The Profoil has a fish-scale pattern that adds traction but won't absorb water on the descent.
The Profoil has a fish-scale pattern that adds traction but won't absorb water on the descent. (Fischer Sports)

Fischer Profoil Skins

What goes up fast comes down happy

Traditional nylon and mohair skins are great for the uphill, but they have almost no glide. Which is fine if you only are going up. But, whether you’re skinning up the resort for fitness (what’s known as uphill travel, a big trend at resorts across the country) or looking for powder deep in the backcountry, most routes to the top also invariably involve flat sections of terrain or even small descents. Knowing this, Fischer’s designers decided to try something new: a climbing skin with enhanced glide. 
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If you’re like me, skinning up mountains is nothing more than a necessary annoyance when accessing back- or sidecountry powder stashes. But last winter, I started using a climbing skin that made going up almost pleasurable.

While standard skins mimic seal fur—smooth when you slide forward, grippy when you pull your ski against the snow—the Fischer Profoil takes the fishscale design that has been used on no-wax cross-country skis for decades and adapts it to alpine skins. The scaly surface offers far smoother glide and comparable bite on all kinds of snow, from icy hardpack to powder. Unlike faux-fur skins, the waterproof plastic won’t absorb moisture and get heavier as you go.

With the Profoils, I climbed faster and was less fatigued at the top. Which meant that I had more energy for fresh turns—and more time and mojo at the bottom for another lap.

$275; fischersports.com

 

From Outside Magazine, November 2015 Lead Photo: Fischer Sports
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