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Snowboarding how-to articles and tips "Should you use a snowboard bag on your roof rack?  The low-down on snowboard bags and protection"

by Frosty Rider - April 8, 2008

Dakine and Burton make some awesome board bags.  If you are just going from the closet at home and into the car to drive to the mountain and want something to store your stuff in, then you don't need too much of a bag.  Something with some moderate padding will do (like the DaKine Pipe or Freestyle). 

If you are taking your board on an airplane, you want something more like the Dakine High Roller or Burton Wheelie.  The pricier it is, the more padding and room you get.

NOTE:  Here is a little tid bit for ya.  If you are putting your board up on a roof rack (exposed kind not the box carrier kind) you better darn well put a bag over it!  (the cheaper ones have less padding and are perfect for this).  "But Frosty," you might ask, "I saw the pro snowboarders in on that movie and they had their boards up on the roof rack on their SUV and that's the way we should all do it, right?"  ... Wrong!  Pros, as cool and talented as they are, get paid to be posers.  Sad but true.  The movie sponsors want you to see their shiny new products as the Land cruiser zooms past the camera in the shoot.  The truth of the matter is that having your board up on the Thule or Yakima rack exposed is hell for it ... ABSOLUTE HELL!  I cant think of anything worse for your base than road grime and mag chloride.  Your base will lose glide, bolts rust, edges separate from p-tex and top sheet will delam way faster unless you cover your ride on the way to the mountain.  Get a cheaper bag.  Keep it in the garage for when you are ready to cruise to the mountain.  Put your board (with bindings on it) in the bag and fasten that to the roof rack.  Arrange it so the straps to not slack so they don't slap the roof of the car when at speed.  (small bungee cords may be useful).  Once at the mountain parking lot, take the bag off the roof and pull out your shiny board and bindings and take the bag and shake all the crap off it and put it in the trunk or somewhere.  Then look to the sky and give Frosty props, then go rule the slopes Smile


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