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Roof Rack Ski Transport - Good or Bad?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I transport the skis on the roof ski rack of my car on top. I drive to and from the slopes about 4 hours each way. I heard its not recommended. Is that a problem? Why? Isnt what the ski racks are made for?
post #2 of 18
If the roads are dry or snowy there is no harm. If they are wet & salty you'll get rust on your edges and grime in your bindings. Use a ski bag or a box.
post #3 of 18
It is ok so long as the skis are completely enclosed in a ski bag.  Check the bag carefully as the wind will cause it to flap and wear a hole in it.   You need to keep road salt spray off the skis and bindings.
post #4 of 18
If you have a rack use it.  It is safer than carrying them inside the vehicle.  Ski edges can do very bad things to bodies in an accident, and a seat belt won't help much. 

If the weather is wet tape some plastic bags over the bindings if you don;t have a ski bag. 
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
If salt gets in the binding gear, whats the best way to clean it? Cover just the bindings? do they make plastic bags for that? 
post #6 of 18
I agree about skis inside a vehicle

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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

If you have a rack use it.  It is safer than carrying them inside the vehicle.  Ski edges can do very bad things to bodies in an accident, and a seat belt won't help much. 

If the weather is wet tape some plastic bags over the bindings if you don;t have a ski bag. 
But the wet weather thing? I have never heard of wet weather hurting ski bindings. I mean snow is water.
post #7 of 18
Funny, on our recent drive to and from Taos, my wife and I noted the absence of ski racks on the vehicles.

Not sure if it's because of some of the reasons mentioned here, or the fact that there are a lot more people driving larger suv type vehicles combined with shorter skis that allow them to be put inside.

Never considered the safety factor of having skis in the vehicle, but makes sense.
post #8 of 18
   I just couldn't put a pair of naked skis on the roof.  Bags are essential, but it's hard to find racks these days that hold a pair of skis inside a bag.   Carry some bungie cords.

   I keep mine inside for transport.  I understand the safety concern, but if your vehicle has fold down seats or a pass-thru, you should be able to get your skis placed securely inside so that they are not projectiles in a possible car accident. 

   Inside the car, over the seat tops at neck level?  Yes, that should be avoided.
post #9 of 18
Well, I use to keep them in the back of the SUV but with baby on board now I did start using a rack and while all reasons listed not to use one are true they are avoided by simple cleaning after each trip.  In a lame attempt at rationalization, kinda forces me to clean and wax more regularly than I would otherwise.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by VipClubber View Post

If salt gets in the binding gear, whats the best way to clean it? Cover just the bindings? do they make plastic bags for that? 
They actually make something a bit more snazzy for that:
http://www.rei.com/product/791804?preferredSku=7918040010&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-datafeed-_-product-_-7918040010&mr:trackingCode=62A2071B-81F9-DE11-BAE3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA


Your local ski shop may carry these. Occassionaly people even give them away for free (with the logo of their shop/resort/product on the side, of course). I have one somewhere, but I'm not sure where, as my current car has a pass-through in the back seats specifically designed for skis.
post #11 of 18
I keep hearing that if you use a roof rack you must use a bag to protect the skis.  Strange.  I have been using roof racks for almost 30 years and have yet to see rust or binging damage from doing it.  Just wipe them off when you arrive and when you get home.  I would much rather take a couple of minutes to wipe my skis off than have a missile flying around inside the car. 
post #12 of 18
The simple solution: get a pickup truck with a cap. Plus, in a pinch it's a lot more comfortable to sleep in a truck bed then on a roof rack. You can also put dead deer in there. There's, like, millions of uses...
post #13 of 18
I used to carry my skis in the car with me, but grew tired of hitting my elbow on the tips when I shifted gears, so I moved to a Thule 6-pack rack.  It was pretty good, easy to use, and kept them out of the car and away from my elbow, but I did find lots of grime and crud on them after long trips.  Short 1 hour drives to the local mountains were usually okay, but 3-4 hour drives to places for the weekend weren't very nice to the edges and bindings.  I'd give 'em a wipe down when I got home, but still didn't like the rust coming off them. 

This season I picked up a Thule box on prodeal from my shop, even with the prodeal it was close to 2x the price of the ski carriers.  I like the box: it's more aerodynamic, makes less noise on the highway, I can put other stuff in it, and best of all it keeps my skis out of the clouds of salt and grime on Alberta's highways.  It is a bit more tricky to use than the ski carriers, as sometimes the lock doesn't engage in all 3 points fully and can jam.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
What type of skis are we talking about here? Are we talking about brand new models of Skis? Isnt newer skis and technology more rust resistant?

I like the idea of the binding cover but shouldn't wax do the job if you wax skis before the trip??
post #15 of 18
I definitely don't carry my skis unprotected on a rack for several reasons:
  • salt and grime gets into bindings, even if they are made of materials that don't rust, it does stick to any grease and can degrade performance over time
  • I spend a lot of time waxing my skis, I certainly don't want salt and grime getting on my bases, getting into the texture
  • edges will get rust spots
Currently, I carry all our skis inside our SUV, but I do agree that it's best to have a roof top box, as you don't want skis to be flying around inside if there's ever an accident.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
ILOJ Doesnt the ski wax prevent the salt from getting in? And dont binding covers prevent the salt from sticking to bindings?

PS. Cant you say same thing about snow that it gets in the gear and rusts edges if not waxed?
post #17 of 18

sorry to rehash an old thread - I'm trying to figure out how to secure my skis inside my SUV.  I have roof rails and crossbars, but cannot put a ski rack on top b/c my garage door is too low.  Any thoughts?

post #18 of 18

My son and I spent a week skiing last year and had four pairs of skis.  We had our clothes packed in duffel bags and just put the bags on top of the skis.  We were in a Subaru Outback and just laid the rear seat backs down.  I now have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and would do the same in it.  It has a split back rear seat so it works well even with three people and could maybe even work with four.  But it wouldn't be secure if we had a rollover accident'

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