In comparing climbing skin options available this year, I came across a website called: I am wondering if anyone has heard of this new skin company? From their website they seem to have high quality skins at a very good price. I thought this would be worth mentioning and hearing some feedback.

The company was founded in 2005 by former Ascension employees, which are known as very dependable and durable skins but what is really surprising is their very low price ($89 for their simple skins up to 130mm width!). The brief explanation on the FAQ page claims that this is a result of selling direct with no retail markup, and cutting out all unnecessary packaging and extra accessories. Seems like good skins from a company with a simple and honest business style.......they’re still getting their website up it appears, but any other info on these guys is appreciated.

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Posted by on Wednesday, 01 November, 2006 at 07:25 AM

Thanks for letting us know about the site Peter. I took a look around their pages. The fact that they are guys from Ascension who have a good reputation should give purchasers some confidence in the business and quality of the product. For my next skins I was considering just buying the material by the meter from the role and getting a pair of Top-Fix clips. CSD seems to be a good alternative to this approach.

The cutting tools and fripperies sold with Ascension skins are not worthwhile and why not add a stuff sack as an extra for those who need them?

My colleague Jeroen, from French Website: tells me we should look at climbing skins as a commodity and essential running cost of our hobby rather than as a capital investment. His point is that nothing ruins a day’s touring faster than skins that won’t stay stuck. Jeroen firmly believes in a regular renewal cycle for skins, say every couple of years or 100,000 meters of vertical. Only at 120 Euros ($150) a pop this is a bit hard to take. Maybe CSD is an answer?

It is probably not economical to ship them outside of North America though.

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 01 November, 2006  at 02:54 PM

Pretty good at the moment with the dollar value as it is. Ordering a few pairs of skins would be great value for a pooled order. I had a delivery last week from US - 4lbs weight, through Fed-Ex on a 3-5 day service for 38 dollars. (VAT at 17.5% is payable on the value of the goods though, plus a bit of duty)

Posted by  on  Wednesday, 01 November, 2006  at 06:47 PM

Shipping charges are getting better. I bought a pair of skis from the excellent Telemark Pyrenees. I think shipping was around 8 euros.  Now it is a 50km round trip to my nearest town, about an hour and a half drive and I would have to pay a euro to park so looking at things that way the shipping charge is pretty reasonable. Even Conrad in Germany only charges 15 Euros to ship to France. That said I don’t want all my local shops to disappear so I try to strike a balance.

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 01 November, 2006  at 06:52 PM
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