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How long do skins last?

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I regularly go on guided off piste holidays and on many occasions mid week the guide would tell us to get touring bindings and skins for the following day (mostly because they had run out of decent lift-accessed snow, I think). So, I decided when I upgraded my skis to get touring binding & skins fitted to avoid the hastle of having to find them in resort. Since then, I don't think we've had to use them more than once (call it an insurance policy to avoid skinning!). 3-4 years on I'm wondering if they will still be ok. Do they lose their stickiness? I realise I could try them in a safe area (ie where it wouldn't matter if they didn't work, such as on a piste) but reluctant to do this if unnecessary in case it contributes to a reduction in their effectiveness. Is there any guidance on how long they last or do I just need to suck it and see?
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I've no idea how long they last if you don't use them, years, centuries maybe.

I use my gecko glueless skins all the time and they have hundreds of trips over hundreds of thousands of meters on them.

I used to figure on about 100 trips on my "glued" skins.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
You can buy a re-glue kit for about €25 so unless you have ripped them to shreds I reckon you should be good for a few more years. I have G3 skins that have seen probably 40 ish days and still work like new, if anything the glue is too strong and sticks on the base!
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My 6-7 year od G3 skins have gradually got stickier, the glue is now over tacky and too strong, it also leaves anything it touches sticky... time for a re-glue.
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Good skins will last 100's (like 500+) days of use. Crap ones barely 50.

My old purple BD ascensions are 2 decades old and have 300+ days on them, yes I've re glued them but otherwise they are fine.

I have some contours that are really starting to look warn at <30 days of use.
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They’re Black Diamonds. Not sure what version.
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Thanks for feedback everyone. Gives me some reassurance.
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