1 April 2014

Has Portaski found the perfection solution?

Contrary to popular belief, blogging isn't just about writing. Sometimes, we get to have a little fun, especially when we are asked to review a product. A little while ago, I was approached by a company to review a product which sounded right up my street - the Portaski.

If you follow me on social media (and if you don't, why not?! Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest) then you will be all too aware that the OH and I recently went skiing for a long weekend. Just me, him and the beautiful mountains. No kids, stress or unruly pets. And a perfect opportunity to trial the Portaski.

Taking a look at the Portaski website, it seemed like an excellent solution to a problem that anyone who has ever skied before, will be overly familiar with - lugging the horrendously cumbersome and difficult to manage skis and poles from your accommodation to the ski lift. 

Has Portaski found the answer?

Skis are heavy and awkward to carry. Add tired children into the mix, and this aspect can really put a dampner on your ski holiday. The thought of them being responsible for their own skis, quickly sounds like an appealing option. So how does the Portaski work?

Using the red strap to fasten the two skis together at the top, a useful handle is created. Another red strap firmly secures the wheels in place at the bottom of the skis and hey presto, you have skis on wheels! 

Although the product is pretty nifty and compact, in reality the Portaski wasn't quite as 'handy' as I had hoped. In true Dragon's Den style, to follow are a few of the reasons why "I am out":

  • What do you do with the product once you have arrived at your destination? The only credible option is to carry a rucksack whilst you ski. I'm not a particularly competent skier so adding any additional weight onto my back is bound to upset the apple cart - quite literally!
  • The Portaski wheels perfectly well on hard ground but I'm not convinced that it would run smoothly on snow. I think the snow would just collect under the wheels.
  • Anyone who has ever been skiing knows that getting your skis on and off once you reach the ski lift can be a somewhat stressful experience, especially at the busiest times of the day. I cannot imagine messing about with straps and wheels (make that 5 sets of straps and wheels!) before getting onto the ski lift. It would certainly cause some hard stares from fellow skiers!

I have to admit to being slightly disappointed as I loved the idea of this product - anything which makes the arduous task of carrying skis from one destination to another easier, has to be a good thing. However, I don't think the logistics of taking the Portaski on and off would work for many people. It might appeal to families with young kids but for me, the cons outweigh the pros. Sorry Portaski, I think a few tweaks are necessary before this product will become a success story.
Family Fever

Disclaimer: We were given one Portaski for the purpose of this review. The product currently retails at £19.95 in the UK.

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  1. I am not a skier, but I can see this is a good idea for getting around at the airport, I totally agree with you that for the rest of your holiday they would be any extra bit of hassle.

  2. This looks like a great solution! I've never skied but would love to learn :)

  3. That looks like a very useful product! x

  4. I've never even been skiing, boo, bit this sounds like a really useful device.
    I love the colour too :) x

  5. sounds quite handy for getting to your destination at least so might be useful to some people for that reason alone. I know we got our boys small travel cases on wheels which were handluggage size and made them responsible for each pulling their own case and that helped us a lot. x

  6. Sounds like a great product and very useful too.

  7. I am out too im afraid! Just sounds too annoying and extra baggage.

    Although i am a terrible skier - great way to keep fit and i hope you had a great time!

  8. I've never skied, but see the logistically problem with skis. I agree with you that the idea of this is great, my father in law created something similar to fasten on to a canoe to help move it, but once the boat is on the beach he can just remove it and leave it with who ever doesn't go out on the boat.

  9. We used this product too but it wasn't what we were hoping for

  10. Lol, I got half way through this post before realising that the "Portaski" is some kind of portable ski accessory, and not a Russan-sounding designer... PORTaski, not PortAski! Oops!xx

  11. I LOVE the idea of this - it sounds great, on paper. But I can't imagine the stress of having to fiddle about with straps and wheels and then try to work out where to store the Portaski while you ski? Great idea, but like you say it needs some tweaks! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  12. They looked like a great idea until I read your cons....I never gave a thought about what to do with them when you took them off! Hope you and hubby had a wonderful time :)


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