I previously used a manufacturer produced tunnel bag, which had a great bag/sled interface and was fairly roomy. However, it did not have a lot of extra features, and the ones it did were intended to work solely with products from the same manufacturer. The main annoyance was the shovel “pocket” that looked like it was made for a kids sandbox shovel.
I happened across the e-series tunnel bags from Sled Solutions (www.sledsolutions.com) and they looked sweet. They have a number of dividers and straps inside the bag, a large shovel pocket and strap and a dedicated shovel shaft pocket on the side. Additionally, they looked like they were pretty bulletproof and had some body to them so they wouldn’t collapse if they weren’t stuffed full. I ordered one up.
There are two different sizes (Max and Mini). I ordered the smaller size and was a little nervous that it wouldn’t be big enough. However, I personally like to err on the side of a little smaller than bigger where tunnel bags are concerned. What showed up was AWESOME! The bag looked exactly like it did online and every feature was well thought out and worked well. The shovel and shaft pockets fit my Voile shovel just right and are the best designed that I have seen. While it is crucial to have your shovel on your person if there is any slide potential at all, sometimes it is nice to keep it on your sled if you are going out for a trail ride to a lodge, etc. The best part about the shovel storage is that it does not interfere with the bag opening or operation in any way. Overall, the bag size is just right for my needs and was about the same size as my previous bag, but with a more efficient design. The min measures 12Wx12Lx7H and holds 950 cu. in. of gear. The max steps it up to 12Wx16Lx7H and holds a giant 1200 cu. in. of gear.
You can tell this bag was built by serious sledders, as the design and feature set are well thought out. There are plenty of internal pockets, dividers and straps to keep your bag organized and prevent things from bouncing around. The zippers are waterproof and buttery smooth. As advertised, the sides are slightly stiff so that it keeps its shape and does not flop around. The bag does not leak, even in heavy snow, and is designed to be 99% waterproof.
The e-series bags attach to your tunnel via 4 straps that run through included flip-up fasteners that you rivet to the sides of your tunnel. I chose to modify the fastening system to better fit my application and utilize a couple of the existing fasteners. I am not sure if they would recommend doing it this way, but so far so good. The bag can be oriented in either direction so that it fits your sled perfectly. Since it sits on top of the tunnel cooler in most cases they have included some insulation in the bottom to keep the bag contents from heating up. It also has four feet on the bottom that stand it off the tunnel a little and help keep it from getting abraded from making full contact with the tunnel.
I have had the bag with me on every ride since January and it has not let me down once. If you are looking for a new tunnel bag, I would highly recommend the e-series tunnel bags from Sled Solutions at http://www.sledsolutions.com