A question about sizing skins from someone with no experience - I have heard 2 schools of thought and wanted opinions on which may be better. Is it best to choose a size that essentially covers the entire base (e.g., if your skis have a 105 mm shovel, buy 100mm wide skins and cut them down to match the sidecut of the ski, leaving only the edges exposed) or buy a size that is about 5-10mm narrower than the waist measurement of the ski (e.g., for a 70 mm waist, buy 60 or 65 mm width skins). It would seem that the latter option would make it easier to put the skins on, but how much climbing efficiency do you loose, and is it worth it?
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10/30/02 at 8:59am