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    So I've been thinking of buying some new skin for my new ski. Has any body used or have a pair of climbing skins Direct? The price is right and there made in the Good old USofA which is good. They would be used on a new pair of Moment Bibbys. I like the look of the tail attachment for a twin tip ski and for the moment square nose and tail. Any info would be great

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    I bought some skins from them a couple of years ago. They work fine, but I found them to be a bit heavy and the glue gave up the ghost really quickly. I did, however, like the tail hook and the tip loop. I'm on BD skins now, and am much happier with their all-around performance.

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    • #3
      That's good info thanks Crowbar. When you say glue gave up did it give up after one season of use?

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        The glue was good for 2 seasons. It was weird though: they went from super sticky to dead in a short time, and I did not contaminate the glue too badly with foreign objects...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crowbar View Post
          The glue was good for 2 seasons. It was weird though: they went from super sticky to dead in a short time, and I did not contaminate the glue too badly with foreign objects...
          You might try ironing the old glue as Rick, owner of CSD describes and suggests. I tried this on some ancient, purple, Ascension skins that would not even stick to themselves anymore and it perked that old glue up considerably. They were pretty far gone, though, so the ironing effect did not last more than a season. I ended up replacing them with CSD skins, which I am still using. Gotta love the chipmunk pelt-themed pattern on CSD skins; one reason I went with that brand.

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          • #6
            Good advice Hindfoot. I had forgotten about the ironing trick, so I will try it.

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            • #7
              Ya that chipmunk is great, it's all so one of the reasons I'm thinking of going with CDS.
              Hindfoot how are the CDS working for you?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rads63 View Post
                Ya that chipmunk is great, it's all so one of the reasons I'm thinking of going with CDS.
                Hindfoot how are the CDS working for you?
                They work fine, lots of grip. When new they soaked up lots of water from our wet coastal snow and had zero glide, even though they are advertised to have exceptional glide. I tried the hard wax they sent with the skins, but even applying it to the dry skins, they still got wet. What worked is applying some Nikwax Tent and Gear water repellant, which keeps them dry and then they have some glide. CSD is located in Jackson Hole, so they probably don't see much wet snow. Rick at CSD was very helpful with this and one other issue. I only have one season on them so far. The adhesive seems strong still, and does not seem to have diminished in stickiness yet that I can notice.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hindfoot View Post
                  They work fine, lots of grip. When new they soaked up lots of water from our wet coastal snow and had zero glide, even though they are advertised to have exceptional glide. I tried the hard wax they sent with the skins, but even applying it to the dry skins, they still got wet. What worked is applying some Nikwax Tent and Gear water repellant, which keeps them dry and then they have some glide. CSD is located in Jackson Hole, so they probably don't see much wet snow. Rick at CSD was very helpful with this and one other issue. I only have one season on them so far. The adhesive seems strong still, and does not seem to have diminished in stickiness yet that I can notice.
                  Good info, would you recommend them to a friend? Have you tried the tip attachment on the tail as well,like for twin tip skis.

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                  • #10
                    Yup, especially if the friend liked the chipmunk skin pattern, though they do have at least one more pattern, too. They seem to be good quality, as do the folks at CSD. Can't say if the skins are especially heavy or light, but the rubber/metal device that keeps them tight is pretty beefy. I first put this tightener at the front, so the curve of the tip would keep it out of the snow. The tightener is long enough that it allowed some snow to work under the skins at the front, so I switched it to the back, where it works better. Even though the folded end of the skin is closer to the snow, being in back the snow does not get scooped under the skin. The skis I trimmed them to fit are not twin tips, but the tails do rise up a bit, and this bit is enough to keep the tightener clear of the snow. On twin tips this would work even better, I would think. They offer a couple of widths of loop attachments for the non tightener end and for the tightener itself, so you can get the best fit. Call or email them at CSD and they will answer your questions.

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                    • #11
                      Copy that, hindfoot lots of good info thanks

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                      • #12
                        I too like the chipmunk pelt skins...thinking about trying them this season.

                        And, I take comfort in the following (from CSD website): "All chipmunk pelts are taken from chipmunks that died of natural causes. It is a solemn and respectful process."
                        Last edited by shoestring; 4 December 2013, 04:38 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by shoestring View Post
                          I too like the chipmunk pelt skins...thinking about trying them this season.

                          And, I take comfort in the following (from CSD website): "All chipmunk pelts are taken from chipmunks that died of natural causes. It is a solemn and respectful process."
                          Comforting indeed[sarcasm], funny and creative also, but those gear-chewing camp-rats do not deserve such respect.

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