New Pro-Lite Travel Bags For 2017 Reviewed

New for 2017 Pro-Lite has released a pair of cool new travel bags and some updates to a favorite. For a quick strike mission or months abroad, these bags are ready for anything. 

1-2-3 Convertible Shortboard Travel Bag

The 1-2-3 Convertible is the most revolutionary of the new models and is unlike any other travel bag we’ve seen before. Basically, this is a triple board bag that can be unzipped in the middle to give you two single board bag, both with 10mm padding. When packing your boards, you would place one board in each bag and one board in between the bags. Once they have been packed out, you zip the two bags together with the third board in the middle. This is the first bag we’ve ever seen that allows you to divide it and the possibilities are pretty exciting.

This would be a good alternative to owning two travel bags; a lightweight single travel bag and a triple bag for longer trips. It’s kind of hard to visualize without first seeing it in action, so check out the video below for a demonstration on how the bag can be separated.

Buy the Pro-Lite Boardbags 1-2-3 Convertible Shortboard Travel Surfboard Bag

Ultra-Lite Triple Shortboard Travel Bag

Pro-Lite Boardbags Ultra-Lite Triple Shortboard Travel Bag

For the traveler looking for the best lightweight bag out there, Pro-Lite just dropped the Ultra Lite Triple Travel Bag. This bag strips all the extra fat and leaves you with the lightest travel bag possible. This bag is meant to hold 2-3 shortboards, has internal dividers, 10mm of foam protection with a reinforced nose and not much else. It’s insane how light it is without feeling cheap or fragile and only weighs 6lbs. This spared weight will save your shoulders some wear as you schlep it through airports, bus terminals, and down roads. This shed weight can also pay off at the airport as heavy board bags are often handled a little rougher and with less care.

Available as either a 6’6″ or 6’10”, this is a solid pick for most trips unless you plan on packing a lot of boards or longer step up/gun style boards.

By cutting out a lot of extra, sometimes costly, features, the price on this bag is cheaper than most and a fair deal at $219.95.

Buy the Pro-Lite Boardbags Ultra-Lite Triple Shortboard Travel Bag

Smuggler Series Fish/Hybrid and Limited Edition Bags

Smuggler Fish/Hybrid Bag

The popular Smuggler bag has been out for a few years and it’s now being offered in a fish/hybrid cut for surfers who ride with some extra width. If you haven’t seen the Smuggler bag before, it allows you to pack three boards in, while maintaining the appearance of only holding two to the untrained eye. This trick pays off, literally, when you’re at the checked baggage counter of any airline that charges “per board”. With some airlines charging $150 per board (Looking at you China Air) this bag is 100% worth it for international travel.

The regular shortboard Smuggler is also now available in a cool blood red color that looks pretty killer. Other than the color, this bag is identical to the original Smuggler Shortboard Bag.

Limited Edition Smuggler Shortboard Bag

Buy the Pro-Lite Smuggler


There are more travel bags than ever available to surfers and it’s rad to see companies like Pro-Lite pushing the boundaries to make traveling with surfboards easier. If you have any questions about these bags or anything on our site, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-888-546-6176 or shoot us an email via

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A part of the Cleanline Crew since 2015, Stefan can be found answering any questions you might have about surf gear on the phone, online or in the shop. Always stoked for the next stretch of good surf or shipment of boards, Stefan rides and uses the gear he writes about. When he's not at Cleanline, Stefan is out in the water, on a bike, or playing music.

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