Building a piece of gear that can check all the boxes – and then some – on your feature wish list is one thing. It’s another thing to accomplish that while making that gear over-the-top durable and well-constructed, but that is what Kulkea has accomplished with their Boot Trekker ski boot bag. Before we get into the review for this beast of a bag I’ll say right from the top that the Boot Trekker is so feature-rich that we may miss something (though, as always, we’ll be super in-depth) and even if we tell you about the features, seeing them for yourself is different so be sure to keep an eye out for the video review of this bag in coming soon (subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE). Now, let’s get into it!
The Kulkea Boot Trekker is made primarily from a high grade 1680D, 840D & 420D (depending on location and use in the bag) nylons that are coated with a water-resistant polyurethane. In addition to that, Kulkea uses super durable tarpaulin for reinforcement on the entire bottom of the bag – bottom, front/back and sides. All stitching on the Boot Trekker is reinforced and meant to take a beating and being stuffed to the gills without blinking.
The features of the Kulkea Boot Trekker are plentiful to say the least so rather than blathering on about them in a paragraph, I’ll give you a nice complete(ish) list!
- Large front, center compartment.
- Inside the main compartment is a see-through, zippered pocket great for maps, etc.
- Also inside the main compartment is a fleece-lined goggle pocket hanging from the top of the pocket to avoid crushing.
- Front, zippered pocket containing an external helmet sling (great for allowing helmets to dry out).
- Large, top-loaded central compartment which is separated from the front side, center compartment with plenty of room for clothing.
- Small, top pocket which I found perfect for quick access to keys and the like.
- Boot pockets – one on each side for balance – which are loaded from the back of the pack and are boot-shaped to work well with the rest of the pack. The bottom of each of these pockets also have reinforced drainage grommets to let out stale water.
- Hook & loop closed vents on the exterior side of the pack that pass through into the boot pockets for ventilation and also have a thin pocket below them for extra-sneaky hiding.
- Front zippered pockets in front of each boot pocket for gloves (up to a pair in each side).
- Corded zipper pulls topped with glow-in-the-dark elements for greater visibility.
- Backpack-grade shoulder straps which use Kulkea’s “Pack Release” buckles that allow you to simply unclip the straps rather than trying to lift off a super-stuffed pack (love this feature).
- Integrated, vertically adjustable sternum strap.
- Detachable, dual-adjustable hip belt.
- Large, reinforced top handle.
The features in the Boot Trekker are so vast that you could easily pack for an overnight trip with all but your skis inside and be ready to go. I should mention though that this is not intended as a backcountry pack.
I’ll just say it: I beat the hell out of this pack last season. It’s had sharp ski and snowboard edges stacked on top of it; been crammed with WAY too much gear (occupational hazard); been dropped while loaded onto rocks, pavement, snow and ice and really just put through the wringer. But it looks like new.
Comfort with the Boot Trekker while on is really solid. Of course, the more you load anything down, the more adjusting you’ll have to do and fortunately the strap adjustability and the fact that these are not weak, afterthought straps goes a long way to finding that balance.
If you ski (and probably snowboard as well), the Kulkea Boot Trekker is certainly something you need to check out. Its ability to keep all your gear in one, well-designed place made my ski season so much better when heading from trip to trip. Its $140 price tag may seem up there for just a “boot bag” but this is really a lot more than that and the durability will have you using it for a long time which makes shelling out the cash for this kind of quality not such a big deal.
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Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).