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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've read over two threads dealing with locks and see a recommendation for the kryptonite reactor, a skykey lock and someone recommending a custom-made lock (I think) from a cable supplier. It seems most of this was in 2003. Anyone have a recent view on locks and the practicality of use? I wouldn't mind paying a bit if I could get something to protect my skis and poles fairly well, but I can't visualize how this would work, probably because I've never used a lock before. Any advice on this? Thanks a lot.
post #2 of 16
http://www.skitote.com/

(or just use the free ski check at areas around here)
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by comprex
Looks like their site's been hacked. (Product page)
post #4 of 16
I prefer the much smaller locks that I can just put in my pocket. But be warned all of the locks from the Kryptonite to the Ski Tote have some weak spots and the bad guys know how to get around them.

Four idiots did try to steal my skis by wrenching the skis back and forth last season and the Kryptonite held up; the only damage was to the top sheets of the skis hitting the metal rack.

Lock them where they can be seen.
post #5 of 16
Here's a practical lock that we use.
Fits easily in a pocket, and doesn't way much.
The cable is thick and long enough for 2 pairs of skis and poles.
Don't have to remove gloves to use it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ance&n=3375251
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
The cable is thick and long enough for 2 pairs of skis and poles.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ance&n=3375251
Threaded through the basket, through the grip, or do you tie a fancy knot around the shafts?
post #7 of 16
Thru the brakes, and the straps.
Nothing too fancy!:

boot-deep slush, huh ?!
post #8 of 16
Luv the stuff on straight stix.
post #9 of 16
I can respect that.:
post #10 of 16
I may be mechanically challeneged, but I find that when I pass these types of locks through the brakes, they are not long enough to reach the rack (which abutts the shovels). Am I doing something wrong?
post #11 of 16
Locks will keep an honest person honest...If someone wants you skis, most of these locks can be snipped easily. Make sure you put them next to a pair nicer than yours.
post #12 of 16
It really depends on where you ski, too. As long as the thief has to do something to get the skis, I find that they are unlikely to grab mine. So, I lock them with my Walk-EZ lock (came with the Walk-EZ) or with my Ski-Key if I am at an area where I can use it.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Regarding the skikey system, all it requires is the heavy duty wave-like rack that you normally see around ski places? Hard to describe it, but that's what I think I'm seeing in the picture linked to. Maybe I need to go to a place and get one of these locks demoed so I can use it correctly.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58
I may be mechanically challeneged, but I find that when I pass these types of locks through the brakes, they are not long enough to reach the rack (which abutts the shovels). Am I doing something wrong?
If you're not on the end of the rack, turn the skis upside down.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by DC_SKI
Thanks guys. Regarding the skikey system, all it requires is the heavy duty wave-like rack that you normally see around ski places? Hard to describe it, but that's what I think I'm seeing in the picture linked to. Maybe I need to go to a place and get one of these locks demoed so I can use it correctly.
No, It requires a specific rack made by skikey. The rack has a special slot for the lock and a mechanism for it to lock. Check the skikey website, they have a list of mountains that offer their racks.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
If you're not on the end of the rack, turn the skis upside down.
Agreed! This is an excellent tip that folks should take seriously... it makes all the difference.

The other thing that I tend to do is to put my skis inside the two sides of the rack at the end. That way, any idiot trying to steal my skis is going to have to lift them up and over the rack (after cutting the cable), the better to flag me down from my seat where I can see them.

So, if you see a pair of B5s at the end of a rack inside the rack and you're skiing Colorado's front range. Come say "Hi". Of course, next year I may have others skis, too...
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