We’ve been playing around with a pair of Trab skis along with their dedicated skin fix system. Check it out.
|The tail fix is the heart of the system. You slide this cam lever into a slot that only Trab skis come with, tension the skin, then click it down. This shows the lever in the up position, just after sliding into the slot.|
|Rear lever down, in secured position. The lever works when oriented toward tip or tail, but is easier to flip up with your fingers when it’s oriented toward the tail. By using the cord (I added it) as a handle you can remove your the skins without taking your skis off, though I found doing so to be slightly more difficult than with systems such as the WildSnow rat tail.|
|Skin tail with system installed. I found it a bit tricky to install these myself without having done it before. Good service for a shop to offer.|
|You put the tip fix in before you do the tail. It also fits in a dedicated slot as shown in the photos above and below. I found this to be quite elegant compared to the old tip loop system. The hole in the ski has nothing to do with the skin system, it’s there for hauling the skis or building a rescue sled.|
Our take: If you choose Trab skis, you’ll find their skin fix system is adequate, if not elegant. Downside is it’s a bit fiddly,the latch is tricky to work with thick gloves or mittens, and it requires quite a bit of duct tape to use your skins on non Trab skis. Durability is unknown (we’ll report back on that next season). In all, a Wildsnow.com thumbs up.
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.