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fitting and use of your climbing skins

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.

cut for length

cut for width

care and use

HOW TO FIT YOUR SKINS

follow these simple steps for a perfect fit

Big Sky Mountain Products skins correctly fitted to skis.

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!

fitting for length

standard connectors

cut the tip tab

1

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.

To fit climbing skins start by cutting the tip tab.

illustration shows plush side up

leave protective cover on glue side for this operation

Attach the skin tip connector ring and fold over sticking it to itself.

attach 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.

2

STRETCH SKIN OVER SKI BASE

3

Hook the connecting ring over your ski tip and stretch the skin out over you ski base.

Stretch skin over ski base

your skins will be wider than your skis or splitty, after we  fit the length, we'll adjust the width.

MEASURE SKIN FOR LENGTH

4

Attach the stretcher to your tail. Pull the skin tight and make a mark .25 to .50 inches from the skin loop (as picktured).

Pull skin tight on ski and measure skin for length.

TRIM THE TAIL TAB

5

Carefully make the proper length and trim the tail tab.

Cut out the tail tab as shown. Leave a 4" to 6" tab that will double back through the stretcher loop.

CONNECT TENSIONER

6

Fold the skin through the skin tensioner ring and stretch to hoook over tail,

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.

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Your skins are now adjusted to length

Next up FITTING TO WIDTH

TIP

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.

fitting for WIDTH

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.

Climbing skin fit for length.

during this process handle the skins carefully so as not to contaminate the glue.

Here is what we are going to do:

Ski cross section illustrating skin untrimmed and trimmed.

untrimmed

trimmed

ski

ski

skin

ski edge revealed

 ski edge revealed

skin overlap

skin overlap

CENTER SKIN ON THE SKI

1

Ski cross section with untrimmed skin.

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.

MARK SKI EDGE

2

Mark the ski width on skin at tip, center and tail.

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.

MAKE CUTTING MARKS

3

Mark the cut lines on the skin at tip, center, and tail.
Zoom of how to mark skins for cutting.

DETAIL

Remove your skin from the ski. Now make a mark 1/8" or 3mm to the INSIDE of your marks from the previous step.

CUT ONE SIDE

4

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.

How to trim one side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.

CUT THE OTHER SIDE

5

How to trim the other side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.

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.

TRIMMING COMPLETE

6

Cross section of trimmed skin on ski.
Illustration of trimmed climbing skin on ski.

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.

TIP

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.

CARE AND  USE YOUR SKINS

rules for climbing skin care and use:

 

1.   Dry skins out overnight after    each use

  • Do not put skins on excessive heat to dry
  • Do not leave skins in a cold car overnight

2.   Keep the glue surface free of contaminants

  • Fold skin in half and glue skin to itself
  • Use a 'cheat sheet' to glue skins together

3.   avoid excess wear on skin plush

  • Avoid walking over rocks, logs, and brush
  • Avoid fast or extended downhilling with skins on

 

Following these guidelines will protect you skins and give you the longest lifespan.

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Bozeman, MT 59715

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Ski cross section illustrating skin untrimmed and trimmed.

Ski cross section with untrimmed skin.
Big Sky Mountain Products skins correctly fitted to skis.
To fit climbing skins start by cutting the tip tab.
Attach the skin tip connector ring and fold over sticking it to itself.
Stretch skin over ski base
Pull skin tight on ski and measure skin for length.
Carefully make the proper length and trim the tail tab.
Fold the skin through the skin tensioner ring and stretch to hoook over tail,

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Climbing skin fit for length.
Ski cross section illustrating skin untrimmed and trimmed.

skin

overlap

ski edge

revealed

skin

overlap

ski edge

revealed

Ski cross section with untrimmed skin.
Mark the ski width on skin at tip, center and tail.
Mark the cut lines on the skin at tip, center, and tail.
How to trim one side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.
How to trim the other side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.
Cross section of trimmed skin on ski.
Illustration of trimmed climbing skin on ski.
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backcountry ski and splitboard EQUIPMENT

Big Sky Mountain Products skins correctly fitted to skis.
To fit climbing skins start by cutting the tip tab.
Attach the skin tip connector ring and fold over sticking it to itself.
Stretch skin over ski base
Pull skin tight on ski and measure skin for length.
Carefully make the proper length and trim the tail tab.
Fold the skin through the skin tensioner ring and stretch to hoook over tail,

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Climbing skin fit for length.
Ski cross section illustrating skin untrimmed and trimmed.

Ski cross section with untrimmed skin.
Mark the ski width on skin at tip, center and tail.
Mark the cut lines on the skin at tip, center, and tail.
How to trim one side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.
How to trim the other side of the skin for width using the standard cutter.
Cross section of trimmed skin on ski.
Illustration of trimmed climbing skin on ski.