I'm hoping this is in the correct forum. Having recently been bit by the powder bug a couple years ago, I am relatively new to the sport and am trying to get into backcountry skiing. Last winter, I bought myself a pair of K2 Hardsides and mounted Barons on them. I made my first backcountry trip last April to Tuckermans's Ravine on Mt. Washington in NH. Today, I bought my first set of skins, however in a total lapse of judgement, bought the wrong length. They were an eBay purchase so a return isn't exactly an easy option.
The skins are G3 Alpinists in the XL length, which is recommended for skis 189-199 cm long, however my skis are 174's. My question is what is the best way to adapt the skins to my setup? Could I possibly drill the rivets out of the existing hardware, cut the skins and relocate the hardware? Would it best to purchase replacement tail straps/hardware?
Thanks for the help!