After much contemplation on the skin track, we collectively decided that while trucker hats and neck gaiters are useful, they don’t embody our values quite as much as skiing in tight spandex does. Our search for the perfect skinsuit to boldly go where no spandex has gone before ended abruptly when a clear winner emerged. After laying hands on the Ski Trab skinsuit, we knew it was the one to carry our flag. Carefully assembled to sky-high Italian standards, the Skimo Co skinsuit sports a generous number of internal pockets to make itself fast and efficient between the tape. The boot-cutouts and off-axis collar zip also help while reaching out for the occasional FKT. If you are looking for a high-quality skinsuit and don’t mind showing a little Skimo Co love, the Skimo Race Suit is your new best buddy. Plus, Skimo blue!
- Diagonal neck zip is comfortable and stays out of the way when fully zipped.
- Four internal skin pockets can house multiple sets of skins, snacks, a camera, etc.
- Dual pull tabs on the main zipper allow easy access from top down or bottom up.
- Secondary vertical zipper just below the waistline for nature breaks.
- Generously cut collar leaves room for a gaiter or a lucky charm.
- Multiple boot cutouts can accommodate a host of boot styles.
- Vented back panel reduces sweat buildup underneath a pack.
- Zippered internal beacon pocket for ISMF compliance.
- It says Skimo Co and stuff.
Update 2021/22: New design! A color revamp coupled with a nice functionality increase. Primary difference is the addition of exterior skin dump pockets to give more storage options on the go.
|Pockets||Kangroo pouches, zipped internal beacon, external chest zip|
|Cuffs||Stretchy, reinforced stirrups|
||Lycra, Meryl, Cordura stretch|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, working at Skimo Co|
|Bottom Line||Great race suit with the best logo|
|Compare to other Men's Race Suits|
Questions & Reviews
There is a cutout in the back of the cuff to fit a ski-walk lever, with the idea being that you can have access to your ski-walk mechanism with the suit pulled down over the boots. It should interface with most race boots, but if you're having issues, email email@example.com and we can brainstorm solutions!
The main material is slightly heavy, think a robust synthetic/poly weave. The black honeycomb material is quite thin however, and I do wish it wasn't directly over the knees. My knees are sensitive to cold so I often wear knee warmers under the suit, but using the thicker material over the kneecaps could remedy that. As per SOP, the back is just thin mesh. The black color definitely soaks up the sun, so be aware of that if you're gonna be in solar-cooker terrain.
The fit (size Large) is good, snug but not tight. I'm 6' even, solid build, with proportionally over-long legs, but I don't feel squeezed even when I've got my boots inside the suit. Surprisingly, the cuffs go over the relatively beefy upper of the Fischer Travers GR's without undue stretching, and the stirrup sits nicely. Conveniently, the cuffs feature pre-cut slots for both an upper buckle and throw lever (a hooded slot), which line up well on my Fischers. As such the material around those points is not reinforced for custom cutting like you see in many racing pants.
There are so many dang pockets on this thing that I have yet to fill them all up at once. Between the the 4 inner kangaroo pockets and 2 outer cargo pockets, you could easily pack a charcuterie board in there to unveil (or consume) while you wait at the top of the skinner for your friends. The zippered beacon pocket has been nice for keys and wallet (it does fit my Mammut Barryvox, but I haven't yet used it in avy terrain). The collar of the suit zips up to chin-level, which is a bit excessive imo but I'm not a buff fan in general.
This Trab suit is a subtler option than your overly-zesty styles of the typical european race suit. Must we wear epileptic neon? Not today! You'll still get comments though.
I think it would be difficult to fit over the X-alp boots. These gaitors are designed to snugly fit over race boots, so anything more than a race boot will be more than snug.
You might be able to just pull them over the cuff of your boot without the stirrup, which doesn't look as pro as with the stirrup but will still keep the snow out of your boots.
Exactly! They can be hard to put on even with true race boots.
And who wouldn’t want the Skimo blue!
Boot compatibility question for ya. I have the Fischer Travers GR, and I wonder if they're too bulky for the cuffs and stirrups of this suit to fit over. They aren't low-profile race boots, hence my query! I also wonder if the same is true for the Dynafit DNA 2 race suit. It's super helpful to have you all online for these types of questions, since there's not a skimo race suit for sale within hundreds of miles of me. Thanks!
I imagine all skin suits are meant for to fit race boots and you'd have similar challenges.
**It might fit, but the amount of time spent trying to get it to fit stopped me from going any further.
Should I get Medium or Large? Are the suits padded?
... and what do you wear below? just base layer and /or mid layer? He does not get easily cold, in fact he likes the cold. He is skiing for year on teams but its the first time he will wear race suits.
Thanks for the question! These suits will have a few skimo specific features, one of which are both external and internal "dump pockets" to hold skins and to potentially organize food/water. While you are not concerned with skins, the pockets could come in handy for a long race. The biggest issue I see is that the back panel is mesh. Skimo racers are required to carry packs so this panel is in place to accommodate the need for extra breathability. As a Nordic skier this may cause you to get pretty chilly, especially while tucking on downhills. While not out of the question to use this for a cross country ski race, I would advocate that you find a Nordic specific suit. Good luck with the racing!
Yes, as a xc skier I think it should be great in xc ski marathons. You often wear a running vest with a bladder anyways so the design with the mesh is fine.
Only problem I can think of is the bib; it covers the whole zip up front, like imagine having a running singlet over this suit, then open the zip. See, not practical!
In theory it should be awesome in vasaloppet (90km), nordenskioldsloppet (longest xc ski race at yes, 220km), or birkebeiner (54km with backpack of 3kg!). That last race is actually amazing. Like this suit is designed for racing with a pack!
Again, the problem is often the bib. In the birkebeiner it's front only because of backpacks, but as long as it is visible front and rear (if it has a rear) then your ok. In marathons the bib is often smaller than the olympic ones. Think of it as those really old school side tie bibs they used in alpine and xc-,skiing way back.
Nordenskioldloppet would be my secret tip to use this though. There I think it wouldn't be weird (also it's fine if the bib is not 100% clearly visible, although visibility of the bib is still apreciated, packs are also advised, so this is a good and fast storage solution actually) and in combination with a running vest with bladder the mesh panel becomes a nice feature actually, not if you'd use no pack.
I guess I would only use this for xc skiing if I really saw a good use for this.
Hope this helps
We just need a lighter color version for big spring days, black won't cut it for glacier missions in the PNW in May : )
Do you deliver also to Spain?
How long takes the delivery to Spain?
Thanks and regards
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