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Coltex whizzz skins. First impressions.

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First go with my new skins today, they are the precut ones for my scott skis, only an hour and nothing too steep.
First impressions are very favourable. Easy to fit, glue to glue pulls apart easily. There’re light, glide nice and grippy.
I really like not having cheat sheets, less bulk, less weight and best of all less faff.
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Plus their camlock tail clip is the best on the market.
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@jbob, agreed they’re superb; used them all of last season. Easy to handle in a breeze and great for very rapid transitions, too.
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@jbob, so, you way honed now? Also, how do you find the skinnier skis?
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@HammondR, can’t remember being less honed but at least my back is on the mend.
Skinny skis very good but could have done with a bit more girth in the wind affected snow. Feel very light on my feet, which is nice.
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Secret stash. @HammondR,
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Had a pair for the last couple of seasons and love ‘em.
Did have an issue on a yomp up in Rogers pass last year, I think a bit of tree root/branch got between the ski and skin on the track up (or I didn’t attach the skin correctly initially) which let snow in which completely lost all grip. I cleaned it by pulling the skin over the ski edges, this cleared the snow but just like any other skins once wet and frozen they are pretty useless on anything steep.
The tail clip is great...on a flat tail but on a rounded rocker ? I’ve had to resort to cable ties to secure the clip.
Not quite the panacea to skins but a great advance toward it
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Super Steezy wrote:
.......The tail clip is great...on a flat tail but on a rounded rocker ? I’ve had to resort to cable ties to secure the clip.....

As with any skin just file a short flat on the end of the ski, or even a slight notch.
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@Super Steezy, if skinning on twin tip rockered skis then don't bother with any tail clips and have the skins cut about 40cm with a rounded profile.

I was a tad dubious about them when I first used them, but now they are so hassle free that I really prefer them.

And yesterday I was on some pretty tough terrain when one might have been temped to use crampons (not on a shop floor Smile ) and no problems on 108mm wide skis.

No way would I have liked to have been on my SG 88's yesterday or any of the previous powder touring days as snow pack is just so variable in between the sweet stashes.

Photo below is a good example of having to ski a line that is the right aspect to get cold crustless powder, mind you we were only at around 2,300

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Liking Spyerjon s solution especially now I have cut my skins and they are used across three sets of skis (gotta sort that out)
Weathercam not sure I completely understand what you are suggesting? is that 40mm shy of the length which is not that far off where they are cut to accommodate the tail strap?
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40cm !
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Love my Coltex precuts on my Superguides. Just one little niggle. The front attachment is so secure with the two little clips in the holes on the front of the ski. Only on transitions I find it a bit of a faff to unclip them. Impossible, I find , with a gloved hand. Anyone got any tips?
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Weathercam wrote:
40cm !


40cm is quite a lot, you weren't buying skins off the roll and only wanted to take 3 meters by any chance?

I have mine cut at 23cm from the tails (non rockered).
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gvj wrote:
Love my Coltex precuts on my Superguides. Just one little niggle. The front attachment is so secure with the two little clips in the holes on the front of the ski. Only on transitions I find it a bit of a faff to unclip them. Impossible, I find , with a gloved hand. Anyone got any tips?

The hooks are a pretty close fit in the slots so take a tad of material off each side of each hook and a tad off the length of the 'return' of each hook so that there's more clearance to remove them from the slots.
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@davidof, sounds about right as I was doing it on the cheap!

184 skis 3m off the roll = 150 on each ski plus a couple of cms from the tip - leaves around 30cm - 20cm from the tail and 10cm of rocker!

Would take a photo but skis all packed for land of rising sun Cool

@gvj, never had any issues with my SG 88's nor my Powdairs
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@spyderjon, thanks, thought that might be the fix - just didn't want to overdo it with a file and then have a "doh" moment when someone says "but you should have done...."
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Weathercam wrote:
@davidof, sounds about right as I was doing it on the cheap!

184 skis 3m off the roll = 150 on each ski plus a couple of cms from the tip - leaves around 30cm - 20cm from the tail and 10cm of rocker!


Certainly saves a lot of weight and friction and the 25cm at the tail doesn't really make any difference. The "3meter" rule seems pretty standard although there is no real reason why the shop couldn't sell in 10cm or 50cm lengths. The whizzz skins are sold off the roll too, I believe. They look like a nice skin compared to the "industrial carpet" people like BD sell.
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@Weathercam, pack your skins: Japan is flat as a pancake, you’ll need ‘em wink

Powdair tip holes are much larger. I’ve found the SG skins do tend to ‘catch’ a little more. However, it does provide an extra barrier against wind-related skin loss muppetry when transferring.
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