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No longer does your smelly suit need to simmer in its own juices inside your board bag. It can dry on the outside while your sled is tucked safely away. Photo: Migra

No longer does your smelly suit need to simmer in its own juices inside your board bag. It can dry on the outside while your sled is tucked safely away. Photo: Migra


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Board bags are typically a pretty straightforward proposition – they carry your crap, end of story. Beyond coming in different lengths, depths (as in coffin bags), putting a pocket here instead of there, and maybe wheels, there really ain’t much variety in the market.

That’s why the dudes at MIGRA decided to take a fresh look at an old classic. Unhappy with what was currently available in surf shops worldwide, these guys spent two years designing what they call “the world’s best surfboard bag”.

A quick look at some of the features. Photo: Kickstarter

A quick look at some of the features. Photo: Kickstarter

At first glance, you’ll notice this yellow string that zig zags across the top of the bag that can be used to carry your wetsuit, booties, towel, or change of clothes – whatever you wouldn’t want inside the bag. Presumably, this was the result of being fed up with having to throw a pee and ocean water-soaked steamer in a confined space, only to forget about it for a few days, and have some kind of science experiment brewing in a board bag. Stowing it on the outside is a much better option to allow the thing to actually dry.

Other adaptations include “multitasking rings” on both rail edges of the bag. So when you’re securing your shred sled on top of your ride, you can pass your tie-downs through any of the loops. This feature is especially helpful for the shoulder strap. You can put the strap in any of the loops in order to balance the bag while you carry. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been cruising through the airport feeling all lopsided with my board bag because I threw in my suit and the whole thing went off kilter. Not anymore!

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One of the most important things about a travel bag is protection. If you end up at your dream spot with your board split in two, you're toast. Photo: Kickstarter

One of the most important things about a travel bag is protection. If you end up at your dream spot with your board split in two, you’re toast. Photo: Kickstarter

Beyond that, the bag incorporates “double layer shock absorption” along the rails, and can also be rolled up and stored in a handy cover – I know, a bag for a bag, what? Is this Inception-style stuff? But in this case, it’s useful.

What do you think? Is this the world’s best board bag?

MIGRA just launched a campaign on Kickstarter. For the first 130 funders the price of the bag is about $189, and afterward will jump up to about $211. To learn more, check out MIGRA’s website.

 


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