Five Stars for a race skin with reliable glue and typical fast mohair glide.
By comparison, I've used 100% mohair skins from Atomic, Black Diamond, CAMP, Colltex, Dynafit, plus various unidentifiable black sources.
Something about the Trab material feels very nice to the touch -- just hanging them up to dry is a joy to touch them with bare hands(seriously!), yet they have enough stiffness for clean rips.
The tapered tail is also very nicely designed. I even plan to start using it as a cutting template for other race skins!
I have lots of experience using the proprietary Trab tip attachment on my Magico ski. But the Trab tip attachment is also very secure on any squared-off tip like the Hagan X-Race. For a more rounded-off tip, like on my older-generation X-Race, I have managed to lose a skin twice, once by just affixing it very sloppily, and another time on a really nasty sidehill where I was slapping my skis around.
Update: I think this race skin is the champion for cold temps.
- Four us went out to Idaho this past month (Dec '16) for the USSMA races.
- Temps on the drive to the resort (Brundage) the morning of the Individual race were -23F, then warmed up (hah!) to -15F at the start.
- I highly doubt temps ever became positive, although they probably warmed up to the negative single digits after awhile.
- Plus lots of powder at all the transitions to mess up your skin glue.
- Five skintrack ascents, and the first ascent was after a downhill ski, so that means we had to affix skins to (very!) cold bases five times.
- You can imagine the skin problems that people experienced. And I had to wear far more clothing than I ever have for any race (since the 2004-05 season).
- My plan was to start off with these skins for the first ascent, then swap back & forth with a different pair for subsequent ascents, that way allowing more warming time before reapplying a pair of skins.
- But except for the reapplication after one very brief ski descent, I just kept using these, transition after transition. They held on just fine!
And another update: I now think this race skin is also the glue champion for warm wet conditions.
- Temps were supposed to top out around the high 30s, but instead felt more like the 50s.
- Race became such a sweat fest that any eyewear become hopelessly fogged, sweat was literally dripping out of my helmet, and the more recreational participants were stripping down to just short-sleeve shorts or even no shirt at all for one guy.
- Course required 25 transitions including 11 different skinning segments, although "only" 7 reapplications of skins.
- However, those 7 reapplications consisted of attempting to wipe down a totally wet ski base with a totally wet race suit arm.
- Yet my totally wet skins stuck perfectly every time. (And I was so confident in them that I didn't even bother bringing a back-up pair of skins!)
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