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Price-wise, ski bags can range from as low as $20 to as high as $200. Why is there such a huge differentiation in price? In most cases, it has to do with the type of material that is used for the construction of the bag, the type of zipper, whether are not the bag is padded, and the type of stitching that is used in the seams.
First, let's take a look at the weight of the fabric, which is expressed in Denier. Denier is actually the weight of the yarn that is woven into the fabric. It can be compared to the thread count of your sheets. For nylon bags, look for a Denier count of at least 420D in nylon and 600D in polyester. Also, bags that have a tighter weave are more resistant to abrasion. In most cases, nylon is a stronger fabric than polyester. Cheaper bags are usually made of ramie, ramie polyester blends or cotton ducks. However, you get what you pay for. These bags do not last very long. Be sure that you ski bag has a PVC laminate coating, as opposed to a liquid one. PVC laminate strengthens the seams of your ski bag, and makes it waterproof.
Finally let's talk about zippers. In most situations, tooth zippers are a better choice than coil. Tooth zippers are easy to snag, and difficult to unsnag. If a tooth zipper is broken, it's best to throw away the bag. It will cost less to replace the bag than it would to replace the zipper. Luggage coil zippers come in sizes 5, 8 and 10. The larger sized coil zippers are easier to unsnag and repair. In general, larger sized coil zippers ski bags will be more expensive than the smaller ones. Better luggage will also have two rows of stitching holding the zipper to the fabric.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|