Since shorter carving skis are in vogue, the only 1.50-meter-long "Brettl" could be used Theoretically, they can also be put in the car – but then at least one seat would have to remain free. In addition, the devices should be safely strapped in. And on the return trip they should be dry. Otherwise, transport in the vehicle is not recommended. Exception: minibuses and vans where there is sufficient space on the floor.
Whether inside or outside, each piece of equipment changes the weight of the car and thus the braking distance. The more that is stowed on the roof or even in the box, the more force is applied to the car's center of gravity via the lever. In addition, crosswind can attack the roof box, which is clearly felt on the steering wheel. Also when swerving quickly, the so-called load change reactions and extreme side tilt occur. Our tip: At least the heavy skis-. Board shoes are better stowed in the trunk. Poles, skis and boards must be securely locked in the box, otherwise they can blow open or even destroy the box when braking sharply, and certainly in the event of a rear-end collision. If you just throw your equipment in and close the lid, you risk reckless nasty consequences.
Dampers in the box
While skis in the roof rack should be fixed with the blades pointing backwards for better flow, in the box the blades should – if possible – point forwards. Then you can better absorb the pressure in case of a crash. If you have space in the box, you can put a (cut to size) styrofoam block in the front, or even a rolled blanket. The protects box together with contents.
Where is the best place for the box? It depends on which side it can be opened to. In principle, you are safer from other cars if you clamp the skis into the roof rack from the sidewalk side or want to load the box. Only if it can be opened on the opposite (i.E. Left) side should it be bolted to the left of the base carrier. Because anyone handling skis on the left side of the vehicle exposes themselves to the dangers of the road – and at least gets splashed wet by other cars in slush and snow.
Adjustment helps with mounting
Ski holders which can be adjusted in width are well suited. Then there is space for the bindings. The skis can be placed sole to sole on the narrow side. However, some railing constructions do not allow skis to be mounted horizontally in pairs because the binding touches the roof. Consequently, you have to fix them upright or individually horizontally. That costs space.
Magnetic carrier as an alternative
Who often changes the car and transports only two pairs of skis, can also use magnetic plate carrier. At least 70 cm distance must be kept between the front and the rear carrier – which can cause problems with a car with glass sunroof, because this distance must be bridged. Also not every roof shape is suitable for these systems. Very important: Before mounting the roof must be absolutely dry, otherwise the magnetic carriers can loosen. In tests in the wind tunnel, however, they were rated as sufficiently safe. Not only with magnetic, but also with mechanical carriers, it is advisable to secure sticks and skis additionally with a sail line. Should they come loose, they do not fall onto the road, but are pulled behind the car. This should be enough until the emergency stop.