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Tried and True Review: Dakine Boot Locker

Ahhh, new gear, does it get much better? Yep, having that gear perform well for years and maybe still look decent too. The Tried and True Review highlights those awesome pieces of gear we have used, some for many years, while suggesting new gear from the same manufacturer based on our observations that will get you through a few more seasons.

Dakine Boot Locker Ski and Snowboard Bag

Years ago, maybe five, my husband gifted me this Dakine Boot bag. I haven't done a lot of reviews with that kind of longevity behind them. I figured I owed you one by now. This is the bag I use every single time I head to the slopes. It's not an occasion bag, not a bag I take on a special ski trip. It's THE bag. I can assure it's not lacking tries or tests.

I have to tell you flat out. It has completely held up. This is the actual photo of my bag. I swear it looks brand spanking new. I've had no problems with the zippers becoming stubborn, nor can I detect a single rip or tear in or out of the bag.

Dakine boot locker after years of use

I have loved the separate compartment for the boots. It's a genius tarp lined section, with two small drains. I'm always careful not put the bag on the seat of my car as it is designed to allow some moisture to creep out.

The top section of the bag is plenty big, also tarp lined. My helmet fits easily along with all my other ski garb. It has a shoulder strap as well as hand held straps. Although the pattern is from years ago I still get compliments like crazy on it.

In my pre-boot-bag-life I would bring my boots seperate from my bag and carry a gym bag kind of thing. And for quite some time many skiers had a boot bag, for the very purpose of keeping clothing and wet boots as far from each other as possible. This, of course, meant we were all dragging two bags around.

My minimalist bag approach never served me well. If I needed an extra layer, perhaps a gator, maybe a warmer glove, or even a lighter glove I lacked the capacity to carry all the options. Having a big enough bag, with an attached yet independant boot compartment seems to marry the two concepts beautifully, and to that I say, "I do".

About the Author

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy P. Smith

Lindy is a wannabe athlete. As a Utah native and skier she’s a born powder hound and will steal your line if you’re not careful. In the summertime you can find her trail running, swimming in a lake and cycling her way around Cache Valley. Lindy Graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and enjoys writing about all her adventures and misadventures.

Lindy with daughter

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