When you’re out touring on your splitboard whats the most important thing that comes to mind? Are you the type of person that just wants to go fast? If so you should look into Rando Racing. That being said if you care more about having incredible traction on the way up and ware willing to sacrifice a little bit of glide, you may want to try out a pair of the incredible new Evotec glueless climbing skins from High Trail.
If you have been following on the Mountain Weekly News over the years odds are you remember the problems I had testing another pair of “glueless” skins – the dreaded Geckos. I am happy to say that after a couple months of testing here in the Tetons the Evotec skins are holding up amazing.
I will start with what I really like about these skins. First off they are glueless making them incredibly easy to pull on and off your splitboard, and even easier to pull apart when the skins are stuck together, no more mesh needed.
One the way up it will be hard to find another pair of skins with this much traction. The Evotec skins use a silicone-based adhesion, to be honest not sure what that means, but it’s not glue and its working much better then any of the other 4 pairs of skins I am currently testing. That much I can tell you.
Another really cool and unique feature of these skins is the tip attachment, it’s truly bomber and once locked into place, the skins ain’t going anywhere. My one gripe with the tips is the fact the brand decided to print their website url on the black plastic near the attachment. I’m not really one to be a rolling billboard advertisement in the backcountry.
As I mentioned at the begging of this review, these are NOT the fastest skins. So if you are in a group trying to summit at a fast pace, you may want to go with a more traditional skin. However if you plan to skin up and then ride all the way down, I can’t think of a better skin on the market.
Cutting the skins was surprisingly simple, I’m either getting better at cutting skins or these were just really easy. I think all and all everything about the Evotec skin from High Trail makes splitboarding that much easier.
I did not use tail clips with these skins, and have yet to have them fail while touring in temperatures ranging from 20-40 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of the winter and into spring here in the Tetons. They have worked great for short tours and multi day approaches.
Overall if you are sick of your current skins, or are looking for an upgrade with great traction to assist in climbing mountains. I am 100% certain that you will benefit from using a pair of High Trail Evotec climbing skins on your next ski touring or splitboarding adventure.