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    jambot
    13 Posts

    I can get a pair of Ascension Glidelite skins for pretty cheap to go with my new Voile Artisan. Only issue is they’re 110mm. Will the 20mm less skin effect traction and sidehilling much? I’ve never skinned before so I have no point of reference.
    Thanks

    #672457
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Yes

    #672458
    shoestring
    197 Posts

    ditto SG – fyi, sierra trading post has Black Diamond Ascension Skins – 125mm – for around $80 with the current deal flyer…these might work better….

    #672459
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Yes it will suck.
    Additionally trimming instructions tell you to trim so that the metal edges are exposed. In my experience it’s better to trim your skins flush with the edge of the board. It give you more traction when side hilling. It’s also easier.

    #672460
    Method
    151 Posts

    @peacefrog wrote:

    Yes it will suck.

    Monumentally so.

    The more area of skin you have in contact with the snow to spread your weight around on, the better they will grip. As you take your first few flat ‘steps’ at the trailhead you probably won’t think it’s so important, but when things steepen up, you sure will! 🙂

    #672461
    nwboarder82
    166 Posts

    @Method wrote:

    @peacefrog wrote:

    Yes it will suck.

    Monumentally so.

    The more area of skin you have in contact with the snow to spread your weight around on, the better they will grip. As you take your first few flat ‘steps’ at the trailhead you probably won’t think it’s so important, but when things steepen up, you sure will! 🙂

    I definitely agree. I accidentally trimmed a pair of skin too much. I was having some traction issues as soon as I started to go up a steep skin track. The price of the skinnier skins seems tempting, but not worth it. I always stick to the 140mm.

    #672462
    ACheateaux
    16 Posts

    You can always split the skin down the middle, sew a loop around the tip clip so they move out laterally and put the skin to the rails. I find this “split” skin to have amazing grip to weight ratio, is faster sliding on the flats ie. better glide, and costs less. YMMV.

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