We’re not sure but we think the “S” stands for “Super”. The new Pomoca Super treatment on the old reliable Climb Pro Glide skins makes them even better at sliding. The friction coefficient is now more akin to racing formulas than to similar mohair-mix skins. Good sliding technique will be rewarded with up to 20% energy savings on an average climb, a figure extrapolated from recent lab tests. The Climb Pro S-Glides are 70% mohair, 30% nylon, and 100% fast. The skins feature the manageable Pomoca glue formula and easy-to-use tip brackets and tail clips. These are likely the default skin choice for interested ski tourers.
- Safer Skin Light membrane is waterproof, tear-resistant, and tends to hold its hairs in place.
- Ever Dry 2.0 is a water-shedding treatment that prevents potentially heavy water soakage.
- S-Glide concoction is applied at the end to give you a lifelong friction-reducing stride.
- ClickLock is a tip system that allows you to swap square brackets to match your ski tips.
- Adjustable tail clips ride up and down a thick stretchy strap that is notched for a good hold.
- Kits come with a trimmer that is much easier to use than the letter-opener style skin trimmers.
- Includes a skin bag for carrying your climbers and for long-term storage across seasons.
- Skins come with tips attached (except Universal length), otherwise known as "Back Fix" in Pomoca-speak.
- Universal Kits - 185cm of material with tails attached; cut to ski length and attach the 85mm or 95mm wide tip buckles (both included) before trimming.
- No Tips - A Universal Kit without the tip hardware...attach race bungees or your favorite touring tips.
Update 2020/21: The S-Glide skins are now made with thinner backing material and they have redesigned Click Lock tip attachments and tail hooks that enhance durability. The skins are about 40g lighter out of the box with the same grip and amazing glide. They now come in a zippered hard case.
|Weight per skin (with backing)||314g [120mm x 165-180]|
Questions & Reviews
Used these skins from midwinter pow to hardpack snow/ice. Based in the PNW, so the warmer temps and wet snow did saturate these skins in the late spring, but they've held up in every condition otherwise. Glopped up once, but problem went away after using skin wax.
I've never had a problem with the tail clip unlike many others here, but I did have to file a notch in the tail of my skis so that the tail clips didn't slip off laterally. The bar up at the tips are bent, and the "PO MO CA" panel did come off, but these are cosmetic issues. Also, the cutter isn't good enough for more than one use I've found.
Overall, I love these skins and would buy them again. Maybe I'll go with the pink race ones for fatter skis for better packability, but I would be just as happy with these ones too.
The ClickLock tip can accept a Dynafit rubber tip, but the attached tail strap is fixed and the skin would be too short to cut it off and add a fixed tail clip.
If you want to build a Dynafit style skin, it is best to custom build it, rather than start with a Trim to Fit skin. You can email us at email@example.com for details!
Three things really stand out for me; glide, weight and size.
The things can slide. They glide so well that you can actually lock your heel down and ski short pitches with the skins still on and not have it be one of the worst skiing experiences of your life. On long approaches over frozen lakes and the like, I feel almost like a proper nordic skier, driving off my rear foot and never coming to a rest, full glide, no brakes.
The weight? Not quite "race" skin light but still, really good. I weighed them when I first got them, did some math and compared them to some BCA hybrid skins and figured out that per sq/cm, they were significantly lighter, in the range of 20%.
Size. These pack down really small. I've found I can easily stuff them into my pants pockets when skiing jacket free on warm days. I really appreciate a skin that is small enough I just don't think about it on the way down if it's in my jacket.
The one big issue is the tail clip. It sucks, we all know it but it's a super easy fix. I got a metal U-clip (used for attaching automobile trim), sized the tail and then put the clip around the rubber so it sits flush with the tail clip. This prevents the rubber from pulling through, keeps a constant tension and if I ever need to remove it, easy to pop it off.
Bottom line, this is a perfect skin for bigger days/long approaches. If you only care about grip and going up steep skinners, maybe try something that's a bit more climb focused.
2nd and 3rd trip no glop, but struggled to grip in track while wife on the old skins motored along.
As others have said, tail attachment sucks, too wide for tail notch, will probably trim that. Weight, packability, and glide are great, but if you need to stick in a steep track and ski fresh snow they aren't so great. Glue seems ok, but I'm now sceptical on how it will hold up.
Overall not impressed for the price. Probably return to BD skins, hate the weight, but hate sliding backwards worse.
The Pomoca site suggests Skin Size
130mm-S, but I do not see that size available anywhere. Is there another size that would work for that ski?
Thanks so much!
Based on your ski dimension, I would go with the 140mm x 155-170cm size. If you have further questions on skins, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The only thing stopping these from getting 5 stars in my books is the tip and tail attachment hardware. The tip is fine (but I prefer a race style bungee, so replaced it with that) but the tail clip sucks... It comes off relatively easily and breaks easily. I replaced mine with a G3 tail clip, which greatly improves the functionality. I wish Pomoca would include a better tail clip with these.
Your intuition is spot on, size M (167-180cm) in a 120mm width is definitely the way to go for that ski!
The Freerides pack smaller, if you use huge skis. Any brand's race model might glide better....but if you're generally skinning for powder turns and/or "free touring" these are great.
except, I don't like the Pomoca trim tool. It doesn't offset enough. I still use the G3 offset trim tool, it's the best.
I’m interested in these skins for my 154 cm voile hyperchargers. Of course, it would be nice to have some versatility in case I change skis to a more normal length for me (which is usually in the low 160s).
So, could I use the small size skin (155-170) or is the XS really the best option? I wish I wasn’t right at these end ranges!
Oh and secondarily, would you go Climb Pro S-Glide or Free Pro?
Thanks so much!
I just pulled a set to see if the small might work for you and unfortunately it looks like it's just a tad too long for that Voile Hypercharger. As for which skin to go with, I personally love the packability of the Free Pro, as long as you're not planning to skin over too many obstacles that one is a great choice. However, if durability is key for you, the Climb Pro S-Glide will definitely hold up to a little bit more abuse.
Which one would you suggest 120mm × 165-180 or 140mm × 165-180
The Pomoca website suggests 130mm × 165-180
We typically size skins based on the tail width of skis, as very little traction comes from the tip of your ski, especially on a rockered ski like the Soul 7. I would recommend the 120mm width of Climb Pro S-Glide, as you will have full coverage underfoot, as well as mostly full coverage in the tail with 1mm of base material visible on each side. If you want the assurance of full coverage with the accompanied weight penalty, go for the 140mm!
Great question, I think the 100mm would be a precise fit as the tail of the ski measures in at 99.5mm. If that's a bit too close for comfort, then I'd suggest going for the 120mm as that'll provide a bit more wiggle room for the cutting of the skin.
Is this how the tail is supposed to be with a 189ski for a Large Pomoca?
Also, this ski does not have a flat section for the clip and it does not grab well.
I live in SLC and can bring this by, wondering if maybe this is a medium? or something is wrong?
I guess it was foolish to think the ski lengths they recommend result in good configurations?
Seems a bit backward. Is there a good way to lengthen the strap?
I purchased this from SkiMo, and haven't cut them, any logic to waiting for XL to come in stock and swapping?
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