Looking to buy new skins for your nordic backcountry skis?
You just bought a new pair of nordic backcountry skis? Then you need new climbing skins if you want to go uphill without sliding backwards. They will help you reach the summit to enjoy the most beautiful view you can have of a mountain!
In earlier times, backcountry skiers did actually use real animal skins to help grip to the snow when climbing. Nowadays synthetic materials have appeared, giving a very effective and durable grip.
When should you use ski skins?
Cross country skis made with grip zones underfoot give only a fairly limited grip when the slope becomes steeper. For climbers it is therefore preferable to get a set of skins that can be attached to the skis when approaching a uphill section. Using these skins you can scale the peaks without being worried about sliding backwards or not having enough grip.
How can you use ski skins?
Skins are attached to the ski using a loop on the tip of the ski, and adhesive is also applied onto the back of the skin so that it sticks along the base of the ski.
Once you've reached the top, all you need to do is unhook the skins and stick them against each other so that the adhesive doesn't dry out after being exposed to the air for too long. Slip them into the warmth of your ski jacket or your ski backpack in order to reuse them for the next climb or to dry them and store them once you've arrived home.