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 Post subject: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:44 pm 
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For short runs ( which is about all we have ) I'm looking for a lazy way out. I tried riding pow with skins on and it slid fine but the directional controll was a bit strange. If the skin was recessed into the board it could work.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/65973917@N ... hotostream

But just climbing with a small board and carrying it down works for now.

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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:33 pm 
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Wouldn't it be easeyer just to use short (cut) skis with the voile touring interface for the ascent instead of a splitboard?

Also the mtnapproach.com system would do the trick, just too pricy for my taste


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Harder because I would have had to buy skiis and skins. No way I'd make my spare split board skins narrower to fit skiis. I was always wondering why someone would use those approach skiis till now.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:31 am 
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When I retire my current skins im gonna cut them down for kicker skin. If done right those could be quick and easy but much less traction.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:53 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:15 pm 
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Zude wrote:
When I retire my current skins im gonna cut them down for kicker skin. If done right those could be quick and easy but much less traction.


How would you work that? Short skins under foot? Would you still peel them?


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:40 pm 
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what about making a scale pattern in the bottom like a xc ski? ive done this with alpine touring skis with a small chisel and hammer to turn em into something along the lines of a rossignol bc 125...

could be done with a split and you'll be able to climb still, just not as steep.

wouldnt be able to ride switch but i dont think thats a concern for you

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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:47 pm 
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another ski tech i work with cut out the scale section off a xc ski, and then cut out a section of his alpine skis and epoxied the scale section into his skis. it worked just fine for mellow ups and skied good on downhills.

both techniques = climbing 20 degrees or less with no skins

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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:27 pm 
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You would still have to rip them but they would only be about a foot long. I'm thinking of these more for long mellow approaches and once the steeps start I would go back to full skins. The fish scale idea would probably work for mellow terrain, Fischers work pretty well but they can be a
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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:41 pm 
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I split a board and removed the ptex a while back. The plan is to experiment with a much deeper fish scale concept. Like three sixteenths deep. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:49 pm 
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A perfect test board.
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2011007 by Huck Pitueee, on Flickr
Split,widened and ptex removed.
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test005 by Huck Pitueee, on Flickr

Redwood mega fish scales ready for vacuumbagging to the base. Each hump has about an inch of flat for glide.
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test004 by Huck Pitueee, on Flickr
It probably won't work but it had to be tryed. Oh and she's gonna swallow ummmm... Be a swallow


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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:49 pm 
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thats beyond scales! ohhh what if it had metal edges on each scale...

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 Post subject: Re: Who's not tired of ripping skins?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:59 am 
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Doesn't anyone do the roll method?

I was introduced to that method this year and its the only way I go for packing the skins for the down. And you can literally toss them back apart at the end of each lap.

I'm not suggesting long term storage like that, but it certainly does the trick for some quick yo-yos


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