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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just like some recommendations as to what is a good ski bag I could use to transport skis on a plane?

 

one that will not have damage to the skis

 

what does everyone recommend?

post #2 of 22

sportube makes hard plastic ski cases.  They endure the baggage handlers well.

 

Here's a photo from http://www.sportube.com/

 

skis_one_pair_closed.jpg

post #3 of 22

I used to use sportube for airlines but they are such a pain the ass to pack/load I only use that now if I ship UPS. Check out the Dakine single or double concourse bag. Padded, much nicer wheels for dragging and it holds much more. Nice zippered side pockets that can be locked.  Also, it folds up when you get to your destination taking up much less room.  I used the double now for several trips including Chile with no issues for size and weight. Much better option.  Single concourse is also a good option.

 

http://www.luggage.com/asp/superbrowse.asp?clid=727&caid=&sku=DAK1103&refid=XT52-DAK1103 

post #4 of 22

I'm giving what you might consider bad advice.  But, I just use a cheapo ski bag and wrap my ski gear around my skis, not necessarily for protection, but because i don't take any luggage on a ski trip except for my boot bag and ski bag.  of course, i only go for 3-4 nts.  I never noticed much damage to my skis.  I try not to worry about little scratches and stuff, that is what they are for.

post #5 of 22



Its not bad advice, that works just fine.

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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I'm giving what you might consider bad advice.  But, I just use a cheapo ski bag and wrap my ski gear around my skis, not necessarily for protection, but because i don't take any luggage on a ski trip except for my boot bag and ski bag.  of course, i only go for 3-4 nts.  I never noticed much damage to my skis.  I try not to worry about little scratches and stuff, that is what they are for.

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I'm giving what you might consider bad advice.  But, I just use a cheapo ski bag and wrap my ski gear around my skis, not necessarily for protection, but because i don't take any luggage on a ski trip except for my boot bag and ski bag.  of course, i only go for 3-4 nts.  I never noticed much damage to my skis.  I try not to worry about little scratches and stuff, that is what they are for.


I am sorry, but I don't want to see ANY damage. I tried a Sporttube but my knock against then is they are too heavy. With 50LB restrictions with the airlines and a Sporttube 3 pair (a must if you are packing 2 wider skis) weighing 17LB vs, my Dakine double roller weighing 10lb, that is another 7lb of stuff I can pack. I have used my double Dakine for about 20 trips west and it has held up quite well but is due for replacement which I have no problem with, it has served me well. BEing west now, my trips will be limited but I will replace this with another for sure. 

post #7 of 22

For one pair of skis"  Wrapping them in a bag with ski clothing works fine.  I did this for years when I couldn't afford anything else.

 

Two pair: Forget the airline baggage fees and ship them in a Sportube. Why bother schleping skis though airports and paying the airlines to ship them when you can just ship them yourself?    FWIW, FEDEX Ground is a lot cheaper than using the UPS Stores near the ski areas. Make it easy by taking pre-printed airbills with you for the return shipping. 

 

Dakine Double Roller:  Never tried it because I don't travel with that many skis.  It has to be good if Phil likes it.

 

BTW, you can sometimes get a Sportube for cheap on eBay from a seller like a pawn shop or from someone who maybe used it once or twice.  I paid $40 for one that was advertised as used once (twice with the shipping to me), looked it, and is still great after four years.  The only permanent damage is a few scuffs.  After the last trip there were a couple of small dents in the plastic near the ends, but those popped out using a broom handle and a hammer. 


Edited by quant2325 - 12/10/10 at 6:32pm
post #8 of 22



 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

 Check out the Dakine single or double concourse bag. Padded, much nicer wheels for dragging and it holds much more. Nice zippered side pockets that can be locked.  Also, it folds up when you get to your destination taking up much less room.  I used the double now for several trips including Chile with no issues for size and weight. Much better option.  Single concourse is also a good option.

 

http://www.luggage.com/asp/superbrowse.asp?clid=727&caid=&sku=DAK1103&refid=XT52-DAK1103 



Finndog and Phil give great advice.  I have used the double for 3 years, carrying one pair of skis with clothing stuffed all around skis and poles.  I get it right under 50lbs and use a boot carry-on for helmet, boots, gloves and rolled up ski pants inside helmet.  Wear my ski jacket on plane.  Never an issue of missing ski gear.  This bag is very durable with no tears in material yet!  One of the best pieces of gear for the skier that has to travel everytime to the mountains....

post #9 of 22

zips completely open, nice study straps for securing  skis. Take literally minutes to pack. The Sportube requires you to slide the skis after you have wrangled them. You have to use the rubber bands to secure the brakes and then stack the skis tip to tail and secure two straps (that cut easily on ski edges) on each end of the skis to hold them together before putting into the tube. Then you have to slide them into the tube which really requires you to stand the skis up (watch the ceiling) and then secure in. Adding poles can be a challenge; especially with wide skis. Some fat pow boards don't fit well.  Its a lot of fun......

post #10 of 22

Demo/rent. Otherwise, I love my double High Sierra bag w/wheels. Pack clothing around your skis. Have been on dozens of trips and have never had damaged goods.

I agree that the sport tube is a pain in the ass.

post #11 of 22

I use a SporTube.  I have 2 tubes, one that holds one pair of skis and one that holds two pairs, and I take whichever one is appropriate.  I don't really understand the weight concerns mentioned above, I've never had a problem.  Usually follow one of these two scenarios:

 

Scenario 1:

I wear my coat onto the plane.  Gloves and hat are in my coat pockets.

Carryon:  Boot bag containing boots, a small towel, and whatever small stuff (socks, underwear, etc.) I can stuff inside/between the boots or in a pocket, plus boarding passes, rental car agreement, magazine.

Personal item:  Helmet

Checked bag #1:  Tube containing skis, poles, base layer, and a diagram of how to pack the skis into the tube.  I don't find it hard, but I'm a little concerned about TSA not being able to get everything back inside properly.

Checked bag #2:  Roll-ey bag containing everything else: whatever socks/underwear/base layer didn't fit in the tube or boot bag, mid-layer, jeans, rub-on wax, etc.  I got a boot dryer last Christmas, so that goes in here, too, now.

 

Scenario 2:

Same as above, but I also bring a camera bag.  Now my "personal item" is the boot bag with the helmet tied to it, which is kind of stretching the rules a bit.

 

I know it may sound like a lot, but fly Southwest and it's all free.

 

If my wife is coming also, maybe we'll combine our stuff into a single roll-ey bag.  She only has one pair of skis, and if I'm only bringing one of my pairs, then we'll just bring one SporTube.

post #12 of 22

OH yes, I forgot, Several occasions my and friends sportubes not be relocked properly by TSA, they don't know how ot put stuff back in and then miss with the pin that has to go through both outter and inside sections of the tube... Gettting to see what a pain these things are? 

post #13 of 22

I've got a Volkl double wheeled bag that I haven't had the chance to use yet. My plan is to pack one pair of skis with some clothes on one side and a Sport Tube (borrowed from a friend) with my poles in it on the other side. I know it sounds overkill but since I've got access to a Sport Tube I might as well ensure that my aluminum poles are not bent. I think that this should work OK.

 

I would not want to rely on a Sport Tube as my only means of transport. I'm more of a padded bag fan.

post #14 of 22

you can safely put 2 pairs of >100mm skis with poles in a 2 ski sportube without issue. Plus, if you are flying you are going to pay for the extra ski bag

post #15 of 22

As others have stated - Dakine Double Concourse...!  Cannot be the thing and absolutely keeps your skis protected...!  The 185 easily carries my 191 ON3P Wrens and 187 Movement Thunders and poles with ease...  And it comes in at 45lbs packed this way...!

post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Plus, if you are flying you are going to pay for the extra ski bag



Do you mean if I put a sport tube inside a padded bag?

post #17 of 22

why would you do that?

post #18 of 22

Double padded wheely bag works great for me and you guys just reminded me I better go get anouther one cause Lady Salina has mine out weest for the season bah.

Also as your name is Worldtraveler I suspect you get free luggage and priority tags on it.

Soft bags are always good ( I thought about a getting a hard bag once but then thought if it lasted for more the 4 hrs Id have to see my doctor!! )

post #19 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

why would you do that?


Because I've seen poles bent after coming straight out of a padded bag because the baggage handlers threw heavy bags on top of it. Especially since I've got aluminum poles.
 

post #20 of 22

I've had a sport tube for 10 years and it does survive anything that the handlers can throw at it.  I've got the bigger one and can transport 2 pairs of skiis, poles and a Monoski (bindings removed) in it at the same time.

post #21 of 22

I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MUTHA*****N' SKIS ON THIS MUTHA*****N' PLANE!

post #22 of 22

I like basic padded ski bags with wheels myself.  As mentioned, the TSA frequently messes up the sport tube assembly nowadays, and it's almost as bad as not using any protection when that happens.  I saw a loose sport tube with gear spilling out at SLC last year in fact (it's a miracle the baggage handlers kept it all together).

 

I have run into one issue where a favorite zip-T got sliced by ski edges when packed in my ski bag.  What I try to do now when packing clothes is to roll them and place in the bottom of a kitchen trash bag (across the width) and then roll that up into a long cylinder (no bigger than the diameter of a coffee can), squeezing the air out as I roll.  These wads can then be put into a ski bag lengthwise and nestle nicely between the skis and the outer bag, forward and behind the bindings.  In this form, the clothes stay together and don't move around like they would when they're loose, and the wad helps protect the skis and keeps everything in place.  On the way home, dirty laundry goes in the bags the same way.

 

I've had the TSA rummage through my ski bag frequently, perhaps at least 50% of the time.  When I have been able to observe this, I see that they don't really pull the gear apart -- they simply unzip the bag along the whole length, poke/prod/swipe the stuff inside, and then zip back up.  If the bag is semi-organized and packed in a modular fashion, this goes very quickly.  Sport tubes and bags with lots of loose items mixed up would obviously take a lot more time/effort to inspect under the same scenario.

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