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  • #576108
    kaston
    58 Posts

    like most of you, i have the voile tractor skins and use the cheat sheets that came with them. and like most of you, i imagine that after a few tours, the cheat sheets are starting to flake and coat the glue side of your skins. are there any better cheat sheets that don’t do this? i’ve heard from a couple skiers that the G3 skin savers don’t break up as much but the reviews at MEC say otherwise: http://reviews.mec.ca/9421-en_ca/5003-855/g3-skin-storage-mesh-kit-reviews/reviews.htm. anyone know of any better options?

    #649961
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    Go to a hardware store and get a roll of “gutter guard”. It is plastic mesh that goes over rain gutters to keep leaves out. It’s pretty burly stuff and won’t break down. The edges end up really sharp and pokey though. I sewed some piping on the edges of mine. It’s also pretty stiff. I got like 15 feet for $4. Too cheap not to try.

    #649962
    kaston
    58 Posts

    i’ll try that out. thanks!

    #649963
    digerati
    82 Posts

    How long did it take you to sew the piping!? 😯

    Love the idea, but I think it would take be days to do that….

    #649964
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    It took about 3 minutes per sheet with my sewing machine, max. If I were doing it by hand I would have tried glue.

    #649965
    kaston
    58 Posts

    i was just thinking duct tape around the edges

    #649966
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    That may work, but I fear the skin’s glue would have a greater affinity for the tape than the tape would have for the cheat sheet. A strip of fabric folded over the edge and held in place by hot glue (sort of a hot glue and cheat sheet taco) may work too.

    #649967
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    Nice work Phil, looks pretty solid.

    The G3 Love glove from another post seems like a good option as well. I’m sure one could sew a satchel very easily that would perform just as well.

    #649968
    kaston
    58 Posts

    love glove looks pretty slick. i like the fact that it also wicks moisture from the glue. a pretty simple idea that would be an easy DIY but i’ll probably end up buying one when it comes out.

    http://www.genuineguidegear.com/life/video/introducing-g3s-new-love-glove-climibing-skin-sack

    #649969
    adammerce
    4 Posts

    The G-3 (red) skin savers are the only ones I’ve found to hold together. They even lasted through the whole off season without leaving chunks on my glue. Be sure to stay away from the Black Diamond ones. ( I can’t think of any other BD products that I would say this about).

    #649970
    kaston
    58 Posts

    adammerce, the reviews on the MEC website seem to say the exact opposite: http://reviews.mec.ca/9421-en_ca/5003-855/g3-skin-storage-mesh-kit-reviews/reviews.htm. do you have the voile skins as well? if so i might have to give them a try

    #649971
    key-z
    2 Posts

    anybody else have first hand experience they can weigh in with? i just picked up some g3 skins and am hesitant to use the g3 cheat sheets that came with them. truth be told, they will probably last long enough for me to pick up a love glove or make my own (under armor material seems like it might work?)

    thanks for any input

    #649972
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    I have a dozen days of doing 2-5 laps per outing using the stock G3 cheat sheets and they are holding up ok so far. I am using the gutter guard with edging sewn on with my BD skins since the stock ones were breaking down and shedding black plastic flakes. The gutter guard is ok but very stiff and does not fold small. It takes some getting used to, but is totally bomber. It needs edging bad though cause the cut edges are sharp as hell.

    #649973
    chrisNZ
    304 Posts

    g3 reds are still good after 2 years for me.

    #649974
    treetop
    63 Posts

    @philip.ak wrote:

    Go to a hardware store and get a roll of “gutter guard”.

    hey thanks for that! It’s been working well for me. I guess it’s bulky, but at least it is light. I used hockey tape on the edges.

    #649975
    key-z
    2 Posts

    thanks for the input, guys

    #649977
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    Here’s another option.

    Get some 2″ diameter bulk discharge/fire hose. It is a vinyl-coated nylon and is available in many marine stores. It is a little over 3″ wide when the hose is laid flat. Cut one edge off so you can ‘unfold’ the hose length-wise, and use your waxing iron to warm the center crease through a piece of baking parchment paper to flatten the hose. The final width is over 6″, so I trimmed it down using a straight edge and a box cutter. I made mine 30″ long, so I stick half the skin to one side and then fold the skin over and stick it to the back side, then fold that sandwich in thirds. Infinitely durable and waterproof with no sharp edges or anything that needs finishing.

    #649976
    ruapehu_explorer
    78 Posts

    @philip.ak wrote:

    Here’s another option.

    Get some 2″ diameter bulk discharge/fire hose. It is a vinyl-coated nylon and is available in many marine stores. It is a little over 3″ wide when the hose is laid flat. Cut one edge off so you can ‘unfold’ the hose length-wise, and use your waxing iron to warm the center crease through a piece of baking parchment paper to flatten the hose. The final width is over 6″, so I trimmed it down using a straight edge and a box cutter. I made mine 30″ long, so I stick half the skin to one side and then fold the skin over and stick it to the back side, then fold that sandwich in thirds. Infinitely durable and waterproof with no sharp edges or anything that needs finishing.

    this looks awesome. how much did you pay for the hose though? were you able to buy a small amount, or did you have to buy a full hose length? with a quick search on the interweb i’ve only been able to find it being sold as entire hose lengths, which would make the cost pretty much equal or more than the g3 love glove sacky thing…

    thanks

    #649978
    philip.ak
    679 Posts

    The local marine/hardware store has it by the foot in a few different diameters. I bought 5 feet (enough for one set of cheat sheets) at $1.49 per foot. So about $7.50 total for one set of skins.

    In the mean time I made a couple more sets for me, and I just gave a pair to a friend. The stuff works great so far. The glue releases effortlessly. :doobie:

    #649979
    boyracer
    27 Posts

    Hey Phillip,

    Nice looking skins! Did you make those? I see some BD/Spark hardware and “split skin” style materiel in the middle? Detail please.

    :drool:

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