Junior backcountry skiers have been flying under the radar of product developers; it’s been hard to get properly-sized equipment. When covering junior skis with climbing skins, parents would end up throwing half of the material in a standard kit in the garbage. Thankfully, product developers at Contour saw this issue unfold and decided it’s time for a kit with less material and associated price. The Kids skin is aimed at junior skiers on planks up to 95mm wide and 140cm long. The skin itself is a nice mohair-mix and it comes in a streamlined package for kids. Just cut to length and trim the sidecut, no other installation or hardware required. Thanks to Contour, getting a set of skins for your grom is now as easy as learning to pizza and French-fry.
- Metal tip-bracket is durable and riveted in place
- No tail-strap means less weight/volume, easier fitting, and a chance to teach your kids skin-glue management.
- Generous 95mm width and ample 125cm length out of the box.
- This glue is less-grippy (yet still adequatly grippy) than adult skins, helping younger and smaller arms to rip their own skins.
Questions & Reviews
I bought these to go with 2022 172 Atomic Backland 100's and Marker Alpinist 8's. I'm 180cm tall and 82kg.
As it turns out, the 95 mm width is perfect for the 100 underfoot, the edges just exposed, but the base covered.
As the shovel and tail widen, more base is exposed and I reckon the front tip slipping I had when I went steeper side hill on the wet Aussie spring snow was the reason. Shallower zig-zags were not a problem and I reckon with fresher snow, the steeper side hill would be easy. I felt no issues with the fact that the last 50 or so cm of my tails had no skin! No tail clips also presented zero issues.....two half days of touring.....no peeling off at the back or elsewhere, but heaps of grip for all that I climbed. A video of Hoji (Dynafit and 4 Front) recently saying full skins offer so much grip, that he's working on shorter skin systems to reduce touring weight, seems consistent with my use of these "kids" skins! 190g for each skin. Folded up glue to glue super compact.....way smaller than the G3 Alpinist full lengths that I tried with some hire DPS 100 Wailers the week before. Used a plastic scraper to squeegee water from skins before removing from the base.
These skins will be 125cm out of the box. However, an additional 15cm of exposed base at the very tail of the ski will not significantly affect grip, hence the range of sizes.
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