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Climbing skins | cross-country

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Cross-country ski skin or also climbing skins - the revolution in cross-country skis

The skin technology in cross-country skis has become indispensable in the cross-country skiing world, as the skin skis bring many advantages and are suitable not only for advanced skiers, but also for beginners. Which wax is the right one? Is it too icy for my shed skis? You don't have to worry about all these things any more with fur skis.

How do climbing skins work?

The skins on a classic skin cross-country ski are attached to the climbing zone, which is the area under the binding – usually by gluing – similar to touring skis. Pressure on the climbing zone causes the surface to rest on the snow, and the hairs give you the grip you need to move forward or uphill. The snow conditions do not play a big role with fur skis, ice or rain does not bother them.
An important role is played by the length of the skins. The shorter a skin, the larger the gliding zones. Thus, a shorter but wider skin supports the gliding properties of the ski, and the width maintains the climbing properties. The climbing or gliding properties can be further enhanced by some bindings. These bindings can be adjusted, so that the impression point is further forward, which means that the ascent succeeds better. Or just further back, so you have better gliding properties.

What types of skins are there, and how do I care for them?

The skins for cross-country skis can be made of either mohair or mixed fabric (mohair and nylon). In principle, you can say that the more mohair, the faster the ski, because mohair has better gliding properties.

In itself, the skins are quite easy to clean, because they are dirt-repellent. But it can be that wax residues are in the trails, these then stick to the skins and must be removed. There are special skincleaners for this. This cleans the fur, but does not attack the glue, nor the fur. With a brush, the fur can then be brushed again in the direction of glide.
To increase the gliding properties and to prevent snow from sticking, you should regularly impregnate the skin or care for it with other skin care products, working in the direction of the skin! You should not forget the coating of the glide zone. In spite of everything, this is also happy about wax!
How often you should clean your skins depends on the quality and cleanliness of the trails. As soon as you feel that you are losing grip, you should look at the wear and tear to see if cleaning is enough or if you need new skins.
You should always take the time to maintain your equipment properly, only then you will enjoy it for a long time and have fun on the trail.

The manufacturers of climbing skin

If your climbing skins no longer have enough grip or you want to adapt to your run, you have the option to change the skins. You can get skins from manufacturers like Fischer, Rossignol or Madshus. Most skins can be cut to the right size to fit your cross-country skis. If you want to keep the old or changed skins, you should make sure that you glue the skins together with the sticky sides. When changing, you should pay attention to the alignment of the skins!

Not only for adults!

Like the cross-country skiing itself, the skins are also suitable for children. Because of the easy maintenance and the fact that you don't need any knowledge about waxing and snow conditions, even the smallest ones can use these skis. Well-known manufacturers such as Fischer, Salomon or Atomic produce fur skis for the little ones.