What are climbing skins?
Climbing skins are adhesives which glue together the base of your skis, allowing you to ascend up a slope with ease. Once stuck in place on your skis, they allow for greater grip while ascending uphill or against the weather. They also can be removed easily while descending downhill.
To use climbing skins, you simply need to follow these steps:
- Attach them to the bottom of your ski with their adhesive backing
- Make sure there is no gap between the skis
- Test by grabbing the tails of your skis and pulling downward
- Get your skiing adventure underway!
Why do I need climbing skins?
In colder weather or harder snow, one has to ascend or climb up a slope before being able to down-climb the other side. In these situations, skins can be a very useful tool for everyone from beginner skiers and riders wishing to improve their skills, all the way to professional backcountry adventurers.
Climbing skins provide a lot of advantages over other means of ascending up a ski slope. First, they provide significant grip which allows you to go uphill without as much fatigue as compared with going uphill on your skis without the use of any devices.
Secondly, they allow you to ascend up steep terrain efficiently and quickly — especially slopes that would normally be inaccessible by foot. Climbing skins can also help you descend down difficult trails and access different runs than what was possible without them.
What should I consider when buying climbing skins online?
Once made from literal animal skins, climbing skins have come a long way in terms of design and function. There are many different brands of climbing skin available on the market today at a variety of price points. Here’s what to look for when making your decision.
Quality. When buying climbing skins online, always look for quality first. Cheap products may compromise both durability and grip performance.
Design. Climbing skins should be lightweight and user-friendly. They should have a strong adhesive side with sufficient grip to attach your skis together, but still remove easily.
Material. Choice of material is very important for the performance of climbing skis. While synthetic materials can be hard-wearing, they often perform at a lower rate than mohair or other natural materials.
When it comes to buying climbing skins online, there are so many options available. If you are unsure of what to choose, get in touch with the team at Oz Backcountry. We would be happy to answer any and all questions you have about climbing skins.
Climbing skins from Oz Backcountry
Oz Backcountry stocks Pomoca climbing skins — some of the best available in the market today. All climbing skins have been rigorously tested for performance in a variety of elements and stressors. With Pomoca climbing skins, you can rest assured that you’ll get where you need to go.
Buy climbing skins from us online and enjoy all the same protections you would get in-store. If you are unsatisfied by our products in any way, we will happily replace it, offer store credit, or refund entirely. Visit our returns and exchange policy to learn more.