Rated 4 out of 5 by Burt Satisfied with reservations.
Loved these kicker skins. Lightweight and good glide. However, the metal device lets snow get between it and the ski which then acts as a brake when striding and gliding. I solved this by strapping the metal front of the skin to the shovel of the ski that is off the snow. Then all worked great.
February 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Drew Pretty Good
These seem to work fairly well on not too steep slopes where you don't need full skins.
Three minor concerns:
1. Got only one cheater sheet that is not the full length of the kicker skin. If it were at least the full length, I could cut it in two and fold the skin back on itself with the cheater sheet in between. I don't like to fold it on itself without the cheater as I think it shortens glue life and makes them harder to use.
2. The directions are for full skins, not the kicker skins.
3. No cutter included to trim the skin as is provided with full skins.
February 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Susan Kicker Skins arrived in unworkable condition
I bought the 95mm Glidelite mohair mix kicker skins for use w/ AT ski/Dynafit setup for low angle ski touring. The skins didn't work since the metal piece wasn't flush with the bottom of the ski- snow kept getting underneath the skin- a major inconvenience on a long ski tour. I would not recommend purchasing unless you make sure BD has solved this problem or you want to put a curve in the piece yourself.
March 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Steve A very useful product, but designed incorrectly.
Wide kicker skins like these can be used to climb virtually any slope, as long as you're not trying to follow someone else's steep skin track. They are easier to carry and to use than full skins. But, the steel front cap is not bent sufficiently to form a good seal from snow on the front of the skin and a plug of snow will form right on the front. Bend it more, or even junk the cap and straps, use a thin plastic cap and let the glue hold the skin to the ski.
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by sheli Great for nordic backcountry climbing
Put these on my nordic bc skis for ease of climbing up a sustained climb. I love them!! They fit my skis perfectly, just had to trim the length. I used them to climb singletrack; they held perfectly and I just marched up the mountain, whereas before I was slipping, even with the fish scales. I highly recommend these!
March 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by glade Skins work very well on moderate slopes, easy to use and carry
I see that one user had the rivets pull out that attach the buckle to the skin. My wife and I have not had that problem with ours. We recommend the use of a cheat sheet with them, Otherwise when its 5 degrees F. or below and the sticky sides of the skins are stuck to one another then It is very hard to pull them apart from one another. Other wise they have worked well for us. perhaps it was cold and that's why the rivets pulled out with the other guy. Or maybe they were just a bad pair.
February 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by gary Serious flaw in design
I bought the 50mm to use for skinning South of Teton Pass (mostly flat). The skins adhered very well to my skis (86cm underfoot) and offered good kick and glide ratio. The skin's flaw is in a weak place where the skin fabric is connected to the buckle in the front. The very first time I pulled the skin from the the skis, it tore off completely from the buckle. Clearly, the two rivets that hold it on are not enough or the fabric is too weak relative to the adhesive.
The shop where I bought them gave me a full refund, but I must say am disappointed with the design flaw.
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Charles Great value and versatility
These skins offer great value and fit on any length of ski and a variety of widths. They are 75% as effective as full length skins at half the weight. They pack into a package the size of a small grapefruit.
December 26, 2013