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Takes fast and light to a new dimension.
The GlideLite Mohair Mix Kicker Climbing Skin is an ultralight half skin that will make the minimalist rando racer giddy with delight. Black Diamond used quick-gliding mohair to keep this skin light and highly packable, and it shrugged off classic tip and tail attachments in favor of a webbing-and-buckle system that makes for lightning-fast attachment.
- Ultralight half skin for touring long, flat terrain
- Mohair blend balances grip and glide
- Clean camlock buckle and nylon strap secure the skin underfoot
- Sold in 15mm increments between 50 to 90mm widths
- Item #BLD00KN
- Q & A
Works pretty well
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've used a set of these 50mm wide kicker skins twice this spring. Once on a set of skis with a 52 mm waist; once on a set with a 78 mm waist. Both were waxless (fishscale) skis. Both ski tours involved about 2 hrs of moderate uphill on firm spring snow before turning around. The skins allowed me to easily climb slopes that would have been difficult using the fishscale base alone (avoiding having to herringbone). The uphills were similar to beginner ski slopes at a down-hill resort. The skins also allow some glide which is nice on the flatter sections (and downhills). They don't grip like full-length skins, but that's not what I wanted or expected. I didn't have any problems with snow getting under the front strap/metal plate thing - but I did retighten the strap a couple of times when it looked like it was getting soaked. I like the fact that they will fit on virtually any ski I own. They are small/light enough that I plan to carry them along on many ski tours. I live/ski in the northern Rockies. I would buy again.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Snow gets under the front plate either causing serious drag or causing skin to come off. I've read that you can bend the plate to prevent snow from getting in but I don't have the right equipment to make the adjustment. If this is a known issue, why doesn't Black Diamond fix the issue before shipping any more?