My surfboard just fell in love.
Summary: The Daylight Noserider Surfbag is a Rareform standout, with reliable construction, stunning aesthetics, and well-conceived ergonomics. Made from upcycled billboard advertising, Rareform gets a gold star for environmental responsibility and innovative design.
What: Daylight Noserider Surfbag, Size 8’0”
Where to Buy: www.rareform.com
Would I recommend to my best friend: Just did!
*Disclaimer: I am part of Outdoor Women’s Alliance’s (OWA) Bend, Oregon Grassroots Team and was sent this bag to test while on a surfing trip. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange for the bag, only to post my experience using it. There is no profit, of any kind, for participants or for OWA.
At OWA, our aim is to review products, publishing only those that we feel would make outdoor women happiest in the field.
What it is: A surfbag is essential to protect your fragile surfboard from the daily bumps and bruises of travel and storage (and protect your vehicle!). They make carrying your board easier and protect it from the suns ultraviolet rays, which can cause delamination. Essentially, quality surfboard bags, like this one, will extend the longevity of your board and help ensure its safety.
Testing Grounds: Known for big swells, wild winds, and stunning remote miles of rolling dunes, the southern Oregon coast is both underrated and unparalleled. With a six-day window for adventure, I packed up my gear and headed to Bandon, a small coastal town in this region. The cold Pacific waters here are familiar; they are the waters and beaches I grew up with.
My plan was to explore the section of coastline tucked between Bandon and Hubbard Creek. Intermittent rain flurries couldn’t detract me: a five-foot swell was expected and I was excited to zip into my wetsuit in the early morning hours.
In my venture, I navigated dune sheets, paddled tide pools wearing my dive mask, found a “singing” cave, and scaled at least one rock face. My surf bag made all this hiking much easier than carrying my board without one.
I am notoriously hard on my gear, and I expect it to preform at a high level. I value products that are aesthetically compelling, tough under pressure, and simplistic in design. Throughout this trip, this board bag proved to be all of the above.
The Daylight Noserider Surfbag was tested with my board: a Custom Rob Russo, Size 7.9.
Heavy duty, corrosion resistant zippers
¼” foam padding
Polyester nose protection
Velcro Fin slot
UV/heat/Water/Mildew resistant tarpaulin
Removable/adjustable shoulder strap
Sturdy material, solid construction
Fit my board like a glove
Large zippers, fluid zipper movement
Ample foam padding
No two bags are alike, each bag is unique
Modern, vibrant design
Eco-friendly, created using upcycled advertising billboards
High-quality construction, tarpaulin is bombproof
Easy to clean, no hidden nooks for salt and sand to hide
Comfortable, well-balanced shoulder strap for hiking
Hard to securely close the Velcro fin slot
If you plan to travel you will need a more supported, travel-specific bag. This is a true ‘day bag’.
No interior pocket for wax and goodies
The Daylight Noserider Surfbag is a foreword-thinking, high-quality product. I love both its simplicity and functionality. The unique designs has an aesthetic gravity, being both eye-catching and trendsetting.
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About the Author: Jana is an avid backcountry skier and designer based in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about fitness, skiing, diving, surfing, and careful design. With a background in product material design Jana is fascinated with the fusion between sustainable design and the outdoor sports industry.
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