Splitboard sk ins are indispensable accessories for splitboarding, enabling you to grip snow-covered surfaces on the way up and enjoy the ride to the full. Choosing the right sealskins depends on a number of essential criteria, such as material type, compatibility with the board, and conditions of use. Seal skins must offer an optimum combination of grip, glide and durability to maximize performance on the mountain.

Types of Splitboard sealskins

Mohair sealskins are renowned for their excellent glide, making them ideal for extended, less strenuous ascents. Made from the wool of angora goats, mohair is light and glides well on snow. However, it can be less durable than synthetic skins. Nylon sealskins offer better grip and durability, making them suitable for more technical terrain and difficult conditions. They are more resistant to wear, but may offer slightly less glide than mohair. Mixed mohair-nylon skins combine the advantages of both materials, offering a good compromise between glide, grip and durability, and are often preferred by riders looking for versatile performance.

Technical features to consider

When purchasing splitboard skins, there are several technical features to consider to ensure an optimal experience. Compatibility with the splitboard is paramount: skins must fit the size and shape of the board. Many skins come with cutting systems for a customized fit. Binding systems are also crucial. Front and rear fasteners must be strong and easy to use, even when wearing gloves. Sturdy, adjustable fastening systems ensure that skins stay securely in place throughout the climb.

Grip and glide are two essential aspects to be balanced according to snow conditions and terrain. For steep and icy terrain, maximum grip is necessary, while for gentler ascents, better glide is advantageous for saving energy. Anti-boot treatments are also important to avoid snow accumulation under the skins, which can reduce climbing efficiency. Some models include specific treatments to improve moisture resistance and prevent kicking.

Care and use

To maximize the longevity and performance of sealskins, regular maintenance is essential. After each use, we recommend that you dry them properly to prevent mildew and skin sticking. Avoid exposing them directly to sources of intense heat, such as a radiator, to preserve the adhesive properties and structure of the fibers. When storing, use the nets or protective sheets supplied to prevent the skins from sticking together.

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