These look very durable and grip very well. My friend skis with the nylon mix by BD and he definitely has a little more glide. As for grip, I'm not sure. We have not skinned anything too steep yet this season.
These feel great on everything. Ive skied steep, flat and everything in between with these. I mounted the reg brake width on my BD Kilowatts (95 underfoot) and the brake did not even need bending. They feel very solid and the extra height is not noticeable, unless it may actually help with putting more power to the ground. My friend has the Marker Barons and he was very jealous of the ability to change to free heel without taking the skis off and my ease of adjusting the climbing bar with my poles instead of stopping and bending over like he has to. The look durable but time will be the test of this one.
it works great for traveling and car camping. The bowl holds enough food for 3-4 days for my border collie/ springer mix. Only problem is you may need another bowl to limit how much food the pup eats if you have a full load.
It look nice and the dog doesn't seem to mind. I wish I would have purchased one size larger and tightened it town so that there would be more rope and less flat rope. It sits nice on my border collie/ springer mix's coat.