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i leave for home tomarrow, is cling wrap enough for travling with skis?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
i am going back east with my ski gear tomarrow, and i lost my ski bag all i have from work is some cling wrap. i wraped my skis up it it but you can see them. do you think they will come out the other side. or should i just wrap some sort of blanket around em aswell?
post #2 of 23
Buy another ski bag, much cheaper than replacing damaged gear.
I have see damage with skis in a bag with the tips and tails wrapped in bubble wrap!! On a trip to Mount Hood it looked like they dragged the bag on the tarmac for miles.. big burn holes in the middle section of the bag.
post #3 of 23

pipe instulation

go to the hardware store and buy some pipe insulation, one piece for each edge. Its like a buck a piece. slide these over your edges to keep them from getting banged around too much. although I've always done this in addition to a bag to keep the airline people from killing my fresh tune. i'm not sure how well it will do in saran wrap, but its cheap and it does work.
post #4 of 23
We want to see pictures of how they look now, and the end result of your wrapping job.
post #5 of 23
Exactly what Dumpy said .... that black cheepo pipe insulation.

Slit it down the center and run from the binding to the tips and the tails on each side .... a couple warps of duct tape ...

Hustle down to Fed-Ex and they have a poly envelope to ship skis in.
post #6 of 23
What happens when the airline wants to take a look inside your package?
post #7 of 23
Just tape 'em together. They used to have plastic bags to slip skis into at the airport. Only thing a ski bag will do for you is keep the tops from getting scrached.
post #8 of 23
But the pipe wrap will keep the edges from a bashing.

Those guys can be brutal. They must have left my kids ski bag, not a junk bag (Reliable Racing), heavy duty on the conveyor where it burned through and melted/chewed up not only the ski bag but the Spyder jacket inside.

Then he didnt tell me right away because he said he found a note inside that said they weren't libel for damage. BS ... they sure were in that case.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Exactly what Dumpy said .... that black cheepo pipe insulation.

Slit it down the center and run from the binding to the tips and the tails on each side .... a couple warps of duct tape ...

Hustle down to Fed-Ex and they have a poly envelope to ship skis in.
Fed-Exing skis? Tell me more.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by SunValley View Post
Fed-Exing skis? Tell me more.
With all the airline restrictions now a days it can make more sense to ship them Fedex. Send them out a day or two prior to your arrival, track them on the way out, and arrive to gear in the shape you shipped it in. If there is any damage (and you purchased insurance) claims with FedEx are far easier than with the airlines. After your done, box em back up and drop them to the concierge with a return label. Easier renting cars, getting rides, etc. without worrying if skis will fit. Costs a couple bucks each way but better than schlepping gear to and from the airport.
post #11 of 23
I had to rush a set of powder boards up to my kid and on short notice didn't have a shipping box. Didn't want to damage new Stormriders but I did have a bunch of that black pipe foam.

Fed-Ex did provide me with a heavy poly envelope to send them in.

Nice folks at our central distribution center, this part is unreal ... they couldn't take a credit card for some reason and I was $1 and some change short .... the gal at the counter insisted and she kicked in the extra buck and change and said don't worry about coming back (15 mile drive) .. and with such a smile!

Lady ... who ever you were you made a kid happy that day!
post #12 of 23
^^^
Sounds great. Can I assume most FedEx stores will have the appropriate sized boxes? One box per pair? Bubble wrap?
post #13 of 23
No, that's my point, they just provided a poly shipping sleeve, like a heavy duty plastic envelope, long enough to fit skis like up to 190's. They didn't have long boxes or bubble.

To protect the skis before you put them in the envelope, I used black foam pipe insulation that is about 1" thick. Use a razor knife to make a slit down the length of pipe insulation ... that's how it would go on the pipe anyway.

Then with he skis taped together slip the slit over the edges of the skis on both sides. Run it right up to the tips and down to the tails and put a few wraps of duct tape around to secure it. Then I spread open a piece and did a wrap on top of the bindings on each side.

Had I known in advance, I would have hit up some carpet shop for the cardboard tube they use for rolled goods.


C----- < slip edges into the "C"
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
okay thanks for all the advise , couldent get to the hardware store. but took a pice of cardboard and put it between the skis and then a thick blanket and taped it up threw some cling around it and put a big FRAGILE sign on it. hopefully they'll make it unharmed.
looking foreward to skiing the east again after the west and the andes.
post #15 of 23
You know, "fragile" translates into "please demolish me" in airline language....
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
No, that's my point, they just provided a poly shipping sleeve, like a heavy duty plastic envelope, long enough to fit skis like up to 190's. They didn't have long boxes or bubble.

To protect the skis before you put them in the envelope, I used black foam pipe insulation that is about 1" thick. Use a razor knife to make a slit down the length of pipe insulation ... that's how it would go on the pipe anyway.

Then with he skis taped together slip the slit over the edges of the skis on both sides. Run it right up to the tips and down to the tails and put a few wraps of duct tape around to secure it. Then I spread open a piece and did a wrap on top of the bindings on each side.

Had I known in advance, I would have hit up some carpet shop for the cardboard tube they use for rolled goods.


C----- < slip edges into the "C"
Got it. Thanks.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
You know, "fragile" translates into "please demolish me" in airline language....
It's an Italian word pronounced frageelay. The translation is dead on.
post #18 of 23
A couple of observations:

FEDEX is pretty expensive. I've used them when combining a ski trip with a business trip where I didn't want to lug skis on the business part of the trip. I used the company FEDEX account and didn't feel guilty about it. I've also used FEDEX when I knew I was connecting on a puddle jumper. When those things go out full to a ski destination in bad weather, the combination of full fuel (you need enough fuel to divert to another airport), the people, and the baggage puts the plane over the weight & balance limit so ski bags tend to get stranded. If you're flying first thing in the morning and want to try to ski the same day, it saves huge time if you ship instead of checking bags so that can be worth it.

The TSA visually inspects all ski bags. For a number of years, I've had a TSA love note in my bag every time I've flown. If you use opaque plastic and duct tape, I suspect they will cut it off to inspect your baggage. I don't know what they'd do with clear bubble wrap and clear plastic tape. You're probably OK if they can see everything.

I've flown all over the world with soft ski bags. I've never had a damage problem. If you stop and think about what you do to your skis in the normal course of skiing, it's hard to imagine that a 250 pound Teamster could do all that much harm unless they drove over the bag. Skis are disposable. I don't see the point in worrying about it.

If you're truly paranoid, you'd go with a hard shell ski case but then you'd be ranting that the baggage handlers destroyed your case.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
A couple of observations:

FEDEX is pretty expensive.

If you stop and think about what you do to your skis in the normal course of skiing, it's hard to imagine that a 250 pound Teamster could do all that much harm unless they drove over the bag. Skis are disposable. I don't see the point in worrying about it.

2 points:

1. Expensive as in $50-75 as compared to $1,500+ in gear?

2. Untrue if said teamster was dragging your bag down the tarmac behind a cart for several hundred yards and damaging your skis, poles and clothing that was in the bag. While I agree that skis are "disposable" that isn't the mindset you have when you arrive for a pricey vacation or a ski race you have prepared all year for and your gear is trashed.

The FedEx suggestion is an alternative, I know $75 isn't pocket change for some- but when your spending $$ on gear and travel it's the price you pay to make getting your gear there in reasonable condition without delay.
post #20 of 23
I can't believe someone is actually considering wrapping their skis in cling wrap. That is terribly ghetto.
post #21 of 23
Airline crews used to have a term for plastic garbage bags ..... :

"Nashville Samsonite" ...

for those too young .. Samsonite was the original hard shell luggage and travel stuff.

And since he said he was getting the cling thing at work .. I figured he was talking about heavy poly shipping wrap.
post #22 of 23
I like the cling wrap idea. That way you can pack sandwiches in with the skis...the sandwiches help protect the skis and the cling wrap keeps the sandwiches fresh. I'd use sub or bulkie rolls vs sliced bread though.
post #23 of 23
Ok ... I wondered if I was getting had on this one. But .. I said no ... no .. be nice ... there may be a kid out there who is stuck at the last minute. I was last year .. I had something like three hours to get skis packed and off Fed-Ex for my stupid teen aged maggot who had screwed up and needed them in the mail fast.

Now, having a wacker of a twenty year old daughter ... and a "head up my adz" seventeen year old .... who travels a lot with skis ... and does some real, real .... real .. stoopid shizzz, I figured I'd be nice.

Don't make me regret it!
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