If you’ve ever been waiting for oversized luggage at Denver International Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport or Burlington International Airport—chances are that you’ve seen a SporTube. SporTubes are the hard plastic ski or snowboard cases that might just be the best way to protect your boards when traveling.
The Series 2 SporTube can hold two pairs of skis and poles within its hard plastic shell. It features wheels and an Easy Pull Handle to make navigating the airport concourse a cinch. SporTubes aren’t limited to air travel though, you can ship them via FedEx or UPS and you can also strap them to the roof rack of your car.
However, there are a couple of drawbacks to the SporTube when you compare it to a traditional ski bag. Your skis have to be packed a certain way to fit into the SporTube—this can be a bit tedious and time-consuming. There also isn’t much room for other gear or equipment in the SporTube—skis, poles and a few extra small items is about all you can fit in there.
Despite a few shortcomings, the SporTube Series 2 protects your skis better than just about any other bag or case. If you’re looking to protect your boards when traveling—and with most new skis and bindings costing over $1,000, you should be—this is your best bet. Add in the wheeled convenience of the Series 2 and the versatility of using it as a checked bag, on the roof of a car or shipping it—and the SporTube Series 2 is hard to beat.