What is a ski skin?
The plush offers GRIP and GLIDE to the skin. These characteristics vary depending on the material used (nylon, mixed or mohair) and the way the fibers are woven (thicker or thinner, longer or shorter, more or less angled). Normally, a skin that GLIDEs more, GRIPs less.
These treatments provide waterproofing for fibers, which is key to preventing snow clumps from forming. Wet fibers can freeze with a change in temperature. When the fibers freeze they attract snow which sticks to the skin, forming clumps. They also give the color to the skins and help with fixing the fibers to the angle/backing, which is why it is important for durability and GLIDE/GRIP.
EVER DRY 3.0 represents our largest step forward with respect to the environment: this is the first skin treatment on the market which does not contain any perfluorocarbon, a chemical found to be harmful to the environment. In 2020, the EVER DRY 3.0 will be used to treat all POMOCA skins, making this the first PFC-Free skins brand!
Thanks to the exclusive GLIDE process, ski tourers get extra glide with less effort. This treatment, which is applied at the end of the production process and to the entire length of the fiber, makes the skin glide and resist moisture more effectively. Skins with GLIDE offer an effective process for the entire life of the skin, and unique antiglopping performance.
Good climbing grip is very important. So POMOCA has developed a combination of materials and weaving techniques to combine glide and durability with gripping power. Proper alignment and the fiber attachment systems make POMOCA skins very stable under all conditions and for the entire life of the skin.
The lining prevents water transfer from the plush to the adhesive. A lining that is not waterproof causes dampness on the adhesive and reduces its tack (stickiness). The adhesive could come away from the skin and stick to the ski. A quality lining guarantees the correct functioning of the adhesive and also increases resistance to the skin tearing.
Exclusive to POMOCA, SAFER SKIN is a 100% waterproof membrane that completely blocks the absorption of moisture and guarantees good glue performance on a dry base. What’s more, SAFER SKIN offers excellent tear resistance and ease of handling. It is very easy to trim the skin, and it remains 100% waterproof after cutting.
The adhesive attaches the skin to the ski. In cold and wet conditions, adhesion may be difficult: in general, the adhesives do not perform well in water or cold, as it is harder for them to stick in a wet environment (mist or heat in spring/damp snow) or in the cold.