My Fiance and I are going on a hut trip down in the Southern hemisphere for our honeymoon this summer. Never traveled with the board, skis, and gear on a plane before. Any tips from people who have done this.
Any brand recs on bags that work well? How to pack stuff as to not get a compressed edge? Put split and skis in same bag? Tips with the airlines to make it all go smooth. Any info from the experienced would be great. Thanks
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Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 4938 Location: California
Sounds like a great trip, congrats too!
I've done a good amount of airline traveling with snowboards and I think your best bet would be to invest in a couple of "wheelie" snowboard bags from makers like Burton or Da Kine. They both offer similar models that are padded and provide enough room for a couple boards and your boots. You should also be able to put your poles, ice axe, and shovel in there as well. I would also duct tape a towel or piece of cardboard around the tip and tail for added protection. The middle of the board should be fine.
If you're only taking two boards you could either get a single bag and pack it full or each get your own. If you pack it too full it might see more abuse but if you only have one bag for the snowboard it could me less bags to lug around.
Hope that helps! Have fun and don't forget the TR.
About $150-$200, but I have zero fear of my board getting damaged. It's not quite wide enough for an ice-axe, I think, but it'll fit 4-5 board w/o bindings on them. I've gotten my boots, two boards, my tele skis, and my backpack and stuff in there, so it's pretty good space.
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am Posts: 828 Location: PNW Hood Canal
I echo bcrider's recommendation on getting a dakine or burton roller bag. I traveled with a group when I lived in Europe and we went by air a fair bit. I always packed my dakine high roller with two to four board, two sets of boots and bindings. On trips that I was only bringing two boards (never travel with just one) I would augment the padding by putting the boards in separate or together in a padded board sleeve bag. I also reinforced the entire perimeter of the bag on the inside with corrugated cardboard that I cut from bicycle shipping boxes. This would help with abrupt knocks to the tip, tail and sidewalls. If you are only travelling with one such bag then on person can manhandle it, it will be quite heavy if you pack your outerwear and layers around the boots boards and bindings, but the other person can handle the door opening, smaller bag and important travelling documents and such.
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Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:49 pm Posts: 96 Location: Bay Area, CA
Another vote for the recommended wheelie set up that bcrider and Mumbles mentioned.
Having flown with boards and bikes over the years, here's one warning - know the max luggage weight your airline will allow. It sucks to be at the counter pulling gear and hoping you have room for it in another bag.
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:10 pm Posts: 18 Location: England
if you're hanging around waiting for your next flight, bus, train, a soft wheelie bag is great for catching a bit of shuteye if you pack it with this in mind - soft stuff on top! Means you'll probably notice if someone tries to nick it while you're asleep too.
I'd echo the weight checking too. Get a set of scales if you don't have some already and check when you've packed. I got to an airport once with my enormous Flow wheelie fully packed. Turns out it was 40kg and max weight for one bag was 32kg. I had to buy another bag at the airport to carry the other 8kg and pay about $70 in excess weight charges.
defineatiley check the weight limit that your airline has as their max, I have paid some hefty wieght surcharges myself. Many people recomend the wheelie board bags, I had bad luck with a regular wheelie bag in Europe trying to get up and down stairs and around on cobble stone streets. Since that point i have elected to never bring anything I could not easily carry. I found that the wheel systems add more weight and are more cubersome than a plain board bad. I would rock a 5500 cu in, pack to carry most of my stuff and a board bag, I generally brinf two boards and have trouble fitting other gear into my board bags. that just my 2 cents, I would consider the method of travel, are you landing in an airport then getting into a taxi and out at the hotel if so go with the wheelie. If there is a chance you are going to be carrrying it across town and up and down stairs, make sure it is manageable enough to be mobile. Just remeber when you are a tourist you are very vunreble to others, who may want to hassle you for a dollar or out right steal your wallet.
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm Posts: 682 Location: white room
If you are slick, you can lay your bags on the scale hanging over onto the solid part of the counter, making you're bags appear quite a bit lighter. It has worked for me more than once. I would get at least some sort of wheelie bag, and then you can strap all your other bags on top and wheel all of them, maybe with a pack on your back. Don't forget to put the shovel with sawblade in the handle in with checked baggage - not that I myself have tried to take that in my carry-on.
You can still lock your bags, a few of us did, this was in 06. You can find small luggage locks at REI that are approved by the Gov't. They have keys that fit them, they'll just unlock it and take a look.
Easy way to keep shady luggage handlers outta yer shit.
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