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chaletgirl wrote:
Very very new to touring, why shouldn't you put skins on at home?

I don't know the science behind it, but they freeze to the ski and then leave the glue on the base when you rip them
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I'm not a very experienced ski tourer - just three hut to hut trips and ten day tours - but in my experience:

1. socks are much better than cheat sheets - especially if it is windy. I got some last season and they are great. Stick your arm into the sock, unclip/unpeel the tail a tad, grab it using the hand in the sock, pull 1/3 into the sock, fold the next third on one side and the final third on the other. no flapping, no unintentional sticking.

2. if the weather is cold/inclement always keep your skins warm once you have used them, you never know when you might need them again. Had a bit of a lesson recently when weather came in, the wind came up, we started our ski down only to get very nervous about the avalanche risk so needed to skin out again. Neither of us could get our skins to stick - cold wind/ light snow/spindrift quickly froze up the damp skins. In future if the weather is bad the skins will go down the front of my jacket/midlayer just in case

3. know how to deal with your tech toe pieces freezing up - again we both had problems in the bad weather but I was able to jam my narrow pole tip under the beast 14 toe spring to break out the ice that had formed. My mates plum toe piece sat slightly lower and that approach wouldn't work. He resorted to applying his mouth which could have gone wrong. Will be sorting out a sharpened tooth brush for the future

4. second the point about drawing lines on your boots to mark the centres of the tech fittings - really helps.
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https://www.genuineguidegear.com/life/video/climbing-skin-myth-putting-skins-home-vs-trailhead
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DB wrote:
https://www.genuineguidegear.com/life/video/climbing-skin-myth-putting-skins-home-vs-trailhead


Extra ten seconds to put skins on outside!!! I dream of taking a minute! LOL

Thank you both. It's not particularly cold at the mo, and my place isn't that warm, but I'll practice doing it outside from now to get into the habit. Although as I'm walking about 50m to the snow, I'm not sure the skins and skis will have changed much from the temp in the apartment. But I appreciate its good practice to do it right Smile x
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.....now how to deal with your tech toe pieces freezing up - again we both had problems in the bad weather but I was able to jam my narrow pole tip under the beast 14 toe spring to break out the ice that had formed. My mates plum toe piece sat slightly lower and that approach wouldn't work. He resorted to applying his mouth which could have gone wrong. Will be sorting out a sharpened tooth brush for the future.....


A tech toe should always be 'cycled' a few times to clear snow/ice every time you transition or get in/out of a lift etc. The same applies for the heels if they're prone to icing and to framed touring bindings.

Tooth brush: https://www.thepisteoffice.com/index.php/2013-09-09-17-07-34/touring-binding-de-icing.html
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BTW - any tips for releasing the heel riser on Beast 14 heels. At times I find them a real struggle.
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Put your ski pole in behind the front section (between the front of the bar and the binding) and lever towards the back of the ski.

Dynafit don't tell you that in the instructions; I had to google it.
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