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  • #579568
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    I am getting tired of trying different skins and having various glue issues. I am also impressed by the nearly universal positive reviews for Colltex skins, and also feel the Swiss are pretty good at making things which are “the best”.
    Anyone know a source for Colltex skins in the US? I am looking for the Mohair/Nylon mix, wide, of course…

    #674679
    lernr
    233 Posts

    There was a sale last month, Coltex for $150.

    They are wholesale, but I’d try contacting WoodyD on TAY, you may get lucky. He’s works for Mountain Equipment’s US office: 10090 Main Street, Peshastin, WA, 98847

    Cheers
    Ivo

    #674680
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    @lernr wrote:

    There was a sale last month, Coltex for $150.

    They are wholesale, but I’d try contacting WoodyD on TAY, you may get lucky. He’s works for Mountain Equipment’s US office: 10090 Main Street, Peshastin, WA, 98847

    Cheers
    Ivo

    Hey Ivo, thanks for the info, but at the risk of seeming out of touch, what is “TAY”?

    #674681
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    Turns all year – website.

    @sun_rocket

    #674682
    lernr
    233 Posts

    Heh – it’s the first online bc-dedicated community that I came across more than 10 years ago, when I still lived in FL

    http://www.turns-all-year.com/

    #674683
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Thanks guys, I actually am aquainted with that site, maybe I am not completely out of touch after all, 😉

    #674684
    permnation
    303 Posts

    4FRNT sells the Colltex mohair/nylon skins. We have some in the shop, and they are nice, really nice….easy to put on, take off, and super-pliable. Night and day compared to my Voile skins. The boss has been using them, and he thinks they’re the tits. I am ordering myself a pair next week and converting them for splitboard use. They are available in 130 width and 185 or 195 length. If you are interested, I can add an extra pair to the order.

    #674685
    keffler
    319 Posts

    karkis has some of those skins. When I asked him about it he said he like the skins but just don’t put them glue to glue. You need to roll them or use the skin saver. I guess they stick too good to each other. Maybe he’ll chime in?

    #674686
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    @keffler wrote:

    karkis has some of those skins. When I asked him about it he said he like the skins but just don’t put them glue to glue. You need to roll them or use the skin saver. I guess they stick too good to each other. Maybe he’ll chime in?

    Yes, I have heard that they cannot be folded glue to glue, especially on wide skins. OK, with me, I can handle using the cheat sheets with them.

    Permnation, I am looking for the 140 width Mohair/Synthetic mix.

    I am tired of dealing with glue getting on the base of my board when the skins get 20 days or so in them. Yes, I store and apply cold, to a cold base, and I wax/scrape/ and brush often. Of all the reviews I have read all over the Internet, Colltex seems to have the most consistently great reviews. They are swiss after all, and in my experience, the Swiss seem to make products which are always the “best” or they do not make them at all.

    #674687
    karkis
    270 Posts

    yah zee fukeen Sviss gots the shits dialed
    i roll em all day and stick em to the sheets to dry at night, works great
    love em
    not quite az durable as ascensions but I’m sure they’ll last some years
    in Canada they’re now available at MEC, they’d potentially ship em to the US but you can probably get em cheaper from a US source

    never summer snowboards
    phantom splitboard bindings
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    #674688
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Yeah Mark, MEC has what I want, but they ship via a service where there are unspecified charges for brokerage/customs, and my experience is that these kind of undisclosed charges can get very high, not willing to risk it. I do not blame MEC for this, the money would go to the carrier.

    #674689
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Thanks for the help everyone. Due to the expense and difficulty getting Colltex skins, I decided to go with Black Diamond Glidelite STS (mohair/nylon). The folks at BD were nice enough to throw in another pair of the STS tail connectors (free of charge) so I could set them up to fit on a splitboard.
    Kind makes me think there might be a business oppurtunity for me buying 140 mm Colltex skin material in bulk, and setting it up for splitters with BD tip and tails, and maybe the Spark tail clip…

    #674690
    permnation
    303 Posts

    Barrows, I like your idea. Keep me informed. BTW, the 4frnt skins turned out to be made by High Trail. They are similar to Geckos being glueless. Thought I had done my research on the 4frnts, sorry to mislead.

    #788171
    summersgone
    817 Posts

    @barrows, I’ve been looking into skins the last few days. Mohair mix seems pretty good, something I want to try. Couple questions: 1) Did you ever do your business proposition? I was thinking the same thing, but using Pomoca skins. I think the Jones at $250 are too expensive, and custom splitboard skins with Pomoca or Colltex sound awesome! 2) how are the BD’s working? Any issues with setup? Have you used other tail clips with them? I’m thinking I’ll be going for the BD’s, but wanted your thoughts.

    #788174
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Jones skins are Coltex. I can double check when I get home but I’m almost postive.

    I’ve had good luck getting my glue to come back to life by running a waxing iron over it at a medium heat. My fiance has had good luck with her G3 glue with the same treatment. Her’s were a sticky mess but much better now.

    #788176
    summersgone
    817 Posts

    @jason4, jones skins are Pomoca, says on the site.

    I’ve had to warranty one pair of G3s, and my buddy had a new pair come in this year, and after roughly a dozen tours has it again. That shouldn’t happen. In 4 years with Voile skins, I never had that issue.

    I’m thinking of redoing the glue on one completely (have the shop do it), and then get another pair of skins to try something new.

    #788185
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I’ll look when I get home, I got my skins directly from Jones in the spring of 2014. I think they were samples for the 2014/2015 product, maybe they’ve changed suppliers or I remember wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time for either. 😀

    #788188
    summersgone
    817 Posts

    Update, I purchased the BD Mohair Mix, mostly because I checked them out, and they looked like they would fit the bill. Most reviews seems great on them, and cheaper than Jones, and less hassle than Pomoca and having to re-setup the parts to fit a splitboard. It sounds like mohair last a bit longer, may be a bit less grippy, but glide a lot better. i’m excited to see the difference.

    I’m also going to have my older G3 High Tractions re-glued with BD glue. That should take care of that issue. Should be interesting to see what conditions and how each type of skin performs.

    It will also be interesting to see how they perform on the different shapes of boards (all reverse camber). I’ve had pretty grippy skins in the past, so if it is different with Mohair mix, we shall see. God knows we have some damn steep skin tracks around these parts. Hopefully the mohair mix is as good as everyone says.

    #788214
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    I double checked my Jones skins that are hanging at home right now, it says “Jones by Colltex” on the glue side of the skin. At least I know I’m not losing my memory, I suspect they changed suppliers if the current ones are Pomoca.

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