P2thedoubleAwrote a review of DAKINE Fall Line Double Ski Bag on January 4, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
First, an update to my own previous question. I have two pairs of skis 179 (Volk Bridge) and 176 (Volk One) and wasn't sure if I could squeeze them into the 175 bag. Well they both fit without a problem! So that right there is a huge plus. I would say there is an extra, 2-3 inches from the tips of both skis to the end of the bag (with the other tips resting flush at the bottom the bag).
Also a quick note/disclosure on Dakine as a company in general. I have an old Dakine Vertex backpack (discounted years ago) from maybe 04/05 that I've used everyday through HS, college, grad school, and all the ski days over those years with essentially 0 issues. Their stuff is built well and lasts. And in the event that a seem starts to fray, their lifetime warranty is pretty epic. I sent in my bag for a shoulder strap seam tearing and they repaired it no charge and even paid for shipping. So I will continue to be a Dakine customer for any new bags I need.
Onto the bag itself:
-Overall, seems like great material. The inside is lined 3 of 4 sides with gray/shiny tarp material. The top side (where the boot pockets are) is not tarp material, but just a general orange polyester material. The wheels are thick and big, I anticipate they will hold up well. The bag is padded with probably 1/4" foam of some sort on all sides, with the only exception being where the boot pockets are.
-As others have said, this bag lacks any sort of retention system, but with two pairs of skis in, plus some extra clothes, I see no problem with this.
-Boot pockets are NOT lined with tarp, just the same polyester material. Not a big deal as I probably won't even use the boot pockets for my boots (I always carry on). But will definitely be useful to throw in gear/clothes. Also on the tag, Dakine says that boots will fit with only one pair of skis in, but I easily put two pairs plus boots in with no issues. She zipped up just fine.
-Space: With both pairs of skis in (see picture below), there is still a lot of room for adding stuff to pad with. I likely will throw extra shirts and other clothes in to add extra padding or wrap my bindings.
-There are two carrying handles on the bag, one on the side to carry skis parallel to the ground, and one on the end opposite the wheels to pull/push the bag when its on its wheels. I found it was very easy to maneuver and my bag had little to no sag in the middle. There is NO carrying strap, but this has wheels, so why work harder when you can, you know, just wheel it?
I was able to snag one of the BC.com exclusive colour bags and I am very glad I did. Looks great and I love how it is a little "edgy" if you wanna even call it that. Will make it cake spotting it at the airport against all of the other plain black bags.
Lastly, weight might be an issue for air travel. With so much extra room onto of two pairs of skis and potentially boots if you fancy that type of roulette, you are almost tempted to continue to fill her right up! But watch it, she'll easily top 50 lb if you aren't careful!
Very pleased with the bag and look forward to using it on some up coming trips. I will update with any other comments after several weeks of use.