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K2 hellbent + Ascension Nylon Split STS Skins

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Guys, would you recommend getting custom K2 hellbent climbing skins from K2 directly, or you think I'll be ok with Ascension Nylon Split STS Skins?

 

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/skins/ascension-nylon-split-sts-skins

 

here are some reviews: http://www.wildsnow.com/1752/black-diamond-climbing-skins-sts-glidelite-mohair/

 

The Ski dimensions are 189cm - 160 / 135 / 151 mm

 

Will the lack of middle piece hurt a ton, or acceptable?

 

Thanks!!!!!!!

post #2 of 4

Hey Clustermagnet,

 

Ordinarily with a ski that wide I'd say the Split Skin would be the way to go, but that ski has so much rocker you're losing contact surface area of skin on snow that way too. I'd consider measuring the widest point on the ski that is actually in contact with the snow, and buying the closest width normal Black Diamond Ascension STS Skin. I don't think the Split would kill you on such a wide ski, just wanted to offer another option. We've got a How to Trim Black Diamond Skins picture tutorial over in the backcountry section of the forum too that might help. 

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Thread Starter 

Excellent!  thanks!  I just looked at your site, you haz a link? :)

 

Thanks!

post #4 of 4

Link to the Skin Trimming? Right here: http://www.epicski.com/f/13/backcountry-and-cross-country

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