How to Trim Your Skins


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Efficient touring depends on the perfect fit.

Most climbing skins are sold as long rectangular strips with tip loops and tail attachment systems. You’ll need to trim the width of the skins so that they match the shape of your skis while leaving the metal edges exposed. Leaving the metal edges exposed provides grip when you’re traversing hardpack snow and ice.

There are specific guidelines for how to trim and attach climbing skins depending on the brand. Here’s how to get the job down with two of the most common brands:

Learn more about skins, from the pros and cons of various common materials to ideal lengths and widths, here.

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