I am serious about this. A neighbor will give me a traditional ski rack for free, and it will fit my cross-bars just fine. The problem is that I don't like the idea of road grime mucking up my tuned and waxed bases, and getting into my bindings. So...does anyone know where I can find inexpensive coverings for my skis? I don't want to go the garbage bag route (they would flap too much in the wind) and buying 1,000 bags from U-Line doesn't make economic sense. My old ratty ski bag is probably too thick to fit in the rack. Does anyone make a reusable ski condom, the non-lubricated kind?
I have the old Grit Gardz. As stated, alas, they do not work with a ski that is wider than 115mm at any point, and they require a ski brake retainer.
I have not used the skibuddy system; that might be an option for you.
I assume you're not just lashing/bungeeing your old ratty ski bag onto the naked bars, because you want to stop somewhere on the way to the hill and need security?
Product: Grit Gardz large
Similar Products used: none exactly similar.
Structure guards from Swix, Rossignol
Ski bags from High Sierra, Sierra Designs, Reliable Racing, Swix
Similar Products on market: Ski Buddy http://www.skibuddy.com/
The problem: you arrive at an airport and pick up an SUV and go to load 5-6 people in it. The SUV has a horizontal-clamp roof rack. Your airline ski bag doesn't fit inside the clamp, and certainly doesn't fit inside the car with the 6 others. What to do, other than leave your skis in the breeze?
That is the problem these are meant to solve. The bags fit one ski each. They are cut to fit tighter around the single ski than the single-ski-pair bags fit around a pair. To get the brakes out of the way, the manufacturer supplies restraining bands. One then slides the bag on sock like (the zipper is only on the back part of the bag) and either locks the two bags together for hand carry or lays each one in a roof rack clamp. Hence the G.Gardz also do part-time duty as a structure guard.
The manual explaining all this was printed in 1996, and that points up the one problem I have with these: they are designed for skis with far less width or shape than are currently used. This is particularly noticeable at the sewn tips; I was able to put a 115mm-tip Fischer with 20mm lift and Look PX12s into the bag comfortably, but the last 10cm of the bag was not very useable as it was sewn too tight. A 175cm modern ski thus fits OK into a size large.
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Noodler: OK, I just went in the garage to check out my ski bag. It could be thin enough but...there is no way my new fats will fit into the old bag. I guess another cheap bag is a good option.
comprex: I checked out the skibuddy site and that is exactly what I was thinking of. I guess it is spandex...kinda expensive but this rack is free and it is certainly cheaper than a box. I am looking for the Grit Gardz on line...hard to find but I'm sure I'll locate it soon enough.
FujativeOCR: Oh, never mind. We all love a great rack, but the administrator would likely censor my reply to you.
Later tonight I'll check out Home Depot, and see what can be found for cheap (landscape or pipe covering fabric, etc.).
I used ski bags with a rack. They wind blows then all around and the skis poke holes in the ends after a short time.
Just cover up the bindings and clean and dry the skis when you get home.
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Move over!!, Get out of the left lane when only doing 45 mph, and turn off your turn signal
Had a Salomon cordura double ski bag blow through driving from Texas to NC. Have had three others cut through in about 5 K of to and from mountain driving since 2007. All flat tailed skis backwards wore thru right where the ski tail corner is.Twin tips might do better, But, most of the bags were cheap or free with thrift store skis.