KOHLA climbing skins

Which ski do you have?

Where are you heading with your skis?

These are the first questions you need to ask yourself when choosing the right climbing skin for you, so that you can fully enjoy your ski tour.
There are different skin materials and adhesive technologies that have been adapted for the relevant area of use. The type of touring ski also plays a role, if you are on the way with narrow race skis, you need other skins, as a freerider with his powder slats. We will help you choose the right ski touring skin.

We will help you choose the right ski touring skin You can find an overview of the different types of KOHLA skins under the link.
For more information about climbing skins, the construction, the different types of skins and the use read on below... 

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Width: 130 mm
Ski length: 149 cm bis 155 cm
€199.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 170 cm bis 176 cm
€179.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 170 cm bis 176 cm
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Width: 135mm
Ski length: 170 cm bis 176 cm
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Width: 130mm
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Width: 120mm
€169.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 149 cm bis 155 cm
€159.90
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Width: 130mm
Ski length: 149 cm bis 155 cm
€169.90
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Width: 135mm
€179.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 156 cm bis 162 cm
€149.90
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Width: 62mm
€109.90
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Width: 110m
Ski length: 156 cm bis 162 cm
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Width: 135mm
Ski length: 156 cm bis 162 cm
€199.90
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Width: 135 mm
Ski length: 163 cm bis 169 cm
€159.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 125 cm bis 134 cm
€99.90
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Width: 59mm
€109.90
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Width: 120mm
Ski length: 170 cm bis 176 cm
€139.90
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Width: 135mm
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Width: 135mm
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Width: 130mm
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Width: 130mm
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Width: 120 mm
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KOHLA Vertical Steigfell am Ski

What is a climbing skin anyway?

A climbing skin is attached to the underside of touring skis, allowing them to climb in the snow without sliding back. In doing so, however, they allow the ski to continue sliding forward. Climbing skins therefore provide grip and ensure that a ski tour is possible in the first place, you do not want to trudge through the snow, but just hike up the mountain with the skis. 

KOHLA skins for touring skis are still made of real fur. This comes from the Angora goat and provides the perfect conditions to be stretched under the touring skis. The hair of the Angora goat, the so-called mohair, is hollow inside and thus offers excellent properties. It protects against moisture, glides well and is also extremely light. In some Kohla skins, a mixture of real fur and synthetic fibers is also used (Mixmohair). Mixmohair also has excellent gliding properties when climbing. You can find more information about climbing skins here! 

How is a climbing skin constructed?

A climbing skin usually consists of three components. The actual skin, the carrier system and an adhesive layer (also called adhesive surface), which ensures that the climbing skin sticks to the ski. In addition, there is the tensioning system for attaching the skin to the touring ski or splitboard. The skin While today synthetic fibers are also used in ski skins, it was different in the past. Thus, the fur of seals was particularly suitable to be able to ascend with skis. In other regions, all kinds of natural skins with mostly relatively short hairs were used. Today, KOHLA skins for touring skis still use real fur. This comes from the Angora goat and provides the perfect conditions to be stretched under the touring skis. The hair of the Angora goat, the so-called mohair, is hollow inside and thus offers excellent properties. It protects against moisture, glides well and is also extremely light. In some Kohla skins, a mixture of real fur and synthetic fibers is also used (Mixmohair). Mixmohair also has excellent gliding properties when climbing. 

The substrate material

The skin, as the bottom layer, is applied to a carrier material. Two different technologies are used at KOHLA:

Fiber Seal Technology

Fiber Seal technology was developed by KOHLA and is characterized by the fact that it is waterproof and so well protected from moisture, as well as very dimensionally stable. Therefore, the climbing skins are particularly suitable for demanding conditions that require a robust skin.

Basic Layer System

The Basic Layer carrier system is made of a cotton-polyester blend, is also robust and provides tremendous waterproofing. The adhesive layer or bonding surface To ensure that the skin sticks to the base of the ski or splitboard and that no snow gets between the skin and the gliding surface of the touring ski, an adhesive ensures that the ski touring skin stays in place. Kohla uses the proven Hotmelt adhesive, which is above all flexible and universally applicable. The Smart Glue adhesive surface, newly developed by Kohla, is very easy to use, holds the skin securely to the ski, which can nevertheless be easily removed again when skinning.

KOHLA Alpinist Steigefell orange

The clamping system

In order for the ski skin to be attached to the ski, the glue alone is not enough. A tensioning system has a bracket holding system at the front, which is hooked onto the tip of the touring ski or splitboard. At the rear of the tensioning system, the Elastic Strap ensures that the skin can also be fixed there, so that it can not slip off during ascent. The rear, as well as the front part can be individually adapted to a wide variety of skis and splitboards. 

Three different attachment systems for the ski touring skin There are basically three different attachment systems for attaching the climbing skin to the touring ski.  Fast-In (fixed, adaptation to the width of the ski, inexpensive) Adaptable attachment system (attachment option at the front depending on the ski, e.g. with hole or slot) Adaptable attachment system with Multi-Clip-System (more flexible system with individual adaptation at the front and back, Elastic Strap).

Using the Kohla climbing skins

From the first contact with the skin to the use on the ski tour to the storage in summer and care, there are a lot of things to consider. In our product videos, blog stories and FAQs there are extensive explanations on how to use your climbing skins. We'll briefly touch on a few points:

Preparing the climbing skins

Before the skin can be used, it must be prepared accordingly. First, it is cut to fit the ski exactly. Then it is impregnated. This not only makes the ski skins faster, but also prevents the snow from sticking to the climbing skin, the so-called "clogging", and it also improves the gliding properties. 

Before the ski tour

When attaching the climbing skin, the skinning, to the touring ski or splitboard, the ski base must be free of surface wax, dirt or oil. Now attach the front hook to the tip and firmly brush the skin from the front to the end with an even distance from the edges and attach to the end of the ski, depending on the system. 

Use during ski touring

When touring, make sure that the skin only comes into contact with snow and regularly check the tensioning system. Before starting the descent, remove the skins. When de-skinning the climbing skin models with the Hotmelt glue, a plastic layer must be applied to the glue before rolling it in to prevent it from sticking. Models with Smart Glue technology can be skinned without a protective intermediate layer, but it is still recommended with a release liner.

KOHLA Freeride Steigfell abfellen am Berg

Wie lange hält ein Skifell?

Es kommt ganz darauf an, wie oft ihr "auf Skitour" geht. Seid ihr ein Genuss-Tourengeher, der am Feierabend oder am Wochenende eine Pistentour absolviert - oder sportlichambitoniert seid und sammelt kräftig Höhenmeter. Auch der Einsatzort spielt eine Rolle. Eisige 

Ein Fell ist ein Gebrauchsartikel der sich entsprechend abnutzt im laufe der Zeit. Ein grober Richtwert sind drei bis fünf Winter, das entspricht ca. 150.000 Höhenmeter an Aufstiegen. Man kann es sich also selbst ausrechnen, wie lange das Tourenfell "hält".

Um die Lebensdauer eures Skifells zu verlängern, ist die Pflege maßgeblich.

Mehr zum Thema Fellpfelge erfahrt im unserem Blog Artikel.

Further information

You don't have all your questions answered yet or you don't know which skin is the right one for you? With our skin finder we help you to find the right Kohla product for you. You can find even more answers in our service videos, where we not only introduce you to the different touring ski skins and stirrup systems, but also show you how to cut and care for your new skin yourself.