Fed up with fur?
Skiers have been using some variation of fur climbing skins since early hunters first strapped seal skins to the bases of their skis. Never a company to miss an opportunity to innovate, Fischer has created a new and unique climbing skin with its Profoil Transalp/Stella Alpina Climbing Skins, which behave like a separate plastic base material that attaches to your skis that will climb and glide similarly to traditional synthetic/mohair climbing skins. One of the major benefits of the Profoil material is that it's waterproof, so the skins are a great choice if you find yourself skinning a lot in wet and gloppy snow. They also offer 20% more glide, so you can go ahead and lengthen your stride during those long, rolling tours. This version of the Profoil is only compatible with the Fischer Transalp 88 ski and Alpina Stella 88 Ski due to the fast-fix front attachment system.
- Profoil base material
- Crown Grip technology
- Low friction Crown Glide technology
- Fast-fix front attachment
- I-clip tail clip
- Q & A
Could be better... A lot better
I was really excited to test these skins out right when I opened the box. Snazzy look and a fast feel. First time on snow I started out loving them. Fast on flats and easy to put on, but then I hit the hill. These should have worked perfectly for the snow conditions, fresh dense snow, but following on a skin track they did not hold up to my expectations. Any other skins would not have slipped at all, and nobody else in my party lost grip all day. If these are kept perfectly flat, they have okay grip, but when getting into switchback trails they lose all purchase. I had numerous exhilarating backwards slides down the skin track. Yahoo!! This continued across changing conditions throughout the day, they didn't work on any hill with a decent slope. Just to add to the fun, by the end of the day the skins had lost their stick and weren't even staying put on my skis anymore. I have Fischer boots and skis for both backcountry and nordic skiing and love their products, but they missed on this one.
These are also compatible with the Fischer Alproute 82. I've only used them a few times so far but so far they've been easy to setup and performed well.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great skin! Super light weight , easy to use, does not absorb water. I would like something to attach the skin too after use, they don't roll up real easy
Does anyone know how these grip if climbing icy surfaces?