Rated 5 out of 5 by Dominik Useful!
We recently used these to access a remote ice climb. We skied in pretty far with moderately heavy packs, but on terrain that was not steep. The kicker skins provided enough traction so we weren't thrashing around and slipping with our heavy packs, but they still gave us some glide so we didn't have excessive drag, as we would have had with full skins, which would have been overkill.
April 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jonathan Plate design
I have used BD kicker skins for decades. The most recent pair, the metal plate was not quite curved enough which allowed snow to get forced under the plate. Had to take them on a vice an increase the bend. Now they are fine
March 11, 2015
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