lilcliffy wrote:I am interested in what all of your locals are using for touring? Is your wife on the cutting edge with her skin-skis- are many others using skin skis- or, are most using grip wax?
Hello! Yes, my wife is very fast on skis, I'm not sure they touch the snow.
As for skins it's partly a generational thing. My ex landlady is in her 60s and a waxing pro. A drive to the mountains at the end of the work day, early on a Friday, at the weekends, is just what everyone does. Get out of the car, have a little chat about wax with a stranger, off you go, dodge the reindeer, lovely.
The serious hiking in the mountains community is pretty definitely skin-oriented, there's no question about that, though. I've had two long discussions in the past two days about the merits of X-Skins, specifically. Skins are basically tools, and they're extremely convenient.
I really wish I'd got wise to this earlier.