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Pomoca Climb 2.0 Review

Budget friendly high performance skins for every backcountry skier
pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review
The Best Buy Pomoca Climb 2.0 set up and ready to deploy in any kind of backcountry skiing, for virtually any user.
Credit: Jediah Porter
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Price:  $190 List | $159.96 at Evo
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Pros:  All around performance, huge size range available
Cons:  Compromised glide when new, limited availability at times and places
Manufacturer:   Pomoca
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 2, 2022
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  • Glide - 30% 6.0
  • Portability - 20% 7.0
  • Glue Integrity - 20% 7.0
  • Grip - 15% 8.0
  • Icing/Glopping Resistance - 10% 7.0
  • Compatibility - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

Pomoca sells the Climb 2.0 as their budget offering. However, there are precious few compromises in this choice. Pomoca's top of the line skins top all our charts. When this high-standard company "cuts corners" we are still left with skins that beat out dozens of others. Even if you aren't on a budget, choosing the Climb 2.0 won't let you down.

Editor's Note: We tested these skins in the latter half of the 2021-22 North American ski season and prepped the review for your viewing in autumn 2022.

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Pros All around performance, huge size range availableLight, fast gliding, enough grip, optimized glue, universal tip and tailLight, fast, compactCompact, balanced performanceWell balanced in all attributes, great glue
Cons Compromised glide when new, limited availability at times and placesMohair blend will wear out faster than all nylon, harder to find than other brandsCompromised grip, compromised durabilityNon-traditional glueExpensive, require ongoing periodic maintenance
Bottom Line Budget friendly high performance skins for every backcountry skierThe 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 manageableWell balanced, all around climbing skinsThese walk a tightrope, yielding a product that is fully balanced right at the performance point that our experience suggests is ideal
Rating Categories Pomoca Climb 2.0 Pomoca Climb Pro S... Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Colltex Clariden Contour Hybrid Mix
Glide (30%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Portability (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Glue Integrity (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Grip (15%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
Icing/Glopping Resistance (10%)
7.0
8.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
Compatibility (5%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Pomoca Climb 2.0 Pomoca Climb Pro S... Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Colltex Clariden Contour Hybrid Mix
Measured Weight 0.99 lbs 1.23 lbs 1.09 lbs 0.77 lbs 1.21 lbs
Material 70% mohair 30% Nylon 70% Mohair and 30% Nylon 100% Mohair 65% Mohair 35% Nylon 70% Mohair, 30% Synthetic
Weight Per Pair 448g for Dynastar M99 Tour 558g for Salomon MTN Explore 95. 587g for 183 Black Crows Corvus Freebird 496g for 180cm Kastle TX 103 348g for Movement Race Pro 77 551 for Blizzard Zero G, 654g for 178 Voile Hyperdrifter
Weight per ski width. Very rough calculation. (grams/mm) 4.5 5.9 4.8 4.5 5.3
Glue Traditional Traditional Traditional Acrylic Hybrid glue technology
Tip Attachment Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop Rigid tip loop
Tail Attachment rubber strap and cam hook Rubber strap and cam hook Rubber strap and cam hook Vinyl 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 Climb 2.0 skins ("you know, the yellow ones") are Pomoca's budget offering. They use the same top shelf materials and design as their other skins, but save you dollars by skipping a glide-optimizing treatment. They make these in a huge array of sizes, price them competitively and have made them reasonably widely available. The end result is a product that we recommend as our Best Buy choice.

Performance Comparison



pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - denali expedition, june 2022, executed with these best buy climbing...
Denali expedition, June 2022, executed with these Best Buy climbing skins.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Glide


Pomoca's nylon/mohair blend is legendary for well balanced performance. As best anyone can tell, the fabric of the Climb 2.0 is the same as that used on the product we selected as our Editors Choice. This is a good thing. Tens of thousands of skiers have racked up millions (billions?) of vertical feet on this exact fabric, all the while appreciating the easy sliding nature during each stride.


As noted above, Pomoca hit the budget price point with the Climb 2.0 by omitting their "S-Glide" treatment. Their more expensive skins get the treatment. We can't say for sure, but it sure seems that that treatment wears off. Our test team couldn't tell the difference between the Climb 2.0 and older mohair/nylon skins that originally came with the treatment. If you are hunting for a deal you will probably also keep your skins longer than the factory glide treatment will last. Much of your use of any Pomoca skins will be well after any treatment would have worn off anyway. The Climb 2.0 glides great, even without the spendy treatment.
pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - the pomoca climb 2.0 balances all the competing attributes in a way...
The Pomoca Climb 2.0 balances all the competing attributes in a way that is functional and a good value.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Portability


These flashy yellow skins pack down pretty darn small and, in our rudimentary weight comparison, come out near the top of the charts. Our lead tester chose exactly these skins for a three week Denali expedition. An expedition like that is heavy enough "as is". Selecting lightweight gear enhances the experience.


It is difficult to directly compare bulk and weight of climbing skins. We do our testing of skins on our entire fleet of tester backcountry skis. The result is that most of our skins are cut for different sizes and shapes of skis. That said, we can make some rudimentary comparisons. Many of our tester skis are in the same, middle size range. We cut the Climb 2.0 for 180cm x 99mm skis. This is certainly the meaty center of the tested bell curve. Of all the skins cut for skis of this size, the Pomoca Climb 2.0 is the lightest.
pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - beneath 500g for skins cut to mid-fat (100mm underfoot) modern...
Beneath 500g for skins cut to mid-fat (100mm underfoot) modern touring skis is a good benchmark to shoot for in the weight of your skins. The Climb 2.0 nails that mark.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Glue Integrity


Pomoca glue works. It is not flashy. It is not the strongest nor is it the easiest to get to release from your skis. It strikes a balance. The inherently balanced nature of all climbing skin attributes makes writing reviews of them decidedly vague and difficult. No attribute of a climbing skin could ever be "maxed out". The strongest glue wouldn't work. Skin glue will always need to strike a balance.


Skin glue will also always degrade and accumulate junk. If it is to work it must be sticky. If it is sticky it will pick up detritus. These are foundational truths. You will find scores of online reviews condemning every single type of skin for "glue failure". Skin glue always fails, somehow. Whether on one tour and they need to be dried out at home, or over weeks and months of use and in such a way that they require cleaning or regluing. The trick is in making it last and performing suitable maintenance. Pomoca skins work for dozens, if not hundreds, of days before requiring robust maintenance. We've found this with almost a dozen different tester Pomoca products, most of which have the same glue formulation.
pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - the best buy pomoca climb 2.0 set up and ready to deploy in any kind...
The Best Buy Pomoca Climb 2.0 set up and ready to deploy in any kind of backcountry skiing, for virtually any user.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Grip


All we really need skins for is traction or grip. It would seem, then, that "more is better". But it is not that simple. More and more grip means more and more stride friction. Just like every other skin attribute, grip and glide must be balanced. Again, the Climb 2.0 has just enough grip. They are definitely not the grippiest skins on the market.


On the aforementioned Denali expedition the Climb 2.0 provided enough traction for a "single carry" camp move with 125 pounds of gear split between a huge backpack and a sled. On that same expedition we skinned blue ice and steep switchbacks (thankfully, as the skinning got trickier the loads got lighter.). Through it all the Climb 2.0 had all the traction that expert skinner needed. In more pedestrian backcountry settings beginners and intermediate backcountry skiers will have all the grip they need.
pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - steep and rowdy skinning in steep and deep alaskan powder snow. pika...
Steep and rowdy skinning in steep and deep Alaskan powder snow. Pika Glacier, April 2022.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Icing/Glopping Resistance


Icing/glopping occurs when the fabric absorbs liquid water and then picks up cold, dry snow to refreeze. Subsequent cycles of this can aggregate more and more ice/snow into and onto your skins. The only thing that your skins can "do" to prevent icing is to not soak up water in the first place. Material and waterproof treatment choices are the "levers" that a manufacturer can pull to enhance icing resistance. Whatever Pomoca is doing is working. They claim a proprietary water resistant coating and we know that the fabric is a blend of mohair (good gliding, more water absorption) and nylon (less water absorption). The end result is satisfactory glopping resistance.


It is possible that the solid, light color of the Pomoca Climb 2.0 makes them marginally better at resisting glopping. Light colors absorb less sunshine than dark colors. Less sunshine means less warming. Less warming means less liquid water in the fabric. If this has any affect for the Climb 2.0 it is minimal. But it also a low- to zero-cost move. There is no drawback we can think of to the yellow color of these skins.

Compatibility


You can buy the Pomoca Cimb 2.0 in many different sizes. The tip loops are interchangeable depending on your ski tip radius. The tail strap and clip are widely compatible, even with very rounded profiles.


The Climb 2.0 is widely compatible. Given all the sizing purchase options they are beat for maximum compatibility only by those makes and models that feature metal hooks at the tip.

Should you buy the Pomoca Climb 2.0?


Visit any busy backcountry ski trailhead and you will surely see multiple pairs of these yellow skins. Others might be even more represented, but only because of lingering brand loyalty from a time in which Pomoca skins were harder to acquire. We definitely recommend these (relatively…) affordable climbing skins.

pomoca climb 2.0 climbing skin review - glaciated, sunset ski touring in alaska on the pomoca climb 2.0.
Glaciated, sunset ski touring in Alaska on the Pomoca Climb 2.0.
Credit: Jediah Porter

What Other Climbing Skins Should You Consider?


Choose these for all-around, budget-friendly backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. If you've got the extra few bucks, upgrading to the Editors Choice Pomoca Climb Pro S Glide will get you marginally better performance and all the same things we like about the Climb 2.0, all in a minty green form. If you are on a budget and the Climb 2.0 is not available the standby Black Diamond Glidelite Mix will serve you well also.

Jediah Porter
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