Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller Review
Ski equipment is not cheap, and when you have your favorites, you need to make sure that they are protected when you travel. Thankfully, Thule makes more than racks for your car, they also make carry-bags and cases for your ski and ride gear. This season the snow has been off to a slow start in Colorado, therefore, we took our skis farther north with the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller, in search of some powder.
Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller External Features
You wouldn’t think that a ski bag has a list of features, but the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller sure does. As its’ name suggests, this bag features a roller design, which makes schlepping your equipment through the airport or train station a breeze. The RoundTrip Double Ski Roller has large wheels that can tackle the slush, ice, and snow outside and roll like a dream on tile or hardwood to the luggage check in. To roll the bag you can use the top handle and pull with ease. I’m 5’9″ and was able to pull the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller with my skis and my husbands skis without any issues. If you have to carry the bag, Thule has incorporated three handles for easy loading in and out of the car or shuttle: one along the side, bottom, and top. There is also a large adjustable shoulder strap for longer hauls, which can also be removed when not in use.
The Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller features external cinch straps to make the bag more compact and to prevent shifting of your gear. The straps roughly divide the bag into three compartments or sections, as noted in the picture. You may have read my counterparts review on the Thule RoundTrip Boot Backpack, available here. If you own both, traveling with all of your gear can be made easier by attaching the RoundTrip Boot Backpack to the Double Ski Roller through the integrated loops. Rolling the bags together will free up your hands and lighten the load on your back.
The list of features continue, as Thule has included lockable zippers to protect not only your skis, but any other valuables you may choose to stash away with your skis; goggles, base-layers, gloves. All of this gear, really adds up quickly in terms of value. A lock is not included with the purchase of the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller. However, you can pick up a TSA approved lock for around $7, and it is well worth the price.
Fabric and Durability
Fortunately, the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller is built to withstand the weather and the conditions of the cargo hold and tarmac. The outer of the bag features heavy duty 900D polyester main fabric (cobalt blue sections) with a rubberized, waterproof fabric over the high wear and tear areas: along the back, top, and bottom. The interior of the ski bag features tarpaulin, fancy for “tarp like” material to provide durability and water-proofing. The thickness of the tarpaulin seems far superior to any other ski bag I have owned or tested. If the bag were to suffer damage, Thule offers a pretty stellar 25 year warranty on the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller.
Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller Capacity and Inside Features
The photo above is a bit overwhelming, as their is a lot going on in it. For starters, the photo depicts the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller’s ability to safely nestle two skis with bindings next to each other. The bag accomplishes this with the help of a padded divider that runs the length of the bindings, including my husbands ginormous binding for his mondo size 30 ski boot. On either side of the binding divider, Thule has added two adjustable buckle straps for each pair of skis. This strap system keeps your skis securely in place in the upright, protected, position. At the tip and the tail portion of the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller, there is extra padding between the nylon outer and tarpaulin liner. When traveling, I did not feel like my skis were vulnerable to the drops and drags that come along with travel, due to the included padding and my strategic packing, outlined below.
The lid portion of the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller features a separate sleeve to keep your poles protected and separate from the sharp edges of your skis. There is also a mesh zippered compartment to stash away layers, hats, gloves, or other essentials. Even with the lid packed with goodies, zipping the ski bag was a cinch. Thule also includes padded “cinch-top sleeves”, as they call them, to slide over tips and tails of your skis for added protection. I actually used these bags (light gray in the photo), as stuff sacks for our jackets and ski pants. The bags then fit snugly between the skis and offered a bit more padding between the two and freed up some space in my regular suitcase.
Thule states that the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller can accommodate skis up to 195 cm in length. The image above features my husbands 188s, which were a tight fit. I am pretty sure we could have crammed some 190s in, but not so sure about 195s. Either way, the RoundTrip Double Ski Roller swallowed our biggest and widest ski combos, making the bag perfect for our use.
If you prefer to travel solo or you are a snowboarder, then Thule has you covered with either the RoundTrip Single Ski Roller or RoundTrip Double Snowboard Roller.
The Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller retails for $239. Yes, the retail price may seem a bit steep, but I promise you, this bag is made to last and is backed by a great warranty. Pay to protect the gear you love now or pay down the road to replace your ski gear after a rough trip at the airport with a lower quality bag. Your choice. My choice is easy, check out the Thule RoundTrip Double Ski Roller.
For more information on this bag and other great products, please visit Thule.com