Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
That thing uses both hands.
How do you carry your poles?
Or your cuppa joe? Yep, it looks like one of the most awkward, inefficient, and dangerous ways to carry skis imaginable. The only--and I mean ONLY--benefit is that the weight's carried by your legs, which is important to someone with no arm strength. And to be fair, casual skiers aren't likely to know which brake arrangement will support the inside ski (I still get it wrong sometimes), and might find it hard to keep the tips from sliding apart.
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Ski bases together equals one set of brake arms on top of the other set. Point the lower set toward yourself, place ski shovel against your shoulder, reach for the outside binding pieces and pull up slightly. Poles in other hand mean you can't carry a pizza, but who delivers pizza while carrying skis AND poles?
Not for me, probably because the upper part of my (woman's) torso is far from flat (ahem), my shoulders are narrow, and I'm probably close to a foot shorter than you. Holding the heel piece lets the upper part of the skis move around and even bump into sensitive parts and the tips tend to slide apart; if I grab the toe piece I can brace them against the front of my hip, but that interferes with walking and puts the tails too close the ground for inclines or stairs. Much easier to carry them weightlessly balanced on top of my shoulder.