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First Look: Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide Skins

First Look: Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide Skins

Well Christmas is over but I got to unwrap another sweet toy today. Well not really a toy…new skins! After using the excellent Contour Hybrid Mix skins for most of the past couple seasons I’m switching it up. Enter the Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide climbing skins. Nice concise name. Really rolls off the tongue. Jokes aside, these skins are highly regarded by backcountry skiers, so I thought I would try them out this season. They should be fairly comparable to…

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Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing in 2019

Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing in 2019

Looking for some new carpets to get you up the skin track? Well you’re in the right place. There are more options than ever for climbing skins in 2019, and this guide will help you separate the good from the bad and choose the right skins for your adventures. Skins are a critical piece of gear for backcountry skiing and having them fail can really ruin your day so get a good pair and take care of them. What Makes…

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Big Sky Mountain Products Climbing Skins: Quick Review

Big Sky Mountain Products Climbing Skins: Quick Review

Last year I posted a review of Climbing Skins Direct skins and had mostly positive things to say about the skins. Unfortunately, since then I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers that the company is hard to get in touch with, takes a long time to ship products (even not shipping them in some cases), etc. The good news is that I think I’ve found a viable alternative to CSD for anyone looking for budget friendly but high quality…

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Contour Hybrid Mix Climbing Skins Review

Contour Hybrid Mix Climbing Skins Review

Earlier this season I posted a first look at Contour’s Hybrid Mix climbing skins and mentioned that I would be doing a long term test this winter. Well, winter is over and it’s time to give you readers some feedback on these topographic map patterned skins. Long story short, the Hybrid Mix skins from Contour are pretty damn sweet. They check all the boxes – good grip, good glide, easy to fold up and store, and the glue has been…

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How to Trim Climbing Skins

How to Trim Climbing Skins

Most climbing skins require some trimming in order to perfectly fit the shape of your ski. Trimming skins is a bit of an art, but anyone can do it with a bit of patience and attention to detail. This guide will help you learn how to trim climbing skins – leave yourself plenty of time to work so you aren’t rushed. I’m going to show you how to trim a pair of Contour Hybrid Mix climbing skins. We’re going to…

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First Look: Contour Hybrid Mix Climbing Skins

First Look: Contour Hybrid Mix Climbing Skins

The other day I got a nice surprise on my doorstep when I got home – a box from Camp USA with my new Contour Hybrid Mix climbing skins! There were also some sweet stickers in there, but that’s probably not why you’re here. Update: check out our Full Review of these skins I’m going to do a long-term test of these this winter, but in the meantime I thought I would snap a few photos of the skins themselves…

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The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing in 2018

The Best Climbing Skins for Backcountry Skiing in 2018

Update:┬ácheck out our Best Climbing Skins in 2019 article for updated recommendations. After doing a thorough review of Climbing Skins Direct skins last week I thought it would be a good idea to look at what other skins are available. Compared to as little as 10 years ago, there are many more options available today. In this article, we look at the best climbing skins in 2018 and discuss the pros and cons of each. We’ve also taken a first…

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Climbing Skins Direct Review – Climbing Skins Are Their Specialty

Climbing Skins Direct Review – Climbing Skins Are Their Specialty

***Note: In the last 6 months I’ve heard many reports of slow or no delivery and poor communication from CSD. At this point, unless you’re willing to gamble a bit, I wouldn’t recommend ordering from them. I would also use a credit card with good buyer protection or PayPal in the event that you need to reverse the charges. See the comments below for more info. If you’re looking for a similar alternative, check out Big Sky Mountain Products climbing…

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