We travel a lot with our bike so are always looking for solutions to make lugging a bike around that bit simpler. So on our recent trip to Whistler we tried out the Polaris Axial Pod Bike Bag. The Polaris Axial Pod is soft shell bike bag. Having only really travelled on flights around Europe with my bike before I was a bit apprehensive about putting my most treasured possession through a connecting long haul flight and rough Heathrow baggage handlers.
Packing the bike in the bag was really simple it was pretty clear exactly where everything was supposed to be strapped in and it all felt pretty secure.
We arrived at Edinburgh Airport and the Axial had it first proper test it had to make it to the check in desk and it had to weigh under 23Kg. After a 3 hour car journey down from Fort William at 2 am the last thing we wanted to be doing was lifting heavy boxes around the airport so I was delighted to have wheels attached to the bike bag. The straight alignment of the wheels meant that the bag did however have a tendency to drop over to the side when you lifted any sort of height off the ground with the front handle. The handle was pretty tough on your hands as well with such a heavy load in the bag.
However I did discover that if you lifted the bag slightly higher with the two handles on the either and dragged it along it was so much simpler to carry and also made it easier to carry it for longer periods of time rather than having to pull in for a pit stop every 10 metres.
As soon as we reached the terminal in Edinburgh Airport we headed straight for the check in desk to get rid of the heavy load.
With a 12 and a half hour in transit I was slightly worried about my bike getting damaged in transit but there was a sufficient amount of padding in the case, so I had a fair amount of confidence in it.
12 and a half hours later we touched down in Vancouver…. Unfortunately our bikes didn’t! They missed the flight! So the bikes (and the bag) were going to be in transit for 36 hours in total!
After being thrown about airports for so long I was convinced that there would be some damage to the bike or very minimally the bag! The bikes arrived in Whistler delivered straight to the door. Looking at the bag no damage was visible (always a bonus). I opened the bag and the bike looked absolutely fine the true test would be when it was built up.
The padding worked!!! I built my bike up and it was fine! The Polaris Axial Pod really provided the necessary protection!
One other major benefit of the Polaris Axial Pod is how easy it is to store! There were 4 of us sharing a studio so all floor space was require.., no room for bike bags. So thankfully the plastic reinforcement strips that give the bag it shape and structure simply slip out allowing you to fold the bag up and store it away easily!
I really rated this bag! It’s not without its flaws and could do with some adjustments. If the bag were easier to lift it would make the transportation of the bike a whole lot simpler. The general weight of the bag is fairly heavy, and with airlines like BA only offering 23kg you aren’t going to be able to carry anything else in the bag bar your bike and if you have a heavy DH rig you’re probably going to be overweight! Despite those adjustments that could be made the bag did the job! The bike was undamaged during travel, the bag was simple to pack everything had its place, the easy fold away design makes the bag ideal to travel with! The bag also comes with a pouch that you can put your pedals and tools in, which you then put into the netted pouch inside the bike bag! This bag is definitely worth a look at if you are in the market for a new one! It can withstand anything PROVED by the fact it survived the Heathrow Baggage handlers!
Brand: Polaris Bikewear
Colours: Black/Greeen, Blue Print, Green Print