backcountry ski and splitboard EQUIPMENT
Our standard skins come with the traditional ring connection system. This tried and true method not only saves cost, but it allows for a proven bomber connection method and for ring replacement if ever necessary. Below you will find simple instructions on how to fit your skins.
Fitting your skins is easy and will take less than a half hour. If you feel it's more than you want too take on, bring them to a backcountry speacialy store, or get help from an experienced friend. There are two parts to fitting your skins, the first is FITTING FOR LENGTH, and the second is FITTING FOR WIDTH. Your untrimmed skins should be wider than your ski and splitboard (splitty) for most of its entire length. The step below will walk you through how to fit your skins. Always start adjusting length first!
First you need to cut the top of the skin the width of the tip ring. You need a section 2.5" wide and 6" long at the tip to connect the ring. The skin will double back on itself to secure the tip connector ring.
Remove enough of the sticky side backing material so you can fold the tab back onto the skin base, securing the tip ring connector.
Hook the connecting ring over your ski tip and stretch the skin out over you ski base.
Attach the stretcher to your tail. Pull the skin tight and make a mark .25 to .50 inches from the skin loop (as picktured).
Cut out the tail tab as shown. Leave a 4" to 6" tab that will double back through the stretcher loop.
Remove enough backing material to fold the tail tab through the tensioner ring and double it back along the base. There should be slight tension. If not readjust.
WHAT IF I HAVE MY OWN TIP AND TAIL CONNECTORS?
There are a variety of other tip a tail connection systems available. Follow the manufacturers instructions on installation and length adjustment. Keep an eye out for Big Sky Mountain Products Advanced Tip and Tail Connectors coming soon.
After setting the skin length you will need to trim the skin width. Your skins should overlap most of, if not your entire ski. We will trim this excess revealing just your ski edges. Please follow the following steps for a perfect fit.
during this process handle the skins carefully so as not to contaminate the glue.
Carefully peel off the protective backing material and center the skin on your skin on your ski or splitty. To verify center measure to ensure the over lap on each side is the same.
we recommend measuring to ensure you are centered, but you can also eyeball it.
Taking a extra fine tip sharpie or other marker make a mark at at your ski edge at the tip, middle and tail of your ski on both sides.
Remove your skin from the ski. Now make a mark 1/8" or 3mm to the INSIDE of your marks from the previous step.
Stick the skin back to your ski along one of the 'inside' marks you made on the last step. Align to the marks at the tip, middle and tail. Now, starting at the tip and using the ski edge as a guide pull the cutter down the length of the ski removing the excess skin from that side.
Now stick the skin back to your ski along the other 'inside' marks you made on step 4. Align to the marks at the tip, middle and tail. Again, starting at the tip and using the ski edge as a guide pull the cutter down the length of the ski removing the excess skin from that side. Keep pressure on the cutter against your edge as you pull.
Now apply your skins centered on the ski as you normally would for touring. The edges should now both be exposed and you should have slight tension on the tail connector.
WHAT IF I USE MY SKINS ON MULTIPLE SKIS OR BOARDS OF DIFFERENT LENGTHS AND WIDTH?
Our standard system can accommodate use on multiple ski or boards of similar width and that are within about 10 cm of each other in length. Just cut your tail tab to fit your shortest ski, BUT leave the length of the tab long enough to adjust to your longer skis. If your gear is significantly different in length or width, you'll need a set of skins for each. This is common to all skins.
rules for climbing skin care and use:
1. Dry skins out overnight after each use
2. Keep the glue surface free of contaminants
3. avoid excess wear on skin plush
Following these guidelines will protect you skins and give you the longest lifespan.
backcountry ski and splitboard EQUIPMENT