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Ski protection while on the roof?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have a question about protecting your skis while traveling with a roof rack (as opposed to a roof box).

I recently drove from Seattle to Utah for ESA and other skiing. I took 3 pair of skis, but only skied on 2 of them. When I got home, I was rather upset to see how much abuse the 3rd (unskied) pair seemed to have taken, particularly the edges which had quite a lot of rust. The other 2 pair I had been watching as I skied them and they didn't seem to be overly abused.

I suspect that the edges on the two skied pair looked okay because the snow was always 'sanding' off the rust?

How worried about driving wear should I be? I think I've decided, for example, to not scrape my edges after waxing. I figure better to protect them during the drive and let the snow scrape them for me. Is that reasonable?

Does anyone here care about which direction their skis face in the rack? I notice most people mount them tip first, but I've always felt it was better to mount them tail first, thinking that wind pushing the tips into one another fits with the shape of the ski and less junk gets in between the tails.

I don't need to keep my skis race-ready or anything like that. I'm mostly concerned with not rusting my edges away and not doing more damage to the bases than a yearly stone grind will fix.

Do any recreational skiers (not racers looking for the perfect base) bother with anything like these: http://www.reliableracing.com/detail...&category=4470. Or perhaps a very tight fitting ski bag?

Am I being psycho? Before this year, I would have hardly cared, but now I spend more time looking at the bottom of my skis.
post #2 of 15
Get a Bag! I've got bags for all of my skis. Thrift store is a good place to look.
post #3 of 15
The rossignol structure guard looks good. At $14, I doubt that you could find a bag much cheaper. Also I have bags and they do flap in the breeze if not tightly wound. Also that 3rd pair of skis that you didn't use, did you leave them car top all the time? Try the gummy stone to get the rust off if it still is there.
post #4 of 15
Put them in a bag or carry them inside the car.
post #5 of 15
The most important thing is to cover the bindings. Road grit inside the binding mechanism is trouble.

Rusted edges are no short-term problem. That is just surface color and will ski off. Long term rust can pit the steel edges. As you describe, leave a coating of wax on the edges will help protect them.


Ken
post #6 of 15
Yep, get a bag. And make sure the bag doesn't wear any holes in it from flapping in the wind. Also, don't store them in the bag when you get home! The bag can trap moisture and condensation will rust the edges.
post #7 of 15
My general feeling is that the skis should be in the car, or in a bag on the rack. I normally put them in the car on the ride to the mountain, and put them on the rack (in a bag) for the ride home -- if they are wet.

For rack transport outside the car, bags are very important. However, that may not protect the edges from rusting, or may actually make it worse if you left the skis in the bag for a long time and there was some moisture in there (or it was raining/snowing and the bag got wet). A lot of times, the edges are going to rust no matter what. As long as it's during short term storage, I wouldn't worry about it. I don't think the Rossi base protector would be any different in this regard.

As to which way the skis point, it really shouldn't matter much, especially if you're using a bag. Many people cite aerodynamics as a reason to put tails forward, but honestly, compared to the brick of a vehicle we drive, the skis are peanuts in terms of added drag. On my wagon, I have to put tips forward in order to open the hatch with skis on the roof, so that decides it for me.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
To answer various questions...

I did not leave the skis on the car while not skiing them.. they were in my hotel room. Possibly I should have been been more careful about wiping them down inside.

I would LOVE to put my skis in the car. Or a roofbox. Not an option with my current vehicle.

Bags would be good. I have one old plain bag, but it's difficult to get it to not flap too much without duct taping half of it. This is what turned me on about the structure protectors.

And yeah, right on about binding protection. I have those protector things that I use.. most.. of the time.
post #9 of 15
If the edges start rusting quickly, take a close look at them. If there are striations from stone ginding or file marks, it can cause rust to begin within hours if moisture is present. Like most others, I would say wipe them down and put them in a bag for transport.
post #10 of 15
www.skibuddy.com

Anyone know if Grit Gardz or something like them are still made?

Gear Reichert, Ltd of Torrington, Wyoming ring any bells?
post #11 of 15
PJ

I have a ski buddy (an ex gave me) and it's just a big stretchy ski condom ... I do not think it's a bit waterproof, but it will keep the grime off.

Skis in car or in box is the best way to protect the investment!
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by klkaye
I do not think it's a bit waterproof, but it will keep the grime off.
You'll perceive that I consider that combination rather a bonus, esp. with the no-road-salt policy of your current haunts. Rather like blow-drying the skis on the way home: it doesn't trap binding water the way a bag would.

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Skis in car or in box is the best way to protect the investment!
Too late; a @%*%%^$! snowboarder ran across the tops of 'em Saturday night.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by comprex
You'll perceive that I consider that combination rather a bonus, esp. with the no-road-salt policy of your current haunts. Rather like blow-drying the skis on the way home: it doesn't trap binding water the way a bag would.



Too late; a @%*%%^$! snowboarder ran across the tops of 'em Saturday night.
Oh well ya don't ski on the tops
post #14 of 15
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Bags would be good. I have one old plain bag, but it's difficult to get it to not flap too much without duct taping half of it
I use 6" bungi cords to take up the slack on my ski bags, so they dont flap in the breeze. I have a 200 cm bag and a 180 cm bag. They both do fine with 3 bungi cords each with 170 cm skis inside.

At the end of the day, I remove them from the bag, dry em with a cloth, and leave them indoors over night. So far - no rust, regardless of weather. They did rust like crazy before I started using bags.
post #15 of 15
I use a thule evolution , but my friend takes his two bags, I think they are both 200cm , and puts them inside of eachother with the skis inside. Once he gets home he just wipes the whole ski down , and puts it in the rack. Just dont leave the skis on concrete, it sucks the moisture out fast.
-JMK
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