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Keeping Skis Dry in Thule Box

post #1 of 24
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Last season, I used my Thule box all season for transporting my skis and my kids' skis and boards. I used large beach towels to wrap the skis and boards so they didn't bang and scrape against each other, but the towels, being made of terry cloth, held water when wet and it encouraged rusting on the metal edges. I'm looking for some blankets or other suggestions for this winter that will protect the skis and boards but keep them dry. Ideas?
post #2 of 24
Hmm. how about constructing a wooden structure to hold your skis away from one another. Any fabric wrapped around the skis will help retain moisture on it, no matter how wicking it is, especially since there is no air circulation.
post #3 of 24
Do your skis not bang and rub against each other while you ski? I don't think sliding around in the box is going to hurt the performance of the skis.
post #4 of 24
I put a fleece blanket in my box and attached it to the bottom by cutting holes in it for around the thumbwheels, and also with duct tape. Put a layer of skis on, fold it over them, then another layer.

The key is to take the skis out of the box as soon as you get home and wipe them down. I had no problem with rust this way - and that with over 50 days of skiing.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
Do your skis not bang and rub against each other while you ski?
Actually, no, they do not.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
The key is to take the skis out of the box as soon as you get home and wipe them down. I had no problem with rust this way - and that with over 50 days of skiing.
How long is your ski drive?
post #7 of 24
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How long is your ski drive?
About an hour and twenty minutes.

My golf drive on the other hand is pretty much non-existent.
post #8 of 24
Much the same, then.

One thing on my to do list this year is throw a $10 TRS logging thermometer in there, just to see whether the daytime greenhousing temps are high enough for rust acceleration.
post #9 of 24
Sad to say, there is no definite solution. Even when we ski two days in a row, we take all of our skis in the house, and dry them before we load them back up.

The material we use to keep the skis from banging together is a large piece of boat upholstery. It is mildew resistant which is nice for the longevity of the fabric, but moisture on skis is moisture on skis. Just not something you'll avoid without completely drying them.
post #10 of 24
How about a combination hot box/ski box? So when you pull them out they're nice and warm and ready to receive wax and after you wax them, you put them in the roof box over night. Of course you'd need to take them out in the morning, scrape the wax off and then put them back in. Then again those who say you don't need to scrape wax at all would love this (stupid) idea.
post #11 of 24
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Sad to say, there is no definite solution. Even when we ski two days in a row, we take all of our skis in the house, and dry them before we load them back up.

The material we use to keep the skis from banging together is a large piece of boat upholstery. It is mildew resistant which is nice for the longevity of the fabric, but moisture on skis is moisture on skis. Just not something you'll avoid without completely drying them.
I do the same thing when skiing two days in a row. However I never have rust problems. Do you?
post #12 of 24
Or I could wrap Pampers around the bindings.
post #13 of 24
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Or I could wrap Pampers around the bindings.
We all know that you pamper your skis, but this is a bit much?
post #14 of 24
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I do the same thing when skiing two days in a row. However I never have rust problems. Do you?
Nope.
Never leave my skis in the car/box, for many reasons, which include residual water(melted snow) that can freeze up once back on the snow, which may cause binding issues.
Bringing them in, wiping them down, and letting them dry assures me, elimination of moisture.
post #15 of 24
I figure that wrapping the skis up in something just encourages rust by holding the moisture close to the edges. I have a piece of closed-cell foam in the bottom of my box and then I just stack 'em on top of each other. I've left my skis in the box for several days at a time on trips and have not had any big problems. I wear out the skis long before there are significant problems with the edges.

However, I ski in Washington where snow is generally softer than the average eastern hill. I don't obsess about my edges much. Neither do I worry much about topsheet scratches.
post #16 of 24
ski now work later, give the edges a wipe over with Zardoz Notwax before putting the skis in the top box.
post #17 of 24
Um, ski bag?
post #18 of 24
I just put 3 straps on each pair of skis and put 'em in the box. I'd have thought all these blankets and things would freeze onto the skis and then you'd have a problem.
post #19 of 24
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I just put 3 straps on each pair of skis and put 'em in the box. I'd have thought all these blankets and things would freeze onto the skis and then you'd have a problem.
Sounds like a blanket statement to me. :
post #20 of 24
I took two pieces of wood stock and cut dado grooves into them so the skis would sit on their sides w/out the edges actually touching. I glued in some rubber strips and the skis stay put just fine.

Sometimes I have to stagger the skis so the bindings fit w/in each other so I can fit several pairs inside.

I got several of those silicone/moisture packets, from work, and threw them throughout the box. I always wipe down all the skis before I throw them back in the box at the end of the day.

I haven't had any issues with rust, even when I've left them in the box overnight once. IF I do get any rust, it'll be around the edges where they contact the wood board/holder and it's just slight at worse...Just gummi stone them and they are just fine.

I do wipe them down again once I get home and the skis have come to room temperature after about 30 minutes, or so.
post #21 of 24
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I don't obsess about my edges much. Neither do I worry much about topsheet scratches.
Yep, I left my touring skis in the box all last winter when I wasn't using them.
post #22 of 24
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Actually, no, they do not.
Wow, you must try really hard. :
post #23 of 24
I always brush off the snow off the ski & bindings, followed by a wipe down with a towel, paying particular attention to getting any moisture off the edges. Maybe it's being anal, but I've never had a prob with rust following this ritual. If you have globs of snow clinging to the ski, you're going to have water when it melts.
post #24 of 24
Rubber backed bathmats from Target - cheap, dry quickly, washable, pad the skis and as a bonus you can stand on them when getting you ski boots on in the car park.

Skis should go somewhere dry when you get home so that they dry off and any ice etc melts out of the bindings.
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