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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

I am buying a new rack for my car. I used to be able to find cheap nylon ski bags to keep the grime off. Can't find them

 Any ideas?

post #2 of 29
Look for crosscountry ski bag, will be a tight fit but they are cheaper and thinner.
post #3 of 29

Sport tube and ratchet straps or mechanical tie downs of some type.

Less costly than a full ski box, can be used for air travel as well.

post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

Look for crosscountry ski bag, will be a tight fit but they are cheaper and thinner.

Looking but no luck so far.

post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by trailtrimmer View Post
 

Sport tube and ratchet straps or mechanical tie downs of some type.

Less costly than a full ski box, can be used for air travel as well.

Great idea but wont work with my setup.

post #6 of 29

have you checked craigslist?  I recently got a bag for a song there

post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 

I will try it. What did you have to sing?

post #8 of 29

hahaha...dean martin, "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

 

for a better data point, I got an Audi bag (MSRP $350) for $40...for a more run of the mill bag, i saw prices around $20-30.

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post #10 of 29
I had the same issue and none of my old bags would fit my 88's. Then last year I found the Dakine Ski Sleeve. I love it and the shoulder strap unclip so there's no strap flapping! I'm buying another one this year for my other set of skis!
post #11 of 29

check on kijiji for a thule box. theres a couple for sale in ontario right now for $100.  i have got several brubaker  soft bags on amazon for $40

post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

thank you

post #13 of 29

Use a cargo box to avoid in storms heavy dirt mixed oil and tire residue combined with mud and slop plus salt or chemicals used to thaw road ice. The box is the bomb, the rack and bags is an old school mess. Bag will be dirty and hard to wash, box washes as easy as the car. No brainer. 

 

Saw your interest in racing....racers don't slap their skis on top of their car...it slows them down!  Protect them and more cargo in a box. 

post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by trailtrimmer View Post
 

Sport tube and ratchet straps or mechanical tie downs of some type.

Less costly than a full ski box, can be used for air travel as well.

You don't need a ski rack with a sport tube, just lash it to the cross bars.

post #15 of 29
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You don't need a ski rack with a sport tube, just lash it to the cross bars.

Voila straps!
post #16 of 29

That sport tube looks interesting.   It's too bad you still have to seal the two halves together with duct tape if you don't want the salt spray rusting your bindings and edges.  It seems like a good idea for traveling through airports or for trains, planes and automobiles.  For just on top of the car though, I think I would prefer a proper box.  Anybody have one?  How well do they seal out the salt?

post #17 of 29
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That sport tube looks interesting.   It's too bad you still have to seal the two halves together with duct tape if you don't want the salt spray rusting your bindings and edges.  It seems like a good idea for traveling through airports or for trains, planes and automobiles.  For just on top of the car though, I think I would prefer a proper box.  Anybody have one?  How well do they seal out the salt?

 

Are you talking about the Sport Tube or a roof box?

post #18 of 29
Here's another vote for the box. Boxes rule. They hold lots of other stuff for other activities.
Camping, fishing,skiing, etc. the box holds it. And it is out of sight.

Protected from the elements and the prying view of others. No one knows if there is something in the box or not.

Cargo boxes for $500 and the win, Levy.

jl
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
 

That sport tube looks interesting.   It's too bad you still have to seal the two halves together with duct tape if you don't want the salt spray rusting your bindings and edges.  It seems like a good idea for traveling through airports or for trains, planes and automobiles.  For just on top of the car though, I think I would prefer a proper box.  Anybody have one?  How well do they seal out the salt?


I don't know that I'd worry about salt getting in since there is quite a bit of overlap between the two tubes.  Just need to be a bit careful opening it up.

 

But it is a bit of a pain to have to pack up the skis to fit in the tube every ski day.  I often use a Sportube 2 for two pairs of skis inside a minivan when driving with friends (4 hour drive in the southeast, holiday weekends).  The kids rent but my friend and I each bring one pair of skis.  So on the way, there are skis neatly packed in the Sportube, and it's goes on the floor in between the seats.  That means we can put stuff on top in the back of the minivan.  But for ski days, our luggage is out and the skis get put on the floor directly.  For the drive back, have to take the time to pack the skis correctly again.

 

Having used the boxes on top of my ski buddy's SUV, that makes a lot more sense if carrying more than one pair of skis fairly regularly and don't have room inside.

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
 

That sport tube looks interesting.   It's too bad you still have to seal the two halves together with duct tape if you don't want the salt spray rusting your bindings and edges.  It seems like a good idea for traveling through airports or for trains, planes and automobiles.  For just on top of the car though, I think I would prefer a proper box.  Anybody have one?  How well do they seal out the salt?

 

Are you talking about the Sport Tube or a roof box?


Talking about the roof box.  The sport tube doesn't have a lot of overlap with my 208s in it, but I could probably figure out a gasket.  I'm sure some cheap boxes would let salt spray in, especially in some of the winter driving I recall, but I'm talking about a good one.

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post
 

I am buying a new rack for my car. I used to be able to find cheap nylon ski bags to keep the grime off. Can't find them

 Any ideas?

 

There used to be an outfit in Wisconsin that made individual ski bags, but they would only fit up to 115mm.      You're better off sourcing polypro bags (of the same weave as used for gravel transport) at your hardware store. 

 

(That's if you're talking about clamping the bag into a squeeze-type rack).         If you're not going to squeeze-clamp, an old school padded ski bag is $cheap (and your skis don't slide around in it like in a box), and bungees are $cheap.   

post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Good idea.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
 


Talking about the roof box.  The sport tube doesn't have a lot of overlap with my 208s in it, but I could probably figure out a gasket.  I'm sure some cheap boxes would let salt spray in, especially in some of the winter driving I recall, but I'm talking about a good one.

 

My skis live in my roof box all winter long, and I never get any salt spray in it. And my box is a cheap one, a Swiss Cargo, not a Thule or Yakima. I also live in Vermont, which is notorious for its salt usage. Salt getting in your box is pretty much a non issue. 

 

You can find used boxes fairly easily, on craigslist or elsewhere. I know Outdoor Gear Exchange here in Burlington has a decent Thule box on consignment for $200. 

 

A roof box is just the way to go. No contest. 

post #24 of 29
A roof box that $cheap has advantages for sure - not least security when stopping for a post ski burger
 
I kind of wonder at the box owners that report salt + water ingress, as in: are you sure your box isn't cracked up top? 
post #25 of 29

I picked up my Thule Evolution for 100 on craigslist. 

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post


Talking about the roof box.  The sport tube doesn't have a lot of overlap with my 208s in it, but I could probably figure out a gasket.  I'm sure some cheap boxes would let salt spray in, especially in some of the winter driving I recall, but I'm talking about a good one.

 

I don't know about the cheap roof boxes. I use a Thule 2100 for all my travels. It's a huge box. Had it since 2010. I usually put in 8-14K on winter road trips alone per season. It has not fail me yet. No salt and/or water infiltration what so ever and I have driven through some pretty nasty stuff. Usually lose about 1-2 MPG with it. IMO, a fair trade off.    

    

The usual load out is 10 pairs of ski and a wax table. On the long drive out, I often put our ski boots up there also.

The max load I had was 13 pairs of skis, 1 wax table and 2 pairs of ski boots. That was from Snowbird.  

I am aware the auto manufacturer generally recommends 150 lb as maximum load for the roof rack. With my set up I am pretty comfortable with the way things are. I do inspect the roof rack & box at every stop to prevent any surprises.       

 

The roof box is definitely the way to go for me.      

 

P.S. I have heard good thing about Yakima also. 

post #27 of 29

One more tip.  In a pinch with no bag or box, wrap the binding area of your skis with Saran wrap or similar.  Keeps gunk out of bindings.

post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 

I have this wonderful old rubber rack that is called a strap rack. It lays on top of the car, you hook it into the channels of the door frame and go skiing. I just wanted a thin nylon bag to protect the skis while driving. I also wanted one cheap bag so I can cover my new Kastle MX 88s when they are outside in  the ski rack. I usually ski with two pair and chain the one I am not using but I would be more comfortable if the skis were covered. 

I have a new job which started this week and lo and behold they have a heavy mylar packing machine which will be perfect for skis. 

Thanks for all the help. 

post #29 of 29

Roof box.

 

Got mine at a yard sale for $25.  Good one too.

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