Tag Archive: skinning

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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Dec 12 2013

Sugar Bowl offers FREE Uphill Pass

Uphill skiing is now officially okay at Sugar Bowl.

  Sugar Bowl has taken the lead in California by offering an official, free (uh, not as of 19jan14), Uphill Pass to all skiers interested in skinning in-bounds at their resort. All anyone needs to do to obtain it is to go to Sugar Bowl special tickets and sign a waiver agreeing you’ll use common …

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Jan 07 2013

Review: Skin Glue Confessions

An old pair of Expedition skins gets frosted on the edges of the glue.

Over the past three years I’ve had the opportunity to use two versions of BD Ascensions (Nylon), G3′s Alpinist (nylon), BCA’s Magic Carpet skins (nylon), GlideLite (nylon), Gecko (mohair), Clip-Skins (synthetic), Colltex (65/35 nylon/mohair), Pomoca (nylon), K2 (nylon), and La Sportiva (nylon). All were new within the last 3 years. Plus I’ve mixed in old …

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May 17 2012

BC Technique: The A-V-A Kick Turn

There are lots of ways to change direction on the skin track. Ideally you don’t need a lot of uphill skill, and if you are careful, and a bit lucky, you can set an easy to follow skin track that never requires a sharp switchback. In that case, all you need to know is how …

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