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Sportube introduces Padded Boot Bags

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For Immediate Release:

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Paul Hields

Highland Trading Company


Sportube, the World’s number one manufacturer and supplier of protective hard sided cases for skis and snowboards, introduces padded boot bags and boot packs that feature Case compatible Hitchin’™ Technology.

Vail, CO (7th January 2014) After focusing for almost 20 years on the manufacturing and distribution of blow molded, high density polyethylene (HDPE) hard sided cases for protecting valuable winter sports equipment, Sportube is proud to introduce to the ski industry two top of the line, padded boot bags.

Carry on or Check it

Each bag features top quality lightweight, but strong materials and utilizes components from world renowned suppliers like YKK. Expertly designed and well-structured back pack straps and panels with shoulder load cinches make for a very comfortable carry regardless of weight. “When used as a pack these bags sit high on your back and don’t pull away or drag you down like many other boot bags of this nature” says Paul Hields Founder of Sportube products.

Hitchin’™ technology improves convenience and functionality with the ability to quickly and easily attach the bag to a Sportube for an effortless roll through the airport to the check in desk. Padded boot compartments provide ample protection to contents from the abuses of airline travel.

Hitchin’ Technology

Utilizing Hitchin’™ technology, hitch your boots, helmet and clothing in the Freerider™ bag to the back of your Sportube and effortlessly wheel it across the parking lot to the airline terminal. Then check this large capacity bag and thanks to the strong, durable materials and padded boot compartments your gear will be safely on its way to your destination. If you’d prefer to throw the bag onto your back and carry it, you will be impressed by the comfort, padding and load position of the bag.

No confidence in the airlines getting your gear to where you want it, then carry-on your boots and enough clothing for a day on the slopes with the Overhead™ boot bag. A padded boot compartment and back panel ensure that there won’t be any boot buckles or heals jabbing you in the back. This neatly designed back pack meets airline carry on specifications by measuring 45 linear inches so it will fit in most overhead compartments. With your helmet nestled on the outside in its own quick release helmet pod, you are good to go.

“We are excited to venture in to the very challenging and competitive soft luggage market. We feel our bags complement our existing hard cases and while utilizing different materials and fabrication methods believe that our philosophy of ‘Pack and Protect’ still stands firm” Hields says.

About Sportube

Established in 1995, Sportube is the World’s number one supplier of hard sided travel cases for winter sports equipment and manufacturer of fly fishing specific rod cases. Sportube cases are assembled with pride in the USA using the best quality raw materials and components. Sportube has three models of ski and snowboard cases and two-rod tubes. Each model is ergonomically designed, has wheels for easy transport and carries a 5-year or Lifetime Warranty depending on Model. For more information visit the Sportube website at