A splitboard climbing skin is a two-sided material that attaches to the bottom of a splitboard ski to aid in walking uphill and prevents the hiker from sliding backward.  It works by using hooks on the tip and tail of a splitboard as well as sticky glue to hold the skin to the bottom of the splitboard ski when ascending.  On the opposite side of the splitboard skin is thousands of tiny directional hairs that grip the snow and allow the hiker to traverse uphill without sliding backward.

Ski and Splitboard skin history

It is rumored that the original skins were made from seal skin and the name stuck.

Modern Splitboard Skins

Skins today have special tip and tail clips with much better glue to keep them adhered to the base of the splitboard ski.

Types of Splitboard Skins

There are typically many types of material skins are made from today.

Splitboard Mohair Skins

Mohair skins are made from the hair of Angora gots.

Synthetic Skins

Hybrid Skins

Profoil Skins

Profoil skins are the latest technology in skins. Instead of a   They are used to increase glide and can be used up

Glueless Skins

Skin hardware

How to cut your Splitboard Skins

Splitboard Skin Care and Maintenance

The number one rule to maintaining your skins it to keep them dry.  When you return home after a day on the hill remember to pull them out of your pack and hang them up to dry out for the next day.  Leaving skins in your backpack or in your car when wet can lead to mildew that not only smells bad, and discolors skins, it can also prematurely wear out the skins. So remember to hang them up when you are done.

Second, keep your skins clean.  The synthetic material is meant to stick to the snow, well it also picks up the grim on the snow too.  Simply brushing your skins with a nylon brush in the smoot direction can keep the skins clean.  The glue side of the skin will also be picking up pine needles, twigs, and fuzz from your favorite beanie.

Wax your skins

Can you re-glue your splitboard skins?