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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
In the past, I just used bungee ties and strapped my old skis real tight to the luggage rack on top of the vehicle. Now that I have 1. New skis that are 2. twin tip, I'm not totally sold on that being the best way to transport them. I could just turn the old skis backwards and there be no wind problem, even going 80+ mph down the interstate. I think this could be an issue with the new skis. Do I need to purchase one of those ski clamp / racks to attach to my luggage rack or is there an alternative way to accomplish this?

Nordica soul rider - 185cm

Thanks!
post #2 of 26

May sound obvious but if your car isn't packed with people carry them inside. You can fit skis in very small cars. If you carry them on top make sure at least your bindings are covered.

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

There will be 6 people in the vehicle, 3 of which will be young kids who bounce around all over the place on an 18 hour drive. Inside is basically not an option.

 

I will cover the bindings - thanks!  The thing that worries me the most is that one of those ski tips are going to catch too much wind and cause damage to the ski.

post #4 of 26

I don't think yu'll have a problem with damage in the sense of stress to the skis' structure. It would be the bindings and bases that would take a hit from the grit on the road. Just make sure the tips are at the back and put ties around tip and tail plus your binding covers. When I've carried skis on top for a long journey (24 hours from my home to the alps) I've used a top box. You can get lots of other things in there as well and there's less drag for fuel consumption (not as much of a problem over there as in Europe maye) I've no idea if you have them in N. America but over here they cost about £200+ ($300) or you can rent them from some ski shops and travel organisations. They're well worth the investment. I've ha mine for about 10 years. It carries 6 pairs of skis and boots easily and clothing as well.

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Adie View Post

May sound obvious but if your car isn't packed with people carry them inside.

Unwise choice. If you are ever in an accident loose skis inside your vehicle can cause you serious harm. My car was totalled in a head on January 18 (totally not my fault) and luckily my skis were in a box on the roof. Box and crossbars ripped from the roof, flew 25 feet and exploded. If the skis had been inside I doubt I would have walked away. You think it will never happen to you. BTW Austrians really know how to build skis - my new Cochises didn't have a scratch.

post #6 of 26

Good point. I should have said to put them in seatbelts which I do if i carry them in the car. Perfectly secure there.

post #7 of 26
I have a truck so it's no issue for me but my friend swears by his Thule carrier in top of his STI. It long enough and tons of room, sadly they aren't cheap. There is also soft top versions that are much cheaper, never used them though.
post #8 of 26

The carrier top would be ideal as one can load up extra bags, supplies on top too.  If you seldom need one, maybe you can borrow one from a friend?

 

I too have a truck so they ride in the bed but when we've used a minivan and loaded with folks, I've imply strapped em on the rack in their ski bags.  Keeps em all clean and the bags tend to have fixed handles one can run straps through.   I strap em down pretty tight and check em once in a while.

post #9 of 26

If you have a luggage rack, either get a box or strap them on yourself.  I wouldn't waste my time with anything inbetween.

post #10 of 26

I'm not sure how "core" the OP is, but strapping them down tightly to the luggage rack should work fine.  You won't loose the skis if you have them securely fastened.  Road film seems bad for the skis if you're a type A person, but for the average skier you won't notice.  They'll be a bit dirty and you may have a few rust spots on your edges, but they'll ski off.  Road film for the BINDINGS is a different story.  Make sure that they're well covered and you're good to go.  Of course, a rooftop box is the best solution, but not always practical.

 

Have a great trip!

post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
"put the tips at the back"

That's what I'm trying to say - I did this with my old skis and they never caught any wind no matter how fast we drove. But, the new skis have 'twin tips' or both the front and back of the ski are raised, so either way will catch air while driving.

As far as covering the bindings, can I just use some towels or other cloth to wrap them? I don't see why this wouldn't work, but then again, I never knew to cover them before this thread.
post #12 of 26

Anything that prevents dirt and water getting in will do, so waterproof is best. The front of your twintips will be more pronounced that the tails, so tips first as said. It won't do the skis any structural damage either way, just use straps front and rear as mentioned before.

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Adie View Post

Anything that prevents dirt and water getting in will do, so waterproof is best.

I'm not so sure about water.  After all, snow collects around bindings and later melts into them and I've never heard of it being a problem.  It's sand and grit that can wear things down and gum up the works, so a hunk of cloth should be fine as long as it's held on really well so that it won't fly off.

 

As for twin tips, I used to go all over with my Pocket Rockets on the roof rack and nothing ever happened to them.  Just make sure that they are held down really well and forget about it.

post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 

Got it - thanks!  I've got more than enough straps to keep them down tight. I'll just add the towel or something over the bindings and we should be good to go.

 

Thanks all!

post #15 of 26

Posaune, water from the road can get sprayed from other vehicles. The grit and salts in this can be corrosive when it gets into bindings. Obviously good clean water would be of no consequence.

post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Adie View Post

Posaune, water from the road can get sprayed from other vehicles. The grit and salts in this can be corrosive when it gets into bindings. Obviously good clean water would be of no consequence.

Well, you may be right, but before I got my rooftop box I carried skis on top of the car with no protection at all for many years and never had a problem that I could discern.  The OP is going on one trip.  I really doubt that there will be any problems.  

 

Anyway, I don't know how to hermetically seal a pair of bindings on the top of a car.  If you put plastic around the bindings, the water will probably ooze in and then be trapped with no way to evaporate.

post #17 of 26

Sure there may be no damage but not worth the risk in my opinion. I started out carrying them protected years ago on the advice of experts. I don't see any reason to change for the sake of a bit of protection. I have some old salomon covers that seem to do the job very well. At the end of the day it's up to the Op. I'm just tryng to offer help after 30+ years carrying skis in all manner of means.

post #18 of 26
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I'm just tryng to offer help after 30+ years carrying skis in all manner of means.

As am I with 50 years of experience.

post #19 of 26

I wasn't playing a game of 'my dad's fatter than your dad' just stating a case. Surprised you're not aware of the need to protect bindings after so long in the sport. It would be interesting to have release checked after a few protected then unprotected trips. I think sometimes going with perceived wisdom is just smart.

post #20 of 26

just remember to  fasten them to something - as learned from experience on the 401 - no fun looking for them in the bushes on the side of a freeway 

post #21 of 26

if not using a carrier or wishing to pick up a an inexpensive bag or two but want to protect the bindings .... duck tape and cheap cut up tarp or even decent brand trash bag over the bindings on paired skis should work fine.  I've used the stretch wrap (8 inch with cardboard tube handle) one finds for packing and shipping.  One can wrap the bindings up pretty decent and haul the roll with you on travel.  Quick and easy and I find the stretch wrap handy for all kinds of packing on travel.  If flying, I wrap address cards onto the ski's prior to bagging em, just in case they get misrouted, etc.

post #22 of 26

For those who use the roof top boxes like thule or similar, how do you secure the skis inside the box so they don't bounce around?

post #23 of 26

The boxes have internal straps to tie down skis but I never use them as too much hassle. Never had skis damaged but it might be a problem if I was driving logging roads. I do put a piece of 1/4" plywood in the bottom of the box in the area of the bindings to avoid point loading the box.

post #24 of 26

I've also tried many different ways to get the gear and myself to the mountain over several decades.  We all do the best with what we have.. inside the car secured...on the roof in a ski bag.. the bags only last a few hundred miles before they start to wear through from flapping around against the tips and edges.  I replaced bags every season but still wasn't about to cough up $400 for a decent ski box.  Finally found one on Craigslist for 50 bucks yahoo.gifWay better, especially if bringing multiple pairs on a trip.  Now, I haven't gone to the trouble of using the straps inside the box to tie them down in there.  However, whenever I really have to stomp on the brakes hard I wonder if the skis are going to slam forward, punch through the front of the box, and nonono2.gifthrough the rear window of the vehicle in front of me.  So far, that hasn't happenedbiggrin.gif

 

I still wouldn't pay $400 for a ski box if something happened to my current ski box.  I'd go back to the nonono2.gif in the car and on the car hassling around with them.  .. and keep my eyes open for another used ski box.

post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I've also tried many different ways to get the gear and myself to the mountain over several decades.  We all do the best with what we have.. inside the car secured...on the roof in a ski bag.. the bags only last a few hundred miles before they start to wear through from flapping around against the tips and edges.  I replaced bags every season but still wasn't about to cough up $400 for a decent ski box.  Finally found one on Craigslist for 50 bucks yahoo.gifWay better, especially if bringing multiple pairs on a trip.  Now, I haven't gone to the trouble of using the straps inside the box to tie them down in there.  However, whenever I really have to stomp on the brakes hard I wonder if the skis are going to slam forward, punch through the front of the box, and nonono2.gifthrough the rear window of the vehicle in front of me.  So far, that hasn't happenedbiggrin.gif

 

I still wouldn't pay $400 for a ski box if something happened to my current ski box.  I'd go back to the nonono2.gif in the car and on the car hassling around with them.  .. and keep my eyes open for another used ski box.

At least $400 is cheaper than convince your wife that now you need a pickup truck just to have a good place to carry your skis. I have some thule ski racks, what I'm gonna try this season is to get some of those rossignol binding covers which I know don't work by themselves and use some black diamond ski straps to secure the covers in place. Hope that works, I really would like to have a box but rebuilding my garage door would be really expensive! mad.gif

post #26 of 26

SRSLY, skiers got by just fine for decades without ski boxes.  I shudder at the thought of raod salt in the bindings, but can't document any instance of real ski damage assuming the skis were rinsed and dried after the trip.  What's so nice about a ski box is being able to bring 3-4 pairs so you don't have to worry about guessing conditions wring when you arrive at the mountain and wish you had brought the other pair.. and don't have to worry about leaving expensive gear in plain sight in or on a car outside a motel or parking lot.

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