An Expandable, Rolling Ski Bag That Packs Small for Storage


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We're not sure what inspired a couple of inventors to name their new ski bag the Douchebag. If it was just a ploy to get some attention then, well, it worked.

But it wasn't the name that made us want to introduce you to it here at the Gear Shed. It was the smart design. This six-and-a-half-foot-long ski bag is length-adjustable, it rolls easily, and when you're not using it, it compresses smaller than a sleeping bag for easy storage.

But that's not all. Possibly the Douchebag's most awesome feature is the sling shoulder strap that's set up so you can drag the whole pack through the airport even when both hands are full.

Check out pro skier Jon Olsson demoing his prototype bag:

The Douchebag is the result of a collboration between 150 opinionated skiers, an industrial designer/ski bum, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The seven-pound bag is made from the same stuff as the rubbery-feel North Face duffels with plastic plates reinforcing the sides. Despite its name, the Douchebag could quickly become one of our favorite new things to bring to the airport. Available November 2012, $229;

—Berne Broudy