lit a spark in my brain and I went out in the shop to see what I had to bring it to life.
The material is called Biothane (Rubber coated nylon webbing) and is used on all kinds of gear. I had a roll of it that was the perfect width for the slot in my S-Bound 112s. This of course is just step one, but it works quite well. The hole punch made quick work of the notches and a run through the sewing machine (not your Grandma's) and I had the attachment hardware for an "Almost EZ Skin". The loop allows you to get a quick grip on it, but isn't necessary. The next step would be to sew the Climbing Skin to the Biothane, which would take all of 30 seconds. Cutting the skin to shape will be 90% of the work.
The scrap was from an old Ascension climbing skin, so I don't know if they are thicker than what is offered now or not. To get it through the ski I had to buzz off the nap on the skin. I'll cut it with a trimmer next time.
The cost is whatever the Skin material costs. If you want 100% Mohair you can have it. If you want a longer skin, you can. Full width...no problem. Money savings is a possibility, but if you found EZ Skins on sale I doubt you could beat that price. I have the industrial sewing machine and the Biothane on hand, so I don't have to source those.
I can purchase full width, 100% Mohair skin, in the same length as Fischer provides, for under $50. Some more durable blends with the latest and greatest adhesives and technology run about 25% more.
Right now I am thinking of going with the Mohair. Other options are more durable and climb better, but I am old and slow, and unlikely to attempt any really steep skinning expeditions. I am also no going to be out on a daily basis, so at most I will probably put 10-20 days on the skins per year.
I make stuff for a living (and I used to design equipment in my past life as a Mechanical Engineer/Machinery Designer), so it comes second nature to make what I can with the resources I have. It really only takes a few minutes to put them together, so I figured why not.
Not the best picture, but this a pack I built a few years ago. I made everything except the Belt. Based on a Kifaru pack, which would have cost north of $600.
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I'm going to go with Mohair from Kohla. I figure I have scales for when the snow is warm and wet, but might need the extra grip when it is cold and dry. At least that is my understanding of the shortcoming of a scaled ski.
I am going to get the skin ordered and should have it assembled shortly.