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2007-08 Climbing Skins

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A newly designed rubber tip and riveted wire tail attachment are welcome improvements to this full-width glued skin.Gripes: They iced up almost…

A newly designed rubber tip and riveted wire tail attachment are welcome improvements to this full-width glued skin.

  • Gripes: They iced up almost immediately when the snow conditions changed to wet.
  • Props: Lightweight and compact, the skins grip the snow as well as they hug the ski.
    $120; www.bcaccess.com

    The combination of a glueless strip running down the center, a braided-wire tip loop in a protective sleeve, and a large metal tail clip makes the…

    The combination of a glueless strip running down the center, a braided-wire tip loop in a protective sleeve, and a large metal tail clip makes the Ascension easy to slip and off.

  • Gripes: The nylon skin stretches.
  • Props: Bomber construction, excellent glue adhesion, great glide.
    $136; www.bdel.com

    The GlideLite's got the same glueless strip and tip loop as the Ascension, but this lighter-weight skin features an adjustable tail hook - a metal…

    The GlideLite’s got the same glueless strip and tip loop as the Ascension, but this lighter-weight skin features an adjustable tail hook – a metal flipper attached to a rubber tensioner.

  • Gripes: After extensive use, the tensioner breaks down.
  • Props: Easily adjusts to different ski lengths.
    $108; www.bdel.com

    These Swiss-made skins glided like Zambonis and they were the lightest of the bunch. A rigid wire tip loop and a plastic cam attached to the…

    These Swiss-made skins glided like Zambonis and they were the lightest of the bunch. A rigid wire tip loop and a plastic cam attached to the adjustable tail make the Extremes easy to put on and off.

  • Gripes: The glue quickly lost adhesion during spring ascents.
  • Props: They had the best glide in the test.
    $180; www.colltex.com

    Tenacious glue, an adjustable tail similar to the GlideLite's, and a good grip and glide set this elephant colored skin apart.Gripes: Full-coverage…

    Tenacious glue, an adjustable tail similar to the GlideLite’s, and a good grip and glide set this elephant colored skin apart.

  • Gripes: Full-coverage glue combined with a wide ski does not make for quick and easy skin removal.
  • Props: Best overall: lightweight, excellent grip and glide.
    $120; www.genuineguidegear.com