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Looking for a recommendation for ski skins.

  • Hi! I am getting into backcountry skiing this year. My current set up is a used pair of 162cm K2 payback womens skis with marker f10 bindings. I'm looking for ski skin recommendations. I am hoping to buy used. I would be using the skis in the PNW. I really appreciate the help!
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Hi @Jr18cald 

I guess that depends on your objectives and to a certain extent, style.

My first set of skins was G3 alpinist (now Alpinist+ Universal), full nylon skins. Weight-wise they are in them middle of the spectrum, and are advertised as sort of "quiver of one" skins, although some say that they don't glide too well. I personally have a tendency for steeper ascents so they worked for me. For better glide you can use G3 Alpinist Glide, these are nylon/mohair mix, and reportedly glide better, but they need special care, as in warm weather they get soaked and if that happens their performance goes south rapidly.



Thanks for reaching out!

@Dmitry gave you some good info but I wanted to add that we have a really useful Expert Advice article, How to Choose, Trim and Attach Ski Climbing Skins, that you may find helpful. As a PNW backcountry skier, I also recommend ski skin wax, that has saved me a lot of pain and frustration going uphill.

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

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