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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
Probably not the most practical option for most people, but pulling the bindings and shipping skis only can be relatively affordable. Even more so with multiple pairs of skis.
Really bad advise. This is just a good way to strip the holes on the skis. I would not ever do that just to get skis to a resort. Put them in a Sports Tube. They have a guarantee, and if your skis get damaged in the tube, they cover the damages. I am not sure on the particulars of the guarantee. I had a customer use this when I worked at a shop.
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
Really bad advise. This is just a good way to strip the holes on the skis. I would not ever do that just to get skis to a resort. Put them in a Sports Tube. They have a guarantee, and if your skis get damaged in the tube, they cover the damages. I am not sure on the particulars of the guarantee. I had a customer use this when I worked at a shop.
A Sports Tube is nice, yes. But do you really need that if you have a good padded double ski bag and pack it right?

Has anybody actually been able to fit 2 midfat to fat pairs of skis in one of those double sportubes without going over 50 lbs. right there? Can they even fit more than 2 pairs of "traditional sized skis?

I don't know, I've never tried, but I 'd love to know. They just don't seem very flexible to me for packing the way that a double bag would.

When I land and rent a vehicle with two or three people, I find it simple to just throw a bunch of double ski bags right onto the always present at no extra charge roof racks, and bungee them all down. It all stays together nicely. Somehow I can't imagine strapping 4 double sportubes on the roof and driving around like that though.

Sportube peoples speak out!
post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post
Full text here: DELTA DOMESTIC GENERAL RULES TARIFF


Carry your boots with you!
and your fruit...

From the above cited document, the following doesn't count toward you carry on limit--

• For transportation from points in Hawaii, one box or mesh bag of pineapples
post #34 of 43
Here is the info directly from Delta's site under baggage listing for sporting goods - skis and snowboards:

"One item of ski or snowboard equipment is accepted as the passenger's one free checked bag.
One item of ski or snowboard equipment is defined as:
  • One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and
  • One boot bag
The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 pounds or excess baggage fees will apply. The outside linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches and no excess baggage fees will apply. "

So for me, I pack my clothes in with my skis and carry a duffle bag on-board. The duffle bag has my boots, helmet, Camel Pack, etc. I've flown dozens of times and never had a problem with the airline damaging my gear.

The link for this info via Delta:https://www.delta.com/traveling_chec...index.jsp#skis
post #35 of 43
A double sportube will fit 2 midfats eazily. Weight is an issue, though. I fit Atomic Crimson plus Rossi B4 plus kid skis plus all poles plus some tuning stuff. 50 lbs.
post #36 of 43
Orbitz has a nice summary of what the various airlines charge for checked baggage.

Use it when you price compare and build it into the total cost of the ticket.
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by kawo View Post
A double sportube will fit 2 midfats eazily. Weight is an issue, though. I fit Atomic Crimson plus Rossi B4 plus kid skis plus all poles plus some tuning stuff. 50 lbs.
Wow, that's pretty good! I think I need to start a What-Can-U-Fit-In-Yer-Sportube thread. I need all possible packing permutations pronto!

What about some 190-ish Gotama types and some 187-ish Monster 88 type skis? Packable? Or Not?
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
Wow, that's pretty good! I think I need to start a What-Can-U-Fit-In-Yer-Sportube thread. I need all possible packing permutations pronto!

What about some 190-ish Gotama types and some 187-ish Monster 88 type skis? Packable? Or Not?
Should be. Gotamas are pretty light. I've put Seths and PEs with poles in the same sport tube without any weight issues. I like it a lot better than a padded bag.
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
Really bad advise. This is just a good way to strip the holes on the skis. I would not ever do that just to get skis to a resort. Put them in a Sports Tube. They have a guarantee, and if your skis get damaged in the tube, they cover the damages. I am not sure on the particulars of the guarantee. I had a customer use this when I worked at a shop.
Not true.

Not such a bad option if you got railed bindings.

I was able to fit two pair of skis into a single sportube because one of them (the carver) has detachable binding.

Still have room for clothing. But weight was mighty close to 50lbs.
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
Really bad advise. This is just a good way to strip the holes on the skis. I would not ever do that just to get skis to a resort. Put them in a Sports Tube. They have a guarantee, and if your skis get damaged in the tube, they cover the damages. I am not sure on the particulars of the guarantee. I had a customer use this when I worked at a shop.
As I said, it's not for everybody. But it's a fairly common practice with getting race skis around.
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
Should be. Gotamas are pretty light. I've put Seths and PEs with poles in the same sport tube without any weight issues. I like it a lot better than a padded bag.
That's good to hear. I'm starting to like the idea. What about the drawbacks? There has to be something (besides cost).

I'm not sure I like the way they recommend arranging the skis binding to binding. That looks like it would scratch the topsheets. I don't get that. Is that really necessary?
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by captainsundance View Post
Good day all, take it from someone who knows, I work for a major airline in Canada and spent a few years in the baggage world. NEVER travel with your skis! There is a good chance your boards will be delayed for a few days or get damaged on the way. Airlines will have you sign a relase tag when accepting them as baggage which relases them of any liablity should this happen. Most resorts will rent top of the line skis for the duration of your trip. As well, I always take my boot bag as carry on. You can rent ski and other gear but nothing ruins a good ski trip like bad fitting boots.

spot on - most people are better of renting now days .

by the time you work out how long it takes to break even compared to buying and take into account maintanence and travelling hassles.

besides the ski rental fleets these days consist of the latest and greatest skis, better than what you own
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by wbsr View Post
spot on - most people are better of renting now days .

by the time you work out how long it takes to break even compared to buying and take into account maintanence and travelling hassles.
hmmm. I ski 40+ days a year. At $50/day for performance demos, that's over $2k a season. I typically pay about $500/pr for skis, and get four or five seasons out of them.

Do the math. Over 5 years, that's $500 to buy, $10k to rent. Add in maintenance and travel and it's still 10-1.

For people who ski one week a year and fly to the resort, sure. But real skiers (TM) own their gear.
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