Skins are made of tips, tails, glue, and fur. Except the fur, these can all be replaced. Here is our current lineup of parts from Colltex, the makers of Colltex skins.
Ace Tip Attachments: Combining the security of a standard tip attachment with the speed and efficiency of a race-notch: The Ace installs like a normal tip attachment without having to adjust your tail strap. Pull on the red tab to pop the metal clip off the tip of the ski and then rip the skins from the tip without taking off your skis. Simpler and faster.
Tip Loop Kit – Cable system that feeds through a metal tube under the skin and a plastic adjuster on top of the ski.
Adjustable Tip Bracket – Inner and outer metal brackets that you can hammer together to acheive the right width for your ski tips. 70+ mm.
Camlock+ Tail Kit – Adjustable tail strap with a Camlock+ clip and rivets to hold it on.
Camlock+ Tail Clip – A plastic clip with a metal bracket that holds a strap onto the ski. No strap, often red.
Camlock Tail Clip – A simple all-plastic clip that can hold a strap onto a ski. Strap not included.
Adhesive Tube – Have your magic carpets lost their magic? Not to worry. Refresh with a new layer of glue. 75ml.
Transfer Tape – A strip of backing coated with glue that you can transfer to your skins.
Whizzz Tape – A refresher coating of the acrylic non-glue formula.
Protective Netting – Keep your climbing skin glue fresh and clean with protective netting. Sometimes called 'cheat sheets'. Fits skins up to 140mm wide.
Carry Bag – Nice bag for storage and transport of climbing skin kits. Emblazened with Colltex logo.
How long are the tail straps? Have a 192cm ski and skins that were cut for a 186cm ski (and have one non-functional talk strap, which I will probably have to cut off); wondering if these will give me enough length. Thanks!
Hi toddball, the only "extra long" tail clip kit I can think of is the now-discontinued Voile kit which you could put 15" Voile straps into. You may still be able to find one, but note the tail clips are designed for very rounded tails and don't fit well on flatter tails.
The BD kit isn't super long, but you may be able to get it to work depending on how far you are from the tails currently.
Hi Ginger, it's best to start with a clean layer of glue, so you want to at least do the paper-bag & iron method of removing the top layer of dirty glue. Then you can apply the tape. It comes with instructions as well!
This review is only for the "Camlock+ Tail Clip" -- and it came already affixed to some Colltex skins, so I can't speak to the ease of retrofit.
With that caveat aside though, Five Stars for: - Cam attaches very easily and securely to the ski tail. - Cam then allows for nice grab when ripping. - Length adjustment is easy indoors when warm, less so when cold in the field, but given that the tail attachment is there for backup anyway, not like you need to be removing every little bit of excess slack on subsequent laps.
Overall, a great choice if you want the extra security of a tail attachment (combined with a basic bar-style tip attachment) yet want to buy skin material from a roll.