Hey Guys, I got a GREAT one for you today! Dakine has come out with their new Travel Surfboard Bag line and I wrote one of my best pieces yet on their Bags for our website. Again, the delay in posting sooner was do to baby Isla, she’s doing well and will be ripping in no time. The original article is posted here, Enjoy!
Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags: “A Review of the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag Line”
An Article By: Chris Hough, CEO: The Surfboard Warehouse
Originally Posted: 4/6/2017
Dakine Travel Surfboard Bags have always been a personal favorite of mine, I’ve used several over the course of my surfing “career” and I’ve never had one let me down. That said, Dakine has just released their new line of Travel Surfboard Bag and there have been some changes. I believe that Dakine is moving in the right direction, but, in my opinion there’s still a bit more they could do to hone in their Travel Surfboard Bag line. This and more discussed below, if you like geeking out on Dakine gear read on!
First, lets talk about what Dakine has done right when it comes to the new Dakine Surfboard Travel Bag line. Quality. I decided to tackle it with that one word because the quality I have come to expect over the years is still there and in a world where everyone seems to be cutting costs, it’s nice to see that Dakine has opted not to sacrifice the quality of their Travel Surfboard Bags to save a few bucks. Everything you would expect from a well made Travel Surfboard Bag is there, durability, functionality, padding, comfortable handles and shoulder straps, pockets, as well as some extra features you’ll grow to love.
More specifically, lets talk about some changes and some of the new Travel Surfboard Bags has added to their line. First and it’s brilliant, Dakine has added the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag to their line. We, at The Surfboard Warehouse have been begging for a bag like this from Dakine for years. We’ve seen the trends, guys are traveling with shorter wider Surfboards and this bag delivers. Now, if I’m being completely transparent with you, we did wonder why Dakine chose to make this bag a “single” Travel Bag, where every other similar Travel Surfboard Bags in their line are what we call “slim doubles” and can effectively hold one or two surfboards. This would leave those of you wanting to travel with a Shortboard and a Hybrid or Fish effectively out of luck. Anyway, something to think about and something I will personally ask Dakine about should I get the chance. Other wise well done Dakine with the Dakine Recon Hybrid Travel Surfboard Bag, which can be found at the below link.
Dakine has also added the “Peahi” Travel Surfboard Bag for those of you that chase big waves. While we realize this is a small market, we do get a good number of people looking for a Travel Surfboard Bag that they can use with their big wave Gun and now we have it. The Dakine Recon Peahi Travel Surfboard Bag Gun is one of the “slim doubles” I was talking about early and can carry two Guns, up to 11 ft. long. Other standouts with the new Dakine Travel Surfboard Bag line as always, is the Dakine World Traveler, one of our most popular wheeled Travel Surfboard Bags year after year. Here the only thing we might ask is that Dakine make one size smaller with the Dakine World Traveler, say a 6’0″ or 6’4″, which goes back to my point earlier, surfers are traveling with smaller surfboards.
Something else we love this year is the Dakine Tour Regulator that can hold between 6 and 8 surfboards! What’s interesting about this surfboard bag is that it has 3/4 foam padding on the side walls, more padding than we’ve ever seen in a Travel Surfboard Bag, so way to go Dakine. If you’re traveling with a big group, or a ton of surfboards make sure to give the Dakine Tour Regulator Travel Surfboard Bag the once over. In retrospect, Dakine absolutely crushed their Travel Surfboard Bag line this year. Every flaw that I could come up with was mentioned here and if I’m being honest it was hard to find them.