Gear Review: Pomoca ProSGlide TIPON Skin
After two years of testing, we are sold on Pomoca's Glueless TIPON Skin
At Cripple Creek, we have trusted Pomoca skins and their legendary swiss made glue compound for years. It sticks when you need it to, comes off your ski with ease, and leaves virtually no glue residue on the base of your ski. When they decided to release their 'glueless' offering two seasons ago, we were immediately intrigued. After two years of extensive testing, the benefits of the silicon are clear, and we have concluded that the Pomoca TIPON might very well usher in a new generation of skins. Pomoca’s TIPON technology sheds 15% weight and 40% volume over its traditional glue counterpart, and makes transitioning an absolute breeze.
Prime conditions on Buffalo Mountain for the Pomoca TIPON
The TIPON plush is the same 70% mohair/ 30% nylon mix that Pomoca uses in their ProS Glide offering. No matter the manufacturer, we have found that 70/30 mix to have the best combination of grip and glide for the majority of recreational skinning. The TIPON plush is treated with a glide treatment that is designed to increase efficiency on the skin track. After a few uses, the skin becomes remarkably soft and glides extremely well across a spectrum of conditions. The grip is also more than adequate for the majority of conditions faced on the skintrack. The only time I felt I needed more grip, were during those refrozen spring mornings where you wonder if the snow is ever going to soften up. Of course, any skin will fall short in those conditions and everyone will be relying on their trusty ski crampons.
70% Mohair, 30% Nylon (notice durability issue on edge of plush)
Glue (or Lack Thereof)
For all you chemists out there, the Pomoca Tipon technology is based on polysiloxanes. They use two types of induction, both an adhesive and a membrane bonded directly to the fabric of the skins. For all you non-chemists out there, manufacturers have realized that the majority of the ski-skin connection is from the skier weighting the camber of the ski, and so there isn’t a need for super sticky glue to keep a skin attached. So despite the silicon not being as sticky as a glue, my skins failed maybe once or twice more than they normally would over the course of the season- specifically in super cold temperatures during multi lap days. Even when they did fail, it wasn't game over. Simply scraping excess snow or re-heating on my body would do the trick before continuing on with my day. No different than a traditional glued option in my opinion. The tension from the tip/tail attachments along with weighting the camber of the ski, results in a strong connection to keep this ‘glueless’ skin ‘glued' to the base of your ski.
Silicon base = machine washable!
The TIPON comes with Pomoca’s standard, already attached, tip + tail attachments. To cut the skin to size, simply find the appropriate length skin, adjust the tension to your ski, and then trim with Pomoca’s useful skin cutter. Because the skin is thinner and the silicon less sticky than glue, the trimming process is a breeze. The tip and tail attachments are simple to use, and work on virtually all ski widths. However, if you do have an exceptionally wide or oddly shaped ski, Pomoca offers wider tip attachments. So far my only issue with the attachments has been the durability of the tail. More on that below.
Tip attachment (left); Tail attachment (right)
The downsides to this skin is the durability of the plush and tail attachments. The silicon base itself has held up well enough and is easy to keep clean and debris free thanks to the fact that these skins are completely machine washable. However, after some good use the plush started ‘unravel’ from the edge of the skin (see picture above). Pomoca manufactured this skin to be a performance offering, so if you're looking to make a purchase exclusively for durability, then the Tipon is not the choice for you. The other durability issue is with the skins tail attachment. This is a problem, albeit minor, across the board for Pomoca. The tail piece, being completely plastic is subject to cracking. The easiest solution is to slide the clip on from the side of a rounded ski and generally treat with care.
The TIPON is awesome. The weight reduction is noticeable on your feet and when it comes time to stow them away in your pack or on your person, the dexterity and reduced volume of the skins makes storage a breeze. When transitioning at the top of an exposed line or when you just want to be faster than your friend, the lack of glue makes removing the skin effortless, and your transitions much faster. In terms of performance, they grip adequately and glide phenomenally across all snow conditions. What they lack in durability, they more than make up for in weight, ease of use, and volume. Not to mention they are machine washable!
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- Thomas Bull