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Many years ago tried trekking in Pyrenees with hired totally unsuitable XC fishscale skis (too narrow). Luckily we were carrying light, smallish, fairly cheap snowshoes of T-section aluminium which were great in all except softest snow and good for quite steep slopes....apparently the local guides sometimes cut teeth in the bottom of the T for ascending hard surfaces.
i also remember a friend screwed hers on at the back when she traversene Greenland in case the glue gave up. So be prepared
I've done the sensible thing and ordered some 50mm nylons from Braemar, with tail attachments too in case of mild glue issues.
I don't know why they are so expensive though, they must mass produce the stuff and I'm not even buying 0.2 square metres of it.
> I don't know why they are so expensive though, they must mass produce the stuff and I'm not even buying 0.2 square metres of it.
I think ski skins are relatively speaking rather specialist. Most XC skiers will have never heard of them, it's really just the skimo market and very specialist touring. As I said you can buy XC skis, boots binding and poles in all big Finnish supermarkets, the cheap sets for less than €100, but there might have been three or four shops in the country selling ski skins. Back when I ski toured in Scotland in 90s I reckon there were 2 or 3 places in the UK that sold them.
Of course skimo is becoming way more popular in the Alps and N America, but gear prices have been coming down a bit in relation to this I think.
When I was a poor student I justified the price by comparing the N° of days touring during the life of a pair of skins compared to the price of lift tickets - I think at the time a pair of 50mm Colltex skins was equivalent to 3 or 4 day tickets at Glenshee or Cairngorm
I always find the price surprising though. And bejeesus - the price at Braemar! Buy them in Finland
https://www.xxl.no/search?q=Colltex - xxl in norway
They are actually about £1 more expensive from XXL than Braemar. I don't think there's any way around it
Have you tried Conrad sports?
Possibly too late for you but I'm selling a pair of Colltex mohair skins for £55. They are brand new in box , 180cm x 68 mm.
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