Athalon

The best way to know if something works well is to use it. When you purchase from Athalon, what you're really buying is 30 years of trips around the globe, updates, thrills, chills and spills. It just makes sense to test things that way, so you know whether the equipment really works the way it's intended to work. If you're into adventures, Athalon probably has a bag for your needs, whether it's for winter sports, golfing or even riding your Harley. They know it all and they know it well. The thing about bags designed to carry a lot of stuff is that they can get heavy, lopsided and hard to carry. Athalon knows that, and this is where all that experience and real-life use comes into play. They figure out the issues and fix them. They make sure the bags are balanced and—in the cases of their larger bags—give the buyer several options to carry the bag with things like hideaway backpack straps and internal dividers to make sure your equipment stays in top shape while you're lugging it around. All the stress points are reinforced, so they don't break down. That goes for the handles, straps and all of the seams. And they're all made as lightweight as possible and water repellent, because you never know what you'll get yourself into. While Athalon makes a lot of different types, one of their specialties is having a wide variety of bags for ski enthusiasts. Let's be honest, ski enthusiasts have a lot of unique backpacking needs. So there are boot bags, ski bags, snowboard bags and also combination bags. Those items are tough to lug around, especially with a helmet to consider as well. But there's a reason Athalon has remained a top name over the years. They get it.