Ski Trab uses a unique Attivo fixing system to attach skins quickly and securely to its skis. Designed to be pulled with one hand from either the tip or tail, the skin fix consists of a metal clasp with a pull tab (tip) and a plastic knob (tail) that fit perfectly in custom notches on Ski Trab skis. The skins come in two flavors, mohair and mohair mix. The mohair mix skins are an orange 65/35 blend of mohair and nylon that match up well with Trab's wood core skis: Sintesi, Libero, Altavia, Altavia Carbon, Altavia Light, Stelvio, Gavia, and Maximo. The 100% mohair flavor of skin is Ski Trab branded and made for optimum glide, and pair well with the ultralight aramid core skis: Maestro, Maestro.2, Magico, Magico.2, and Mistico. Best of all, they are cut specifically for each model and length of Trab ski so you don't have to worry about finding the right size skin and trimming it to reveal just the right amount of edge. See the chart below to determine which skin will fit your ski.
Example: The 171cm Mistico skin will be 100% mohair, and will also fit the Maximo ski of the same length. A 178cm Sintesi skin will be the mix skin material, and will also fit a 178cm Maestro.
|Approximate Ski Width||65%/35% Mix Skins||100% Mohair Skins|
|2019/20 Skis||N/A||Maestro.2, Magico.2|
Update 2019/20: Ski Trab added factory cut skins for the updated Maestro.2 and Magico.2. These skins will not fit older Maestro and Magico skis due to the Attivo.2 system, which made the notch between the swallow tail on the Maestro.2 and Magico.2 narrower than the tail notch found on the older versions of those skis. In addition to these attachment discrepancies, the updated Maestro.2 and Magico.2 measure ~2cm longer than their older versions of the same marketed length, making the new skins too long for the original skis.
Update 20/21: Stelvio and Gavia use the .2 system as the Magico.2 but are otherwise the same shape and width.
Questions & Reviews
Today I had some pretty bad glue failures on both skins, all on the first lap. Temperatures were near 0F, and I'm wondering if that might have been part of it.
Do you guys have any thoughts on how well the glue holds in cold temperatures on these skins? Is this likely user error, or should I just get some gold label?
Questions: You offer three types of cut to fit Ski Trab skins. The Volares are the orange. Are you planning to continue to source these skins or when they are gone, they are gone? How would the yellow race skins compare to the orange or the mohain/nylon skins? Do you have the tip and tail fitting for these skis? Tab and cam for the Ripidos. Not sure what was OEM on the Freerandos.
Am I unnecessarily concerned? Other skins will perform as good or better than Ski Trab's and I should just stockpile the Attivo parts?
We love Trab skis and plan on working with them for the long haul. We can get you the precut skins for the Ripido. Send us a picture of the other ski so we can identify the model (the names can be a bit confusing). We do have the tip & tail attachments listed here.
The race skins are a good deal faster and lighter, but less durable than the orange. Other skins can work OK as well, but it can be nice to have the machine precuts with the specialized tips and tails.
which ones should I get?
My skis are ~165's.
Background on product familiarity: Over 61,000’ vertical during the 2014-15 season in a variety of winter and spring conditions on the Trab Magico. I generally use 100% mohair skins on my race skis versus mohair-nylon mix skins on my various touring setups, from a variety of brands (e.g., Atomic, Black Diamond, CAMP, Colltex, Dynafit).
First, the first impressions out of the box: Thin, light, supple, smooth! But more importantly, a big “ah hah!” upon understanding at long last how the metal and plastic hook flips over the ski tip. And the tail attachment is equally clever.
The skin glue is relatively light. And the skin store bag is a work of beautiful (if excessive) craftsmanship.
Second impressions, in use: Hard to describe how the tip attachment works … other than the overall assessment of “perfectly”! Easy to attach, super secure, easy to grasp, and easy to remove.
The tail attachment is not anywhere near as strong, but then again a tail attachment is just a backup anyway to prevent the skin tail from curling away. Yet if you jam the ski tails into the snow, the skin tail might start to slide a bit up the ski base (as the skin attachment clips into the tail split). I highly doubt though that this would ever result in a skin glue failure.
And speaking of skin glue failure, none to report, across temperatures ranging from arctic to room. Although given the light glue, I was careful with multiple laps in condition extremes.
Removal is easy from either the tip or tail. Trab says that if you intend to remove the skin at the tip, then you should first release the tail attachment “button” but it always came off just fine for me when I had removed from the tip without bothering first with the tail release … before I had bothered to read the little user guide, whoops.
That same guide has an interesting comparison chart that purports enhanced grip on the 100% mohair touring skins compared to the race skins (although reduced glide). Hard to tell whether the solid grip I experienced compared to my race setups was attributable to a different mohair type or instead the full width and length. But either way, the grip seemed about as good as typical momix on my other touring setups. Trab furthermore claims better grip for its 100% mohair touring skins than its own momix skins (available only in Europe during the 2014-15 season), although I’m skeptical.
Third impressions, for long-term durability: That same little guide acknowledges decreased durability compared to momix, so not the best choice for plush durability or laminate resistance to tears/punctures if you anticipate extensive skinning on highly abrasive “snow” in late spring and summer along with travel over various non-snow surfaces. Otherwise, the elegant design of the tip and tail attachments probably enhances their durability.
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