If protecting your skis is priority one when traveling, the Sportube Series 1, 2, and 3 might just be the best option available. All three are hard sided cases Made from durable high density polyurethane. The Series 1 is the smallest of the three Sportube makes, and will give you strong and lightweight protection for one pair of skis and poles.
Sportube Series 1 Hard Sided Ski Case Review
-Sportube does supply straps and brake retainers to make it easier to get into the tube, we just forgot to use them-
Overview: Hard sided cases should give you the best protection for your skis weather traveling by plane, train, or automobile. The Sportube Series 1 is made with a high density Polyethylene plastic, giving you the peace of mind to know that your gear is protected when traveling to your destination, no matter how you’re getting there.
Capacity: The Series 1 is the lightest and smallest case that Sportube makes. At 168mm x 140mm it’s designed to fit one pair of skis and poles from 122cm in length, to 212cm in length. With a width of 168mm the Series 1 should fit even the widest powder skis. However, packing the skis into the case will still require a bit of work. Skis must be placed tip to tail with bindings facing each other. Both skis combined must remain under 140mm in height. Most skis with traditional bindings will have no problem staying under this limit, but demo bindings or bindings with risers will be much closer to that 140mm height. We had trouble fitting our test skis (Salomon Shoguns with Demo bindings) into the Series 1, but were able to make it work with a little extra effort. It is important to note that Sportube does supply straps for the bindings and skis to make it easier to place skis into the case (We didn’t have them in the test video).
Features: The Sportube Series 1 has two large plastic handles on the outside. They work well, but the tube is a bit awkward to carry when loaded with a heavy pair of skis. To make things easier Sportube placed two wheels on the bottom of the case and an easy pull handle on the other end. The Series one is also “hitchin” ready, and compatible Sportube boot bags can be clipped to the tube for easier transport of all of your gear. Both ends of the case are padded, so your gear will be protected when you do have to put in on end. The Sportube Series 1 is also mountable to vehicle roof racks, and works well when you just need to head to your local resort.
Bottom Line: The Sportube Series 1 is great for those who only have one pair of skis, and want solid protection for your gear when traveling. It wasn’t the easiest case to get skis in and out of, but once inside, you’ll be given the peace of mind knowing your gear is protected well.