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post #1 of 13
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OK, so all this hard work tuning the skis. Now, what do you do to protect the bases for airline travel? Do you leave a heavy coat of wax on (I don't want to as I won't have a good area to scrape and brush). Any ideas welcomed.
post #2 of 13
You can. Or just use two (or three) sets of ski straps (tip, tail and if you choose, center).
post #3 of 13
If you're not racing on them or something (or, really, even if you are), two ski straps should do it: the "standard issue" straps with the little piece of foam stuff that goes between the skis.

If you want to get a bit more hyper, you could get a base protector/"structure guard." They're about $20 or $30 at various online shops and, most likely, at a well-stocked brick-and-mortar shop. I've never bothered with one, myself.

https://www.artechski.com/Merchant2/...ory_Cod e=019
post #4 of 13
In the 70's no self respecting racer would show up without newspaper and athletic tape at tip and tail. To be really cool, you took them to the start like that and left the paper on the ground.
post #5 of 13
Newfydog speaks the truth. Though I don't know if newspaper was universal. Wax paper was a persnickety, high-tech option. I guess newspaper has the benefit of providing reading material in the event of an interminable course hold.
post #6 of 13
If you're a really, really hyper cheapskate who lives in a ski town, you'd clean off the residual glue off a pair of discarded skins.

Skin glue, gasoline, newspaper -> a well lit bbq.
post #7 of 13
My guy tells me that a structure guard will dull your edges and to just use straps. He also won't rotcork the overlays for the same reason (so I don't either).
post #8 of 13
I don't have "a guy" to tell me such things, but I don't have structure guards either, so somehow karma seems to have worked the whole thing out.

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He also won't rotcork the overlays
What's the point of even having a guy if he won't rotocork the overlays?
post #9 of 13
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OK, so all this hard work tuning the skis. Now, what do you do to protect the bases for airline travel? Do you leave a heavy coat of wax on (I don't want to as I won't have a good area to scrape and brush). Any ideas welcomed.
Definetly buy a current model Double Sporttube. REI.com is selling them for $89 and chang.

The airlines bent a pair of my skis shipped in a double ski bag awhile back. Shorter skis can get jammed in the luggage conveyor belt. (They were 180cm)

I bought 2 double Sporttubes and they are now big enough to fit damnsnear any ski with plates.

We fit a 172 B5 Metron with Neox 6.14 and a 186cm Gs11 Race Stock with WC Plate & Race 10.18's in them together no problem.

The other had my Supershape Speed in a 177cm and my 162 b5's in it.

Protects your skis bases (you put them facing binding to binding in the tube)and it has wheels, really slick!
post #10 of 13
Maybe their site is down for service at this point, but I can't see any listings. Is it available online?
post #11 of 13
Looks like REI.com & Altrec.com sold out but Amazon has 'em for $85.00


http://www.amazon.com/SporTube-Doubl...5703679&sr=8-1
post #12 of 13
Amazing deal, I just grabbed it & shipping was free!

Thanks Atomicman.
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Amazing deal, I just grabbed it & shipping was free!

Thanks Atomicman.
they come with a Spring clip that hold the top and bottom section together when packed.

I set mine to where it would be packed and drilled a second hole (you will see that only one hole lines up at a time to put the clip through) and bought a TSA approved combo lock with a bit longer cable (Swiss Army) so that i could use the spring clip to hold the pieces together and put the lock in the hole I drilled for that little added bit of safety!

By the way Poles fit easily too!
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