Frequently asked questions
QUESTIONS RELATED TO SKINBASED™ SKIS
Is an extra flotation tip available for Skinbased™ skis or can the current ski’s tip be bent more?
No. Over the years, we have tested a wide variety of ski tips and have found the low-cut tip design, used in the current Skinbased™ collection, to be the best for skis of this type. The materials and design of all Skinbased™ skis allow for the skis to slide and lift even in heavy, difficult, and variable snow conditions. Skinbased™ skis must not be bent or modified in any way, and must not be heated or stored in the vicinity of heat sources.
My skis/ski bases received some scratches. Will this interfere with skiing?
Scratches from normal skiing are mostly cosmetic and are not harmful. If your skis have seen some very heavy use and have collected an exceptional amount of scratches on the bases, we recommend using Skinbased ski waxes or mountainFLOW’s Quick Waxes to improve glide and repair scratches.
Can the bottom and edges of the skis be grinded?
The bottom of the skis cannot be, but the edges can be. Use an edge sharpening file when necessary.
Are your ski skins made of synthetic or animal fibers?
Both! Any ski skin used in a Skinbased ™product will have a 60/40 mohair-nylon mix. This combination has been found to be the highest quality, longest lasting, and best performing under a variety of skiing conditions. Skinbased ™ climbing skins are produced in Central Europe and are cut and glued to the skis in Finland.
The mohair, a natural animal hair fiber, that we use is collected from a select group of South African goat farms that have joined together to form the collective organization, Mohair South Africa. Mohair is collected by shearing the wool from Angora goats. Mohair South Africa is assessed by the independent quality assurance company SAMIC, who inspect both the goat farms and the wool collection process. Mohair South Africa is also a member of the Textile Exchange. The Textile Exchange researches and shares best practices on cultivation, materials, processing, traceability, and product end-use to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry. Mohair exported to Europe is regulated by strict residue criteria set by ÖKO-TEX®. ÖKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a worldwide, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile products. Our ski skin’s synthetic fiber, nylon (polyamide), is made from by-products of the oil industry.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE EA BINDING
Can I install an EA Universal Binding on forest skis/backcountry skis/old Telemark skis/etc?
Yes, you can! Always check the installation instructions provided by the ski’s manufacturer regarding the binding mounting location. Also, always check to be sure you are using the appropriate length of screws for the binding installation. Before installation, read and review the binding installation instructions that come in the binding package. Take note of the narrowness/width of the ski, and use the OAC Heel Guide on narrow skis, if necessary.
How tight do I adjust the EA Universal Binding baseplate and straps?
Leave a space of 0.5-1cm between the toe of the shoe and the front of the binding. The stiffer the shoe, the looser the baseplate adjustment should be left. Also, on stiffer shoes, the adjustment straps should fit snugly, but not tight. If using a more flexible shoe, both the binding baseplate length and adjustment straps should fit slightly tighter.
A screw on my pre-installed binding does not go all the way in and/or the bottom plate of the binding is not flush to the ski. What do I do?
First, start by checking the length of the screw. Skinbased™ skis only accept 23 mm screws. Mounting holes in the ski are drilled by robot, ensuring that they are drilled in exactly the correct location and to the correct depth. At the factory, during the installation phase, screws are placed in all the ski’s screw holes. To finish tightening, use a PZ3 screwdriver. Installing the screw may require some force or pressure. If the hole in the ski does not seem to line up exactly with that in the binding base plate, slightly loosen the rear screws and realign the baseplate.
Does the EA Universal Binding withstand freezing temperatures?
The material of the EA Universal Binding is designed to be freeze-resistant. The straps can withstand temperatures down to at least -20ºC. However, it is worth noting that in these colder temperatures the plastic of the straps becomes stiffer and more brittle. After use in these low temperatures, it is important to bring your skis and bindings into room temperature conditions and allow them to dethaw.
Snow and ice is accumulating in the binding length adjuster. How can I prevent this?
The sole of your footwear may be too stiff. In cases like this, with each step, there is a lot of movement in the spring mechanism. That abundance of movement makes it possible for snow to accumulate in between the spring and the binding. In some snow conditions, this sort of snow accumulation cannot be prevented. The use of silicone spray can help to minimize this problem, as well as to reduce or eliminate squeaking sounds caused by the binding.
SUITABLE FOOTWEAR FOR EA BINDINGS AND SKINBASED™ SKI USAGE
Can I use a BC ski boot with an EA Universal Binding?
No can do. BC ski boots should be used only with BC bindings. BC boots are often too rigid and the sole material too slick to be held in place properly by our EA Universal Binding.
Can I use mountain boots with my EA Universal Binding?
Probably not. Most mountain boots have a very rigid sole which allows them to be used efficiently with crampons. The EA Universal Binding contains a hinge under the toe/ball of the foot, and the shoe should freely bend at this point to prevent the binding from breaking.
What shoes do you recommend for Skinbased™ skiing?
Flexible-soled hiking boots, winter boots and other winter footwear, duck boots, Sorel, etc. The important thing is that the sole of the shoe should be flexible and bend naturally at the toes/ball of the foot. It is good to have torsional support, especially in the ankle when skiing more difficult terrain. Still, skiing on more gradual terrain is possible with less supportive footwear. The choice of footwear is always also up to the skier and his or her skills, balance, and ability.
MAINTENANCE OF SKIS AND CLIMBING SKIN
Can I use a waxing iron to wax skis/skins?
Skinbased™ skis and skins do not need and should not be waxed using a waxing iron. The hot iron can damage the skin, its glue, and the Unicoat (UC) ski base. We recommend only liquid, cream, and paste waxes be used on our OAC UC ski bases. The UC base is very easy to maintain and does not often require time and effort for waxing. For the climbing skin, we recommend similar style, climbing skin-specific waxes and water-based treatments.
Should Skinbased™ skis be waxed before using?
No need. Skinbased™ skis are waxed at our factory and the bases and skins are ready-for-use straight from the packaging.