While this cutter is about 5 times more expensive than the letter-opener variety, it makes trimming skins about 100 times easier. If you value your time and the quality of your cut, the math works out in your favor. Stick your untrimmed skins on your skis and run the trimming tool down the edges. Then store it somewhere you will remember for next time. Finally, go ski.
Questions & Reviews
I trimmed a pair with the ol’ letter opener variety a few weeks ago and they look…not great
The one thing I found was it didn’t trim quit as much off as I wanted to. Perhaps it was user error, but repeated cuts all seemed similar.
More likely, it is personal preference. I was trimming some pretty thick skins (Climb Pro-S), and prefer to have my edges completely exposed, even a hairline of base showing, so that I don’t need to be as precise when putting skins on.
If this is true for you also, it’s still the easiest to hold tool, but do offset the skin 1mm or so before trimming.
>> Update for others: Problem solved. Make sure you run the trimmer with the grain, from tip to tail!
And I've generally been perfectly happy with that.
Except for tricky retrimming jobs where only a few mm are being removed from each side.
And even trickier when the laminate for those jobs is rather soft.
I thought this far more elaborate tool would be better for such tricky jobs but ... I had my first try with it for that application and, eh, ended up going back to the tried & true letter opener.
I see how in some straightforward situations this tool might be better, but so far I'm just not convinced that it's noticeably better overall than the much-derided freebie semi-disposable versions.
The only thing that surprised me when I got one was how big it was. I was expecting something not much bigger than a razor blade, but it is actually about the size of a fist. The larger size makes it easy to hold when you are trimming.
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