One of the trickiest things about traveling for the holidays is how to bring along everything you need. Especially if you’re flying or relying on rental cars, you might have a lot of logistical problems to solve. Will your rental have crossbars? How do you transport your cargo box or ski rack? Fortunately, we’ve got a simple solution that can handle your winter gear, and still fits in a suitcase.
No doubt that you have a lot to pack if you’re planning winter travel. Cold weather clothing often takes up more room in your suitcase or car, not to mention all the bulky gear you need for sports like skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Add Christmas presents into the mix, and you’re looking at a lot of luggage. Fortunately, our dedicated ski racks are portable, shippable, and don’t require factory bars to install.
Our dedicated smooth top ski rack clocks in at just 35 x 10 x 10 inches and 28.2 pounds. That’s well under the weight limits most airlines post for checked luggage, leaving you with extra room for ski pants, snow jackets, gloves, and bindings. Each ski rack holds up to six individual skis or four snowboards, cradled in soft rubber pads that are firmly attached to the roof of your car.
Once you reach your destination, it’s easy to install on all sorts of vehicles, so it’s no sweat if the rental company is all out of the vehicle you wanted a la Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Instead of haggling over whether the clerk has a car with cross bars, you can simply pop the the rack onto roof of your rental or friend’s vehicle and head to the slopes. The ski rack pads easily detach once you’re trip is over, but maintain a strong connection to the vehicle until it’s time for removal.
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For even more peace of mind, the ski rack also comes with key locks, so you don’t have to worry about running into the store for snacks, hand warmers, water, or one of the delicious craft beers that always seem to be prevalent in mountain towns.
This style of ski rack isn’t just good for rentals, either. If you’re borrowing a friend’s four wheel drive to get into the backcountry, swap cars frequently with your spouse, like to carpool to the slopes, or just like having flexibility to face the unexpected, this ski rack is a simple, elegant solution for winter gear transport.
You might even want to bring an extra ski rack to gift to a fellow powderfiend this holiday season. If your friend has a smooth top car, they might be under the assumption that a ski rack isn’t an option. They definitely won’t guess that a super strong, minimalist ski rack is what is wrapped and hiding under the tree!