Not only can Voile ski straps hold a pair of skis together, they also come in handy for various unforseen circumstances. They've been used to hold skins onto skis when glue fails and hold boots onto feet when a buckle fails. They can also lash a broken pole together or be used to attach items to your pack. Many skiers won't leave home without a strap or two or four in their pack just in case. We think they are awesome enough to put our logo on.
Select from sizes starting from 12 inches (15g/0.5oz), which is long enough for the tips of skinny skis (it maxes out around 125mm). The 18 inch (23g/0.8oz) can also get around most ski boots. Don't bother adding one to your cart if you're buying skis, as they are included with every pair. In that case, feel free to give us a size preference in the order comments.
It would be unfair to say these were downright abused as they don’t show any wear about hundreds of days of use. Perfect for use anywhere you need to hold things together- we’ve used in construction projects, to hold boots with busted buckles together in races and on Expedition, and more. A few belong in the bottom of any respected Skiers pack :)
Comment on this review:
Jim Milstein (downright abused product)
I rigged two of these straps at right angles to detect gravitational waves. Ride the wave! Why spend billions when you can improvise with off the shelf straps?
Who DOESN'T love Voile ski straps? Everything from field skin makeshift-attachment, to first aid, to attaching crampons to your pack - and a million more uses. Rugged and lightweight. Nice, inexpensive add-on item to your order, and you can always, always use more of these things. Bonus that you get a Skimo.co logo on them for the same price as a standard Voile strap. :)
Five Stars for a ski strap with outstanding multi-use applications.
I had previously thought that Voile ski straps were the province of tele hippies (especially the types for whom falling down on every other turn was half the fun of backcountry skiing), as I favored those padded foam velcro ski straps from my alpine ski racing background.
But then I realized all the multi-use applications for these straps. In addition to all the in-the-field gear repair solutions I’ve seen, I’ve used these for great improvised splints in my Wilderness EMT module course.
Just be sure to get the longest length available, as the potential utility of those few extra inches can be worth the trivial weight penalty. And be sure to get the version with the metal buckle, which of course is the only version worthy of being rebranded by Skimo Co.
What can you say about an item as useful as duct tape? I've used these for all the mentioned purposes and then some! Durability wise, I have had to retire one strap after using it to attach my blown skin to ski. It didn't fully tear, but after using the same strap 10+ times for that purpose it finally ripped a little. It still didn't fail, and I finished the tour with it holding my skin on just fine.
As far as the logo goes, sometimes I put one on my pack and walk around downtown just so other people know how outdoorsy I truly am. I find the women flock to me more when I have the ski-mo branded strap verses the standard Voile. My racing times have been 7% faster since switching, and my beard is fuller than ever. Thank you skimo.co!
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I don't know about my racing times, but I notice I'm able to shave my beard about 7% faster if a Skimo branded strap is in the vicinity, Nate.
I may have been the first person on the planet to use a Skimo Co branded Voile strap, for two uses! One, I held my skis together in an A-frame configuration throughout a long approach and exit. Solid, no problems, just as you'd expect from a Voile strap. Two, I did an in-the-field repair of my Alien 1.0 boots after they blew up on me for the third time. Wrapped the strap around the walk/ski bar, along with a skin to hold it all together and offer more support, and skied down a steep and narrow line.
The strap gets one extra star just for the coolness of the logo! Essential gear for any backcountry pack.