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what is the best way to dry them out after...
what is the best way to dry them out after use?
Nothing special, just hang 'em up in a warm, dry room. Don't put them too close to a direct heat source!
I have just purchased a pair of G3 Alpinist...
I have just purchased a pair of G3 Alpinist skins. At the end of the first day of use in wet snow they do not stick at all to the plastic webbing I use for folding them, and the stickiness to touch and to the ski is much reduced from when new and dry. After drying they did seem to stick a bit better, but still not a full recovery.
My mistake - they are Expeditions, not Alpinists. Just wondering if anyone has seen the same thing and/or has a solution for this apparent moisture problem? Or maybe my skins are just faulty?
I have 2009 k2 extreme skis 169cm twin...
I have 2009 k2 extreme skis 169cm twin tips. Will it work with twins tip skis. Also what size should I get.
You shouldn't have a problem. I use a pair of the BD Ascension skins that have a similar tail clip on my twin tips. Occasionally the clip will slide off to the side, but it's never been an issue.
I'd recommend about 110mm width for full coverage on the Extremes. They are 118mm at the tip and a good rule of thumb is the widest part of the ski minus 10mm.
As for length, I don't really understand how G3 sizing works. It doesn't look like you can trim these down for length and the medium might be long (174-186cm).
I have a pair of 170 cm Black Diamond...
I have a pair of 170 cm Black Diamond Verdicts measuring 132-102-118. Will a medium(171cm-181cm) still work with a 170 ski?? and what width should I be getting? I was thinking a 110mm. Thanks for your input.
I always say to go with a width that it is just about 5 to 10 mm less than your tip width, so 120 to 130 mm is what I recommend, as you want maximum coverage of your bases to prevent back sliding. i don't know if the length will work, but easy to tell right as soon as you get them and send em back to bc.com if they don't work!
great design, weak glue
Light, thin, foldable, with a fantastic tip attachment. Unfortunately, I had a lot of glue issues within the first year (not sticking consistently in temps of 0F -- 40F on the east side of the cascades). I swapped back to the old ascension stand bys, but secretly wished for the G3 skin and BD glue combo!
Attachment is better than the BD ascensions
Really like the tip attachment on my K2 Mt Bakers. Unlike the BD Ascensions, there is no way for the tip attachment to come unglued. Also they seem thinner / easier to pack than the BD's. Glide, climbing, etc seem all comparable.
G3 in the Coastal Mountains (BC)
A little tricky to mount properly, but worth spending the time getting it right
I bought these to go with my G3 Barons. It took me a couple of goes at making sure they mounted cleanly to make sure they were straight and aligned properly.
But once they were on properly, they're fantastic! They glide very smoothly and the traction is great, which I appreciate being 6'5'' and 220 pounds.
I ended up grabbing some 100 widths for...
I ended up grabbing some 100 widths for my Scott Punishers which measure 130\90\116. Am I going to regret the purchase or will I have plenty of traction? I am 6'3" 180 lbf. What do you think? Is it worth it to pay full price for full coverage?
100s should be fine. Personally I prefer to have a little bit of edge on the snow for slippery conditions.
I choose to size skins at least as wide as the tail width (usually 10-15mm less than the tip width). If you have too much base exposed near the edges it may be hard to traverse slopes in less than ideal conditions (windpack, crust, etc). Ski crampons will solve this but may be overkill in many situations (and add more $$ than the wider skins.)
Once you pay a little extra for the right size, you will never look back. You may regret saving $10-20 by getting poorly fitting skins.
That being said, you can always pick a lower angle skin track, or carry your skis up the steep slopes. Any skin will help greatly for traveling over low angle terrain. XC wax can work too, but takes knowledge & skill to use effectively.
Good skins - seem thinner than the Black Diamonds
Bought these to replace my old Black Diamond ascensions. Grip while climbing is comparable. These skins are thinner, so easier to pack into a pocket to keep warm/dry. Had a few more problems with them unsticking from the skis though. The tip attachment was problematic on my old Dynastar Legends, as they have some silly metal on the ski tip. They work great though with my new Mt Bakers. Overall, recommended.
I like the skins... nice and light. However, I iced up worse than some friends on black diamond or assention skins, but I was out on one of those warm powder days... and I didn't use skin wax. The tip clips are a cool idea, but I definitely don't like the tail fixture. The clip is loose on the tail, and it is hard to get on (or off) easily. Not easy for taking skins off without taking off the skis first. I haven't really given them a good test on steep winter skin tracks yet, and that is the true test of a good skin.
Great but room for improvement
I have used these on several tours now and especially after using the Black Diamond ascensions, these are the best skins on the market. They stick on some of the steepest grades and glide great.
That being said, there is still improvement in the attachment to the skis. The tail hook is hard to get the skins tight. It is also made of metal without any protective material so they can dig into the base of the skis. Most of the skins suffer from this problem. When wet, these skins do not stick at all to the bottom of the skis and if you are doing a spring tour, watch out for needles, as they like to stick to the skins and are almost impossible to get off. These seem to excel in cold temperatures but are miserable in warmer temperatures. Just remember they are great but not perfect.
Sizing question here ... The G3 website...
Sizing question here ... The G3 website has mediums listed as 171 - 181 cm. The specs panel above lists them as 174 - 186 cm.
That is a typo. A medium is for a 171-181cm ski.
I recently lost a G3 skin. Is it possible...
I recently lost a G3 skin. Is it possible to buy just one at lower cost, or do you have to buy the pair?
Bummer, I think G3 will help you out. They might have a cosmetic blem they will sell you on the cheap. Give them a call toll free 1.866.924.9048. Or send them an email: email@example.com
G3 always goes to the top looking for the best line down. These skins took ten minutes to throw on the skis and cut to fit! Easy on/off and very grippy too. Look to last as long as my skis.
I have a pair of BD skins that are about...
I have a pair of BD skins that are about 3 years old. The glue is coming off the skin and sticking to the ski. Any Suggestions?
If the front side of the skins are still in good shape, then you should reglue the skins. You can buy glue sets, and then follow the instructions from there. It can be a time/labor intensive endeavor so many people just opt to buy a new pair. When glueing, be sure to remove all the old glue first- as per the directions.
What size would I get for BD Havoc 185s?
What size would I get for BD Havoc 185s?
Does the glue that makes the skins stick...
Does the glue that makes the skins stick to your skis mess up the wax or anything like that???
No not at all. It does not affect the base of the ski at all.---------Actually it does have a tendency to pull a little wax up, therefore you probably dont want to wax right before skinning to avoid getting too much wax on your glue.
What size skins would I use for 166's and...
What size skins would I use for 166's and there twin tip powder skis so what should i choose and would the twin tips be a problem???
The twin twips would not be a problem!