by Willow Belden
A few weeks ago, I made one of the best impulse purchases ever: a pair of Twin Skin skis. I had been frustrated with classic skiing all season. My old no-wax skis were sluggish and boring, and I was rarely willing to take the time to wax my waxable skis.
But when I took my new Twin Skins on their maiden voyage, I was instantly smitten.
Twin skins are part of a new breed of no-wax classic skis that use synthetic skins, rather than fish scales, to give you grip. They're supposed to be the best of both worlds: convenient like traditional no-wax skis, but high performing like waxable skis. And they live up to the hype. They're sleek, lively and fast, and they spare you the hassle of fussing with kick wax.
In the few weeks since I acquired these beauties, I've done more classic skiing than in the whole rest of the season combined. They're nimble and light, like feathers on your feet. And they're quickly making me fall in love with classic skiing again.