I recently outfitted my fast and light setup with a pair of these skins, my first venture into skins designed for glide rather than maximum grip or durability. I thought I'd wait until I had a chance to really asses the damage before posting a quick review.
I was initially quite excited about them. The glue was (is?) amazing - I had difficulty removing it from the release sheets, without leaving chunks of release sheet stuck to the skins, and on a short test trip they gripped the bases just as well yet didn't leave any glue behind when I peeled them. And who doesn't like hot pink?
Unfortunately, I seem to have irreversibly damaged the plush on the first "real" trip during a single 1000m climb (that ended with me carrying my skis). Granted, conditions were pretty firm on that trip... but I would still classify it as snow with a crust, not compact neve-ice or anything. Proceeding up the slope with ski-crampons I was initially impressed, since they seemed to grip just as well as the burly nylon I am used to, so I picked an aggressive angle. After some time they began to occasionally slip back, so I picked less and less aggressive angles until I was eventually slide-stepping and took the skis off. Once on a more gradual slope I put them back on only to discover they basically didn't grip at all anymore. Inspecting them I could see that the plush over the entire under-foot area was sticking straight out, rather than leaning back in the direction of travel. I finished the day carrying my skis.
I thought there was a chance they just had some unseen ice causing problems and might recover, and perhaps they did to a small degree... subsequent trips reveal they still have ok grip on corn snow. But the plush isn't really the same anymore, and since I generally only use these skis to do long daytrips far from bailout options I don't think I can really trust them.
Despite basically lasting 1 trip for me I still gave them 3 stars because I understand that maybe I'm too abusive for this style of skins... but it's a problem I thought was worth mentioning as I hadn't even really considered the possibility. I'd never seen a skin plush "fail" before, but I guess it can happen. For comparison I've got a pair of BD nylon glidelight skins that have been reglued twice, outlived and been re-cut for 3 different skis, and done 3 month-long trips, 3 long speed traverses, and who-knows what else over maybe 6 years. They are starting to show some signs of wear, but are still basically going strong.
I guess it's back to nylon for me...
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