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Ski Bag or Tube?

post #1 of 24
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I will be taking my first plan trip with skis. It will be my whole family traveling. Three of us ski and my son snowboards. I am looking for some suggestions on a bag or tube? Also should I just purchase ones that hold one pair or multiple pairs of skis?
post #2 of 24
I found the ski tube too difficult to pack with midfat skis. I also had problems with bindings fitting properly. Maybe they make them bigger now but I quit using the tube and bought a new padded soft double bag because the tube was such a hassel.
post #3 of 24
Much easier to stuff a soft bag with alot of extra stuff (ie jacket, clothing, etc). Just get a padded one. Doubles are okay, just make sure you don't go over the 50lb limit with it and wheels are nice on those big boys.
post #4 of 24
I use a double pair sportube. I have no problem fitting in a pair of Watea94's and Dynastar LTD's. I usually UPS the tube ground. For the money, its worth not dragging through airports and such. Newark AP has no clue on what to do with skis.
post #5 of 24
Just came back from Colorado with the tube and along the way the tube was opened and not put back together correctly and came apart. Nothing damaged fortunately. The problem with the tube is the top ridge and hole has to cover the bottom ridge and hole for the pin to hold the top and bottom together. If TSA or whomever takes the tube apart to inspect, its very easy to slide the top over the bottom and insert the pin without having the pin go through the bottom . When this happens the tube will slide apart in handling.

I'd go with a a big bag with wheels that can hold two pair of skis . As stated in an earlier post you can also pack clothing around the ski gear in a bag much better tahn you can in a tube.
post #6 of 24
I have heard many stories of the tube not being reassembled correctly by TSA.
post #7 of 24
I had been using the traditional padded bag for a while, but as of about two years ago I switched to the tube. I prefer the tube due to the resistance to stress handlers just tossing bags around and weight that may cause bending of a ski when weight is applied (ie stacked inside a plane/truck/etc).

It also does a good job restricting the tip/tail stress with padding placed at each end. A bag could as well since I would wrap something at each end when I used a bag but I prefer the tube now.
post #8 of 24
If you're using a tube be VERY careful of the 50lb weight limit. I have the 3 pair tube:
170 Fischer RC4 + 170 Fischer RX8 + Sportube= OVERWEIGHT!!!
I'll continue to use the tube for a single pair of skis and fill the rest whith clothes, etc.
A well wrapped pair of skis in a padded bag should also be very safe.
post #9 of 24
I used a 2-pair volkl bag and it gave me some extra room- so I packed in most of my clothes for the trip- enough that I was able to leave one of the other bags home! Packing clothes in your ski bag works twofold- one, they protect the skis. Two, it makes better use of space and reduces the amount of luggage you will be packing in other bags. Just don't put your shell of ski pants in there. I had a pair of pants slashed by a sharp edge. jeans, hoodies and the like will be fine. Besides, any idiot can work a zipper but from what I hear TSA is having too much fun rummaging through panty bags to be able to reassemble a tube correctly cuz y'know it takes all of about ten seconds.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by fishEH View Post
If you're using a tube be VERY careful of the 50lb weight limit. I have the 3 pair tube:
170 Fischer RC4 + 170 Fischer RX8 + Sportube= OVERWEIGHT!!!
I'll continue to use the tube for a single pair of skis and fill the rest whith clothes, etc.
A well wrapped pair of skis in a padded bag should also be very safe.
How much is the weight limit? I have filled my sport tube with 2 pairs of skis and not been over.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
I have heard many stories of the tube not being reassembled correctly by TSA.
The times I did check, I walked over to the inspection area. You have the right to view the inspection. This is another reason for using UPS.
post #12 of 24
It's much easier to pack several skis in one box or bag if you can remove the bindings.



http://www.backcountryworld.com/showthread.php?t=233
post #13 of 24
My vote goes w/a ski bag. Pack extra clothing around skis. There are some nice rolling ones out there.
post #14 of 24
i thought about buying a skitube to protect my skis but they seem like a bit of a hassle. i think the aggravating thing is that they will cut the lock off of your skitube if they can;t open it. then they will probably be very sloppy/ incompetent in putting your stuff back in.

i'd go with a soft ski bag. i just bought a nice wheeled one from sports authority. you can store it easier too since it folds down.
post #15 of 24
Double bag, stuffed with clothing, ship both ways via UPS... doesn't work too well if you are staying in a condo/house, though.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by altis View Post
It's much easier to pack several skis in one box or bag if you can remove the bindings.



http://www.backcountryworld.com/showthread.php?t=233
And they'll start removing themselves after the second or third time when the threads in the holes start to decay:
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
And they'll start removing themselves after the second or third time when the threads in the holes start to decay:
Well, after over two years of service, and many remounts, they're all still holding up fine with no signs of deterioration.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by tekweezle View Post
i thought about buying a skitube to protect my skis but they seem like a bit of a hassle. i think the aggravating thing is that they will cut the lock off of your skitube if they can;t open it. then they will probably be very sloppy/ incompetent in putting your stuff back in.
I traveled twice this season using the ski tube and no problems so far. Once to Reno and once to Denver. On my way back from Denver I found the TSA notification that they opened the tube, but the skis were put back correctly. I'd guess that the TSA personnel at DIA are quite experienced with them.
post #19 of 24
it;s a probably a personal preference thing-there really is no wrong answer except to not be skiing!

i heard the story of the poor guy who's softbag was ripped open and the skis were dragged along the concrete. it think the carrier was Delta. another one of my friends carries a sport tube and he tends to forget the combination to the lock so he relies on TSA cutting the lock off for him.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
How much is the weight limit? I have filled my sport tube with 2 pairs of skis and not been over.
the weight limit is 50lbs. My RC4's are pretty heavy. By the time I wrapped both pairs of skis with some padding and added the poles the whole thing was over 50.
I have this Sportube which might be the problem:
http://www.sportube.com/pages/skis_multi_pair.html
14lbs empty.
post #21 of 24
So far this season 6 trips with the bag (I typically average one bag a year), and no horror stories, which is on par with other years. The bag stuffed with clothes is the way to go, and make sure it's the wheeled type.

I trust the airlines a lot more than UPS, and while I've had it delayed a couple of times over the years, it always gets there, or back without any stories to tell.
post #22 of 24
Been using my single-pair tube for about 4 or 5 years now, average 4+ round trips per season. Other than one instance when TSA failed to properly re-engage the closure clip, I've had no problems, and skis have been transported in good order. Tube is a bit scratched up, but that just helps give it character, and make it look mean. An investment that I've never regretted. I've heard some too cool for school folks demean the tube as "gapper gear," but I couldn't care less.
post #23 of 24
I love my two pair Sport Tube. I can get a pair of skis, poles, and one pair of long stand up outriggers in it and still be below the 50# weight limit. I have the new TSA lock that Sport Tube sells and haven't had one cut off yet. (Knock Wood)

I'm thinking of adding a label to the tube informing them to make sure that they get both holes lined up before reinserting the lock. It might help in the future.
post #24 of 24
Protecting skis when packed in a bag....

Often I like to take a few pairs of XC skis on ski trip, and I worry about them getting banged up when tossed around with alpine skis/bindings. SOlution: PVC. I stick the XC skis in a PVC pipe, stuff socks, base layers, etc. in the gaps between tube and XC skis, and then slide the whole thing in with the alpine skis. I have a smaller diameter PVC for the XC poles. I've never had a case of TSA unpacking the skis and poles from their tubes.

The system would work with alpine skis, too. But you'd need two shorter sections of PVC to cover only tips-up-to-bindings and tails-up-to-bindings. But it would protect your skis without adding significant weight. The diameter of tubing required would still protect all but the tip of your bindings' heelpiece.
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