March 20 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
Palmer Hoyt Endorses KULKEA’s Boot Trekker
We were thrilled when asked about the Kulkea Boot Trekker, Palmer Hoyt Professional skier, Author and Coach said, “It’s the best ski boot bag ever!”
Palmer went on to explain, “Equipment is so important to skiing. Having a Kulkea ski boot bag that carries such a huge volume of gear and apparel in a smart and organized manner is awesome.”
We asked Palmer about features that set Kulkea boot bags apart from others, “The serious hiking grade support system and the differentiating features like the helmet sling, glove pockets, pack release, close-able boot vent windows, alpine boot shaped boot pockets combined with the attention to detail like higher waterproofing lines makes this the BEST BOOT BAG I have ever used.”
We asked if there was anything else Palmer wanted to share, he simply stated, “Every skier needs a Kulkea ski boot bag.”
Palmer Hoyt is a Professional skier, author and founder of Love to Ski, and Director/Head Coach of the 5 time National Collegiate Freestyle Skiing Champion University of Colorado Freestyle Ski Team. More about Palmer Hoyt.
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January 10 in Product, Reviews by Steven Comments Off
KULKEA’s Boot Trekker a “Fave for this Season”
In their online article, Stuff We Like: Boot Bags – No matter your needs, these boot bags deliver, the good folks at SKI Magazine provided another great review for the KULKEA Boot Trekker. In the article introduction, it’s clear that Berne Broudy has lived through some of the same challenges KULKEA ski boot bags help to overcome. ”Hauling your gear to the hill…can be a messy proposition, with gloves falling in the snow, goggles getting left in the car, etc.”
The solution, a great ski boot bag, “Can solve the problem by tucking away your goggles and gloves as well as your ski pass, extra layers, lunch, sunscreen, and anything else you need for a day on the hill.”
In the review KULKEA’s Boot Trekker was identified as one of SKI Mag’s “Faves for this season.”
“If organization is your main priority, Kulkea’s Boot Trekker is your bag. It carries your boots, one on each side with a closable vented panel. But boot carrying is only one of its functions. A large central gear compartment can be packed with bulky fleeces, snacks, helmet cam accessories, water bottles and more. A soft goggle pouch protects your eyewear, while designated single glove pockets help ensure you’re not leaving the resort without one. Dual wide mouth forward pockets hold more gear—use one for each kid you’re keeping track of, ID holders, document pockets, external zipper pockets, and clear zippered pockets—there is a pocket for everything you could possibly need to stash. Carry your load with adjustable padded shoulder straps and a waist belt, all sewn to a supportive back panel.”
In addition to identifying several unique features, we’re happy to read the call of our back friendly feature, “One of our favorite features: a back-saving pack release buckle that lets you disengage one shoulder strap and drop your load without twisting and bending. A deployable helmet sling holds your lid, and you can strap everything else onto a front gear loop.”
See SKI Magazine’s Boot Trekker Review.
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November 4 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
“Ingenious” Must Have for the Slopes
The Ski Trekker and Boot Trekker were reviewed by Kari Bodnarchuk, long-time skier and writer for the Boston Globe. In her article, 8 must-haves for the slopes Kari shared our enthusiasm and understood the utility of the All-in-one ski and boot bag, “Kulkea’s ingenious new bag, the Ski Trekker, was created by a Westwood dad who understands the challenge of carrying mounds of gear. It can haul one pair of adult skis, plus boots, clothes, and other equipment in an organized, civilized way.”
She also appreciated and highlighted the Ski Trekker’s feature-rich design, “The backpack-style bag, with pockets galore, has a sleeve that extends through the main compartment and holds a pair of skis in place, a boot pocket on each side with air vents, a helmet sling, a snow cover, a microfiber-lined goggle pouch, and other handy pockets. The bag has adequate back and shoulder padding for hauling your load from car to base lodge.”
Finally, Kari pointed out some of the unique benefits of our Ski boot bag “Kulkea’s Boot Trekker includes similar features, but has two large main compartments for storing gear.”
We at Kulkea are really excited that Kari enjoyed the Trekker series and hope you will too! Learn more about Kari.
8 must-haves for the slopes also ran in the Boston Sunday Globe’s November 4, 2012 print edition.
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August 22 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
KULKEA PUTS THE SKI TREKKER TO THE TEST!
We couldn’t resist. Although the Ski Trekker ski & boot bag was developed as a recreational skier pack to go from parking lot to lodge, we were dying to see how far we could push it. We had to give it the challenge of Tuckerman Ravine, NH, the birthplace of US backcountry skiing.
In March 2012, we put the Ski Trekker into the hands of avid VT backcountry ski trekker, Andrea Gallitano. Andrea regularly pushes himself and his gear to the extreme. His favorite stomping ground is the Northern Presidential Range in NH, which he has trekked over 40 times, including skiing Oakes Gulf, the Munroe Brook, the Ammonoosuc Ravine, the Cog Rail, Mount Munroe and, of course, multiple visits to Tuckerman Ravine. Prior to testing the Ski Trekker at Tucks he relied upon various 40-110 litre packs with compression strap systems for carrying skis.
Here is what Andrea had to say after climbing Tucks three times using the Ski Trekker:
“The Ski Trekker is superior to other systems, and clearly my pack of choice. The Ski Trekker holds skis more firmly than packs designed for A-Frame uses. The Ski Trekker does away with the hassle of additional fasteners to hold my skis (eg: bungie cords and duct tape). Further, when I am unsure of the terrain I will encounter, the Ski Trekker allows me to simultaneously carry my crampons, skis, skins, snowshoes, poles and an ice axe.”
Andrea was also impressed with how the Ski Trekker allowed him to avoid banging into trailside rocks and obstacles, and with the ability to easily elevate skis for downward trekking.
The Ski Trekker is still the solution for men and dads to help families go from parking lot to lodge, but we know Andrea can’t wait to get out there again with the Ski Trekker.
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February 16 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
The folks at EpicSki.com also attended the SIA Snow Show in Denver and wrote a review on the Trekker series of Ski and Boot backpacks:
“Kulkea’s two initial products are the Ski Trekker, designed to carry both skis and boots, and the Boot Trekker, with a children’s Boot Trekker coming soon. David Abramowitz, who owns the company and designs the products, says that his mission is to make products that are conceived by skiers for skiers. He designed his packs to have place for everything — including gloves, goggles, and helmet, as well as boots and skis. The compartments are well organized and easily accessible. The pack releases with a touch of a button, which makes removing a loaded pack a breeze. The bottom “tarpaulin” material is sewn up the sides to prevent water-marking when the packs are placed on and in snow.”
“Kulkea packs look like a great solution for families and weekend warriors who schlep their gear from the parking lot to the lodge.”
Read the full review on EpicSki.com
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February 10 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
The Ski Trekker received yet another positive review, this time on GearJunkie.com. After checking out Kulkea’s all in one ski pack, Sean McCoy wrote a review calling out some of the great features and functionality of the Ski Trekker. Sean realized that there was an underserved need for the Ski Trekker as it, “solves a simple problem by organizing all the gear needed for a day on the snow.”
Another spot on observation is that the all in one ski & boot pack is durable and convenient, “the bags appear tough and great for throwing from basement to car to hotel room and back again.”
Sean understood that while the Ski Trekker has many uses it was designed, “for general ski gear transportation” to help keep your ski gear safe and to get you on the snow quickly in an organized manner, “keeping everything protected and in one place.”
Read the full All-in-one Ski pack review here.
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February 4 in Reviews by Steven Comments Off
As posted previously, Kulkea’s debut of the Ski Trekker Ski & Boot backpack at the Denver SIA Snow Show brought many positive comments. After the show, Brian O’Connor at KineticShift wrote a review of the Ski Trekker. He too understands the challenges skiers face, “The rush of getting to the slope sometimes means that your gear is strewed all over the car, which inevitably means that something will be left behind.”
Further, Brian indicated that Kulkea’s innovative approach provides a solution, “ transport all of your Alpine gear from the car to the slope in one backpack. The new Ski Trekker is designed to not only hold your boots, helmet and gloves, but also your skis.”
The ability to carry all of your gear in one bag not only keeps your ski essentials together it also helps take the schlep out of skiing. We developed the Ski Trekker out of our personal frustration of trying to keep track of and carry all of our gear, and helping our kids get their gear to the lodge. We knew that there had to be a better way and were amazed that no one had come up with it. After years of development, several designers and good ole trial and error, we prevailed. Full KineticShift Ski Trekker review.
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