Why bother trimming skins when you can get Pomoca-quality Speedskins precut for Dynafit skis? The climbing skins include a patented clamp system designed to work effortlessly on non-race model (i.e. other than Dy.N.A. and PDG) skis. Designed to be ripped off from the tip of the ski, the Speedskins include an easy-to-grab rubber stick that fits perfectly in Dynafit tip notches. The simple tail clips clasp securely on the flat tail notches found on all Dynafit skis.
- Waterproof membrane separates the fur from the glue, preventing moisture from compromising the stickiness.
- Speed Glide finish is applied to the 70% mohair fur to reduce friction and consequently leg burn.
- Snow Leopard Grip comes from a combination of special materials that climb well and are abrasion resistant.
- Anti-stick compound is applied to the bottoms to prevent hateful glomming.
- Cut to match the Blacklight, Speed, Carbonio, Speedfit, SL 80, etc skis.
Update 2019/20: Dynafit added pre-cut skin options for the Carbonio 76 and Speed 76 skis. Also, some of the models now have colored rubber tips.
Update 2020/21: New models match the Blacklight series including the 74, 80, and 88. See the Pin Skins for the Blacklight Pro.
Update 2021/22: Model to match the Blacklight 95 available.
Questions & Reviews
Only downside I have found is the glue. When new, it works great but on my older skins with a lot of use, I have had to do some serious touch-ups with BD gold label. I have discovered that this is a result of Black Diamond glue (and perhaps other manufacturers) have some toxic components in their glue that are illegal in Europe and thus absent from Dynafit (and other European) skins.
Overall, great skins that I highly recommend. Just realize you will have to give the glue some TLC after quite a bit of use (but I think that is true for any skin).
I also have a pair of BD Nylon Ascension skins i rotate into use for my Manaslus ... depending on conditions, goals, etc.
Pamoca is the manufacturer for these skins and traditionally have heard they are seen as the "sports car" of skins. I agree with this for the most part. Light weight, high performance ... but maybe a bit temperamental.
In my opinion, the glue does not stick as well as my Ascension skins nor resist ice / snow issues as well after a few laps or when conditions get wet. With that being said I have never had a problem i couldn't fix with a small amount of effort ... so not the biggest deal.
I like the rubber front attachment (easy to rip skins w/o taking skis off ... less contortion than rear clip option) and also really love not having to CUT THE SKINS MYSELF (<3).
Depending on conditions and performance goals i would recommend.
Another maintenance tip--wax your skins (not just the Euro's; all of them). I rarely feel the need within the first 30-days of use, but thereafter, I warm wax all my skins about every 15-days or when I expect demanding conditions. Don't apply as much iron as on the ski...just rub the cold bar against the hair enough to evenly distribute visible wax, and iron with the hair just enough to lay the hair back into place. Corking the wax with the hair will prevent applying too much iron heat, which can degrade your nylon and glue. I use the same wax as I use on my skis, sometimes slightly softer.
Background on product familiarity: I have over 300,000 vertical feet on a pair of Manaslu skins. I liked those so much that I bought two pairs of the more recent generations on closeout that were originally intended for the discontinued version of the Se7en Summits ski. One of those pairs has been trimmed down and used for spring and summer mountaineering on my Hagan X-Race skis (for which I use straight mohair for racing and training during the winter). Previously, for (too?) many years I had been wedded to a certain line of purple and then orange skins, but my Manaslu skins in 2008 helped wean me away from that habit to a current assortment of various momix skins for all my touring setups.
First, the first impressions out of the box: If you’re accustomed to a certain orange (previously purple) skin, then the backing on these will feel amazingly subtle, the plush pleasingly smooth, and the glue somewhat suspect. By contrast, if you’re accustomed to other European skins with a mix of mohair and nylon, then all those qualities will be familiar.
To adapt the skins to other skis, if your skis don’t have a tip notch, you can be brave and create one: Skimo Life.
Next, to dial in the length, the easiest option is to ditch the relatively basic tail clip, which is potentially helpful, but almost always unnecessary. Alternatively, remove the plastic “tip plate” receptacle, then cut the skin to the appropriate length (with length sizing the trickiest part of all this), and finally just sew the rubber tip in directly using a Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl (for the equivalent of the tip setup on the Dynafit Race Ready skin). You’ll lose the advantage of field replacement for the rubber tip, but this is an advantage only if you carry an extra tip on your tours, which doesn’t seem worth the bother anyway given their apparent longevity.
Finally, for trimming the skin, no trim tool is included, since these are set up with the exact dimensions for specific Dynafit models, but the cheap little BD “letter opener” tool easily produces a clean and precise edge.
Second impressions, in use: The rubber tip is brilliant simplicity, a stark contract to so many other complicated tip hardware systems on the market. The length is not adjustable on the latest versions, but with the amount of stretch inherent in the rubber tip, I’ve never felt the need to adjust the length (and hence never bothered to do with my older version that does have a small length adjustment).
The glide is excellent. The glue has held up for repeated laps in very cold temperatures, but I was very careful to rewarm them inside my jacket on each descent (although not always so careful to keep snow off the glue).
All of this adds up to very easy removals and refixing.
I’ve heard complaints that momix skins don’t grip quite as well as nylon skins. Perhaps true, but I’ve never noticed any differences, even for steeper-than optimal skintracks. (And if you’re constantly trying to take as steep a skintrack as possible, while using the highest heel elevator setting on touring bindings, then learn how to set – and love – a lower-angle and ultimately more efficient skintrack!)
Third impressions, for long-term durability: Although my Manaslu pair has mainly been used in good winter conditions (i.e., continuous snow), they have nevertheless encountered more than their fair share of adversity during the course of over 300,000 earned vertical. However, they’re still pretty much good as new. The rubber tip shows no signs of cracks (and neither do any of the many other tips I’ve retrofitted onto various mohair race skins with lots of use). The glue has required only some small annual touch-ups in the tail. And the plush is still fine.
I agree with Stano that they are incredibly fast skins out of the box . Great durability for me, roughly 100 days on them and still going strong.
I have tried BD mohair, mohair mix, Sportiva skins. My favorite skins so far.
I usually do about 3-5 runs when bc skiing and they always stuck despite the glue looking sometimes not so sticky on occasion.
Comparing these to skimo race skins or any other skins I ever had, these are the fastest skins out of the box. Can't really compare to any other brand's current skins (besides racing ones) as I haven't used other ones for my bc skis in 3 seasons.
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