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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I will be doing some air travel with two sets of race skis later this year. I have high quality padded ski bags for each ski but I am worried that my babies might get damaged by the baggage handlers.

My question is, should I use the ski bags and stuff them with clothes, or should I get a hard (rigid) double ski case? Thanks
post #2 of 14
There are many, many threads on this subject. They pretty much cover all the bases, so to speak.

In the end, it seems to come down to your trust in TSA workers to properly lock a hard case after inspection, or to your trust in baggage handlers to not drop your soft bag from significant heights when loading/unloading the plane. Hard cases not locked can slide apart. Soft bags can fall off the baggage loader while being loaded/unloaded and so forth.

Read what's been posted and take your pick. Horror stories aside, chances are very high that your skis will be safe with either system. Then you only need to worry that they don't wind up being misrouted to Orlando.

I have both a hard case and padded bags. I've never had skis damaged with either and have checked skis to many destinations regularly for years. Misdirected luggage is the only problem I've encountered.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I will be doing some air travel with two sets of race skis later this year. I have high quality padded ski bags for each ski but I am worried that my babies might get damaged by the baggage handlers.

My question is, should I use the ski bags and stuff them with clothes, or should I get a hard (rigid) double ski case? Thanks
My 2 cents is if you get a quality bag that holds 2 to 3 pairs of skis you can pack clothing on top of them because the underside is rigid such as the wheel bags from DaKine.
post #4 of 14
If you're traveling with a team, hard cases can get really annoying when you need to squeeze people and gear into packed vans and buses.
post #5 of 14
If you pack the ski bags tightly with clothes and jackets, you will be fine. That's what I do, and I've never had any problem.
post #6 of 14
Have both. I think I prefer the bag. Not much space for anything else but skis and poles with the case.
post #7 of 14
I think when you ski on those skis, you pond on it harder than those baggage handlers. I have been traveling with ski bag for over 20 years, the only damage they did was to my bag, never the skis. In the 80's the airlines provided plastic bags for skis and I have used it also. The hard case is just a gimik they dreamed up recently, not worth having.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys I appreciate your first hand experiences and suggestions.

Since my bags are single ski bags, do you think I can get away with strapping two bags together to count as one extra piece? (that is if thats even a benefit)
post #9 of 14
I am with skijunkie...the two wheeled Dakines are my favorite.
post #10 of 14
After having my new Dynastars damaged between SLC and ORD, I don't trust anybody anymore.

I now box my skis in bubble wrap & cardboard and put them in a soft bag.

The whole problem makes me : : : .

Michael
post #11 of 14
My wife had a pair of bindings ruined on a trip this year. They were in one of those dakine double bags and when we picked it up it looked like it had been dragged behind a truck for about 50 miles. Holes were worn through the bag, through a heavy towel I had wrapped around the skis and about 3 cm was ground off the top of a binding (like they had taken a heavy-duty sander to the binding).

The airline replaced the bag but would not give any $ for the skis. Said they have no liablility for any sports equipment not in a hard case.

My wife bought a single sporttube (hardcase). On our next trip, the case arrived without the pin holding the two sections together. I don't know how the sections stayed together, but luckily they did.

Bottom line, nothing is foolproof.
post #12 of 14
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The airline replaced the bag but would not give any $ for the skis. Said they have no liablility for any sports equipment not in a hard case.
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Which airline is this? So we can avoid it?
post #13 of 14
American Airlines.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
After having my new Dynastars damaged between SLC and ORD, I don't trust anybody anymore.

I now box my skis in bubble wrap & cardboard and put them in a soft bag.

The whole problem makes me : : : .

Michael, what did they do to your skis?
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