Since I got the Fischer Vacuum I started checking my boots. Worst case scenario, it's just another hour or so and $$$ to mold a new pair and a footbed :)
I just got back from Vail and had the Douchebag packed to 48lbs with 2 pairs of skis, 2 pairs of poles, and 2 pairs of boots (mine and the wife's). However, it was the first time I've used the Douchebag on a family trip and it's a big difference walking through the airport by myself versus with a wife and daughter dragging something that says "Douchebag" on it. Gotta figure out a way to cover that up...
Hard way to burn $900
Just returned from a round trip to Vail from NJ on United. The Dakine Fall Line double 190 was packed to 49 lbs with skis, a snowboard, poles, helmets, and my wife's snowboard boots. I checked an additional ski boot bag which was probably around 30 lbs and both ways the 2 bags were treated as 1.
Both check-in lines were way busy so the attendant didn't really care to inspect the ski bag or boot bag. On the way home at Eagle, the curbside attendant only weighed the ski bag so I guess I lucked out.
There's no reason for this post other than to share the experience for any other travelers who may be pushing the weight limit on gear.
Ps - Yes, I know I'm not supposed to check my boots. If you saw mine, however, you would probably say go ahead and hope the airline lost them. That way I'd at least get a credit to go buy some new ones.
Good luck with that credit - seriously. "Delayed" bags are a fact of life and it takes forever to get reimbursed for even ski rentals. We are both 100k flyers - bags delayed getting to JH and it took forever -6 months to get reimbursed on some baselayer purchases - and we have a airline concierge @ said airline. Not throwing stones, just setting expectations on recoupment of money spent due to delayed bags. BTW - hotel had nice "rental" outerwear for my lady - Mammut and just pulled the tags off some new stuff (she never listens to my packing advice. )