I put the Colltex Mix Skins through the wringer, from powder to rain. They performed marvelously well considering the conditions; even when wet, the grip was incredible and they picked up little snow.
Colltex Mix Skins Review
For this test, I took the Colltex Mix Skins to the Tetons in search of icy skins tracks, crusty sidehills, and elusive patches of soft snow. Moving between these different snow surfaces, the mohair blend on the Colltex Mix Skin gave me a significant grip and glide at all times. Only on icy switchbacks did they have a tendency to slip. Full mohair skins degrade faster than nylon ones, but the 35% nylon in the pile helps them hold up to scrapes over chunky ice, exposed logs, and lava rock.
Colltex is not well known in North America, but its growing popularity in Europe and their high-tech design may quickly bring them into the spotlight in the States. Though they are a bit of work right out of the box (you have to cut the skins to size then rivet the nose clips into place), their performance pays off immediately. Each skin has a waterproof membrane that keeps the glue from failing and the bottom from picking up snow. My only gripes are that they do not manufacture splitboard tail clips and that the standard glue does not hold up well, so the skin saver mesh must always be used. In most of the out-of-season conditions I’ve seen recently that is no problem, but I envision issues at the top of a windy ridge in my future.
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When the only real problem with skins is the lack of a tail clip, it says something about quality. Colltex has many solid design ideas and decades of experience building high-class skins. Though it is an old brand in Europe, Colltex could be an exciting new brand in America, so get ahead of the curve and grab a pair online. The way this winter is looking, it might be good to have a set of skins in your backpack that tears up all types of snow.