. (Unlike the Dakine Concourse Double ski bag, there is no way to access any of the pockets without undoing the main zipper.)
On the outside of the bag, there are: two compression straps; four loops to attach Thule’s separate boot bag; three handles (one on each end, and one on the front); a shoulder strap; the wheels; and two skid rails.
The RoundTrip’s shoulder strap is a nice thought, but I quickly learned that trying to carry the ski bag on my shoulder, along with my 50lb backpack of camera gear, and another 50lb duffel of clothes and ski gear, is a foolhardy task. The Douchebag’s strap is a little more functional here since it makes dragging the bag easier.
The compression straps on the RoundTrip have functioned well, and helped keep the bag from sagging. They survived the trip to and from New Zealand, but one did fail at the junction between strap and bag when I used the bag to move my skis from Bozeman to Driggs. Admittedly, I put those straps through a lot of abuse, and when one did fail I was using it to secure the bag to the roof bars of my car on the highway—not the sort of situation the compression straps were probably designed for.
The skid rails at the base of the bag probably help durability since they protect the bag from curbs or other abrasive surfaces but I found that sometimes with the bag heavily loaded, they dragged if I didn’t keep the front end of the bag high. Of course this is problem with many ski bags.
Finally, the RoundTrip comes with two compression sacks with built-in sleeves that fit over the tips of your skis. These serve a double purpose: they protect the rest of your gear from sharp ski edges, and they provide a convenient place to store stinky ski clothing.
Initially, I thought this was a bit gimmicky, but my opinion drastically changed by day 8 of our New Zealand trip where I realized that isolation my smelly socks was imperative. (Of course that all backfired when I forgot about that smelly stuff sack for three weeks until I found it in my closet, but that’s not Thule’s fault.)
NEXT: In Use, Comparisons, Etc.