Cannatonic wrote:interesting test! I like the shot of one ski on each foot - some hardcore testing! yes, leave the klister in the depths of history where it belongs. Your experiment was brave but sort of like infecting yourself with a disease.
In my experience the Asnes skin system is ideal for taking on a trip like this. The only time scales are preferable IMO is when you're yo-yo'ing slopes for turns or on a tour with steep downhills mixed in. I don't think the skins will stay on long while making downhill turns.
you like the full-length 45mm, wait till you try it shortened to the heel plate, the glide is way better. It pays to have a few of these skins. I've used the 35mm nylon ones shortened to the heel w/ Gamme and it worked great. I left my 45mm nylon full-length in case I need to climb something steep w/ the Gamme. Mohair skins would be better for cold snow.
PS, you can also use Swix F4 to wax skins. I tried the skin protector made by Colltex but it has a nasty chemical smell to it, I think I'll try the Nikwax product next time.
This is all great advice, thanks. I do not have nylon XSkins inbound... hmmm, maybe I should order some up from Neptune. I love the E99's, crown and all. I know you said they were a bit slow and I get that with the rocker on firm surface, but they have been a pleasure to me on soft wet snow noodling around the woods here in NH. Fast and light. But if I'm going somewhere for several days, GAMME 54 baby!