When it comes to putting together a comprehensive set of surfing gear for the 2017 season, there is a wide array of items to consider. Of course many people will immediately gravitate to the big items, obviously the surfboard itself, wetsuits, waxes and all the more standard surfing fare. What about travel and portability equipment though? Some surfers might think that if they are careful with their boards, then they will not need any kind of travel or portability oriented surfing equipment.
This is not exactly a wise approach to take though, since accidents can and do happen, and usually when we are least expecting them. In today’s surfing product marketplace, there are tons of different travel and portability solutions out there, and it can be tough to narrow them down to the best available products for your 2017 surfing season. For the benefit of surfers everywhere, of all skill levels and ages, we have compiled a brief list of the best surfing travel and portability gear items for the 2017 season.
When we are talking about the importance of having high quality surfing portability equipment items, the clear justification at hand is the simple fact that surfboards generally cost a lot of money and should therefore have their value preserved in any possible way. You definitely do not want to invest in a high quality, premium surfboard, only to leave it unprotected and vulnerable to damaging accidents that might be out of your control.
If for no other reason, the protection of your surfboard investment should be a strong justification for investing in a high quality surfing portability product for the 2017 season. Let’s face it; in spite of surfboards being tough objects, they can actually be very fragile if damaged in the right (or wrong) way. For this reason, we recommend you continue reading on to find out which are the best surfing travel and portability products available in 2017.
After realizing that they really should invest in a product designed to protect their expensive surfboards, some surfers then make the mistake of thinking that any old product will do. This is another common misconception, since investing in an inferior quality surfing portability bag could potentially not provide sufficient board protection and end up being a waste of money.
It can also lull you into a false sense of security about your surfboard being protected, when in fact a cheaply made surfing travel bag might not be adequately safeguarding your board and it could still be highly vulnerable to damage. Not only can more cheaply made surfboard portability products fail to safeguard your boards, but they themselves are liable to quickly break down and wear out over a relatively short time frame. Do yourself a favor and check out these top five surfing travel and portability product options for the 2017 season, and there’s no way you will go wrong in your selection!
One of the highest selling, and best rated surfboard portability and travel bags on the market in 2017 is the Travel Triple Wheelie All-Purpose Surfboard Bag by FCS. This is a serious surfboard bag, designed for people who tend to do a fair amount of traveling with their surfboards. It is also intended for those surfers who will be transporting up to three different surfboards at a time, assuming each board is at or under the 7’6’’ length on this bag. Although this 2017 surfboard travel bag is definitely not cheap in any way, it is a premium option for some of the more serious wave riders out there.
Constructed using 10mm Dual Density Padding, and a Heavy Duty Polyester Skin, this is a surfing travel and portability product that can sustain some serious abuse and still keep your boards safe. There is also extra padding along the board rail sections, to ensure even more safeguarding of your surfboards and prevent any minor dings or scratches during transit. Another great feature on this particular bag that is less emphasized by other inferior surfing travel items, is the Long-Life Marine Zipper design. This design ensures that zippers will not break down and seize up after a lot of exposure to the wet, salty marine air, which is a major plus in terms of making the bag last a lot longer.
There are also several pockets to store leashes, waxes, and other surfing items as well. One of the absolute best and most convenient features on the Travel Triple Wheelie All-Purpose Surfboard Bag by FCS has to be the inclusion of a durable wheel set in the bottom of the bag, allowing the owner to pull their surf bag like a suitcase for added comfort and mobility. Currently retailing at around $350.00, this is definitely not a bag for your “once in a blue moon” type of surfer. Rather, it is an excellent and especially tough bag that will hold up to the use and abuse of avid surfing athletes for a long time.
Serving as a signature pro model surfboard portability bag, the Timmy Reyes Smuggler Series Surfboard Travel Bag by Pro-Lite is a perfect example of a surfboard bag being sold at a mid-level price range, while offering top-level quality. This bag is also available in multiple different sizes, including a 6’0’’ option, a 6’6’’ option, and finally a 6’10’’ option for those with slightly longer shortboard surfboards. Designed and constructed using a 10mm thick Air-Lite Foam composite in the padding, this is another surf bag that can handle a lot of punishment without ever seeing any damage to the surfboard.
The outer layering on this bag is composed of 600D Polyester, which is an ideal material for both durability and resistance to marine conditions. They don’t call this bag the “Smuggler” for nothing, and in fact this particular bag has some interesting features that back up the name. For one thing, there is a false bottom built into the bag, so if you are flying with your surfboards you can have three boards in there but only two of them will be visible when the flight personnel check your bag. This can help increase the volume of boards you can travel with, and also the cost of transporting them.
Featuring a 24’’ width on each iteration of the Timmy Reyes Smuggler Series Surfboard Travel Bag by Pro-Lite, these bags are covered with useful pockets that can allow you to easily store your wetsuit, surf wax, and other basic items. Retailing at around $230.00, this surfing portability bag series is a great option for surfers who want a heavy duty, high-capacity bag without spending too much money.
Next up on our countdown of some of the best surfing travel and portability products available in 2017 is the 3DXFIT Day Longboard Surfboard Travel Bag by FCS. We simply had to include a high quality longboard bag in this buyer’s guide, and this one from FCS definitely made the grade. Sold in an attractive teal and silver color scheme, this bag is sold in several different sizing options. This makes it a versatile option for those longboard surfers who might have a few different board sizes to contend with.
Sold in an 8’6’’ length option, a 9’2’’ option, a 9’6’’ option, and a 10’2’’ option as well, the 3DXFIT Day Longboard Surfboard Travel Bag makes sure that everyone can find a version that works for their specific longboard surfboard. Considering the overall larger size of this longboard bag, it is amazing that it can still be so lightweight. At 30% less weight than the average longboard bag competitor, this is a bag that makes longboard transportation a breeze compared to other models. Featuring a Contoured Stretch Fit, this longboard portability bag from FCS uses a proprietary Armadillo Strip system that allows the bag to ventilate air freely, while at the same time keeping a snug fit around the longboard.
At a single longboard capacity, this is a bag that can definitely stand up to the elements. It also incorporates Long-Life Marine Zippers into the design of the bag, giving it a high degree of resilience in the marine environment. On top of all that, this bag is especially affordable as well! Retailing at around $150.00 brand new, the 3DXFIT Day Longboard Surfboard Travel Bag is a steal considering how well is has been designed.
For a highly functional and extra compact surfing travel bag for 2017, check out the Roll Top Shortboard Surfboard Travel Bag by Wayward Stock. This bag might be more on the cheaper side, but it was not designed or constructed cheaply. Featuring a 600D Magnatuff Polyester outer shell design, and a 200D Nylon Oxford Cloth internal lining, this is a bag that will protect your board on both the inside and outside. Another cool feature on this surfing travel bag for 2017 is the Variable Length Roll-Top Closure system, which can accommodate surfboards all the way up to 6’8’’ in length. Constructed in Washington, this is a product that is made in the USA and built to last a long time.
This surfboard travel bag can be purchased in two color options, which include an Olive/Black and a Burgundy/Black option depending on each surfer’s individual preference. Not only is it well made, but the Roll Top Shortboard Surfboard Travel Bag by Wayward Stock is also highly rated by customers, as it currently stands at a 4.8 rating on some of the biggest online retailers. Selling at only $130.00, this is a high quality surfboard bag that can protect your board while in transit without you having to shell out a ton of money for it.
Pro-Lite is a company that is known for producing high quality surfing portability and travel bags, and their Wide Ride Session Limited Shortboard Travel Bag is no exception to that high quality standard. In addition to being exceptionally well designed, this is a bag that is aesthetically attractive as well with its two-tone Tan and Brown appearance.
It is also sold in several different sizing options too, with a 5’6’’ option, a 5’10’’ option, a 6’0’’ option, and a 6’3’’ option depending on how big your shortboard surfboard is. Pro-Lite definitely stands behind their products too, given that they have placed a two-year warranty on the Wide Ride Session Limited Shortboard Travel Bag. This should give peace of mind to those surfers who might be on the fence about investing in a high quality surfboard travel bag, since you can always consult with the company if anything fails on the bag inside of two years after purchasing it.
With a single board capacity, this surfing portability bag is sold in a 24’’ width. It is outfitted with a semi-reflective and heat resistant 266 Polyethylene bottom section material, and 420D Super Light Ripstop Nylon on the top side of this surfing travel bag. Sold at only just over $100.00, the Wide Ride Session Limited Shortboard Travel Bag by Pro-Lite is definitely one of the best values for a shortboard surfboard travel bag in 2017.