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Instant Ski Rack—for $20

Raxstars car-top ski carrier works with factory racks; gives you options in a pinch

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Raxstars is a new, elegantly simple, single-pair car-top ski carrier that fits in a glove compartment and can be installed on cars with factory-rack crossbars in seconds—with no tools. For serious skiers who get to the mountain frequently, it won’t take the place of a car-top box. But one or two Raxstars might be nice to have as an auxiliary system for when the box is full. And for occasional skiers who might live in the suburbs and don’t have a box or rack, it’s a great low-cost solution that gets your gear out of the car’s interior for the long ride to the mountains. It’s lockable (you provide your own standard padlock), it’s secure, and it’s rattle-proof. It even accommodates your poles as well as your skis. $20, raxstars.com —Steve Cohen