Combin must be German for “speed,” because the new Colltex skins nail the light ‘n fast concept that we hold so dear. Building on the formulas that have made the brand a regional favorite, the Combin skin features supple material with the grip of a much heavier skin. Colltex locked the world’s leading chemists in a room until they came up with a groundbreaking adhesive. The glue-like-substance retains full adhesion to P-Tex from -58°F to 122°F (-50°C to 50°C). The packing volume is 30% less than traditional skins. The advanced adhesive peels from a ski base much easier than the company’s exceptionally strong glue, making it a great skin for big powder boards or light ‘n fast spring missions. There is no problem storing the skins glue-to-glue, so transitions are straightforward with the easy-to-peel stick ‘em. As a bonus for those night missions, the glue is phosphorescent and glows in the dark! The Combin nap is Colltex’s mohair which is earning converts world-wide. Between the innovative adhesive and the smooth mohair performance, this may be the one.
“Backing-less” design allows the skin to pack to 30% lower volume.
Combin formula can fold glue-to-glue and peels apart easily.
Mohair is as mohair does.
ISPO Award Winner.
Glows in the dark!
Ralf Kaestle (used product a few times)
Although this skin won a price at the outdoor exhibition in Europe it is a good example for something that has only limited use in practice. It is good for speed since it is liteweight and glites well due to it mohair surface. However the silicon surface to fix to the skis will only glue in case the ski surface is dry enough. If you want to use the skins several times on one tour or in case it is snowing and cold the skin will not glue anymore on the ski. In addition: skins with normal glue can always brought back glueing by taking it to the warm body under the pullover. With this skin no chance for it. In conlcusion: If you fix it ones before the tour and put it away on top and ride down --> good. If you want to make a tour and cross several valleys or make several peaks on one day take and you will minimize the risk of standing in the nowhere and having a skin which does not glue anymore take another skin with normal glue.
Kind of a dumb question.... My BC skis are 140x108x130, will the 130 mm skins work, since 140mm isn't available? I have always had wall to wall carpet on my BC skis, but is it really necessary? My skimo skis just have the center strip and seem climb just fine... Thanks.
Hey Cayce! No dumb questions!! 130mm is going to work just fine. Depending on who you ask, your skin width should be measured based on the width of the tail of your skis (some people want to size based on the width of the tip of the ski, but because most skis, especially 108mm underfoot skis have a ton of tip rocker, all you create is drag if size based on the tip of the ski). But yes, you also found how well a straight cut race skin climbs so pretty much anything more than a straight cut race skin will climb really really well! I say go for the 130mm!
Hi Cayce, since your ski is 130mm in the tail, 130mm width skins will work perfectly. It's not really necessary to have wall to wall coverage in the tip since your traction is not gained from that area of the ski. Ensuring full width in the tail will give you the greatest advantage in terms of grip, but will save you some weight and give a little extra glide by being narrower than the width of your tips.