Grip, glide, pack, shred.
Pomoca's Climb Pro S-Glide Tipon Climbing Skin strikes a healthy balance between grip and glide capabilities, and the added Tipon waterproof membrane drastically reduces water absorption for reduced icing and increased packability in your ski backpack. This skin resists tangling and twisting, dry quickly, and cling to steep skintracks with dynamic tenacity. Glide technology reduces friction on each fiber so even sticky snow doesn't slow it down. Both tip and tail attachments are universal to work with basically any ski you have.
- Backcountry skiing climbing skins with waterproof membrane
- Membrane reduces water absorption for enhanced packability
- Mohair blend balances glide and grip performance
- Reduced water absorption also means better reliability in icy conditions
- Q & A
No Glide - revised
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I like everything about these but compared to my prior skins there is absolutely NO GLIDE. I checked them against my two pairs of Atomic / Colltex skins within an hour (Tetons; 21 degrees F; sunny) and there is absolutely no comparison. I manually stoked on wax but that did not help. These make my skis feel like snow shoes. Am I missing something? How can this performance be so radically different?
As an update, talks with others / google search reveal that mohair/nylon blends require a break-in period. One google review indicated 5 miles / 1800 vertical might be needed to get the glide going. I will keep and break-in these skins, hoping that they will turn out great. But for immediate needs for this trip, I bought another pair of Atomic MultiFit Rocker Skins (all mohair) and they worked great right out of the box (trimmed). The 2018's also use a silicon adhesive which seems to work very well and eliminates the fearsome force needed to separate older Atom / Colltex skins. So bottom line, I'm sure the Pomocas will work out but if you need new, fully functional skins ASAP, then get all mohair.
To close this all out, I took the skins to a downhill area and skied the skins 3 times down a 1500' run. The first run was pretty scary but by the third they could be turned reliably at of course a very low speed (telemark experience makes this process safer). Uphill progress was then pretty good; so that's the quick way to get these in shape.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Full disclosure: I am a Dynafit ambassador and have been testing and using these skins for a few seasons now.
I love these skins. My favorite things about them are that they are light, package and they never gum up the bases of your skis. They have great grip for climbing and have proven to be as durable as typical mohair blend skins.
I have no concerns about using these skins in nearly all conditions. They definitely need a little extra care in extreme cold and very wet conditions. I am a ski guide and my female clients love them because they are easy to pull apart before putting them on your skis. I dig it, too.