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Having upgraded to some slightly fatter skis for touring, I find there is a small financial gap in between my aspiration of new skins to fit perfectly and the reality of funds available...
I have a couple of pairs of skins that will fit the length, but will leave a cumulative 2- 3cm of gap between the edge of the ski and the skin.

How much performance could ill fitting skins lose?

Any wisdom/experinces much appreciated!
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Assuming it is 2-3cm (not mm?) underfoot, it may be ok in soft snow and fairly gentle gradients. Nightmare as soon as it gets hard or sidehill. Also depends on how much you weigh - heavier people (like me) need all the grip they can get in some situations

If you don’t want to buy new skins, you can try splitting them lengthways. Leave 6 inches or so at each end unsplit and make sure there is skin near the edges of your skis underfoot. Not as good as perfectly fitting skins but not bad either
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There's a whole thread about it here:

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=125239
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@SBP, I use split skins, and they work ok, but its just for some easy rolling terrain to get to some powder runs. If its windy when your taking them off its not much fun, and all gets a bit tangled, just have to find a sheltered spot.............
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Is that 2 - 3cm on both sides of your skin or just on one side?

If it's 2 - 3cm on either side then you're really going to need new skins. You could try second hand, I managed to get a set that were wider than my skis and trimmed them down.
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My Guide split mine for me and it seemed fairly normal for him to be doing this. Used Swiss Army knife.
As the other (Altis) thread stressed, leave some at the front and at the tail un-split, about 10 inches in my case.
I only use occasionally and never expect to be particularly steep.
The two split sections don't sit as snugly on the divider plastic sheet as does a full-width skin so I wonder if the glue might air-dry a bit, particularly over summer in warm storage ?.
If I had a longer personal ski-life expectancy I would buy full width, out of respect to my fellow skinners.
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@OwenM, it's a total of 2-3 cm.
The skis are 136-106-126 and 177cm long, but twin tips.
The widest of the skins comes in at 105-80-100, so looking at split skin option until I've done a few extra paper rounds to get a proper fitting set seems a way forward.(getting a new transceiver is at the top of the shopping list at the moment)
These skins are also for the more powdery set of skis, I have a set of wayback 88s with skins and harscheisen as the go-to kit for harder pack.
@altis, thank you for the link. The Contour free hybrid splitskins vid gave a good idea of what can be done with split skins, though noted the glue may be an issue.
Cheers for the thoughts and advice - key bit seems what ever is used needs to work and well, so not to be "that" tour member that makes a trip memorable to others for all the wrong reasons!
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