Test Gear: Db Bags Djärv 3-4 Surfboard Coffin

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The world is finally opening up. For most of us, that means grabbing three or four boards, wetsuits or board shorts and a few accessories, and heading them to your favorite surf hole. For that, you’ll need a travel bag – a protective membrane for your most valuable surfcraft that can withstand the rough beatings of all the Edward Baggagehands lurking in airports around the world.

Travel boardbags aren’t exactly the sexy corner of the surf market. Technological innovation in this sector has not exploded, and yet you cannot travel without them. So it’s time for this must-have to receive an injection of technology and design.

With a background in producing snowboard gear, Norwegian company Db Bags have added some innovation to traditional travel bags in terms of fit and compressibility, coated the whole thing in a matte black finish and tweaked it. called “surf luggage”.

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Their Djärv 3-4 Surfboard Coffin is said to balance style and substance, offering adequate protection and wheeled mobility – while looking cool and rolling nice and compact when not in use – ideal for Easily transport your surfboards from point A to point B.

Wait, who?

Having cut their teeth in snowboarding and skiing in 2009, Db Bags entered the surf gear market in 2018. They call their Djärv 3-4 Surfboard Coffin, “The First Skateboard Bag, compressible and protected by ribs”.

To unbox this claim and test the bag myself, I grabbed three dusty boards from the racks and flew from London to Lisbon. From there, I took a five-day road trip, exploring the rugged coastline and epic waves from Cascais to Peniche. Every day I tossed the bag on the roof of my buddy’s Land Rover before tackling 4×4 trails and rough terrain, and every day my boards remained unscathed. A few mud marks and scuff marks on the bag, sure, but that was to be expected.

Design

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From the sleek black design to the unique rib technology and foam protection, it’s not about style over substance. While easy to use, this thing is pretty much bombproof. Between its wheels and its ability to cling to other Db bags or roll up into a small ball, the bag represents a real innovation in boardbag technology. Scandinavian engineers (from the same part of the world as IKEA) add value with deft and ingenious design touches.

Capacity vs Weight

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The bag measures 209 cm long x 57 cm wide x 20 cm deep. I packed it with three boards – two standard shortboards and one step-up – ranging from 6’0″ to 6’4″, the thickest being 2 5/8″ thick. Those who are young or fairly talented at surfing thinner surfboards could fit four in. However, he won’t fit anything above 6’6″, so mid-lengths are ruled out.

Capacity wise it’s a hefty 238 litres, and even with my three boards I still had room to pack a 4/3 hooded steamer, booties, leashes, fins and a towel. It also comes with pre-shaped bags that allow you to add your soft items (toiletries, first aid, energy bars, etc.) to create snug protection for the most vulnerable areas of your board: the nose and neck. tail. The bag weighs 14.5 lbs (6.58 kg), which is on par with most triple to quad caskets on the market.

Durability

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Main fabrics and backing fabrics are made from 100% chemically recycled polyester from post-consumer waste, and come in Db’s signature blackout finish – a USP that really works. Additional protection comes from Rib Cage technology – a supposedly stronger and lighter protection system, best evidenced by the panels that run down the side of the bag. These panels also allow the bag to be folded away when not in use. There is also 10mm PU foam padding all around the bag, with 15mm padding on the nose and tail.

I’ve taken two flights, both on Ryanair – which are generally known for their disdain for customers lugging luggage larger than a backpack – and none of my boards had a single scratch. This may or may not be due to the asymmetrical handles on the top of the bag – another great innovation – which require baggage handlers to pick up the case with their hands on either side rather than the industry standard center handle, preventing handlers from moving the bag with a violent, swinging or pendulum action – a technique that often results in the bag flying through the air…never a good look. There’s a center handle, but it folds up, so a handler should really go out of their way to put their mitts on it.

Ease of use

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Like twin-fins or long-sleeved springsuits, wheels on a boardbag seemed to go out of style for a while there. And if you’ve ever dragged a triple boardbag, suitcase and backpack through a string of airports, you know why they’ve come back in style. I swear I once missed the first two days of surfing on a trip to G-Land, because my side and back muscles were so down and one of my arms was stretched twice its cut.

Luckily, the Db Bags Djärv comes with sturdy custom wheels. Another welcome addition is their Db Connection System, which allows you to link all Db luggage together – each with small, strategically placed metal hooks that slip into fabric loops. By attaching the boardbag to the Db wheeled suitcase, you can transport both with ease, and with one hand. For example, Lisbon Airport is known for its cruel 600-meter walk between the rental car drop-off and check-in gates. Between hooks and wheels, Db has been an absolute lifesaver. No balance boards on a cart, no running over small children, hands free to grab the passport.

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The “foldable” claim has also been verified. The ribbed technology allowed me to roll the bag up and, using the hooking system, tighten it into a ball. There are clear instructions printed inside the bag, and it took me 90 seconds to fold the empty bag down to 30% of its original size. As I tend to stay in some of the smallest hotel rooms known to man, this is a pretty neat tip for surf trips. After unpacking, I put the rolled up bag away in the closet of my little bedroom shoebox.

Verdict

After spending a week up close with this boardbag, I have to agree that this is the first ever, packable, rib-protected skateboard bag – a coffin that protects your boards and is damn easy to carry. For any trip that requires more than two surfboards, where you can expect punishment in transit, the Db Bags Djärv won’t let you down. Aesthetically and in terms of design, it must be a market leader. The trade-off is the price, which is on the higher end of the triple-to-quadruple board bag spectrum. However, when something looks this cool and comes with a lifetime warranty, it’s a trade-off worth investing in. Db says that the Djärv 3-4 Surfboard Coffin is not a surf bag, but rather a surf luggage.

Either way, it’s a bit of kit you need in your life.

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How to get one

The bag can be ordered online at dbjourney.com. There are also several resellers, mainly surf shops, in the United States, Australia and Europe. The bag retails for €399 in Europe, $450 in the US and $610 in Australia.

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