Things in your pack that are larger than a pair of folded Climb Pro S-Glide TIPON skins: a Nalgene, a bundled-up extra layer, half a hoagie. No matter how overstuffed our packs, we always found room for the S-Glides.“These skins pack small enough to fit inside my external hand pockets,” one tester says. “No more stuffing cold, wet skins inside my shell’s cocoon of warmth.”
The trick behind the packability? No glue. The new TIPON technology uses a high-performance silicone (polysiloxane) instead. The felt-like fabric (70 percent mohair, 30 percent nylon) is impregnated with the silicone—rather than spread on top—making the S-Glides more compact and pliable than skins with glue. Bonus: Silicone’s tackiness isn’t affected by temperature or UV. So, not only can you machine-wash all the pine needles, dirt, and dog hair off, but superhero strength is not required when ripping the skins apart. On tours, testers praised the S-Glide’s happy medium between glide and grip. And despite the lack of glue, we never had one come unstuck.
Comes in 100mm, 120mm, and 140mm sizes.