A nice, low profile skin tip system. Look familiar? Can you say me too K2?
Along with their expansion into the ski hardware business, La Sportiva rounds out their product offering with climbing skins using a 70/30 blend of mohair and nylon for Winter 2014. In theory you could get these same skins from Pomoca, their secret source, but with the La Sportiva version you also get the K2 tip and tail kit. Combined with one of my fave recipes for managable, reliable skin glue these are worth searching a little harder for, especially if you have tip and tail holes in your skis ala the K2 brand, or Dynastar’s High Mountain Cham series. These skins come pre trimmed to La Sportiva’s ski line, which oddly enough is a good match for a number of skis in the K2 line.
Which begs the question. Why not buy the K2 skins with the same tip and tail kit and a stickier glue? Two reasons. One, you want better glide from the mohair component in the La Sportiva plush. Two, you don’t need a sticker glue, you want one that’s just sticky enough and won’t get slimy when stored warm.