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Contour Hybrid Mohair Review

All-around skins optimized for the dedicated user that prioritizes glide and has the bandwidth for periodic maintenance
contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review
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Price:  $230 List
Manufacturer:   Contour
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 2, 2022
60
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#8 of 12
  • Glide - 30% 8.0
  • Portability - 20% 4.0
  • Glue Integrity - 20% 7.0
  • Grip - 15% 5.0
  • Icing/Glopping Resistance - 10% 3.0
  • Compatibility - 5% 7.0

Our Verdict

Contour's Hybrid Mohair skins bring the unique glue that we have tested for a long time to a full, easy-gliding mohair fabric side. The "glue" is contentious among testers, both within the GearLab team and all over the internet and skin tracks. It works great when clean. Normal use, though, contaminates it in such a way that it degrades more rapidly than others do. Others hold out longer, but require lengthy glue replacement. Contour's Hybrid glue degrades sooner but requires just a quick wiped cleaning to renew. Choose your path; regular, short maintenance with the Contour Hybrid skins or less frequent, more involved maintenance with others.
REASONS TO BUY
Fast glide
Reliable
Easy release glue
REASONS TO AVOID
Compromised traction
Glue requires regular maintenance
Editor's Note: We tested the Hybrid Mohair skins during the winter of '21-'22 and prepared the review for your viewing in the Autumn of 2022.

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Pros Fast glide, reliable, easy release glueLight, fast gliding, enough grip, optimized glue, universal tip and tailLight, fast, compactAll around performance, huge size range availableWell-balanced in all attributes, great glue
Cons Compromised traction, glue requires regular maintenanceMohair blend will wear out faster than all nylon, harder to find than other brandsCompromised grip, compromised durabilityCompromised glide when new, limited availability at times and placesExpensive, require ongoing periodic maintenance
Bottom Line All-around skins optimized for the dedicated user that prioritizes glide and has the bandwidth for periodic maintenanceThe best climbing skins on the market, they strike all the right balancesFast gliding skins for cold snow and accomplished skinners, the super compact, light form makes your huge skis more manageableBudget friendly high performance skins for every backcountry skierThese walk a tightrope, yielding a product that is fully balanced right at the performance point that our experience suggests is ideal
Rating Categories Contour Hybrid Mohair Pomoca Climb Pro S... Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Pomoca Climb 2.0 Contour Hybrid Mix
Glide (30%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
Portability (20%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Glue Integrity (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Grip (15%)
5.0
7.0
4.0
8.0
5.0
Icing/Glopping Resistance (10%)
3.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
Compatibility (5%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Contour Hybrid Mohair Pomoca Climb Pro S... Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Pomoca Climb 2.0 Contour Hybrid Mix
Measured Weight 1.36 lbs 1.23 lbs 1.09 lbs 0.99 lbs 1.21 lbs
Material 100% Mohair 70% Mohair and 30% Nylon 100% Mohair 70% mohair 30% Nylon 70% Mohair, 30% Synthetic
Weight Per Pair 619g for Elan Ripstick 106 558g for Salomon MTN Explore 95. 587g for 183 Black Crows Corvus Freebird 496g for 180cm Kastle TX 103 448g for Dynastar M99 Tour 551 for Blizzard Zero G, 654g for 178 Voile Hyperdrifter
Weight per ski width. Very rough calculation. (grams/mm) 5.8 5.9 4.8 4.5 5.3
Glue Hybrid glue technology Traditional Traditional Traditional Hybrid glue technology
Tip Attachment Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop
Tail Attachment Vinyl strap and cam hook Rubber strap and cam hook Rubber strap and cam hook rubber strap and cam hook Vinyl strap and cam hook
Ski Compatibility Universal Universal Universal Universal Universal
Precut Option? Order for length and approximate width, cut to lateral shape Order for length and approximate width, cut to lateral shape Order for length and approximate width, cut to lateral shape Order for length and approximate width, cut to lateral shape Order for length and approximate width, cut to lateral shape

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Contour Hybrid Mohair skins have full mohair plush and Contour's unique "hybrid" glue technology. This is a good combination for cold-climate skiers that are willing to do some skin maintenance in exchange for easy-peeling skin performance.

Performance Comparison


contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - pay attention to the surroundings, not to your skin performance. if...
Pay attention to the surroundings, not to your skin performance. If you can execute some short, periodic maintenance, the Contour Hybrid Mohair is great.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Glide


Full mohair skins glide the best, all else equal. The orange nap of the Contour Hybrid Mohair is entirely made of goat fur and glides very well. We like easy gliding skins and you will too. Contour's all-around mohair skins aren't quite as slippy as skimo race formulations, but they are close enough. These won't hold you back, except where you want them to.

Portability


Maybe it is the "Hybrid" glue, but these don't feel as light and compact as we'd expect from full mohair skins. They are fairly pliable, but certainly not super thin. In terms of weight, they sit just on the heavy side of the average portion of the range.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - they aren't the lightest skins available. these skins are cut for...
They aren't the lightest skins available. These skins are cut for skis 105mm underfoot and 180cm long. Other skins in this size range can get as light as 550g.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Glue Integrity


The internet is full of conflicting reports on the integrity of Contour's Hybrid glue. We contributed to that mucky mess of information at one point. If you treat these skins like others (using them with little to no care for dozens of tours) the glue will degrade faster than others. If, though, you complete the recommended maintenance along the way, they will remain more functional for longer than other options.

Look at it a different way. You can usually use "normal" hot melt skin glue for a full season with no maintenance. At the end of that season, you will have to perform a 2-3 hour full glue replacement to return to near-new performance. With Contour's Hybrid glue, over that same full season rotation, you will perform 3-4 sessions of 8-10 minutes of maintenance, retaining near-new performance the entire time. Yes, Contour Hybrid skins lose their stick faster than others. But they regain it way faster.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - the tip attachment is clean and simple. trim your skins for an even...
The tip attachment is clean and simple. Trim your skins for an even tip taper for greatest glue security.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Grip


Our whole test team found the Contour Hybrid Mohair skins to have perfect grip. Enough for the steepest skin tracks, provided you execute with balance and confidence. Get sloppy, and something with greater grip might help. But those grippier skins will glide much more poorly.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - contour hybrid mohair. "hybrid" refers to their nomenclature for the...
Contour Hybrid Mohair. "Hybrid" refers to their nomenclature for the unique glue. "Mohair" refers to the fabric construction.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Icing/Glopping Resistance


It seems that skins, over recent years, have consolidated in terms of glopping resistance. We notice less and less distinction between them. All are pretty good until conditions and application gets especially sloppy. The Contour Hybrid Mohair is totally fine, as it pertains to glopping. Even in direct comparison with nylon/mohair blended skins (which convention suggests should be better), the Hybrid Mohair showed little to no difference.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - chasing down high teton powder snow with the contour hybrid mohair...
Chasing down high Teton powder snow with the Contour Hybrid Mohair skins.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Compatibility


You buy the Contour Hybrid Mohair for length and approximate width and then trim for exact shape of your skis. The tip loop is rigid wire. These things combine to make a skin that is widely, if not universally, compatible. We can't think of a ski shape that wouldn't work for these.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - contour's tail kit includes a non stretchy strap and a secure clip...
Contour's tail kit includes a non stretchy strap and a secure clip. We like the clip, but would even more prefer a stretchy strap.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Should you buy the Contour Hybrid Mohair?


We recommend these skins. Nylon blended in with the mohair would make them more durable with compromised glide. For optimum glide, these are great. Before you buy, be sure that you are willing to sign up for the occasional, short maintenance (sometimes in the field) required of this glue format. Others will require less frequent (but more involved and not doable in the field) glue maintenance.

contour hybrid mohair climbing skin review - contour hybrid mohair skins, trimmed and set up for deployment on a...
Contour Hybrid Mohair skins, trimmed and set up for deployment on a Teton powder day during early testing.
Credit: Jediah Porter

What Other Climbing Skins Should You Consider?


The Contour Hybrid Mohair is near the top of the heap. Its overall performance puts it in contention with the big dogs, nearly justifying one of our awards. Any alternatives are going to only improve your experience by very tiny amounts. If you like this sort of performance but don't want to execute the periodic maintenance, the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 is great. If you seek greater plush durability with the same unique glue the Contour Hybrid Mix is the choice.

Jediah Porter
 
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