Tag Archive: skinning

Apr 25 2016

Review: Fischer ProFoil climbing skins

Alex Pappas' first day skinning for fresh tracks.

Time for an update on Fischer’s new climbing skin technology, their ProFoil climbing skins. Unlike traditional skins that are modeled after the fur of seals, these are essentially a full length sheet of plastic scales like that found on waxless cross-country skis. Like climbing skins, they are attached or removed to the base of your …

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Feb 22 2015

Review: G3′s Via ski poles

Look, it hooks!

When it comes to ski poles any pole will do, especially if you’ve just broken or lost yours. However, if you’re earning your turns, it is worth it to get yourself a pair with dedicated backcountry features. The most obvious would seem to be a pole with length adjustability, but that is only one of …

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Jul 29 2014

Climbing Skin buyers guide

  Now that the Sun is heading for the horizon, and with it the excitement of getting out in the snow, thoughts that tend toward getting ready for those coming days lead to gear. One of the three basic BC essentials are climbing skins. Experienced skinners know that good skins can make a difference in …

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May 19 2014

Technique: Meanderthal Mind Games

A classic Tahoe track. Not ridiculously steep, not low angle either.

  More than anything, making and taking a low angle skin track is a mind game. The natural tendency is to go steeper, afterall that is the shortest line and the shortest line should be the fastest, right? Indeed it can be, for a short pitch or a single ascent with a small group. However …

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Feb 27 2014

Review: La Sportiva Climbing Skins

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 …

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Feb 21 2014

1st Look: Ski Baskets with a lift

The new shape of baskets to come. Lift basket not only pushes, it can pull too.

  One of the new directions in ski pole development has been a recognition of how limited the function of most baskets are. Yes, they provide a resistance to pole planting in soft snow but when it comes to using that disk for anything that requires a bit of backbone for support they’re next to …

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Feb 17 2014

Review: High Trails “Post-It” Climbing Skins

New "Post-It" style climbing skin from High Trails.

  There’s another “glueless” climbing skin now available from High Trails. Like other claims of glueless, this claim in pure marketing spin, of the 180° variety. They most definitely use a glue, but it is a silicon based adhesive that acts more like a Post-It, especially compared to the tackiness of traditional skin glues. So …

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