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Ski Protection in Roof Boxes?

post #1 of 14
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So... I've now had my third major ding to my skis in the last coupe years due to jostling of skis inside a roof box. This time it was on a pair of brand new skis, so I'm a bit more peeved than before. With one exception, these have been cosmetic dings, but... I confess I like the cosmetics to last as long as possible.

 

I often carpool with friends to the slopes. Typically there are three or four of us, with up to six or seven pairs of skis. (Several of us own two pairs, and we don't always know until we get to the mountain which will be most appropriate.) Several of us - including me - own one of the smaller boxes that hold just about that many pairs of skis. Edges or protruding parts of bindings of one ski sometimes creates gouges in the topsheet (usually) or edge of another pair of skis. I have an old sleeping bag pad in the bottom of the box to help prevent sliding and shifting and to add a bit of cushion. I always bind my skis together with straps to shield the bases and reduce - but not eliminate - exposure of the edges, but this does nothing to protect the rest of the ski. There is not room in the box for each pair of skis to be bagged. (And bags are a PITA in my view anyway.) What do others do to prevent this problem?

post #2 of 14

 I don't worry about it. They're just gonna get dinged by something else anyway.

post #3 of 14

Do you have them strapped down?  Lots of boxes come with load straps to keep the gear in the boxes from sliding around.  I bought some foam block and wedge them between skis by the way

post #4 of 14

 

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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 

 I don't worry about it. They're just gonna get dinged by something else anyway.

 

First, I agree with that.  If it's not the bases or edges, but just the tops, who cares.

 

Second, I find that a single bungee cord keeps stuff in place very well.  You don't have to really strap it down, just encourage it not to move.

post #5 of 14

I use a Packasport box, and have carried a lot of skis at once in it. The box is lined with carpet. Here's my general drill. I will alternate skis on the bottom, in terms of direction. Tails forward, or tips forward, doing my best to fit the bindings around each other so that I have a fairly tight level "layer" of maybe 6 pairs on edge. Then I have a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet which is about 6" smaller around the edges than the footprint of the box. That goes over the first layer, and I do my best to repeat the process. Fit them in, flat. Can be a bt of a challenge depending on the difference in width of the skis. It takes a bit of time. I have straps on the box, to snug them all down. Poles go on top, or wedged in as they can be along the way. I've done 2000 mile road trips with no damage. The skis are all individually strapped, in three or four places.

 

I recently saw a ski academy long bed truck that had driven all of their skis to a race series. Used the same process. Carpeted bed, layer of skis, layer of carpet, layer of skis, and so on. Probably 100 pairs of skis in the truck, very orderly.

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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post

 

...Then I have a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet which is about 6" smaller around the edges than the footprint of the box. That goes over the first layer, and I do my best to repeat the process...

 

Great idea. This is exactly the kind of brainstorm I was hoping to get. Thanks!

post #7 of 14

Carpet on the bottom, then foam (the kind you use as camp matresseses).  I use some 3" thick pads (like 12"x24") that I toss in and layer around.  It compresses nicely, maintains spacing, and stops those puppies from knocking around.

post #8 of 14

I find that if you use ski straps on every pair (preferably tip and tail), then you can cut down on most of the chance of damage, and with even a lightly fastened strap securing the whole pile, you shouldn't run into any issues barring a crash stop. 

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I find that if you use ski straps on every pair (preferably tip and tail)

 

I already do this, as I mentioned in my original post. This is a good technique if all the skis belong to you or your family. Bunch of guys with differing degrees of fussiness - and different degress of tolerance of YOUR fussiness... that's another story. I will try the intermediate layer of carpet / foam though. That sounds like a winner.

post #10 of 14

I keep the skis in a ski bag then toss them into the box or back of the truck.  Dual benefits, keeps skis from getting banged up and makes it easier to carry them from the parking lot.

post #11 of 14

If you use carpet make sure you take it out every time and dry it.  It won't dry in the box and it can get really moldy.  I speak from experience.

post #12 of 14

I've read that about the moldy carpet, and have honestly never had that problem. Strange, as it makes all the sense in the world for it to happen. I've had about six boxes, including 3 Packasports, which all have non-removable carpet liner glued in place. Covers the entire bottom half of the box. I'm guessing that I must normally have the skis more on the dry side than some others. Or, perhaps it's some synthetic mold resistant carpeting? The stuff that I layer with is clearly all synthetic. Good heads-up, though.

post #13 of 14

I placed a plastic mesh that is used in automotive tool boxes (bought at Sears) and also used tie down straps.  You can buy it in a large sheet that is perfect for a full box or cut it down for a smaller one.  Used thick, 2 sided carpet tape to anchor the  mesh but that was probably not necessary.  No problems whatsoever. 

post #14 of 14

I use a bag if I have more than two pair in the box, and I line it with carpet padding.  If a bag is to much of a PITA, don't whine about getting dings on your skis.

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