I hope your experience flying Southwest with skis was better

Discussion in 'Hardgoods: Skis, Bindings, Poles, and More' started by mishka, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Pequenita

    Pequenita Out on the slopes Skier

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    If the skis were fine, didn’t the sport tubes do their job? You won’t see dents or compressions on a soft bag, but I’m sure they get thrown around plenty.
     
  2. Jacob

    Jacob CerebralVortex Skier

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    I've watched the baggage handlers at my local airport dropping ski bags on the ground from the back of a little flatbed truck. It's hard to watch when your skis are fairly new. I have to keep reminding myself that they can handle the impact.
     
  3. pchewn

    pchewn Out on the slopes Skier

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    I can tell you from experience that skis can handle being ejected from the ski rack on I-70 at about 60mph and cartwheeling/sliding along the road surface.
     
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  4. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Mounted on the line?
     
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  5. givethepigeye

    givethepigeye Really, just Rob will do Skier

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    it's physics
     


  6. Eleeski

    Eleeski Out on the slopes Skier

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    I80 must be harder on skis. One of mine was beyond salvage. Darn creeps that unhooked the skis off the rack but didn't steal them - I should have preflighted better. I knew street parking outside the Cow Palace during the Sport and Boat show was risky...

    Airlines have damaged my waterskis too many times. I always try to arrive early enough for high stakes tournaments to wait out the delays or repair as needed. Got quite a few trips out of my hard case before they cracked it.

    TSA messes with the padding and efficient packing. I now strap pipe insulation directly to the ski which helps a lot.

    I like to bring a fancy bottle back from overseas trips. One was stolen, a couple broke. Soils the dirty clothes so I never carry with me on the way there.

    Travel hazards.

    Eric
     
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    mishka

    mishka Putting on skis Industry Insider

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    Yes you are correct sporttube did it job. However I do believe damaged received TWICE is excessive… It's a lot more than just compressions
     
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    mishka

    mishka Putting on skis Industry Insider

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    follow-up

    after e-mailing back and forth on complaint Southwest will pay for damages enough to buy new sportube when time is come
     
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  9. teejaywhy

    teejaywhy Booting up Skier

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    That old American Tourister commercial with the gorillas was not a joke.
     

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