Gear is expensive. While a lot of what we own was either a present or purchased second-hand, it still adds up. In fact, I’m kind of scared to know how much money we have sitting in our gear closet, made up of bikes, skis, climbing equipment, shoes, coats, bags, helmets, and other accessories. Oh, the accessories. Talk about the feather that broke the camel’s back!
Our big gear purchase this winter was skis and ski boots, which we’d budgeted for and have since used enough to “save money” by not renting the equipment. What I hadn’t considered was how we were going to transport our skis, nor the fact that I am clumsy enough that I have managed to hit a door frame, drop a ski, and pinch my fingers between skis in the course of about two minutes. (It was bad. My husband stopped asking if I was okay when I yelped.)
In short, it didn’t take long for me to start looking into ski bags. Fortunately, I found one I liked AND ended up getting it for Christmas. Unfortunately, it was the end of November when I found this out, which meant I had half-a-dozen ski trips to manage without causing damage to myself, my skis, or my apartment walls.
I could have gotten through it without any sort of help. I have made it through 25 years on the planet, after all. However, it got a heck of a lot simpler when I realized that skis aren’t all that different from yoga mats in several key ways – and I already had a strap for my mat.
Would I use the strap now that I have a nice, padded ski bag? Probably not. But in the interim, transporting my gear became much simpler, all for the price of $7 that I’d already spent. It even matched the colors on my skis.
So if you’re ever despairing the cost of an accessory, take a look around to see what else might work. (Save this for the stuff your life doesn’t depend on. A knock-off helmet or climbing harness can cost you a lot more in the long run.) And if you’re looking for a cheap way to transport your skis and poles, this is the strap I have. If anyone gives you crap for it, tell them you’re going minimalist – and enjoy having the extra cash to spend in the lodge when you’re done for the day.