Oversized Tip Loops for Black Diamond Skins

The other day I broke a climbing skin tip loop while tossing the skis over a creek. I’m surprised it made it that long, I had to custom make those loops in a Super 8 parking lot two and a half years ago using nothing but a leatherman and a tire iron. The loops that come with the skins are way too small for Caylors. I haven’t thought of a better option so I used the same design again.

Original loop on the left. I used p-cord on the right to get me through another day of skiing. Worked quite well

Original loop on the left. I used p-cord on the right to get me through another day of skiing. Worked quite well

I beefed it from 1/16 to 3/32 cable. Measure the loop size you'll need and swage it together

I beefed it up from 1/16 to 3/32 cable. Measure the loop size you’ll need and swage it together

 

Slide the new loop in, slide the cover shut and you're done. I made up a couple extras to carry with me should I have a break down again

Slide the new loop in, slide the cover shut and you’re done. I made up a couple of extras to carry with me should I have a break down again

 

Completed rig on the right, spare on the left. I used to wrap tape on the swage and cable where it contacts the ski, but these days I don't think I'd notice another scratch

Completed rig on the right, spare on the left. I used to wrap tape on the swage and cable where it contacts the ski, but these days I don’t think I’d notice another scratch

Simple, cheap, easy and strong.

 

 

 

 

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