Cross Country Skin Skis Improve the Recreational Experience
The cross country ski waxless “skin” base, uses inserted mohair strips on the ski base, which is extremely effective for all temperatures and snow conditions. It is high-performance waxless base technology for the classic skier, who prefers to use a waxless ski.
The ski strips are like small climbing skins and they are resistant to icing because they have a Teflon-like coating. There are conditions where a deicer should be applied to the skin. There are anti-icing solvents that do not degrade the glue holding the skin to the ski but it is best to get an anti-icer made by a ski manufacturer to avoid damage to the skin and the glue.
Specific cross country ski models that have a flex that is created in conjunction with the skin material rides above the snow in the glide phase, but is easy to kick down for excellent grip during the kick phase.
At Fischer, there are skin skis up and down the product line. The Twin Skin skis have two separate skin strips arranged in offset positions and with variable base-depth integration result in smooth and balanced gliding. These mohair skins ensure you can rely on the kick action, especially in hard or icy conditions and thanks to the unique Teflon coating of the skins, moisture absorption and subsequent icing is completely minimized.
Technique, temperature and snow composition all have an influence on ski performance: With all TURNAMIC® models, this completely tool free adjustment allows skiers to better match their individual needs. Sliding the system forward provides more grip, while sliding it back will noticeably improve glide. With the optimized setup of the boot-binding-plate-ski components, TURNAMIC® gives you dynamic skiing performance like never before. FLOWFLEX® technology enables the ski to flex freely. I own a pair of Twin Skin skis and I’ve found that these skis glide better than other skis that I’ve owned in the past.
The TURNAMIC® binding has a user-friendly entry mechanism providing individual adjustment possible in seconds and tool-free. The bindings quickly slide onto the plate without the use of tools. When it’s time to ski, the Turn Lock mechanism can be operated even with a gloved hand, making entry and exit easier than ever before.
The Fischer Twin Skin Superlite EF provides a lightweight all-around ski featuring Efficient Forward, which gives the skier an easier, more forgiving kick action and smooth gliding. The lightweight fitness sport skis come in traditional length to glide easily on the trail to fitness.
The Rossignol R-Skin Ultra features a replaceable mohair insert, and the waxless R-SKIN base structures offer an easy, consistent kick and maximum glide with no additional prep work necessary. The Rossignol ski is built with a Nomex Honeycomb construction for an accessible mohair skin classic ski for fitness-oriented skiers. The R-Skin Ultra not only offers a bit more width than a traditional race-oriented classic ski giving a more stable platform, but also has the same high-quality base as Rossignol’s top-end race skis, and, a great new graphic for the coming year.
Rossignol also offers skin skis that are smaller for junior skiers, the Escape a softer ski for intermediate level skiers, and the Evolution, which is a shorter more stable skin ski. Compatible with the Turnamic® binding system, the new Integrated Fixation Plate (IFP) allows the most natural ski flex for unparalleled snow feel, precision, and glide. Replaceable mohair inserts reportedly provide 100-150 days on the snow before they might be replaced.
With the Atomic Skintec line prepping and handling couldn't be easier thanks to its Skintec technology. There's no need for kick-waxing - instead Mohair grip zones produce excellent kick and glide in all snow conditions and temperatures. And you can replace the grip zone after heavy wear. Atomic has added a high-quality base, race grinding, a sportive sidecut and a flexible tip for an easy slide-in and glide. This year they've also given the series a facelift with a cool new design for the track. The Skintec line ranges from the Redster C9 for the speed kings to the recreational Mover series of Skintec models.
A suggestion is to find a cross country ski area or ski retailer that has a demo fleet of skin type skis from any product company and give them a try. Play with the binding settings on the ski to see the effect from adjustments on grip and glide. Expect the ski to perform better than you have ever experienced.