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Climbing Skins

Gecko Climbing Skins

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2014

Gecko Climbing Skins

The Gecko Climbing Skins offer a few big advantages over traditional skins, namely weight, size and adhesion, but they also have their issues. 

G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins

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2014

G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins

At just $145, the G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins provide huge value compared to other skins on the market. 

Dynafit Speedskin Climbing Skins

91

2014

Dynafit Speedskin Climbing Skins

Skiers owning a pair of Dynafit skis should consider the Dynafit Speedskin Climbing Skins. The Speedskin’s nylon and mohair plush blend offer the best grip and glide performance in our test. 

Colltex Mohair Climbing Skins

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2014

Colltex Mohair Climbing Skins

The Colltex Mohair Climbing Skins carry a hefty price but the grip and glide characteristics are some of the best tested. 

Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins

85

2014

Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins

Being a synthetic skin, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins will not provide as much glide as a mohair climbing skin but the grip is far more of a concern for most and this is where the Ascension Skins shine.

Atomic Charter Climbing Skins

84

2014

Atomic Charter Climbing Skins

The Atomic Charter Climbing Skins share a similar design with the Colltex Mohair skins (also tested here) but at a $60 savings. Skiers on a budget with skis of similar dimensions as the Atomic Charter’s will appreciate the value and performance of the Charter Climbing Skins.  

Clipskins

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2011

Clipskins

Clipskins provide an intriguing alternative to traditional climbing skins, most notably because they don't use glue. But do they work? Craig Dostie finds out.