If you are anything like me, you spend hours, days, and weeks researching and comparing the latest products for all your favorite activities, as new gear is released each season. We spend our hard earned money on the best products that we can afford…sometimes because of our superb abilities…and sometimes because we believe the best products will make our mediocre abilities superb. Unfortunately, after making these purchases, many of us then neglect to also make the proper investment to adequately protect our fine gear while traveling, or during simple storage in our garage or basement in between trips and expeditions. Fortunately for us, the fine folks at Sportube have made the protection of our ski, snowboard, and fishing gear their mission.
The Sportube concept was conceived in Vail, Colorado by Highland Trading Company back in 1996. The lightweight, high-density polyethylene plastic cases are designed to protect skis, snowboards and sporting equipment while traveling by plane, train, automobile or shipping via FedEx/UPS etc. Wheels on the cases make your sports gear easy to handle, and allow you to pull it along with you like a suitcase. Sportubes can be checked with the airlines, or shipped with FedEx/UPS if you want to avoid the hassles of the airline check in and baggage claim process. Over the years, the Sportube designs have been tweaked and refined, and they are regularly recognized as leaders in the industry.
We tested the Series 3 Lindsey Vonn Special Edition Sportube, which is the larger model designed to accommodate snowboards and/or multiple pairs of skis. The Lindsey Vonn Special Edition Sportube cases come with a variety of their available accessories. The first is the handy Nik Nac Pac, which helps organize tuning equipment, gloves, and goggles. The Lindsey Vonn Special Edition also come with an ergonomic Easy Pull handle, a TSA airline compliant combination padlock, and a brand new Manufacturers Limited lifetime warranty. The larger Series 3 cases also come with a Strap & Band Kit to strap gear together and help keep things from moving around too much inside the Sportube during transit.