/ Packing skis for flying
Ours have always survived fine, with each pair strapped together but no extra padding. Unless we're short of bag space - I'd wrap a fleece or something useful round them rather than bubblewrap ;-)
Skis are tough!
Bubble wrap won't make much difference I'd say (Given a cordura/ padded ski bag)
I just chuck mine in the bag, no problems so far
Ive been doing exactly that sort of packing too.
Put them flat on the bottom of the bag along side each other. Use a piece of chord, rubber band etc to keep the brakes out the way. As said above skis are tough.
I wrap my thermals and fleeces round them which gives me more space so that I can take a smaller suitcase.
> Skis are tough!
> Bubble wrap won't make much difference I'd say (Given a cordura/ padded ski bag)
Not that tough sometimes! In last six years two skis damaged - one incident was a front binding broken (which I had replaced in resort - had to rent for three days though) and the other actually bent the entire ski across the tail end. Whatever happened in transit on both occassions I'll never know. Of course it's rare and bubble wrap or clothes will not protect the high forces that must have damaged mine both times, but can't do any harm to cushion the general throwing about damage if you would feel happier. I was unable to claim off insurance for technical reasons for either incident and since the last incident meant I had to throw that pair away, I decided to invest in a sport tube for my new skis. Remember also that poles can be bent easily in a soft bag, but equally bend back reasonably ok - that's where bubble wrap/clothes cushioning helps.
If I was starting again, I would buy a hard case early on as it would have paid for itself many times over. And now with alot of (most?) insurance policies not covering skis whilst in air transit, and with some airline insisting on hard cases full stop, I envisage more opting for hard cases.
Which ones? Just so I know to avoid them.
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