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Advice needed Safety Query - Do you guys lock your equipment?

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Yo Leo, Jun 4, 2019.

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  1. Yo Leo

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    Just wondering if buying a wire cable lock would be smart for locking up equipment while having a beer break...

    What do you do?

    thanks
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes. Lots of theft these days unfortunately.
     
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    J_busworth One of Us

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    Yes, I always lock my skis up with a simple wire cable lock. Much cheaper investment than a new pair of skis.
     
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    Yep, one of those wire cable locks around our skis when attached to the public racks.
     
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  5. Yo Leo

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    Thanks everyone! I used to rent but bought my gear for this season and I was unsure if I actually needed a wire cable lock. But I will follow the advice and get one... :)
     
  6. qwill

    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep, me three. $5 worth of bits from Bunnings vs $$ snowboard
     
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    I've never even thought about using one but might consider it now. Do you just buy some wire and a padlock? Where does it tie around?
     
  8. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can buy simple locks from any ski shop. Retractable cable. Put it through your bindings and around the rack.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    They are easily cut with pliers (as a liftie proved after I couldn’t unlock mine) but are a deterrent.
     
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  13. qwill

    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    wire cable, 2 crimps to make the loops at each end, spare combo bike lock thingy. easy to put together, sits happily in jacket pocket.
     
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    If someone has brought a pair of pliers to steal a pair of skis, ill be impressed. But that is good to know incase mine malfunctions or freezes over some day.

    If someone is looking to steal a pair of skis, they will probably go for the easy target of a pair which doesn't have a bit of metal wire around it. The biggest issue I have is people who mistake my skis for theirs and take them. It happens...
     
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  15. qwill

    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    spot on.
     
  16. LMB

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    FYI they can also be broken with a decent bit of power. We had one seize and couldn’t unlock for the life of us - a decent yank or 5 and it was in a few pieces and the board was free.

    They are brilliant for stopping the Gumby Newbie walking off with your exxy gear in a case of mistaken identity.

    Also for keeping your gear where you left it and not being subject to being knocked off a rack or blown off and hurtling down the hill.

    A dedicated thief will still steal your gear lock or no lock, but if it’s opportunitistic theft then they’ll quickly move to the next board/skis that aren’t locked.

    Worth using.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Separate your skis by a few metres.
     
  18. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Add them to your home/content insurance policy as specific items you take away from the house :)
    Then buy a retractable cable lock simply to stop someone picking up your skis by mistake:thumbs:
     
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  19. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Harder with a board. And board are more susceptible to falling and shooting off downhill solo.
     
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  20. Yo Leo

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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anything that locks will be fine, the smaller and lighter the better IMO so its not too annoying to carry around. Again its only going to stop someone for taking your equipment by mistake. An insurance policy is what you really want.

    *edit
    This one is $18, is small and works well. Get your mates to get the same ones so you can save on postage and also link them together for extra length when needed.

    https://www.boardworld.com.au/products/dakine-micro-snowboard-lock
     
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  23. Yo Leo

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    Is there an insurance policy specifically for this purpose? I mean something like snow equipment cover?
    Thanks!
     
  24. Yo Leo

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    I got a board... so I thought about just cabling through binding and rack... what do you think?
     
  25. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    On our home content policy we just have specific line items listed that we take away from the home, eg snow gear, watches, jewellery etc.

    Not sure if there is a policy specifically offered by an insurer for snow gear alone. I'd imagine it would be cheaper to just cover it under contents.
     
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  26. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep its what everyone does :thumbs:
     
  27. qwill

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    yeah, just in the specified items area.
     
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  28. Yo Leo

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    Understood... gonna have a look at this...

    Thanks!
     
  29. skinavy

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    I often carry a multitool (Victorinox Swisstool) when skiing to adjust bindings, open drinks, etc and that will easily cut through most of the wire cables used, up to about 4mm in diameter (been there done that)
     
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    I don't get it. If someone takes your skis inadvertently, what are the chances their boots are going to fit your bindings?
     
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    I bought one, forgot the lock combination and didn’t use it more than once.

    If I’m at the bottom of the hill and I have a bad “vibe” I’ll sometimes split skis with a friend. But I never lock them.
     
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    If they are at the base they often aren’t going back up.

    A friend had a rental board that went missing.
    That evening we went back and found the exact same board different bindings sitting all lonely at Friday Flat in the racks. She was goofy, Board was set up natural. I assumed it was mistaken identity - so just switched the bindings to goofy for her, used for the next 2 days and when we returned it we explained what happened - they laughed and said yeah, they thought that would’ve been the case when the other person returned the wrong board.
     
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    you'd be surprised. at the club lodge it is not uncommon for someone to inadvertently go off on another person's skis for the day. likely to be guests or kids, especially if hired from the same place
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    i lock skis for their first season then rarely after that at Falls. maybe if i'm somewhere where i think risk is higher
     
  35. dawooduck

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    If your skis are getting stolen they are too short and fat
     
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    cut that with ya leatherman
     
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    Includes a hacksaw, might take a while.
     
  40. Donzah

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    I use a dog choke chain now.
    With padlock
     
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    *to lock my snowboard...Not BDSM
     
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    I used to always like to keep a reasonably consistent visual on my board. Never used a lock though.
     
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    Bit hard when you need a piss
     
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    Risky approach

    If your rentals got stolen they would bill you for a replacement set
     
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    uh huh. sure donna, whatever you say.
     
  46. qwill

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    agree, only lock it up when I go inside for a drink or food. peace of mind
     
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    Never have but since they are tele skis no one wants them ?
    Bogan thieves dont tele.
     
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    Same Same
     
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    This is typically what i do.
     
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    Have never locked my board, even when new. Not in Australian/ Europe, Japan or USA. Have always felt that was more a thing in the 90s, not sure why. Never heard of stolen ski gear amongst friends or lodge members either.
     
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