Forums Splitboards Gecko Climbing skins-Don't buy them
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    recyclbin327
    9 Posts

    Recently purchased a pair of Gecko split board skins and I must say that they are hands down the worst piece of equipment I have ever owned. Never even written a review of an item before but I’m not going to lie I am pretty livid about this skin. If there is any kind of moisture on your base or the glue side of the skin it will not stick which makes them pretty useless in my book.
    I went back to the shop I purchased them from and they were trying to return another pair of skins to Gecko. Geckos response , ” they are great in fair weather” , “you have to keep them dry”. Unfortunately snowboarding involves this thing called snow which is water and gets everywhere when your touring even in “fair weather”. Don’t waste your money.

    #777353
    permnation
    303 Posts

    Sorry, to hear this. I am a fan of glue-less skins from another company. The ease of use is what sold me. Are you using tip and tail clips?

    #777354
    permnation
    303 Posts

    Oh wait, is this the gear room?

    #777408
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    There been a fair amount of discussion about geckos on this site. I’ve not seen that complaint before. I’ve been using them for a few years. My only real problem was that I had a weird film that built up and got on my base. Gecko has been great about warreting them. Even warranting warranteed skins. The only proble I’ve had with them sticking to the board is when I’ve put the, in the car wet and left them there. That’s not really on them, that’s on me. Even so when I had those issues usually I could scrape the base on the skin on the edge of my board and reattach it. I’m curious what the circumstances (exactly) were with your skin failure.

    +1

    Oh wait, is this the gear room?

    #777633
    recyclbin327
    9 Posts

    Sorry for putting this in the wrong forum might have jumped the gun a bit. That’s really interesting peace frog I’ve had nothing but problems with these skins. I used the tip and tail clips and have still had problems in various conditions with these skins. The first day it was absolutely dumping out and there was no way I could get my base or skins completely dry ( I ended up having to boot pack out). The next day was a blue bird 50 degree plus day and once again liquid was constantly on my base and needed to be dried in the sun before they could be used. Bottom line is I don’t trust this product.

    #778153
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    I’m on my 2nd pair. They rock. Although I did have my first ice up failure in 2 seasons of use, luckily at the top of an ascent (it was a stormy day and I was being sloppy letting them touch the snow). But the next time I went out my buddy had an icing failure on a set of Voile’s and he had to post hole up the entire mountain side and dry them out in the sun before he could use them again. Tail clips are mandatory but still won’t correct a total ice caking. You just have to be more careful. I won’t use glue ever again.

    Permnation, what other glueless skins are out there??

    #778186
    permnation
    303 Posts

    BG, I have been using some High Trail Evotec skins that were rebranded for 4frnt. High Trail now has some US distribution and a Colorado sales rep (also reps DPS). He told me there will be some 160 width skins released this season, and they now offer some 140s for splits.

    http://www.hightrail.us/

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