How to Protect My Paddle While Traveling?? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 11-15-2010   #1
Placerville, California
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How to Protect My Paddle While Traveling??

Any advice on traveling (via airplane) with my paddle? I'll be going from California to Chile. It was recommended that I use a cross-country ski bag but there are very few that are even long enough and they offer very little support. I use a 197 and most ski bags seem to be between 175 and 190. And those that are long enough still don't have much protection. Do any of you have a recommendation for a bag?? And do I stick a two by four in there to protect it? Any options you've found that work well for ensuring that my precious (and expensive) paddle doesn't break in transit?

I'm thinking of buying this bag since it seems to be the only one I can find long enough. I hate to spend that much though...


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Old 11-15-2010   #2
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I've just used a normal (alpine) ski bag in the past and packed some gear/clothes in the bag for padding as well as transport. I also use a 197 paddle - not sure why you can't find one long enough, most should work fine. I've also heard of people just bringing the paddle with no bag. Paddles are pretty tough.
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Maybe bubble wrap it with a 2x2 or pvc pipe would be enough.
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Old 11-15-2010   #4
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When I have traveled I have used ski bags, but mine are from a time when skis were long. Go to a thrift shop or sports consignments shop, I bet you can find one long enough for under $5. Then I have just packed towels, fleece or other gear around it for padding, like KSC said... no worries. Tape or wrap around it somehow to keep padding from sliding.
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Old 11-16-2010   #5
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Sport Tube will give you maximum protection.

But if you don't want to buy one an Alpine ski bag with all your clothes packed around your paddle works pretty damn good.
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Old 11-17-2010   #6
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There are paddle bags that you can buy that have padding in them. Then, if you pack some gear in there to you should be good to go. Here's the link:

NRS Paddle Bag
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