POMOCA CLIMB PRO S- GLIDE TIPON

MAKE ROOM FOR NEW SKINS. BUT NOT MUCH ROOM.

Backpacker - - EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS -

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 lay­ered on top like a sand­wich—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 wash all the pine nee­dles, dirt, and dog hair off, but su­per­hero strength is not re­quired to sep­a­rate the skins. On tours, testers praised the S- Glides’ happy medium be­tween glide and grip. And de­spite the lack of glue, we never had one come un­stuck.

Start­ing at $210; about 1 lb. per pair; 100mm, 120mm, 140mm; pomoca.com

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