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 Post subject: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:38 am 
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One of the first things that I noticed in terms of wear on splits is the top sheet around the rounded nose and tail. So far I've used a razor to trim the hangnails and recently put a little epoxy along the rounded parts of the nose and tail that are most susceptible to getting bitten by the edge of the other half.

Curious if any of you have done this or have other ways to minimize the wear and tear on your splits.

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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:53 am 
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Two thoughts:

Some boards show wear more than others. A dark topsheet underlain with a light fiberglass will show wear a lot more than white-under-white or dark-under-dark, etc. The wear would be the same in all cases, but the cosmetic consequences different.

How much edge-topsheet contact you have depends on your skinning technique to some degree. I really don't scrape my skis together much, and neither does my wife. I do have some light wear at the top of the sidewall, but it's pretty minor. Other folks just run one ski over the other with every step and I am amazed at how hacked their board looks. You could try skinning like you were wearing crampons for a few days until separating your feet a touch became habit. If you are always climbing in skin tracks set by skiers, they definitely make a very narrow track for us splitties and keeping your skis apart is hard. If you are in a splitboard uptrack, then there should be no problem.

I don't have any thoughts on repair.

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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:28 pm 
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wasatch = lots of ski set tracks. Occasionally I'll run into a skin set or used by a splitter, but often times I'm widening the track and bumping the skis together. Skinning with the board halves opposite could make it worse but the interface I have makes that harder to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:18 am 
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The folks at venture suggest detuning your tip and tail edges. This can help with top sheet wear.


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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:45 am 
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Tools, not Jewels. By the time you've really damaged the board to the point it affects the performance you'll already want something new.

Besides, the boards have more "character" as you wear them. My 2cents.

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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:15 pm 
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I like Chimps mentality, these are tools to access some of the best terrain in a given area, I ride my splits with little to no regard for their safety or cosmetic appearance! I am on season #2 with my DIY Rossi Experience and it has cracks, dings, scratches and missing tnut pucks, and still rides as good as they day she first saw snow.

You are on the right track for the repair side of things, but really you wont do much damage that will effect anything that a nice shiney new sticker won't fix :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Topsheet Wear From Skinning
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:40 pm 
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my thoughts on repair are purely to protect the core from water. And since the secondary market for good BC gear is strong why not take good care?

Anyhow, just thought it was a good idear. Can definitely appreciate the mentality of shred and don't worry. Pow and semi-pow is very forgiving as a rule :)

Cheers fellas

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