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post #1 of 12
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HI I'm thinking of getting a sportube series 2 or 3. I have a few specific question on series 3.

 

If I only fit it with two pair of skis plus poles - would series 3 not offer as much protection as series 2 as the skis will be rocking inside the tube (as series 3 is too big)? 

Will I be able to fit two pair of skis plus poles plus ski boots (at least one pair, but hopefully two) in series 3?

 

I'm a skier and have two pair of skis. Ideally if I could fit the boots with the skis in series 3 I'll go with series 3. If not I'll probably stick with series 2.  

 

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by euanovsky View Post
 

HI I'm thinking of getting a sportube series 2 or 3. I have a few specific question on series 3.

 

If I only fit it with two pair of skis plus poles - would series 3 not offer as much protection as series 2 as the skis will be rocking inside the tube (as series 3 is too big)? 

Will I be able to fit two pair of skis plus poles plus ski boots (at least one pair, but hopefully two) in series 3?

 

I'm a skier and have two pair of skis. Ideally if I could fit the boots with the skis in series 3 I'll go with series 3. If not I'll probably stick with series 2.  

 


I have a Sportube 2.  It's not designed to carry ski boots at all, only two pairs of skis with poles.  For flying, weight is an issue to keep in mind.  Keeping a Sportube 3 under 50 lbs might be hard if you fill empty space with other stuff besides 2 pairs of skis.  I see no advantage to it over a Sportube 2.

 

There are velcro straps that keep the skis in place inside a Sportube.  I often fly with only one pair of skis in my Sportube 2 with no problems with the skis shifting.  I bought the larger size for times when I take a trip with my daughter.

 

Are you flying within N. American or elsewhere?

post #3 of 12

Be careful with the Series 3.  Originally designed mainly to handle snowboards, it doesn't extend to the same length as the Series 1 and 2.

 

If you were looking to carry two pairs of skis in a Series 3 you'd need to pack out the gap in some manner (shouldn't be hard).  If you manage to find a way to fit boots in there (and I'm not sure that's 'doable') you'll need to find a way to protect them from the skis' sharp edges.

 

Best of luck.

post #4 of 12
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Are you flying within N. American or elsewhere?

 

Actually I'm in Europe :D

 

I already have sportube series 1. But I have bought another pair of skis recently so I thought of upgrading to a series 2 or 3.

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

 

Are you flying within N. American or elsewhere?

 

Actually I'm in Europe :D

 

I already have sportube series 1. But I have bought another pair of skis recently so I thought of upgrading to a series 2 or 3.


Have you ever looked at the DB?  In between a soft bag and a hardcase.  But with two pairs of skis, no room for ski boots.

 

https://douchebags.com/ski-snowboard-bag-the-douchebag

post #6 of 12
Just packed two pair of skis yesterday in the Sportstube 2 Kinda of a PITA. Took me about 20 minutes. But it didn't help that I forgot you had to have the top ski 's tip over the bottomski's tail to have no overlap.

Embarrassing but true. then lining the top and bottom holes up so you affix the bottom to the top always fun if you aren't wearing your glasses.

My tube is probably a dozen years old now and pretty dented and beat, that won't retire it (the dents). But I have also chipped off some of the top holes on the case reducing the options for shortening the tube when it is connected together.

Knock on wood in recent years TSA has managed to reassemble correctly, but I also experienced picking up a disconnected tube at baggage claim.

To do over again I would get a good padded double Bag and use ski clothes packed in the bag for additional cushioning.
post #7 of 12
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Just packed two pair of skis yesterday in the Sportstube 2 Kinda of a PITA. Took me about 20 minutes. But it didn't help that I forgot you had to have the top ski 's tip over the bottomski's tail to have no overlap.

Embarrassing but true. then lining the top and bottom holes up so you affix the bottom to the top always fun if you aren't wearing your glasses.

My tube is probably a dozen years old now and pretty dented and beat, that won't retire it (the dents). But I have also chipped off some of the top holes on the case reducing the options for shortening the tube when it is connected together.

Knock on wood in recent years TSA has managed to reassemble correctly, but I also experienced picking up a disconnected tube at baggage claim.

To do over again I would get a good padded double Bag and use ski clothes packed in the bag for additional cushioning.

 

If you don't mind me asking, why would you buy a double padded bag (dakine, DB, sync, etc) if you could do it over again?  Don't these have similar issues to deal with at TSA? 

 

I also ask because was just at my local ski shop yesterday and an employee was recommending the sportube saying some airlines require you to fly with those.  I think I've heard Alaskan Air preach that, but I almost always fly United and sometimes American.  I'm leaning to a double padded, but the sportube would be the cheapest option.

 

Thanks for any input.

post #8 of 12

I made an online purchase of a 2-pair Sportube years ago but they shipped me the 3 pair.  Someone above mentioned the extendability of it.  I don't have nor have ever used at 1 or 2 but I concur that the 3 doesn't extend very far.  Fine for me and My Better Two-Thirds but if you are very tall and/or ride long skis, it might not work for you.   For example, to my wife's great disappointment, we can't put her cross-country skis in there - just not long enough.  

 

You do need to pack out the space between the pairs of skis.  Easy to do and useful for all kinds of stuff but watch out for weight.  Never tried boots since you have to check any sort of ski bag.  That said, I don't think they'd fit unless they were children's although we do put MBTT's cross-country boots in there.  I like the Sportube fine, no real issues with it but I probably won't replace it if it ever wears out. I only use it for flying trips and even then only when MBTT is with and I need to haul 2 pairs of skis.  Otherwise I just use a 1 pair soft bag for myself  The tube protects the skis better but skis are pretty tough..

 

WRT to packing poles, the way you pack the skis for the tube makes it easy to incorporate the poles into the same profile.  Heck, you can pack a bunch of stuff into that profile - extra socks and gloves, spare clothing, sneakers, snow boots, whatever.  You put the skis tip to tail with bindings in and wrap them with either a nylon strap or, what I use anymore, a velcro strap.  The poles just slide in and are held by the strap, one on each side of the ski pair.  This makes a VERY strong bundle.  Stuff the gaps with whatever you always wished you could bring but never had the room for.  You can pack skis in a soft bag the same way, at least a one ski bag.  I never tried it for a 2 pair bag, but I can't imagine any reason it wouldn't work.  

 

I have also retrieved a disconnected tube at destination.  Now I use a TSA lock with a thin cable rather than the solid bar.  That's goes through the holes.  I also run a wire wrap through another hole.  TSA can snip that easily if they want to and they can open the TSA lock like any other.  They seem to manage without screwing it up other than that one time.

post #9 of 12

I've been quite happy with a Sportube 2 in the last five years.  Can pack it without thinking very hard at this point.  Does take a little practice.  There is no way that adult ski boots would fit together with two pairs of skis.  Would also be over 50 lbs.  Flew with soft bags before that and would not do that again.  Vaguely curious about the DB, mostly because it can roll up at the destination so wouldn't take up so much room in the car for trips where I don't get a shuttle from the airport.

 

Have only had one trip where the Sportube was not put together exactly right.  Happened to have a view of luggage loading o the second leg of that flight.  The baggage handlers had set it aside (lots of stickers so easy to identify) and loaded it manually so that it stayed together.  Since it was raining, the inside was a little damp when I retrieved it at the SLC airport.  I only put in a few extra items (soft snow boots, bag with extra gloves, bag with slippers), so no real problem.  I have a string that keeps the locking clip attached to the Sportube so that it is less likely to get lost when TSA opens it.  My skis are old enough that I don't bother with a lock.

post #10 of 12
Just opened my Sportstube and unpacked it and discovered the tail end of my buddy's Kastle MX 88 had the top sheet torn up and delaminated. When we arrived late last night back from Denver I went and hot the car and my friend said the tube came down the baggage carousel disconnected.

He did not think anything was damaged and it was past midnight and he was talking yo Bob Nutting owner of Seven Springs regarding the dismal weather.

You'd think coming in from Denver where TSA must see a ton of Sportstubes a season they would have experienced staff that knows the trick bag of connecting the top to the bottom of the tube so it does not slide apart.

Just looked at the TSA website and you can file a claim but it says expect about 6 months yo process they apparently want damage appraisals etc.

Make it a total PITA

My friend wanted me to post the skis here on the site since he does not ski them anymore . Would have been a nice deal for somebody too.

I think I am retiring the Tube. No fault of the Tube but when I arrived in Denver last week I spotted my Tube coming around the upright baggage carousel at Denver AIrport and I had my big duffel behind me and I was talking on my cell phone so I tried yo pull the TUbe off the carousel with one hand and tripped over my duffel bag and the Tube swung around in the fall and whacked me in the ribs. I was lucky and am only sore.

My fault for sure , but I am 99 percent sure last night was the Tube's last trip.
post #11 of 12

My Sportube fits 2 pair of skis, it is over 5 years old, so, not sure what model. The TSA has been inside on several trips, but, always did a good job of re-securing the 2 halves. I've talked with others who did have issues like that experienced by Roundturns as described above. One issue is that it maxes out at about a 180 cm pair of skis. I have just done one trip per year, and, the tube remains in good shape. Just obtained a double ski soft bag from Transpack to permit use of a longer pair of skis. I plan to put Sportube on Craigslist.

 

Kastle skis and delaminating....not what should be expected from a premium ski....but it is very common.

post #12 of 12

I have a Sporttube 2 - have never used it (reasons above) - you pay for postage and its yours.  <-seriously

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