Tip & tails is the name of a chute in Wolverine cirque, a prominent feature in the Wasatch range. It’s also the primary concern of skiers trying to fix skins to their skis. Contour makes several such kits that could be just what you need to skin to the top of the chute.
Vario Front Clips – Tip attachment system that accepts various wire buckles, notch, and hole adapters. Minimum buckle width is 75mm.
Vario Buckles – 50, 65, 75, 85, 95, 105, or 115mm square wire brackets that slide over ski tips.
Vario Notch Adapters – Adapter for the Vario Front Clip that fits in race-style tip notches.
Vario Hole Adapters – Vario Front Clip adapter that fits in K2/Sportiva/Fischer-style tip holes.
Folding Clips – 75-115mm clips that secure metal bracket tips and reinforce the folded skin.
Rubber Top Fix – Elastic rubber tips for use with fixed tail hooks.
Adjustable Tailclip Set – Adjustable strap & clip set with the rivets to hammer them on.
Tail Clips – Replacement tail clips for the Adjustable Tailclip set.
Tail Hook Set – Two simple metal clips and the rivets to attach them.
Shark Tail Hooks– Simple metal tail clips that can be attached by hammering teeth together.
Glue Tube– 75 milliliters of Contour’s finest spreadable stick-‘em.
Skin Cutter – Basic "letter opener" style skin cutter with a bonus ruler.
Carry Bag – Polyester bag with a microfiber cloth backing to clean your ski bases before attaching skins. Nylon webbing handles and a spot for your name!
Protective Mesh – 120mm or 140mm wide skin-savers. Also called skin-pro or cheat sheets, the mesh protects your glue during storage.
Which side of the skin do the contour tail hooks attach? In other words, is the metal attachment piece on the glue side or the fiber side? Thanks.
Hey Gregg, doesn't really matter too much, it'll work either way. I prefer to attach them on the glue side. It helps the skin peel off the tail a bit better and if the tail of your ski is pretty thick then attaching them on the glue wide will give you more height within the clip to work with. Sorry for the long answer. Short answer: glue side!
A 3.5mm hole punch works well for punching the holes for the riveted tail hooks. You can likely find a revolving leather hole punch (revolving through multiple sizes) at your local big box hardware store.
I have some K2 skis and would like to use the holes in them to attach my skins. If I understand correctly, the vario front clip with the hole adapter will be the equivalent of the tip attachment that are on the skins that K2 sells? Do you also sell an equivalent to the tail clip that are on the K2 skins? if so, which one is it?
I ordered some 50mm buckles and the front clips, they don't seem to be compatible. Is there a different front clip that will take the smaller 50mm buckles or should I cut these front clips and rig it to work?
Hi Matthew, 65mm is the skinniest supported by the Vario Frontclips. The 50s can be used by folding the skin over the bracket and sewing or riveting to itself. Happy to send you a return label for the clips.
I'm interested in the Contour Rubber Top Fix, replacement skin attachment for ski tips. My question regards the size/width of 85mm. Is that the width of the skin? Or, is that the width of the metal loop that attaches to the tip of the ski? Please advise.