The Hybrid glue system from Contour solves the stickiest skin problem. That is designing a glue strong enough to adhere to the backing but not so strong that you can’t separate a skin from itself. Contour achieved this goal by using multiple layers of glue. An especially sticky formula rests against the skin which is covered in another layer of less tacky glue that keeps the interface manageable. The resulting Hybrid glue system is easy to use and reliable. It’s also easy to maintain, since you can simply wash the skin with detergent to refresh the stickiness. Attached to the fancy adhesives is a mix of fibers that also blends multiple goals: grip, glide, and durability. This is achieved with Contour’s signature mohair woven with some rugged nylon. The Hybrid Mix skins offer the benefits of newer glue formulas with the reliability of traditional fare.
- Hybrid glue technology offers good adhesion even in low temperatures.
- Glue is easy to pull apart and can be washed to refresh the tack.
- 70% mohair / 30% nylon blend is a good all-around fiber formula.
- Attached adjustable tail clips fit securely on just about any ski out there.
- A wire bail tip attachment keeps things simple and reliable.
- Two included cleaning wipes help refresh the adhesive side.
- Also includes a carry bag and a trimmer for customizing the side cut.
* Please note the kits labelled Universal (without a length range) come without the tips attached so you can cut them to any length.
|Skin Size||Included Tip Bracket(s)|
Additional brackets available, listed as Vario Buckles.
|Weight per skin (with backing)||312g [115mm x 169-176]|
Questions & Reviews
On the other hand, on my 5th day out on them I found a 3 inch tear coming in from the side. The tear is straight and clean. I used the Pomoca skin cutter which left a good, crisp cut, so there was no tear to start the tour, and I do not recall skinning over any rocks or surfaces that may have caused the tear. I've now skinned about 15 days on them since the tear occurred and it hasn't gotten any worse, but I feel like I need to baby them now and I'm worried about ripping them when off in some remote zone. I'm considering a repair by sewing them but I'm worried it will bunch up the material which will cause some loss in glide and allow snow to build up on the adhesive side.
115 x 145-152 and
115 x 161-168.
Since my 158 is not included in these ranges for some reason, would you suggest I purchase the universal? Thanks!
Based on the length and tail dimensions of your Yvettes, I would actually recommend the Contour Hybrid Mix Skins in the 135mm x 153-160cm size.
I just went and checked that skin on that ski and it looks like you'll have enough room!
Hope this helps!
I've been using nylon skins and trying to get a feel for mixed fiber. How do Contour Hybrid Mixed compare to Pomoca Free Pro 2? I see a glide measurement on Pomoca's site, but don't have anything to compare it to.
Also, what size would fit best for Salomon QST 99 (138-99-120) in length 181?
Thanks for the help!
I also see that Contour Hybrid Mix skins come in a split version that doesn't require trimming - any downside to going that direction?
Thanks for the great question! For the Hybrid Mix skins I would suggest the 115mm 169-176cm sizing for your skis. You will get full coverage through the tail for plenty of grip, and the bit of exposed base up front will increase glide without sacrificing grab on the uphill. The idea behind the split skins is to save on weight and to increase glide, but there is an inevitable loss of grip that comes along with that design. If speed is your top priority it could be an interesting option, but for steeper skin tracks, or to make sure you have proper grip I would stick with the traditional skins. Hope this helps!
I have Alpina Discovery 102 Skis, they are 158cm back/cross-country skis.
Do you think these skins are a good match? If so, should I get the XS or S?
Thank you very much!!
The correct size for your skis would be the Small size (153-160cm) in the 115mm skin, which we are out of at the moment, but expecting more soon! I would check out the Pomoca Pro S-Glides (155-170cm length in the 100mm width), or the G3 Minimist (150-166cm 100mm width). Given the dimensions of your skis the 100mm width skins will be a better fit out of the box before trimming. Happy trails!
Patrick // Skimo Co
Would 169-176 be long enough for 178 long DPS 112 Tour skis (you are out of the one up longer size)?
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