Best Travel Bag?

Eimeo

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What's the latest on travel bags for 2-3 short boards up to 6'4? Anyone find something they really like that has prevented probably damage recently? I typically pack 3 boards in a 4-board coffin with tons of bubble wrap and that usually does the trick. Next trip coming up I may only need to take 2 boards and I don't have a good bag for just 2 boards. Looking for recommendations!
 

santacruzin

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I love this bag. took 4 boards with no issue and 2-3 would allow room for extra padding and clothes

Others here have had issues with pro lites durability. Never been an issue for me. Bonus it is a surfer owned US based company.
 

tedshred5

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+1 on Prolite. I've taken 2 boards on several trips with the Rhino travel bag without any issues. I get foam pipe insulation from Home Depot and tape them around the rails, cheap and easy and works well.

 

rowjimmytour

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+1 on Prolite. I've taken 2 boards on several trips with the Rhino travel bag without any issues. I get foam pipe insulation from Home Depot and tape them around the rails, cheap and easy and works well.

+1 minus foam or bubble wrap I go sock and then day bag on each board never had issues plus you got a day bag to use for travel once you arrive.
 

santacruzin

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I use foam pipe insulation on rails and have a few tips for that method.
1.Do not use the insulation that comes with adhesive, it will leave back residue on boards
2.Use painters masking tape to attach to rails
3. Make sure to pack a roll of tape for the way home. (depends on locations isolation)
 

gbg

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Foam insulation panels work really good. I have a pro lite smuggler and no way can I get 3 boards in and protect them. I wrap boards in the foam panels and no worries except for when Delta picked up my bag with a forklift and trashed it.
 
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Eimeo

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I just got this bag (https://prolite.com/collections/surfboard-travel-bags/products/pro-lite-smuggler-surfboard-travel-bag) thinking I may only take two boards for this trip, and a lighter smaller bag will be less likely to get slammed around. That said, I don't think there is enough width in the bag to get foam pipe insulation on the rails and then slide the boards in? If I were using my coffin bags, certainly. I'll have to get a piece and give it a try. Hoping Avianca doesn't like to treat my boards like Hawaiian Airlines does.
 

oeste858

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I'd be curious if anyone has tried one of these sympl bags. Nice to have some flexibility depending on the trip.
 

manbearpig

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My midnight bag is still great 10 years later but it’s bulky as hell. My buddy found a bag that “hides” the third board. Anyone have luck with that bag?
 

grapedrink

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I'd be curious if anyone has tried one of these sympl bags. Nice to have some flexibility depending on the trip.
This is what frustrates about surf companies. Brags about how lightweight it is . . . . And never lists the actual weight :foreheadslap: iirc the only company I've ever seen list the actual weight of their bags on their website consistently are creatures bags. Otherwise it does look like a cool bag, albeit on the pricy side.

I like bags with lots of internal storage, which is another aspect that surf companies do a crappy job of adding to their bags, or showing photos of it if/when they do.

My Pro Lite Finless had a rip on it after its first round trip. YMMV
 

santacruzin

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This Brags about how lightweight it is . . . . And never lists the actual weight :foreheadslap: iirc the only company I've ever seen list the actual weight of their bags on their website consistently are creatures bags.
You can find weight on amazon a lot of times. When I was hunting for my travel bag I did this.
My big takeaway - board bags with wheels are not good for weight but it sucks not having them when lugging a board bag in the hot ass tropics.


Someone should make removable wheels you could stash in carry on.The wheeled bags add 5-10 lbs.
 
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bird.LA

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Have 2 bags from Pro-Lite, a smuggler and a coffin. Both excellent. I don't put any foam or anything on my boards :shrug:
 
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santacruzin

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3 in the hybrid 7or 8’ smuggler no problem!

I got 4 in mine here and 3 in the smuggler. Both with foam on rails and towels and other padding.
You have to get the wider hybrid smuggler though.
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