The La Sportiva HiGlide climbing skins use a 70% mohair / 30% nylon blend to achieve an optimal combination of grip, glide, weight, and durability. Unique to La Sportiva skins, a special HiGlide process is used to treat the fibers for lifetime gliding performance. They also feature the K2 Z-Clip attachment system that works effortlessly with the reinforced tip and tail holes found on most skis made by La Sportiva. These skins are precut to match the sidecut of the RST, GT, GTS, Vapor Nano and other skis.
- Lifetime whole fiber anti-glopping treatment alleviates the need to use skin wax or sprays.
- 100% waterproof membrane between the glue and weaving keeps the glue sticky and helps avoid excess water weight.
- Polyvalent HiGlide fiber treatment maximizes the glide for the lifetime of the skin.
- Special glue is designed to stick to skis but not to itself so you can easily separate skins stored glue-to-glue.
- K2 Z-Clip tip attachment and easily adjustable TPU tail strap secures the skins to La Sportiva skis.
- Skin sets come with a storage bag and a helpful user manual.
Questions & Reviews
Vapor Nano 180: 130/103/120
Hi5 178: 135/105/125
I also found the glue to be poor compared to Black Diamond's gold label. In cold weather, they had a tendency to lose edge adhesion (not to the point of glue failure, but enough to get some snow under there). I stripped off the stock glue and reglued with BD glue and have had no regrets.
Setting aside the issues with the tip attachments and the less-than-perfect glue, the skins themselves are great. They have excellent glide and an impressive amount of traction. They're soft and light and fold up nicely in a jacket pocket.
So: do you think I could use the RST 2.0 167 skins with this ski, either by (a) drilling a second hole in the tail for the tail attachment, or (b) using a different tail attachment? The Montana skins have a similar looking tail strap; maybe I could swap the tail clips onto these tail straps?
Background on product familiarity: I have just one outing so far on a 2014-15 pair, precut for the La Sportiva Nano. In addition to a prior life spent with a certain line of very “boardy” purple and then orange nylon skins, and in addition to 100% mohair race skins, I’ve used momix skins from Dynafit, Black Diamond, Movement/Colltex, and Trab.
First, the first impressions out of the box: Relatively “boardy” for a Euro momix skin, which has its pros and cons. Glue is pretty typical for Euro momix, so not overwhelmingly tacky.
The proprietary tip attachment is very low profile, and also very secure. The tail strap is a clever variation of the Black Diamond STS, yet wrapping around the tail’s topskin to then click into the special tail hole.
Second impressions, in use: The tip attachment clips in quickly, and ditto for the tail, which is also easily to adjust for length. Rips are clean. Overall, an excellent combination of both security and convenience.
Glide is the perfect compromise: a bit less than 100% mohair, but way better than nylon, and with no discernable loss of grip. Glue kept all of its tack even in temps down the low teens F.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: Not enough usage yet to pass judgment based on personal experience. But the attachment system seems reasonably strong. And all my prior experience with momix plush durability has been excellent. The “boardy” laminate also bodes well for durability.
So far i have used the tail connector more like the old Black Diamond method, simply clicking it on the back instead of up and over....works great.
As for glide, grip, reasonably light weight, and adhesion to ski, these redeeming properties bring these skins back up to three weak stars.
And they're not terribly stiff like BD nylon skins, another bonus when stuffing them into one's coat.
I may cut off the tip attachment system and replace it with a more standard one, and simply remove the tail attachment altogether, in which case I suspect these would easily merit a four star rating.
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