Cross country skiing guide: Equipment – Classic No-Wax Skin Ski

  • Equipment
         Skin Skis
         Boots, Bindings and Sticks
  • Care of Skin
  • Care of Coating


What equipment do you need for classic cross-country skiing with skin skis?


As the third style in the non-waxing cross country styles, skin skies became more and more famous during the last years. The specialty of skin skies is that a climbing skin is already integrated into the climbing area, as it is already known from the ski touring sport. The skins, with their uncountable tiny hairs, offer a perfect friction and are responsible for ideal gliding properties, especially in hard or icy conditions. In the best case, the skin-ski is – thanks to the wax joint  – completely in the air while gliding. The skin-ski got clear advantages towards skis with a fish scale structure in terms of grip, gliding and speed mainly on hard and icy conditions. While very wet and moisty conditions this type of ski needs special grooming of the skins. The products need to be treated with extra skincare products as for instance from Swix and Toko to guarantee full fun with this ski. 


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Skincare for Skis


For the grip area mostly skin skis made of mohair skins (60% mohair an 40% nylon) are used. The skins are intended to be soil-resistant, but in some classic tracks may be some leftovers klister or kick waxes. Those leftovers wax stick distinctly more than other soil and need to be removed to maintain the kick feature of the skins. This is possible with a special skin cleaner, which enables a perfect cleaning of the skin and doesn’t tackle the skin glue or the skin itself. To clean the skin you just need to take a paper and spray the cleaner on it. As a next step, you clean the skin in a tip-to-tail direction. To increase the glide features of your skin-ski as well as to avoid that ice and snow studs on your skins, it is recommended to use commercially available glide waxes or solvent-free skin care products. 


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Care of Coating


In terms of skin, skies slide faces no reasonable indications are to be undertaken, except that you need to be aware of hot waxing: DON’T touch the skin with the flat iron or scatter the glide wax on the skin.

Our tip: stick a stripe of adhesive tape before and after the skin on the coating to iron with the waxing iron unscrupulously. 

As every ski coating is the one of the skin-ski best waxed with ironing a hot wax. After cooling down of the wax you need to detract and brush the ski. Liquid waxes are the easier and faster treatment in terms of a proper ski coating. 


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Classic cross country skin-ski boots, bindings and poles


The required equipment for skin skis is in terms of boots, bindings, and sticks is almost similar to the one for classic cross-country skis. In our Cross country skiing guide: Equipment – Classic you can learn more about what really matters. We have listed below a selection of typical skin-ski equipment you need for your next adventure in the snow.


Classic No-Wax Skin-Ski Shoes:



Classic No-Wax Skin-Ski Bindings:



Classic No-Wax Skin-Ski Poles:



You want to learn more about cross-country skiing? Check out related articles in this topic area:


Cross Country Skiing guide: Equipment

Cross Country skiing guide: Equipment – Classic

Cross country skiing guide: Equipment – Skating

Cross country skiing guide: Equipment – Backcountry

Cross country skiing guide: Styles, Skating, Backcountry, Classic No-Wax Skin Ski


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