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Kastle FX Climbing Skins

Photograph By Dana Allen

Due out next fall, the Kastle FX climbing skins are 70 percent mohair, 30 percent synthetic. They use what Kastle calls Octopus Skin glueless adhesion technology consisting of microscopic suction cups that stick to ski bases. Unlike other glueless technology out there which relies on chemical adhesion, the FXs are mechanical. Got them dirty? Rinse them off with water or rub them with the microfiber cloth provided as part of the skin bag. For the moment this technology is only for the Kastle FX line of skis. [$249 - 289, depending on ski width, kaestle-ski.com].