What's a Climbing Skin Made of?
This is composed of directionally oriented fibers that allow a skin to slid forward but not back.
This is the strong backing material that the plush is affixed to and the glue is applied.
The temperature and water resistant glue that allows for temporary and repeated connection to a ski while climbing, and removal for descending.
What sets BSMP Skins Apart
Our goal…..value without compromise
We all know what a balancing act everything is in the backcountry. We are constantly having to adjust our plans based on snow quality, time, effort, difficulty and snowpack stability. At Big Sky Mountain Products we simplify some of your equipment decisions by designing our gear to give you the best balance of performance and value in each category.
The world's most reliable skin glue
Our glue will never fail you in the backcountry. Period.
Our backing material is a perfect combination of durability and weight designed specifically to latch onto our glue and never let go.
Plush Without Compromise
We offer the durability of nylon, but with fine, supple, plush fibers and a low exit angle for unbelievable glide.
We use strong materials in our tip and tail hooks designed for the rigors or cold weather and backcountry touring.
In general, a supple fiber provides superior glide while a stiffer fiber offers more grip. We utilize a nylon fiber which is more supple than other nylon options and stiffer than mohair, making for the perfect mix between grip and glide.
Fiber Exit Angle
Fibers that stand up straighter tend to have less glide than fibers that are oriented at an angle. Since nylon is inherently grippy, we opt for a low angle fiber which maximizes glide without compromising grip.
Fiber Weave Process
Fiber exit angle in a climbing skin is manufactured in two different ways. The best method (below left) is to weave the exit angle into the textile. This results in consistent grip/glide qualities over the life of the skin. The other method is to weave the fibers so they exit the cord at a right angle, then “iron’ them over to create the exit angle. While cheaper, this method results in inconsistent grip/glide qualities over the life of the skin. Ironed fibers tend to want to rebound (due to fiber memory) back to their perpendicular orientation, reducing glide and causing snow to stick to the skin. With quality in mind, our exit angle is always weaved into the textile before our skins are assembled.
Mohair is a natural fiber from goats. Nylon is produced through an industrial process. Mohair has more glide but far less durability and grip. Nylon has more durability and grip but less glide.
How well does it stick
How well a skin sticks to a ski, also known as peel strength, is a measure of the adhesives bond. Cohesion refers to how well the adhesive sticks to itself rather than pulling off onto your ski. The factors we try and balance in adhesive design are:
PEEL STRENGTH TOO HIGH
Makes it difficult to remove.
PEEL STRENGTH TOO LOW
Won’t stick to your ski or board.
COHESION TOO LOW
Leaves residue on ski.
Peels clean, no residue.
Many skins target a working range of -30 F to 70 F. Below this range, the skin may not stick, while above this range, the skin may leave residue on the ski.