Climbing Skin Technology
Everything you need to know about how climbing skins work
What's a Climbing Skin Made of?
This is composed of directionally oriented fibers that allow a skin to slide forward but not back.
This is the strong backing material to which 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 or splitboard while climbing, and removal for descending.
What sets BSMP Skins Apart
Our goals… reliability, durability, sustainability, and value.
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 BSMP we simplify some of your equipment decisions by designing our gear to give you the best balance of performance and reliability 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
Both our mohair-mix and full-nylon plush are super-durable and have a low exit angle for unbelievable glide.
Our tip and tail connectors are super secure and utilize durable materials to stand up to the rigors of backcountry touring.
Glide vs grip
This is the tradeoff between a skin’s speed over flat approaches and its ability to climb.
This is the ability of the skin to stick in cold and/or wet environments without leaving residue on the ski.
In general, a supple fiber provides superior glide while a stiffer fiber offers more grip. Our mohair-mix plush is more soft and supple which provides for superior glide. Our nylon plush is more stiff, which provides for superior grip.
Fiber Exit Angle
Fibers that stand up straighter tend to have less glide than fibers that are oriented at an angle. We opt for a low angle fiber in order to maximize glide without compromising grip.
Mohair is a natural fiber from goats. Nylon is produced through an industrial process. Mohair has more glide but slightly less grip. Nylon has more durability and grip but less glide.
BSMP Glide vs Grip Solution
Because skin plush is inherently grippy, we focus our engineering on solutions that maximize glide. The result is a product that offers plenty of grip while providing more glide than comparable skin plush.
OPTIMAL FIBER STIFFNESS
Our engineering allows for a perfect stiffness to provide optimal glide and grip.
Low Exit angle
Our construction methods weave a low exit angle into our plush layer to provide mohair like glide with nylon grip.
Quality, American-Made Materials
Our plush is composed of engineered mohair-nylon mix or full nylon fibers to allow you to choose your perfect balance of grip and glide.
How well does it stick?
Also Known as Peel Strength
How well a skin sticks to a ski 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 skins difficult to remove.
PEEL STRENGTH TOO LOW
Skins won’t stick to your ski or board.
COHESION TOO LOW
Leaves residue on ski.
Peels clean, no residue.
targets: -40F — 70F
The adhesive on many skins does not work well in the cold, however, ours keep you moving no matter the temp.
BSMP Adhesion Solutions
At BSMP, our skin glue is one of our product’s defining qualities. While other adhesive is known for failing in wet or cold conditions, ours stays sticky, all the time, no matter what. When you purchase a pair of BSMP climbing skins, you can be sure to stay cruising whether you’re dipping into the sidecountry or 20 miles back on a major ski mountaineering mission.
OPTIMAL Peel Strength
Our adhesive gives you the optimal balance between stick and usability.
Wide Temperature Range
BSMP skins stick to temperatures as low as -40° F and above 70° F (if you find the need to tour in those temps).
Our skins stick well to your bases without leaving a residue, even in warmer temperatures.
NEW BSMP PRODUCTS HAVE ARRIVED
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Check out our ski skins, splitboard skins, and reglues.