Rhino Longboard BoardBag Review
I have had numerous surfboards over the years and boardbags to offer protection for my quiver. Some boardbags have been alright, some have been good, but my favourite brand has to be Rhino. Rhino offer the highest quality board bags at very competitive prices. While the cheap Rhino 5mm day bags are fit for everyday use, it didn’t have the padded comfortable straps, thick padding which are included with the more expensive Rhino Black Series.
I would rather spend a bit more money and get quality and protection for my surfboard which cost me over £600. I don’t understand buying a cheap day bag? It’s ok if you never plan on leaving the country with your surfboard, but who in their right mind would entertain that idea? I thought surfing was about exploration for waves, and the waves sure do suck in the UK at times. A 10mm travel bag is what I use for everyday use, and for travel aboard.
The Rhino Black Series board bags are the business when it comes to protecting your surfboard from those pesky baggage handlers. They are available in all shapes and sizes, from retro, shortboard, fish mini mal, longboard and SUP. Armed with 10mm high density foam padding, this board bag is armoured to protect your surfboard from blows and knocks. I have a 9’0 performance longboard and my surfboard fits nicely into the 9’1-9’3 bag with loads of excess room. This excess space is brilliant because I can pack extra foam inside the bag to protect the surfboard further. To date I have never had a bad thing happen to one of my boards on a plane due to using this bag.
This board bag is just quality throughout, and it’s easy to carry due to the padded straps. It’s not easy carrying a 9’0 surfboard with a strap which digs into your skin and bones, especially if you have a heavy log to carry across Heathrow. Also there’s a strap located on the deck of the bag, this is handy for loading the board.
If you want to travel with your centre fin attached to the board there is a zip slot which you can slot the fin through. Also you can zip the bag up at the tail so the bag has a slimmer fit, if you don’t have the fins fitted. In the tail area of the boardbag also features a large stash pocket for wax, fins, pants and socks.
Another thing I liked about this bag is the protection for the tail. As you can see from the photo my board has a really sharp pin tail which would come to harm if it met a hard surface. There is a 10mm foam flap to go over the tail, which adds 20mm of protection.
I have owned this boardbag now for 4 years and use it daily and for distance travel. My cats have scratched the hell out of it. However, this bag is bullet proof and still looks like it did when I first got it, even though the cats have used it as a scratching post.
I would genuinely give this boardbag a 9/10 for because it provides very good protection, feels quality and it doesn’t cost that much when you compare it to other brands. Well worth a buy no matter which shape your surfboard is. Get your surfboard stuck inside one of these boardbags you won’t regret it!
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