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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Any suggestions for carrying ski boots from the parking lot to the slopes, assuming no locker. I see people who wear their boots and some who have large backpacks to carry boots. Any other gismos (that would fit into a fanny pack) out there to help carrying boots.

Thanks

post #2 of 18

A long time ago, I bought a strap that has a loop on each end, which you can slip under a buckle on each boot.  Then either carry the strap with your hand or toss it over a shoulder (so one boot is in front, one in back).  I still use that strap once and a while.  If you can't find one, you could make it out of 1.5-2" nylon webbing from the hardware store.  barring that, a short length of rope could be rigged up for this as well -- just tie a loop on each end. 

post #3 of 18

 wayers,

 

You probably already have what you need.  Do you have power-straps that go around the tops of your boots?  Just unwrap them and lay them together velcro to velcro, then sling the boots over your shoulder.  They store very neatly around the top of the boot while you're skiing

 

Best,

 

Chris  

post #4 of 18

What Skier 219 said.  OR you can simply velcro together your boots' power straps.  Drape the connected boots over the top of your pack.  Each boot should nestle under your arm.  Arrange so buckles are facing OUT or they dig you in the ribs.

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the great ideas! Found a strap on an old gym bag that should be perfect. No power-straps on our old boots - upgrading them in the fall.

 

Thanks!

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post

 

 wayers,

 

 

You probably already have what you need.  Do you have power-straps that go around the tops of your boots?  Just unwrap them and lay them together velcro to velcro, then sling the boots over your shoulder.  They store very neatly around the top of the boot while you're skiing

 

Best,

 

Chris  

This works fine, but I like to keep my power straps flat, straight, unwrinkled, etc. I don't like what happens to them when they're used to carry the boots, although I'm sure it does no real damage.
 

 

I have a piece of nylon webbing about three feet long given to me by an outdoor shop. I sealed the ends on a gas stove, and tied a fat knot in each end. No sewing required. They're long enough so that I can slip the knot into the slot between the two buckles on the cuff with the strap under the cuff (i.e., the strap is under the cuff and the knot sticks out though the slot), buckle the cuff, and carry the boots over my shoulders with the strap running around the back of my neck and in front of my shoulders. It wouldn't have to be so long if my little day pack had enough stuff in it to support the boots, but it usually doesn't, so the strap has to take the longer route in front of my shoulders and behind my neck. The boots tuck under my arms, and I'm free to carry my skis, my poles, my wife's skis, my wife's poles, miscellaneous souveniers, last week's groceries, a couple of chainsaws, etc.


 

post #7 of 18

The advantage to having them in a bag is that they stay warm.   I see any number of folks shiver-waiting in the lift ticket line with their boots Velcroed and over their shoulders.  

post #8 of 18


 

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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

 

The advantage to having them in a bag is that they stay warm.   I see any number of folks shiver-waiting in the lift ticket line with their boots Velcroed and over their shoulders.  


 And they stay dry to!  just hung over your shoulder in a snowfall will get you wet feet to start the day!

post #9 of 18

wayers,

 

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Thanks for the great ideas! Found a strap on an old gym bag that should be perfect. No power-straps on our old boots - upgrading them in the fall.

 

No time better than the present to upgrade the boots.  Most shops are offering 40% to 50% off on equipment now and the selection should be still good by the middle of March.  Maybe you could get the shop sales person to "throw-in" a carrying strap.

 

RW

post #10 of 18

In this region the stores offer the best prices during their September sales, plus they have new stock as well as leftover stock.  At this time they just have the leftover stock which might not be right for the buyer's foot, but they'll try to sell what they have, maybe not what the buyer needs.

post #11 of 18
I know this is an old thread, but I thought it was worth spreading the word: I bought two of these, plus some neat ski straps from this place called zukioutdoors.com. They sell a simple, $6.79 strap called the "BootCat," and it works great! It's a nylon-webbed strap with loops on each end to thread your power strap through (hopefully you've gotten some new boots by now). It's probably exactly what skier219 was describing:

www.zukioutdoors.com/product/10127C

I also love the "SkiWeb" straps they sell. These allow you to sling both your skis and poles over one shoulder--they're awesome! Both products fold up nicely and would store very compactly in your fannypack, or even a pocket.

My first time out, my boots got pretty chewed up walking just 10 feet over crumbled asphalt, so I definitely don't like wearing them on anything but snow anymore. Plus, I don't like using lockers, so these were perfect.



Edited by studio460 - 4/2/10 at 8:19am
post #12 of 18
Well for me, the least amount of stuff I have to carry the better.  I usually walk to the lodge in my shoes and either leave these on top or in a locker, depending on the resort I'm at.  It's real simple to velcro the power straps together at the car and sling the boots over one shoulder, slap on the helmet-goggles, then slap the skiis over top of the boot strap and carry my poles in the other free hand.  I have enough stuff with all of this to worry about, so for me the fewer items - the better. :)
post #13 of 18
I either do the velcro trick or carry my boots in a full-zip Ortovox 32-liter backpack. They fit great inside (this is an awesome pack for all-around use, BTW). I prefer the pack if it's snowing, otherwise snow gets inside the open boots! Europeans really prefer clomping around in their boots. I'm one of very few who walks the resort in street shoes, carrying boots one way or the other. Get a lot of strange looks in the morning, envious looks at the end of the day.
post #14 of 18

I put the Velcro straps together and carry them on my shoulder. I also take an old pair of sneakers for walking to/from the locker room, and just stash the sneakers in a plastic bag in the snow outside. It's nice to change quickly into sneakers and if they're stolen it's not a big deal.

 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I either do the velcro trick or carry my boots in a full-zip Ortovox 32-liter backpack. They fit great inside (this is an awesome pack for all-around use, BTW). I prefer the pack if it's snowing, otherwise snow gets inside the open boots! Europeans really prefer clomping around in their boots. I'm one of very few who walks the resort in street shoes, carrying boots one way or the other. Get a lot of strange looks in the morning, envious looks at the end of the day.


Fascinating how you get looked at strangely.  Here in the U.S. I don't think that happens.  

 

I won't walk in the boots.  They're too snug.  

post #16 of 18

Boot bags are nice as stated for warmth and carrying other stuff as well.


AKA Boot Cats. They work very well and you could in a pinch carry more than one pair of boots or attach other loose ends directly or with a carabiner. Like any loop in webbing, they also have tons of other uses you could dream up and fit in a pocket or wrap around a boot.

 

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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

A long time ago, I bought a strap that has a loop on each end, which you can slip under a buckle on each boot.  Then either carry the strap with your hand or toss it over a shoulder (so one boot is in front, one in back).  I still use that strap once and a while.  If you can't find one, you could make it out of 1.5-2" nylon webbing from the hardware store.  barring that, a short length of rope could be rigged up for this as well -- just tie a loop on each end. 

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post

A long time ago, I bought a strap that has a loop on each end, which you can slip under a buckle on each boot.  Then either carry the strap with your hand or toss it over a shoulder (so one boot is in front, one in back).  I still use that strap once and a while.  If you can't find one, you could make it out of 1.5-2" nylon webbing from the hardware store.  barring that, a short length of rope could be rigged up for this as well -- just tie a loop on each end. 


Works for me...icon14.gif
 

post #18 of 18

KISS.   Put Cat Tracks on boots and walk to skiing safely.  That was I don't have to carry the damn things.

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