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post #1 of 14
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I KNOW that exposing your skis to the highway elements is a BAD THING......have read the (multiple) threads. 

But just for arguments sake, lets say some uber gaper just can't avoid putting their skis in a roof top ski rack (the rubber clamp kind) twice or so per month for about an hour each way (the other 8ish times per month the skis are cozy inside the vehicle).  My (ahem) friend would like to know....What is the best way to minimize the damage?

post #2 of 14

Binding covers -- the zippered nylon things.  Hmmm.  Haven't noticed them in awhile, wonder if they still make them (and if they fit over wide skis).  If you are feeling paranoid, use some saran wrap or duct tape to seal the leading edge.  

Tips or tails first used to be irrelevant, but I wonder if modern fat skis can catch enough wind to start oscillating.  Just to be safe, put the widest or most rockered end facing the back.

 

Wipe them off right away when you arrive.  If there was road salt, wipe with a wet rag, and then dry them.

 

Skis are pretty sturdy. For example, people jump off things and purposely land on their skis.  They will be fine.

post #3 of 14

Ski bags.

Check them for holes; they flap in the wind and wear a hole eventually.

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Ski bags.

Check them for holes; they flap in the wind and wear a hole eventually.


Even before they tear holes, is the flapping bad enough to drive you a little batty?  I have always assumed so and that is why I never tried them.

 

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Ski bags.

Check them for holes; they flap in the wind and wear a hole eventually.

I've done that too, but it can be a hassle.

You want to avoid big bits flapping.  Roll over excess material and get the rack to clamp it.  If they are too long, figure out some way to fold over and secure the extra, if you can.

I have a roof-top box that I use when I have a full car and can't put skis inside.  Haven't used it recently.  Hmmm I wonder if my current skis (188's) will fit in the box.
 

 

post #6 of 14

4 hours per month?  Pffft.  I do that 4 hours per week, no damage or malfunction.  I don't care what EpicSki says, it's not that big of a deal.  Throw them on there and get to skiing.

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4 hours per month?  Pffft.  I do that 4 hours per week, no damage or malfunction.  I don't care what EpicSki says, it's not that big of a deal.  Throw them on there and get to skiing.


I like that.   And may I say that between the alien/calf fetus and the current zombie eskimo (?) I believe you have the most interesting avatars of anybody here!

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I like that.   And may I say that between the alien/calf fetus and the current zombie eskimo (?) I believe you have the most interesting avatars of anybody here!

 

LOL

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp2txd0tQ8U

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37BMplDzJPE

post #9 of 14
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Ok so not a Zombie eskimo...still pretty cool.  May have to watch the show(s)

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Hmmm I wonder if my current skis (188's) will fit in the box.
 

 

I've put 204s in my Thule 21 with a few inches to spare.
 

I used racks for most of my life and the skis never melted.  Leaving your skis in the garage for storage is also very bad, but lots of people coddle the skis in a 600 dollar ski box then nonono2.gifstand them up in the garage or shed for 9 months of the year.  We're all hypocrites about some thing or another.  Ski box is better, but a bagged ski on a rack a couple times a year is no big deal if you don't care that much about the bag ripping some.

 

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Ok so not a Zombie eskimo...still pretty cool.  May have to watch the show(s)


 

Same here.  It's been a few years.

post #12 of 14
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For those who have (or will), reply "roof top box".  I actually have one, the problem is that my skimobile has recently become my dailymobile when I turned in my leased fancymobile and did not replace it (in no small part as a cost cutting measure to ensure more skiing).  The box makes the total height to tall for most of the parking garages I routinely go into during the course of my job, and I am waaaaay to lazy to put it up/down 2-3 times per week.  Plan to get one of the really low profile boxes next year, but that is next year.

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I've put 204s in my Thule 21 with a few inches to spare.
 

I used racks for most of my life and the skis never melted.  Leaving your skis in the garage for storage is also very bad, but lots of people coddle the skis in a 600 dollar ski box then nonono2.gifstand them up in the garage or shed for 9 months of the year.  We're all hypocrites about some thing or another.  Ski box is better, but a bagged ski on a rack a couple times a year is no big deal if you don't care that much about the bag ripping some.

 

Ok, this is weird.  Only the first line shows up in your post.  The second part in the quote box is not there.

 

As to the box, I remember when I bought it thinking that the boxes got shorter as skis got shorter.  I don't feel like going down to the garage to get the model right now (think its a Thule in the Discovery series) or check the length.
 

I agree ski racks aren't that bad.  I used to use them all the time.  As I said, skis are tough -- people actually jump up and down on 'em.

 

Actually, leaving them in a box till the next morning is probably worse than transporting them on a rack and letting them dry.

post #14 of 14

If you use the ski bags, be sure and get the skis out of the bags as soon as possible.  DO NOT STORE SKIS IN SKI BAGS; the moisture trapped in the bag will very quickly lead to premature rusting.

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