If anything is better than duct tape it is Voile Straps. Made of tough stretch polyurethane and a hardened aluminum buckle, Voile Straps have many uses. You should always carry a few Voile Straps when traveling in the backcountry. A-frame skis on your pack, fix a pesky climbing skin, hold your shovel and probe together and of course hold your skis together for transport. 9 inch length strap uses a tough nylon strap buckle.