I love my job. Summer does go a bit slow sometimes, but come October and November my perspective shifts. Little things that seemed like nothing a few weeks ago loom in my mind as big as our sled loads last spring on Denali. Speaking of which, after the life changing experience of live blogging an Alaskan expedition, I’ll admit my mundane office and workshop have been a bit hard to transition back to.
But I feel the sap rising. Emails are going out to gear companies. Boot fitting equipment mods are in the works. Ski bindings are on order for review. Shoot, we even went skiing the other day!
Dynafit skins, for example. The glue on my old pair of Speedskins (the ones for my Manaslus) is worn out, and the fur isn’t doing much better than the before photo in a Rogain report. That’s after a ton of use, so no fault of Dynafit. But new fur was required.
A shiny new pair of Speedskins arrived yesterday, pre-cut to width and length for my trusty ‘Slus, and sporting Dynafit’s latest tip and tail attachments. Check ’em out.
All skin attachment systems have their pros and cons. Black Diamond, G3 and K2 (among others) allow for tightening of the tip/tail attachment. That helps absorb skin stretch and solidifies your attachment if your glue is wet or old. Dynafit’s system is super easy to remove, you just kneel down and pull the front tab, but it doesn’t allow for any length adjustment. I find the Dynafit system to be super fast on and off, and rarely need a length tweak; but once in a while I miss being able to tighten up the length.
I’ll do a glide test on these things in a few days. They’re probably made by Pomoca in Switzerland (or Coltex as Dynafit says they are) and appear to be mohair or a nylon/mohair mix that’s mostly mohair (I used the Bic lighter test to be sure). Pomoca’s mix is 70% mohair; I’d guess that’s what these are. Euros like skins that glide, so I figure Dynafit Speedskins probably slide just fine but it’ll be interesting to compare to the older ones. Dynafit says these skins have unprecedented icing resistance. That’ll be interesting to check out as well. Words are one thing, iced up skins quite another.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.