To purchase climbing skins you need to answer the following questions:
- What are the dimensions of your skis (tip, waist, and tail)?
- How long are your skis?
- What type of attachment system do you want?
Choose skins based on the width of the widest part of your ski, the tip. You want the width of the skin to be narrower than the tip of your ski by about 5-6 mm. If you can't locate the perfect size, it's usually fine to go slightly narrower. You will then trim the sides of the skin to match the shape of your skis. Some skins come in pre-cut lengths, while others must be trimmed to the correct length.
Example: You have the Black Diamond Verdict (134-102-121) in a 180 cm length, and you want to buy some Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS skins. You'd choose the 173-180 cm length and the 125 mm width. After trimming them to match the sidecut of your skis, you'll have skins that cover all of the P-Tex base material on your skis except for a tiny 2 mm sliver at the tip.
Some companies make skins that are pre-cut to fit a certain model and length of ski exactly and require no trimming. To purchase pre-cut skins make sure that they exactly match the model and size of your ski. Look for pre-cut skins from K2 and Dynafit.
Example: You have the 167 K2 GotBack skis. You buy the 167 K2 GotBack pre-cut skins and head for the hills. Alternately, K2 offers a 167 Trim-to-Fit skin that will also work, but you will need to trim the sides of the skins to match your skis' profile.
**You should carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe when travelling in avalanche terrain and know how to use them. Backcountry travel requires an acceptance of the risks involved (avalanches are not the only danger) and implies a willingness to take responsibility for educating oneself about these dangers and ways to mitigate them. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners.
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For more information check out How to Buy Backcountry Climbing Skins
For information on how to trim your climbing skins, check out How to Trim / Cut Climbing Skins
For information on proper skinning technique, consult Backcountry Basics - How to Skin
For a list of climbing ski weights, we have a handy dandy list: Climbing Skins Weight Chart
Learn more with our other Backcountry Guides:
Backcountry Basics – How to Get Started
Backcountry Gear – Checklist
Backcountry Backpacks – How to Choose
Avalanche Beacons / Transceivers – How to Choose
Avalanche Shovels – How to Choose
Avalanche Probes – How to Choose
Avalanche Airbags – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Skis – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Ski Boots – How to Choose
Alpine Touring Ski Bindings – How to Choose
Dynafit (Tech) Bindings – Getting Started
Outerwear & Layers – How to Dress for the Backcountry
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