Surfboard Travel Bags

Surfboard Travel Bags

Travel Surfboard Bags: "The Best Travel Surfboard Bags Reviewed."  (Part 1)

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 10/17/2017

Here at The Surfboard Warehouse surfers are constantly asking us, "which Travel Surfboard Bag is the best?" That's a tough question, one that is often answered with another question, "Which Features are the most important to you?" The best Travel Surfboard Bag is relative, do you want wheels? Do you want a slim double? Do you want the lightest Travel Surfboard Bag on the market? Do you want a Travel Surfboard Bag that hides a surfboard to help save on the airlines fees? Do you want a Travel Surfboard Bag with lots of pockets for all your accessories? Below is my attempt to review the best Travel Surfboard Bags, however the "best" Travel Surfboard Bags need to be reviewed within the context of what you're looking for. That said, this Travel Surfboard Bag Review did turn into a pretty cool list of the top 10 Travel Surfboard Bags currently available. Enjoy.

#1 - FCS Dual Travel Surfboard Bag
One of my current favorites is the new FCS Dual Travel Surfboard Bag. If I'm being honest and 100% transparent with you, the FCS Dual would not have made this list last year. That's because FCS completely reinvented the Dual this year, bringing it up to date with FCS's 3DXFit technology. The FCS Dual is versatile and can fit one or two surfboards nicely. FCS has removed the seam on the sides of the bag creating continuous padding where you need it most, along the rails! This allowed them to add a stretchable breathable black strip down the center of the Surfboard Bag, which pulls this Travel Surfboard Bag snug around your boards. The FCS Dual takes the top spot, because at the end of the day a Travel Surfboard Bag should be all about protecting your boards and I think the unique design of the FCS Dual Travel Surfboard Bag does just that.

#2 - Prolite Smuggler Travel Surfboard Bag
The Prolite Smuggler is pure genius that has taken the form of a Travel Surfboard Bag. Designed for Travel with three surfboards, (hint, don't tell the airlines) the Prolite Smuggler actually has a false bottom so that you can only see two surfboards no matter which zipper entrance you use! Airlines charge by the board? Who cares, you're only paying for two. What's that? The airline attendant wants to check your Travel Surfboard Bag? Let them, they're only going to see two Surfboards! Fantastic design, saving you money when the airlines want to screw you and that's why the Prolite Smuggler has taken the second spot. It should also be noted that the Prolite Smuggler is available in both a Shortboard and Fish template. Making sure your boards fit in your Travel Surfboard Bag is pretty important.

#3 - Creatures of Leisure Single Travel Surfboard Bag
What? A single Travel Surfboard Bag takes the third spot? Absolutely. Single Travel Surfboard Bags have been over looked. Sometimes your just headed on a short surf trip and you don't need to take two or three boards. Enter the Creatures of Leisure Single Travel Surfboard Bag. Sometimes less is more, less bulk, less weight, smaller price tag, there's a ton of advantages to a Single Travel Surfboard Bag. Sometimes surfers want a Travel Surfboard Bag that they could also use for a quick day trip. Are you going to use a bulky Double or Triple for a quick run to the beach? No. The Creatures of Leisure Single Travel Surfboard Bag fills a niche and does it in style with the recent redesign of their entire Surfboard Bag line. Available in both a Shortboard and Retro/Fish template, this Travel Surfboard bag features a smartly designed airflow system to keep your Surfboards cool, on the roof, on the beach or in a plane.

#4 - Santa Monica Hard Surfboard Case
What a hard case breaks the top 5?!? Absolutely. Most surfers don't think "Hard Case" when they think Surfboard Travel Bag. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about using a Hard Case as your Surfboard Travel Bag, but at the end of the day, a Surfboard Travel Bag is about protection right? Well look no further than the Santa Monica Hard Case. Don't get me wrong, I love your typical Surfboard Travel Bag as much as the next guy, but the fact is, they're never going to protect your surfboards like a hard case would. Is a hard case going to cost you more to fly with? No. Is it going to be more difficult to travel with? Not Really. If we're comparing the Santa Monica Hard case to a wheeled coffin, believe it or not, the size and weight (when packed) are about the same. Is it harder to store. Yes. Will it protect like no other? Yes.

#5 - Dakine World Traveler Travel Surfboard Bag
We sell a TON of Travel Surfboard Bags and the Dakine World Traveler is consistently one of our most popular Wheeled Coffins and for good reason. Quality. The Dakine World Traveler won't let you down, as proof it should be noted that we've NEVER had a Dakine World Traveler Travel Surfboard Bag returned for a warranty claim. The World Traveler is a Wheeled Coffin that holds up to 4 surfboards and has a ton of pockets and compartments for all your other surf gear. Now, is the Dakine World Traveler the best Travel Surfboard Bag for every situation? Absolutely Not. Lets be honest, you probably don't need a Bag this big if you're just headed to Baja for the weekend. On the other hand, if your headed to Costa Rica for two weeks, this may be the exact Travel Surfboard Bag you need.

...To Be Continued.

Travel Surfboard Bags: "The Best Travel Surfboard Bags Reviewed."  (Part 2)

#6 - FCS MEGA Travel Surfboard Bag
FCS Makes Great Travel Surfboard Bags and I'm trying to keep this Travel Surfboard Bag Review as objective as possible, so it doesn't bother me at all that FCS made the list twice. The FCS MEGA Travel Surfboard Bag is obviously much different than the FCS Dual, making them both great for very different reasons. The FCS MEGA is a newer Travel Surfboard Bag, replacing the FCS Team Series Travel Bag, which was one of our best selling Travel Surfboard Bags. If you're one of the lucky few that gets to head to Bali for months at a time, or travel the world to surf, this Travel Surfboard Bag is hands down the best Bag available. It fits 5 to 7 surfboards and has a wider template to accommodate any wider Fish style surfboard you may have. The FCS MEGA Travel Surfboard Bag uses FCS's dual density foam which truly does offer unparalleled protection for even your longest surf trips.It should be noted that the FCS MEGA Travel Surfboard Bag does not have wheels.

#7 - Prolite Ultra-Lite Travel Surfboard Bag
I 100% realize that there are circumstances where a surfer needs the lightest Travel Surfboard Bag possible. Airline weight restrictions can often mean the difference between taking 2 and 3 surfboards. That's not the case with the Prolite Ultra-Lite Travel Surfboard Bag. Now, I admit this Travel Surfboard Bag is nothing fancy, all the bells and whistles have been stripped to offer you one of the lightest Travel Surfboard Bags we offer, weighing in at only 6 lbs.! Pure insanity in a Travel Surfboard Bag, but the result is a Travel Surfboard Bag that will easily beat even the toughest Airline restrictions AND it's a triple, so you don't have to compromise. Bring all three of your favorite surfboards and don't pay the Airline another fee for an "oversized" bag. A perfect reason for the Prolite Ultra-Lite Travel Surfboard Bag to crack the top ten.

#8 - Creatures Double Longboard Travel Surfboard Bag
The fact remains there there are airlines that don't have length restrictions and Longboards seek them out for their surf trips. If you longboard, the Creatures of Leisure Double Longboard Travel Surfboard Bag, is probably your go to Travel Surfboard Bag. Redesigned in the past few years this Bag has everything its shortboard counterparts have to offer. I like that it's a double Surfboard Travel Bag, as I feel that most surfers would like the option of taking two Longboards or a Longboard and Shortboard on their surf trip. Remember that the Creatures Double Longboard Travel Surfboard bag is considered a "Slim Double" meaning that Creatures has managed to reduce the bulk by about 20%.

#9 - Komunity Project Stormrider Lightweight Travel Surfboard Bag
The Komunity Project Stormrider Lightweight Travel Surfboard Bag is in a place all it's own, with a very unique design and an oversized outside wetsuit pocket with drainage. I like this Travel Surfboard Bag, it offers protection for one surfboard, with a ton of extras. The unique zipper design really does allow for easy access to anything you've got inside this Travel Surfboard Bag. While I do see the advantages of using this bag in areas with cooler water because of the wetsuit pocket, I also realize that the "wetsuit pocket" can also be used for any of your wet surf gear, including, rash guards, towels and board shorts. Having a Travel Surfboard Bag that has it's own separate area for your wet gear is a pretty cool feature, netting the Komunity Project Stormrider Lightweight Travel Surfboard Bag the #9 spot in my Travel Surfboard Bag Review.

#10 - Ocean & Earth Compact Double Travel Surfboard Bag
And this brings us to #10 on our Travel Surfboard Bag Review, the Ocean & Earth Compact Double Travel Surfboard Bag! This Travel Surfboard Bag squeaked in because of it's rubber gussets, as it's the only bag to feature thick semi-ridged rubber gussets all the way around the rails. Think bumpers for the rails of your Travel Surfboard Bag. If Ocean & Earth were to redesign the Compact Double Travel Surfboard Bag, bringing in new features and using the latest technology, there's no doubt in my mind that it would be a top three Travel Surfboard Bag. Keep in mind it's made a bit narrow, best for traveling with your shortboards, make sure to measure any Fish/Hybrid Surfboards to make sure they'll fit in this Travel Surfboard Bag.

That does it, you now have my list for the best Travel Surfboard Bags in this years Travel Surfboard Bag Review! At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Contact Info:
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.
813.436.0484
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Travel Surfboard Bags: "Tips for Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag."

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 3/23/2017

At The Surfboard Warehouse we get tons of questions from our customers about how to properly pack a Travel Surfboard Bag.  Which got me to thinking, I should probably cover some of that information for you here, as there are some tricks that can be really helpful when getting ready for your next surf trip. Obviously, first you need to make sure you're traveling with a Travel Surfboard Bag and NOT a Surfboard Day Bag. A surfboard day bag does not have the padding you'll need when it comes to keeping your boards safe during air travel, so please keep that in mind. Beyond that, read on for tips on how to pack your Travel Surfboard Bag.

Packing your Travel Surfboard Bag can be a slightly different process depending on how many surfboards your traveling with. If you have single surfboard and a single Travel Surfboard Bag, I find it much easier to pack your surfboard in this situation because there aren't multiple surfboards that could knock into each other during your travels. In this situation, take your beach towels (I'm assuming you'll be traveling with some) and wrap your board in them first. Then I would wrap duct tape around the towels to keep them securely wrapped around your surfboards and then place your surfboard, wrapped in your beach towels into your Travel Surfboard Bag. Remember to take the duct tape with you so you have it for packing your surfboards in your return trip. I find beach towels a better solution to bubble wrap because you're taking them anyway, so why spend the money on bubble wrap?

Next, a great solution for the rails of your surfboard are pool noodles! The following can be done with a single Travel Surfboard Bag or when traveling with a larger Travel Surfboard Bag that can hold multiple surfboards. Simply go to the dollar store (if you spend more than a dollar per noodle you've spent to much) and by a few pool noodles. Depending on your surfboard length and the length of the pool noodles 2 to 4 noodles per surfboard should be perfect. Once at home take each pool noodle and slit a strait line down one side with a box cutter so that the pool noodle has a side that can be opened up and fit over the rail of your Surfboards. Depending on you're surfboards and how they fit in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you may need to grab the duct tape we discussed earlier to help secure the noodles to the rails of your surfboards.

I have seen lots of tricks with cardboard on the nose and tail of surfboards when traveling, but to me that creates a hard surface inside your Travel Surfboard Bag that could damage your surfboards. If you feel the need to pad the nose or tail of your boards I would again look to the pool noodle as a much batter option. If you're traveling with multiple surfboards you may want to buy some inexpensive surfboard day bags or surfboard socks for each surfboard. Then you can put each board into it's own surfboard day bag before you pack them all into your Travel Surfboard Bag. You don't need to spend a lot here a very basic day bag or sock will do. This serves two purposes; one, the day bags will keep you surfboards from hitting each other while your traveling and two, when you get to your final destination you have a day bag for each surfboard should you choose to make day trips to other breaks.

On a final note, don't worry about packing clothes, wetsuits and other surf accessories in your Travel Surfboard Bag with your surfboards. Just be aware that any hard objects could damage your surfboards if you don't properly wrap them in something soft. Most Travel Surfboard Bags will come with multiple pockets for surfboard fins, Wax etc. take advantage of these pockets. If you can fit everything into your Travel Surfboard Bag and one additional carry on you'll avoid the airline fees for any extra checked bags. Last, refer to your airlines website when packing your Travel Surfboard Bag to make sure you meet any weight and length requirements. That said, I've found you can thrown that all out the window when you get to the check in counter. At that point being polite and discussing things in a friendly manner can go a long way. With the right attitude you might even be able to get any oversized fees waived when it comes to your Travel Surfboard Bag.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices. Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Contact Info:
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.
813.436.0484
Service@TheSurfboardWarehouse.com
Also available during regular business hours VIA our Live Chat.

Travel Surfboard Bags: "Buying a Travel Surfboard Bag and Saving Money."

An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 1/17/2017

Choosing a Travel Surfboard Bag can seem overwhelming, this is partly because you're most likely buying your Travel Surfboard Bag in the midst of planning for a surf trip, where you have a thousand other things you're planning/thinking about and that's worth noting. During the planning stage of your of your trip, costs are adding up and you're trying to save where you can. That said I can not caution you enough, DO NOT TRAVEL WITH A SURFBOARD DAY BAG in order to save money, you're asking for an costly disaster. If you're traveling by plane, you need a Surfboard Travel Bag.

The best way to decide on a Travel Surfboard Bag, is give the subject the time and research it deserves, that said if you're reading this article on TheSurfboardWarehouse.com you're off to a great start. When it comes to buying a travel bag in a cost effective manner there are ways to save. First, do not wait till the last minute, if you're buying your Travel Surfboard Bag online keep in mind that surfboard bags are bulky items and will cost a ton to express ship. Order your bag with plenty of time to spare so you can ground ship it. In the case of The Surfboard Warehouse, we offer you free ground shipping, which saves you an average of 10% - 15% on your purchase.

Next, know how many surfboards your taking so you don't overbuy. A single travel bag that holds one board will cost a lot less than a wheeled coffin that can hold up to eight! Keep in mind another money saving tip is packing most or all of your clothes in your surfboard bag, that way you can fly with just your Travel Surfboard Bag and a carry on, saving the money on an additional checked bag. This is a great strategy that you need to be mindful of so that you buy a bag that can fit everything you'll need for your surf trip. Another cost saving tip, is using your beach towels as extra padding. There's no reason to buy bubble wrap, or any other additional packing materials if you're taking beach towels anyway, simply lay them on the bottom and top of your surfboard(s) to provide that extra piece of mind.

Once you've decided how many surfboards you'll be taking and how much other gear you'll be putting in your Travel Surfboard Bag, you need to check with your airlines and see if they charge by board or by bag. Don't worry, there are cost savings to be found here too! If you're airline charges by board, make sure you're buying a Travel Surfboard Bag that can hide a board or two. This can easily save you hundreds of dollars on your trip! Now I'm not one for being dishonest, but as surfers the airlines can and will take advantage of us. I have taken several trips where my surfboards cost more each way than my ticket! If the airline charges per board, you're always only taking one or two boards and we sell Travel Surfboard Bags that can help you accomplish this goal.

With everything we've discussed so far, I believe you're search for the right Travel Surfboard should be inherently narrowed down all ready. If you're planning on taking three boards, which I think is the sweet spot for any lengthy trip, you now need to decide if you want a wheeled Travel Surfboard Bag or not. Again, keep in mind that the cost of a wheeled bag can be easily made up if you no longer have to check a separate luggage. Most of our wheeled coffins should easily fit three boards and a duffel full of your clothes. If you're using this strategy, make sure the duffel doesn't have any hard areas, exposed zippers, hard handles and metal buckles can and will wreak havoc on your boards if the airlines throws someone else's luggage on top of your Travel Surfboard Bag.

It is important to note that the most expensive thing that could happen is the airlines destroying your surfboards. The best way to insure that this doesn't happen is getting the right size Travel Surfboard Bag for your surfboards, as a snug fit equates to the best protection. While length is very important here, the style of your boards and potential travel bag is just as important. You ideally want a Travel Surfboard Bag the same size or slightly longer than your boards and you want to make sure that you're getting a Shortboard, Fun/Fish, Longboard or SUP Surfboard Travel Bag to match the appropriate board(s). Keep in mind if you're planning on padding the nose a tail of your board(s), you'll need extra length to accommodate the extra padding.

At The Surfboard Warehouse we all surf, we care, we want you to get the right Surfboard Travel Bag for your trip and we want you to save money doing it. You're a surfer, we're an ACTUAL surf shop that understands Surfboards and the Surfboard Travel Bags we sell. At The Surfboard Warehouse, on this very page, you'll see the largest selection of Surfboard Travel Bags in the world, made by reputable manufactures at great prices, including; FCS, Dakine, Prolite, Ocean & Earth, Creatures, Komunity Project, Sticky Bumps, On a Mission and more! Not sure which Surfboard Travel you need? Call us, we're here and we'll help. We typically have every Surfboard Travel Bag offered here in our warehouse, so we can pull it and put our hands on it to answer any specific questions you may have. Thank you for considering The Surfboard Warehouse.

Contact Info:
The Surfboard Warehouse, Inc.
813.436.0484
Service@TheSurfboardWarehouse.com
Also available during regular business hours VIA our Live Chat.
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