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Cutting Skins

Postby tylermacguire » Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:11 pm

In preperation for Winter I just bought a Split Board. My question is, when I put the skins on do I still want the metal edges exposed on the bottom or should the skins cover them. I think I would want the edges exposed so I can turn in any small down hill sections but, I have never owned skins and thought I would ask before I start cutting away. Thanks.

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Postby USAKeller » Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:29 pm

You should have a few millimeters on both sides of the skin. This will make the skin wide enough to get full base coverage, but leaves the edges slightly exposed so you can get bite when in tougher terrain or on the side of a hill.
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Postby tylermacguire » Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:31 pm

As always logic prevails. Thanks

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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby rkalsbeek » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:27 am

Resurrecting this topic. I searched for the answer but couldn't seem to find it.

I got a nice deal on some G3 skins on steepandcheap and as they are my first pair I thought I'd try them out. The width is perfect, but they are about 5-6 inches too long for my skis. I've done some googling, and some people say that having tail clips aren't necessary, I could just cut the skins to length (cut off the tail clip side) and I'd be fine. Before I just start hacking away, I thought I'd ask for some advice from a trustworthy source.

Can I just cut the tail end off so that they are the same length as my ski? Some sites talk about using a skin loop attachment? One guy talked about putting a screw in the top of the ski as an anchor (http://www.wildsnow.com/tips/skin_tail_fix.html) - but I really don't want to screw into my skis.


Any advice much appreciated for a new guy to backcountry skiing! Thanks!
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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby Dave B » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:34 am

rkalsbeek wrote:Resurrecting this topic. I searched for the answer but couldn't seem to find it.

I got a nice deal on some G3 skins on steepandcheap and as they are my first pair I thought I'd try them out. The width is perfect, but they are about 5-6 inches too long for my skis. I've done some googling, and some people say that having tail clips aren't necessary, I could just cut the skins to length (cut off the tail clip side) and I'd be fine. Before I just start hacking away, I thought I'd ask for some advice from a trustworthy source.

Can I just cut the tail end off so that they are the same length as my ski? Some sites talk about using a skin loop attachment? One guy talked about putting a screw in the top of the ski as an anchor (http://www.wildsnow.com/tips/skin_tail_fix.html) - but I really don't want to screw into my skis.


Any advice much appreciated for a new guy to backcountry skiing! Thanks!


A lot of really good information about this towards the end of this thread.

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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby GregMiller » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:49 am

rkalsbeek wrote:Resurrecting this topic. I searched for the answer but couldn't seem to find it.

I got a nice deal on some G3 skins on steepandcheap and as they are my first pair I thought I'd try them out. The width is perfect, but they are about 5-6 inches too long for my skis. I've done some googling, and some people say that having tail clips aren't necessary, I could just cut the skins to length (cut off the tail clip side) and I'd be fine. Before I just start hacking away, I thought I'd ask for some advice from a trustworthy source.

Can I just cut the tail end off so that they are the same length as my ski? Some sites talk about using a skin loop attachment? One guy talked about putting a screw in the top of the ski as an anchor (http://www.wildsnow.com/tips/skin_tail_fix.html) - but I really don't want to screw into my skis.


Any advice much appreciated for a new guy to backcountry skiing! Thanks!


I'm guessing you got these skins? (or at least ones with the same attachments):
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-alpinist-climbing-skins

If they're that much too long, I'd get some tip loops from someplace like Neptune or Bent Gate (if they're accessible to you, not sure where otherwise) and cut and fold the ski like you see on these skins:
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-expedition-climbing-skin
It looks like there's a decent video about doing it on there (I can't see the videos on my broken work computer). If you have any questions, you could probably ask the ski techs at Neptune or Bent Gate (or probably even REI) and get a good explanation.
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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby rkalsbeek » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:54 am

Yup, I got the G3 Alpinist, they just have the backcountry ram logo instead of G3.... Regardless, THANK YOU for the advice! I'm right by Neptune, I'll swing by there to check out the loops and ask for some help.

And Dave B, I literally just saw how the thread was transforming to answer my question. Even posted the same link about the screw anchor. Thanks for your help!

EDIT: Farcedude - the video you mentioned showed me EXACTLY what to do. Much easier than I thought it'd be. Thanks.
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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby climbingaggie03 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:38 am

the other thing you can do is fold the skin over the tail so that it sticks to the top sheet at the back. Makes it pretty secure and you don't have to trim your skins or buy any extra hardware.

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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby RoanMtnMan » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:13 am

I would stay on this aforementioned track.

http://www.wildsnow.com/tips/skin_tail_fix.html

Skins don't like things between them and the glue. But when it inevitably happens, a well secured skin at tip and tail will fight through the mayhem in most cases. The fold over tail idea hasn't been favorable for me. 2 feet of bungee and 2 screws cost about $4 and weighs 2oz.
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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby rkalsbeek » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:26 am

I'm going to give that "rat tail" a try! I'll post some pics up if I'm successful. Thanks everyone
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Re: Cutting Skins

Postby rkalsbeek » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:54 pm

Well, huge success on the rat tail! Cost me $6 to macgyver myself a way to secure the tail end without having to cut the skin. I tried them out at Eldora today, and I was really surprised at how well I could move on the snow with these! Thanks for the help. Tried to upload photos, but the files are too big, I'm still messing around to get them uploaded.
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