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Ditch the fur.
Designed to fit Fischer's Hannibal alpine touring skis, the all-new Profoil Hannibal Climbing Skins are made from a synthetic Profoil material that is waterproof and offers 20% more glide over traditional synthetic/mohair climbing skins. The Crown pattern provides both grip and glide while eliminating the skin's ability to absorb moisture, so you aren't weighed down with heavy moisture when skinning in wet and gloppy conditions.
- Profoil material
- Crown Grip and Glide technology
- Fast-fix front attachment
- I-clip rear attachment
- Compatible with Fischer Hannibal Skis
- Item #FIS001O
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Background: I used these skins on Hannibal 100 skis around Lake Tahoe, Shasta, and Lassen over the past two seasons. I've previously used BD Ascension, G3 Tractor, and Voile skins.
Grip: I found these skins grip great in most conditions other than steep, icy tracks. Really though, only the G3s did better in terrain like this. Even weighting each ski with each step is important with these skins in order to get the "crownfoil" to bite and there is a bit of a learning curve on steeper tracks. It just feels different from traditional skins.
Glide: Seems better than nylon, only pure mohair glide better. The skins came pre-cut, and I haven't tried trimming them so that the edges are exposed. I might give this a try to get more control on brief downhill sections.
Glue: VERY sticky. In fact, you must place a sheet of plastic on the first segment of the skin before you fold it, because glue-to-glue contact is nearly impossible to break. The extra fiddle factor of remembering this was frustrating for me, so I removed the factory glue from the tail and replaced it with gold label glue. Now, I don't have to worry about the plastic sheets and I still have a great connection with my ski.
Nose clip: low profile and easy to use, including ripping off the skin without removing my skis. Great!
Tail clip: loosens up and comes unclipped easily. I've tried tieing knots in the strap and glueing the buckle, but I haven't found a solution for this yet.
What else? These skins don't absorb water and fold up flat, so I'm easily able to stuff them in the pack or under my jacket. Take care to really press the skin onto the ski, because the fold creases like to protrude slightly, letting snow in.
Overall: I don't hate these skins enough to get new ones for my Hannibal skis, but I wouldn't but them again. The funky glue, fiddling with plastic sheets, crappy tail clips and learning curve would keep me away.
But... I heard from a Fischer guy they are re-releasing a newer version of the profoil within the next year that may address these problems.
Great skin for wet conditions (so far)
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I finally got to test the Fischer Profoil skins. This is a rigid, plastic skin that is essentially like attaching a waxless base to the bottom of your ski. Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwpglpDa5qA They are made for several models of Fischer skis. I used them on the Hannibal 94 ski. Here are my initial impressions:
The Test: I did some in-bounds touring at Summit East (also known as Hyak) at Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. I skinned up through the woods some and in different snow, but nothing really deep or icy. Plenty wet, though, with temps in the upper 30s and some alternating snow/drizzle. I gotta say I was pretty impressed. For the most part there seemed to be very little difference in performance between the Profoils and regular skins. The biggest difference was they do not absorb water, so they do not freeze, get heavy, or pick up giant snow blobs. I put them on 3 times.
Going Up: I was able to hold any line I chose. Caveat: I did not encounter any ice (too warm).
Glide: on skier-packed snow they actually glided a bit, but were a little squirrelly side-to-side. Skiing down a short, fairly gentle pitch with skins on they seemed similar to regular skins, definitely minimizing speed, but were probably a little more predictable in that they were a little less grabby.
Handling: they will take some getting used to, but by the end of the day I didn't think they were significantly harder than regular skins, just different. There is a short (18") piece of plastic you use at the tail so you do not stick the glue to glue, which can damage the material. You fold them on built-in creases from tail to tip (see video). Because they are pretty stiff they are not so great for just shoving under your coat for a quick descent. My 3rd changeover of the day I timed it and from the time I stepped out of my bindings I had both skins on and clicked back in in about 2.5 minutes. They are slightly fussier than regular skins because they go edge-to-edge so you have to be more careful to line them up, and you need the plastic. The tail clip seemed to loosen a little too easily when not under tension. The folds make them not stick smoothly to the bottom of the ski when putting them on (you can see this in the video). These things are all pretty minor, at least for now. I did not try ripping them off with the skis still on.
Snow build-up: it was sticky snow, and a little definitely stuck to them, but it came off so easily just by sliding on the surface. I also got snow under the skin near the tail where there is a gap under the tail strap.
I have the Armada Declivity skis. Can I use these skins, or do they only work with Fischer skis?
These skins are designed specifically for the Fischer Hannibal alpine touring skis. Below is a link to all of the other climbing skins that we carry. If you need help with sizing or have any other questions, please give me a shout.