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I'm dealing with some less-than-ideal storage options and I wonder if it would make sense to keep my skis in a ski bag with a couple of large packets of Damp Rid (This stuff, but without the plastic holder, just the packets):   http://www.damprid.com/product/easy-fill-system-any-room

 

I have a basement with a dehumidifier running all the time, but it's still a basement--a bit damp.  I thought about oiling the edges and leaving them on their sides on a table, covering the bindings with cotton cloth.  (To keep dust, but primarily cat litter, out of the bindings).

 

The other option is the bag with moisture control.  I worry that the material in the Damp Rid packets might damage the skis, though.

 

I hesitate to keep them upstairs in the house because I'll be gone most of the summer and the a/c won't be on.  The temps in the house will be very high. 

 

This is the end of my first year skiing; I got good deals on a couple of pairs of really nice skis, and I want to do my best to care for them and not make any dumb mistakes.  I'm a teacher, so on my salary I'm not going to be buying skis with any regularity.  Any advice on pampering my new favorite toys would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks so much!

post #2 of 7
I'd worry (for skis, not boots) less about the heat than the moisture. Use ski wax or candle wax or, worst case, bar soap, on the edges. Is there any way to bring them with you?

Where are you storing the boots? I once had boots that got selected as the nicest hotel for mice --yuck. You don't want the boots getting too hot because it'll degrade the liner and possibly the shell.

I can't find out what Damp Rid is (silica?), but I wouldn't think it would hurt. Where is the moisture going to go from that?
post #3 of 7

Damp Rid is Calcium Chloride. You can google its corrosive effects.

 

If you are running a humidifer full time and it is not keeping your basement dry, you may need a larger humidifier. Something like the one below along with several fans to induce air movement.

Ebac CS60 Dehumidifier

 

There are a larger range of sizes available for various applications.

 

  

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Thanks, KingGrump, that's exactly what I needed to know.  I won't put DampRid near the skis.

The boots are coming with me, so we can visit the Boot Pro for some custom orthotics (their web site says they'll be open weekends in July).

 

I think I may have to rely on coating with wax and leaving in the basement. I can't afford a bigger de-humidifier, or the electrical bill that would come with it.  I'm just a renter, and it's an unfinished basement.  It stays around 40% humidity, which is normally fine with me, but I never had to worry about skis before. 

 

Would it help to run a fine diamond stone over the edges before coating, to reduce space for moisture to collect?

post #5 of 7
Normally I use a ski bag for storage, but my space is drier; I might consider leaving them out of the bag where air can circulate around them in this case. With a good coat of wax of course.
post #6 of 7
Don't set them on the floor without an impermeable surface between the skis and the concrete.
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Originally Posted by Sallycat View Post
 

Thanks, KingGrump, that's exactly what I needed to know.  I won't put DampRid near the skis.

The boots are coming with me, so we can visit the Boot Pro for some custom orthotics (their web site says they'll be open weekends in July).

 

I think I may have to rely on coating with wax and leaving in the basement. I can't afford a bigger de-humidifier, or the electrical bill that would come with it.  I'm just a renter, and it's an unfinished basement.  It stays around 40% humidity, which is normally fine with me, but I never had to worry about skis before. 

 

Would it help to run a fine diamond stone over the edges before coating, to reduce space for moisture to collect?


The Boot Pro as in Ludlow VT. Call Shon or Randy and see if they can still do your skis for summer. I've known them for many years now.

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