With the veritable explosion in the US of folks entering the backcountry market, ski shops are on the hunt for the ideal skin for the casual backcountry skier. Colltex threw their hat in the ring with the Clariden skins, which have a plush that is made from a classic 65/35 blend of mohair and nylon. The traditional skin glue is replaced by an acrylic adhesive that is easy to work with, unlike some overly tacky glues which require a herculean effort to un-stick from each other. The Colltex Clariden Skins have earned themselves a stamp of approval due to their ease of use, glide, and durability-- the trifecta of traits that most backcountry skiers seek.
- A camming tail clip is easy to adjust and to clip into place, accommodating skin stretch without requiring annoying fiddling.
- A 65/35 mohair/nylon blend combines the durability of nylon with the glide and packability of mohair.
- The simple metal tip loop securely holds the skin in place and rips easily while in transition.
- Storage sheets, a trimming tool, and a storage sack come with these skins.
- Colltex offers Acrylate sheets that make re-gluing them clean and easy.
Questions & Reviews
I think you might be better off doing a custom tip build or using race skins without a tail attachment. The tip on the clariden skins would likely slide down a great portion of your ski, and the benefit of using the race skins is that it will be a straighter fit suitable to Nordic skis.
The tip clip on these skins should work with your skis! The skin itself might sit a little higher up the nose than something with a wider clip, but it should still function just fine regardless.
Now they barely stick at all. The adhesive doesn’t seem terribly dirty.
I know you can apply a new acrylate tape, but that seems a bit sooon (4 short tours). Anything like washing with water, using the contour wipes or such that I can do first?
Your best bet is probably to re-glue them with the acrylate tape, branded as Whizz Tape, which we have available under Colltex Skin Parts. Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you'd like us to delve a little deeper into your issues with them.
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