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Repurposing skins on new skis

post #1 of 13
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Basic question - is it OK to use old skins (98 waist width) on newer skis (112 waist width), or should I get something specific to the new size?

 

More info - I have an old pair of Rossi Sin7s (188) that finally bit the dust. I had Salomon Guardian bindings on them and a set of Black Diamond skins that were cut to size. I bought a pair of K2 Shreditor 112s (189) and I'm curious if there will be an issue just throwing the narrower skins on K2s?

 

I only went touring 3 times last year, but would love to do it more this year, but hate the idea of getting replacing skins that were only used a handful of times.Thanks for any input!

post #2 of 13

98 will work when the skis are mostly flat or if you're breaking trail but 112 will be better and less annoying  especially on icy sidehill traverses.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

98 will work when the skis are mostly flat or if you're breaking trail but 112 will be better and less annoying  especially on icy sidehill traverses.

 

Thanks - I guess another way of asking the questions is - will 98 skins on 112 skis be the same or worse than 98 skins on 98 skis? I'm curious if that additional exposed base will reduce the efficiency of the skins. Either way, I guess I'll try it out a couple of times and upgrade the skins if I'm having a hard time.

post #4 of 13
If the new skis are narrower, the skins can be cut to fit, if the new skis are wider, you should sell the skins with the old skis.
Walking uphill is hard enough, you don't need to add fighting for traction to the mix.


jl
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by scottyja View Post
 
 

 

Thanks - I guess another way of asking the questions is - will 98 skins on 112 skis be the same or worse than 98 skins on 98 skis?

 

Worse.   The part near the edges will not have any skin coverage (and on sidehills this is the important part of the skin), and the net grip will be less.     

((Your weight/new ski surface area)* old skin surface area) < ( (Your weight/old ski surface area)*old skin surface area)

post #6 of 13

On wide skis wall to wall so as mentioned get new skins.

post #7 of 13

For a better fit, Buffalo Bill suggests getting the larger skins.

 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks for the info. Stupid followup question - the ski dimensions are 135/112/130. Should I be looking at 115 width skins to cover the area underfoot, or 135 width to cover *everything*?

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by scottyja View Post

Hey, thanks for the info. Stupid followup question - the ski dimensions are 135/112/130. Should I be looking at 115 width skins to cover the area underfoot, or 135 width to cover *everything*?
135 to cover everything
Wall to wall coverage so you got maximum grab in dicey situations
post #10 of 13

Anything above a 125 should be good.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

Anything above a 125 should be good.

 

Good to hear, the backcountry skins come in 130 and 140 - think I'll go with the 130s ($10 cheaper).

post #12 of 13

There's pluses and minuses to going wall to wall and trimming skins to the ski sidecut versus using straight skins at the minimum ski width.  First of all, you can always try the 98 skins and see how they work for you - may not be ideal, but may not be that bad either depending on where you're going, conditionsns, etc., especially if you're only going a few times a year and biudget is an issue.  Ideally, yes, getting something closer to the right size is better.  I started with wall to wall skins on my skis, than later added another pair of skis and wanted to use the same pair of skins on both skis - so I retrimmed them to fit both.  I found the loss in traction not noticeable and the ease of putting skins on when there was a little extra room on the sides made it easier and quicker to get the skins on and lined up, especially on windy, precarious slopes.

post #13 of 13

It depends on where you're skinning. I picked up a set of 50mm skins for $15 a few years ago that are great for rolling hills on my 80mm skis. They're small and light enough I consider taking them with as approach skins. Flat skis for grip on the uphill, carve turns for speed on the downhill, and a tiny bit of glide to kick and glide on the flat.

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