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closing ski brakes - skis on backpack

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I'm likely heading to Tuckerman Ravine in a few weeks and have been fooling with tying my skis on a backpack.  I got them secure using A frame method.  But it seems like the ski brakes might end up poking me in the sides.  I'm rigging them on a framed typical but small backpack.  Would it hurt anything to forcefully close the brakes by tying them closed?  The skis are not really going to fit clean against the sides of my pack.  It's only a 3-4 mile walk with them, so i don't need the most perfect set-up, just something that'll last that long up and down.


Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 3/23/14 at 6:55pm
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I'm likely heading to Tuckerman Ravine in a few weeks and have been fooling with tying my skis on a backpack.  I got them secure using A frame method.  But it seems like the ski brakes might end up poking me in the sides.  I'm rigging them on a framed typical but small backpack.  Would it hurt anything to forcefully close the brakes by tying them closed?  The skis are not really going to fit clean against the sides of my pack.  It's only a 3-4 mile walk with them, so i don't need the most perfect set-up, just something that'll lost that long up and down.

 

 

rubber bands

post #3 of 8
It won't hurt anything. And using a thick rubber band, like the ones that come on broccoli, will be easier than tying.

Edit: ^ great minds...
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I was looking for wide velcro or something at hardware store that would hold the tips better than rope and I got these Gear Ties by Nite Ize, which are made of rubber around a wire, they will do the trick, won't slip like rope.  i have a combo pack of them ordered which should do good with closing the ski brakes.

post #5 of 8
For tying tips together, go with the classics:
post #6 of 8

For fixing the brakes in the up position when ski tuning I use a piece of inner tube cut cross section about 3/4 inch wide and knotted in the middle to create two loops. One break arm goes threw one loop, them the tubing is stretched over the binding heel piece and the other break arm goes the the other loop. It is a lot stronger than rubber bands.

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I use a 1" wide piece of motorcycle tube but do a lot of tuning. If I were you I would bring a few feet of para cord and tie if needed.

post #8 of 8
like said wide rubber band for the breakes and voile straps for the tips...
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