Love these skins! First few tours haven’t been too much of a test, but I’ve still really appreciated the balance of grip and glide. The attachment is super solid at the tip and tail of the ski. My only qualm was that the precuts didn’t match my black crow skis (purchased concurrently from cripple creek). I don’t trust myself to cut my skins right, but I will have to do a touch up job as the edges are completely covered by the skin.
Thanks for looking to Cripple Creek for your uphill needs! Way to grab some of the best skins to get you climbing steep skin tracks AND gliding nicely on the flats.
It definitely helps to have your edges exposed when traveling to your ski objective. We should have included a skin trim tool with your order that has a built in offset to cut the skins to the perfect width. A quick YouTube search will yield a few good videos with guides to using the tool. Otherwise, any local shop that sells ski gear will probably be able to give a hand.
I talked to Black Crows and these are equivalent to Pomoca's Free Pro 2.0. They are very light (191g for 179cm Orbs), have great glide, decent grip, and pack very small. The thin backing material makes the skins a little harder to handle than other skins like the Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glide but that is a minor annoyance for the reduced weight.
Finally got to try these after mounting some marker alpinist bindings. Nice and light combination on uphill. Skis hold turns well on firm snow and also turn nice in deep (and not so light california) fresh snow. Skins are very light with decent grip even in deep loose snow, and good glide in established tracks. Nice combination.
They are rebranded Pomoca skins. That is about all you need to know. Light, supple, good grip, decent glide and well put together. They do what they are supposed to do. You want the gear in your pack to be stuff you don't fret about it working right. These fit the bill.