Words by Mike H.
Packing for a surf trip? Lucky you! Now you need a board bag to keep your oh so precious little puppies safe. Enter the Dakine Surfboard Bag Review – Regulator Triple.
Ask my shrink – traveling with surfboards has resulted in some serious mental scarring over the years. There was the time in Tonga when I pulled my fresh Channel Islands rounded-pin out of the bag to find the nose of the board snapped off – clean. Or that time in Kauai when my board bag – atop the luggage trolley – went flying off and cartwheeled across the tarmac. Everyone waiting to board the flight pointed and laughed, like it was somehow funny.
Suffice it to say, traveling surfers need the best board bag they can get their paws on to survive the savage baggage handling they‘ll likely endure. While my strategy used to be buy a big bag, one where you can swaddle your quiver in tons of extra bubble wrap & upholstery foam, I have a new theory.
Now on my 5th coffin-style bag, I’ve found the Holy Grail with this epic Dakine Surfboard Bag, the Regulator Triple. Taking a more contoured, minimalist approach – one that more closely matches the template of my sub-7’ boards – this bag allows me to do a smidgen of strategic padding on the nose & tail, but otherwise rely upon the bag’s built in, 3/8” closed-cell padding do the protective trick. The result is a much smaller overall package, one that is less likely to wig-out gate agents and result in exorbitant overage fees. (Regardless, be prepared for baggage fees and shop your airlines accordingly.)
The Dakine Surfboard Bag Regulator Triple also employs a heat reflective “energy shield” fabric on the topside so boards don’t bake and wax doesn’t melt like magma. The bottom is beefy 600D to stave off abrasion from conveyor belts and the occasional drag. Heavy duty, corrosion proof zippers seal this board burrito tight so you needn’t fear a blowout. Oh, and there are handy internal pockets for fins, leashes and anti-stress medication.
Have you had good/bad experiences with this Dakine Surfboard Bag or other manufacturers surfboard bags? Let’s talk in the comments…
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