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Tube or bag?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok, I'm new to this and not sure what's hype and what's not. Are ski bags a safe way to fly with skis, or are the sport tubes the way to go? Thanks for your input!
post #2 of 21
I have flown with my skis 3 times not and i have not had trouble with my padded ski bag. I did wrap them in bubble wrap twice i think, and then i put tie wraps on the zippers of the bag. The skis came through unharmed. Are you transporting expensive skis that you are concerned about losing?? I was worried about my Xscreams the first time i traveled with them, but now it is just routine for me and it doesnt phase me a bit. If you do use a bag, make sure the skis are secured inside the bag, with straps on the outside, some sort of padding inside, etc. When we travel we actually use double ski bags, put 2 pairs of skis in each one, and use the extra space for other items of clothing or shoes, stuff like that, maximize our space [img]smile.gif[/img] If you use a tube it become a hassle when you get to your rental car, especially if you already have a large amount of bags.
Where are you planning on flying to ski?? Hope you have a great trip :
post #3 of 21
Go with a tube. I had one pair of skis deystroyed by an airline before I had a tube. When I picked up the skis the tips had been pushed through the top of the bag (no easy task) with so much force the ski tips were bent back permanently at a 30 degree angle. The airline said they would pay for the skis and my rentals but went bankrupt before I ever received a check. Needless to say my skis will never fly in a ski bag again. Plus a tube has wheels on the back so it is easy to drag through the airport when you have alot of stuff.
post #4 of 21
I've only flown with my skis about a dozen times but I've always used a simple, non-padded ski bag. Slide an old sock over the tip of one ski and the tail of the other and then bind them together with string or something so they won't split apart.

Place them in the bag and then surround them with some of the clothes you're bringing with you. Make sure you don't put any clothes that are vital to you in the bag as it will probably get opened quite a few times by airline employees and with that long zipper, there's a good chance something will fall out. For example, I wouldn't put my $100 TNF ice climbing gloves in there!
post #5 of 21
After I had the top layer of the tip of one ski ground off in a bag, I subsequently used a wedge of foam duct-taped in place between the tips and then, as someone else suggested, packed soft clothing around the tips wrapped in a towel I also taped in place. No problems thereafter. The way my hard suitcases have been broken down by airline baggage abusers, I'd not rely on the tube strength alone.
post #6 of 21
Tubes will give you max protection ,i have seen skiis fall off the cargo haulers and hit the tarmac. Also if you decide to send your skiis ahead to a resort by UPS or such, they usualy require a hard case. Read the instructions on how to load them ,it is tip to tail and binding to binding. Another plus ,is during the summer you can use it to haul your salt water rods for marlin fishing
post #7 of 21
I have used bags and have packed them well inside, but the process is a pain in the gluteus max. Now we have sport tubes, and the process of getting the skis in the tubes and well enough protected is easier. Also, there are services which will deliver your equipment before or when you arrive, and that really beats the hassle of lugging them around. The best, most hassell free of all possible options? Tubes, delivered.
post #8 of 21
I've been all over the world with plain ol' unpadded double ski bags. I've easily done 50 round trips in my lifetime and never had a problem. I pad it out with spare clothes and wrap duct tape around it. That makes it easy to identify, unlikely to get stolen, and very unlikely to fall apart. I don't quite understand where you'd store one of those black hard plastic ski carriers at a lot of the places I've stayed in. I'm also used to renting midsize cars and I refuse to use ski racks for a number of reasons. I usually end up with the dreaded Pontiac Grand Am or Ford Tempo. A couple double ski bags will fit in the car with half of the back seat folded down. There's no way you could do that with most hard shell ski carriers.
post #9 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Also if you decide to send your skiis ahead to a resort by UPS or such, they usualy require a hard case.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I've shipped skis in a soft ski bag using FEDEX at least a half-dozen times. I've shipped canvas duffel bags, too. Don't know about UPS.
post #10 of 21
Geoff, the tubes telescope, so they are not longer than the skis inside. Although I've used bags packed with clothes and wrapped in duct tape - which works dandy, and I can understand why it would be the method of choice in some circumstances - it's my idea of luxury and convenience to use the tubes, don't sweat the packing, and have it shipped in advance.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 03, 2001 05:26 PM: Message edited 1 time, by oboe ]</font>
post #11 of 21
Helluva skier is a dork, I think you forgot your inseam, what kinda pants you wear, what size nikes you wear, when the last time was you went to the bathrooom, etc...etc...etc...

What kinda races are held in Buffalloooo?? Down a mound of snow in a mall parkting lot???
post #12 of 21

Was that necessary? Heluvaskier is a good member of this board, always helpful with information. He is proud of his equipment. Nothing wrong with that!
post #13 of 21
I've used a ski box for about 10 trips, normally involving multiple flights (probably over 50,000 miles total).
They're no longer than a ski bag, so they will fit in a car if a bag will go in, and they can be put directly onto roof bars, without needing to get a Thule roof box. I normally carry 1 pair of skis and a set of skiboards in the box, and when I get to the resort, I just collapse the box and store it in a wardrobe. There still is room for socks and smaller stuff, if you're tight for space.
If you want a good advert for why a box is a good idea, go to Vancouver airport and watch the ski collection point in arrivals.
Maybe I'm excessively cautious, but I reckon that if you spend £500 on skis, spending £30 on a bag, rather than £50 on a box is false economy. (not sure what the prices are in US$)
I'm not sure what the members of the insurance community think, Sugar/Gonzo?

There I go again with my 2 euro. (speaking of Euro, I'm going to get some up today to see what they're like - it is legal tender in some European countries from 01/01/02)

post #14 of 21
I use a soft bag for my ski transport. I am fortunate that I have higher than usual quality bags built for race teams and such. I have 2 bags that each have 4 zippered pouches, and the whole bag is then rolled up and strapped together. These same bags are used to transport the race skis for the World Cup. The one dissadvantage is that 4 pair of race skis (or just 4 pair of skis) gets quite heavy and awkwark.
post #15 of 21
Both the Tube or bags work well. If I am traveling with only one pair I use the Tube. It has wheels and a pad lock.

With two pairs, I use a bag because a bag is lighter and easier to muscle into a car. I wrap my skis in newspaper before packing them into a bag so that they don't inflict damage on each other during transit.

Be prepared for your bag to pick up abrasions, grease and dirt from the baggage handdling process. Even a Tube is subject to dents at each end.

I've been transporting skis both ways for years. The only problems I've ever encountered is having my skis misdirected to the wrong destination from time to time

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 20, 2001 12:48 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Lostboy ]</font>
post #16 of 21
I've used both a padded bag, the single tube, and now the double tube. I think the tube is a much better way to go. Especially when transporting two pair of skis. It has handy wheels, you can change the size so it fits your skis, and just works better in my opinion. The single tube is just as handy for transporting one pair which I assume you are doing. There is nothing wrong with a bag, but I just feel more comfortable using the tube.
post #17 of 21
has any body heard of a problem with the airlines not wanting the double tube with 2 pairs of skis because of size or weight the shop I ordered my new skis from told me they had customers that had this experiance
post #18 of 21
I just heard that today from Magnus, the guy who owns KIS that make the original tubes. He had designed and was about to start manufacturing a double tube last year, but checked with some airlines who said it would be too heavy. I know other brands have produced them, but they may be lighter plastic than the KIS ones.

post #19 of 21
Personally, used padded ski bags with clothing as an additional cushion. The padded ski bag when coming home, makes the perfect location for the "dirties."

Always a sock over each tip, hadn't had a problem yet ...
post #20 of 21
I traded in my ski bag for a tube w/wheels last year. My back and skis both appreciate it. I purchased a second tube this season and when I want to take 2 pairs of skis I'm gonna duct tape the 2 tubes together and check it as one bag. I've seen the double tubes in airports and haven't heard from anyone that it is a problem to check them. Generally the problem with airlines has to do with weight. I know UA will only let you check individual bags up to 70lbs.
post #21 of 21
No matter what you use, bag or tube, make sure the ski's are secured to eachother , and immobilized in the container. In transit, a fresh basewax and set of edges can get ruined if the skis slide against echother or chatter.

Oboe's suggestion about having a service package and send it is a great idea. I may use it for my next trip. Good one Oboe!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 24, 2001 02:12 PM: Message edited 1 time, by GF ]</font>
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