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How to Choose the Right Size Climbing Skins

To purchase climbing skins you need to answer the following questions:

  • What are the dimensions of your skis (tip, waist, and tail)?
  • How long are your skis?
  • What type of attachment system do you want?

Choose skins based on the width of the widest part of your ski, the tip. You want the width of the skin to be narrower than the tip of your ski by about 5-6 mm. If you can't locate the perfect size, it's usually fine to go slightly narrower. You will then trim the sides of the skin to match the shape of your skis. Some skins come in pre-cut lengths, while others must be trimmed to the correct length.

Example: You have the Blizzard Zero G 108 (136-108-122) in a 185 cm length, and you want to buy some Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS skins. You'd choose the 125 mm width (the 140 mm width would also work, but with a bit of waste). After trimming them to match the length and sidecut of your skis, you'll have skins that cover all of the P-Tex base material on your skis except for a tiny 2.5 mm sliver at each side of the tip.

Some companies make skins that are pre-cut to fit a certain model and length of ski exactly and require no trimming. To purchase pre-cut skins make sure that they exactly match the model and size of your ski - pre-cut skins are usually laser cut and should fit perfectly right out of the box.

**You should carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe when travelling in avalanche terrain and know how to use them. Backcountry travel requires an acceptance of the risks involved (avalanches are not the only danger) and implies a willingness to take responsibility for educating oneself about these dangers and ways to mitigate them. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners.

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