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Wax, scrape, and tune your boards anywhere, anytime.

Swix Ski Brake Retainers eliminate the need for a vice that activates your bindings, so you can work on your skis in the hotel hallway or your buddy’s van on the way to the hill.

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5 5

Must have in the tuning kit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are a must if you're going to be doing any kind of waxing at home. They're strong, durable, and make quick work of holding your brakes out of the way. I've had one pair for the last three seasons and have never had an issue with them breaking or tearing. I've also used Voile straps for the job, but these rubber bands are a lot easier to deal with unless you happen to have a third hand.

5 5

Better than an orthodontic retainer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

While it may seem silly to pay $5 for rubber bands, it is totally worth it. Skip your Starbucks. Bike to work. Go back to a diet of Ramen and peanut butter. You'll find a way to save that $5.

These rubber bands are burly, easy to use, and make tuning skis much easier. Get those pesky brakes out of the way once and for all!


5 5

life savers!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

makes tuning ski's 100x easier.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Perfect for what they're made to do. Held my brakes just fine and never had to worry about them getting in the way.

5 5

Rubber Bands On Steroids

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Tuning your own skis? Good luck doing it without these babies.

Get an extra pair in case you snap them... but you probably won't.

4 5

Want to do your own waxing or tunes?

Yeah, you are going to need these too. I have used old MTB inner tubes cut 1" wide and used them the same way. Especially if I am doing a multitude of skis at once. When waxing or tuning skis it is about easy repetition. having all the skis you are going to wax at once with the brakes out of the way makes it go much easier.

These are great for keeping your ski brakes out of the way.

4 5

Solid Retainer

These are great and far surpass any other thing I have tried(Office bands, hair bands, broccoli bands etc) well worth the $ as these hold up and do not break.

4 5

They do what they're supposed to

What's to say? These are basic rubberband-type ski retainers. They do exactly what they are supposed to do - hold the ski brakes up and out of the way so you can work on your ski bottoms. Yes, they are more substantial than then office-supply rubberbands you get around your mail, so they won't suddenly snap while you're scraping down that coat of wax you just ironed on.

Why do rubber bands cost $15

Why do rubber bands cost $15

Vacuum belts work just as well my manAdded: I went to my local ski store and they gave me about 10 bands for free, with that in mind, I wouldn't pay more than a dollar per band.