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We've had our own ski gear from fairly early on in our passion for the sport. First of all we bought ourselves ski boots and then later, skis. Both of original pairs of boots have now departed to the great ski gear graveyard but, until last year, we still had the boot bags in which we carried them around, some 15 years after we had bought them.
I had bought them really cheap (£5 each if I remember correctly, but that was back when £5 was worth...) at one of those travelling ski sales that you often find turning up at a local hotel. One was in royal blue and the other pink, both very distinctive on the baggage carousel at the airport. Both were made of a tough plastic material and had endured all that the various airlines had thrown at them, until last year. On recovering the pink one from the conveyor we discovered a large cut in one side.
So, time for a new boot bag, hopefully as cheap and definitely as durable, but what make?
As it happened I found by searching the Internet that I could get a bright red Trespass ski boot bag from one of Amazon's private dealers for the princely sum of £12.99, less than half the price of most other makes, that looked as if it would do the job more than adequately. Now, I have a lot of time for Trespass products. Much of our ski gear is made by them and has always proved to be not only good value for money but also of a decent quality.
Of course, you only have the pictures on the Web to use to judge if the product is suitable but it also had a comprehensive description and seemed a good buy. I took a chance and the bag arrived in the post in just a couple of days.
It was well packaged and on opening it up it did seem to meet every need. It is larger than the bag it replaced and so has a lot more room to squash in all those extra knick-knacks that just will not fit in the suitcase, or at least, not without pushing it over the maximum item weight limit (23kgs). The bag also has a large, zipped back pocket into which additional stuff can go. The bag is more than big enough for my wife's boots and would even hold my larger ones, with room to spare.
The bag is made of what appears to be a tough canvas-like material and coated to make it resist water. The base, where the boots stand, is additionally reinforced to resist damage. There is an adjustable shoulder strap as well as the normal carrying handle. It has a large and distinctive Trespass logo and name on each side.
It's now had its first outing and survived the ordeal with distinction. There was no problem picking it out on the baggage belt and it's sufficiently rare not to be confused with another passenger's bag. It has come back a little grubby but I suspect that that will clean of with a little detergent and a brush.
So, the Trespass Ski Bag seems to have been a good purchase and great value for money. Let's hope it lasts as long as the old one did!