Fischer Profoil Skins Review: New way of skinning



  • Usual full price: $225 USD – (
  • Weight: 230g/pair (for Fischer TransAlp 80 skis at 170cm)
  • Compatibility: Fischer TransAlp, Hannibal, and Ranger models
  • Pros: Light, flat, good grip/glide, pre-cut
  • Cons: Slightly slower transition, not trimmable
  • Suitability: ski touring, ski mountaineering

Bottom Line:

An innovative take on ski touring skins that works surprisingly well!

Product description and How we tested it:

To be honest, I have to admit to being a bit skeptical about the Fischer’s Profoil skins when I first saw them at the Pierra Menta expo last year. But now that I actually got them under my feet I have no more concerns.

The idea is a climbing skin-alternative that uses the technology of a classic crown (fish-scale) nordic ski to provide grip on the way up, rather than using hair like with traditional mohair or modern synthetic skins.


Skinning on Profoils in the Alps during my recent Euro visit.

The Profoil skins are pre-cut for the exact dimensions of the skis (currently available for only Fischer skis – I tested them on the TransAlp 80) and they cannot be trimmed. This is because the pattern has scales that prevent both backward slipping and sideways movement (like traversing on a steep slope). If you trim these scales off, you lose significant grip. Similarly, like with any traditional skins, if you use them on a wider ski then the material may not be in contact with the snow where needed, thus, grip might be compromised.

The skin uses a special tip-clip system that works best with Fischer skis. This is similar to pre-cut Dynafit skins which also uses a unique tip attachment that is design to work well specifically with its skins.

During my recent trip to the French Alps, I had the chance to test them out in a variety of conditions from deep winter powder to firm spring melt-freeze. I expected good performance in powder but occasional slipping in firm or icy conditions. At the end, I was blown away! Profoils delivered great grip in all situations where I know traditional skins would grip as well.

Glide performance in most snow types was great as well, especially, where traditional skins lacking – on ice and refrozen snow. In good conditions – with a smooth track through fresh snow – glide is equivalent to a mohair skin.


Skin balling (ice and snow accumulation) seemed to be less of an issue with the Profoil skins than traditional synthetic ones. Occasionally, a ball formed when I lifted up my ski during a stride but it immediately released when I stepped-glide onto it. I had no big ice chunks stuck permanently to the bottom of my skins. I discovered that the balling can be reduced easily with some spray-on liquid wax.

The skin uses a special glue that is significantly stronger than standard glue. For this reason, you can’t fold the skin like usual, glue-to-glue. Instead, you need to carry a small piece of skin-saver plastic that you put on the skin before folding it onto itself (glue to scales). This adds a few seconds to transitions and requires some care so a bit of inconvenience here.

To sum things up, if you have a pair of Fisher skis (like the TransAlp), definitely consider using the ProFoil skin instead of a traditional skin.


  • Light, no set-up, great grip and glide.
  • An interesting twist on traditional skins.

What can be improved about this product:

  • The strong glue requires the use of skin saver plastic at all times. This means a slightly slower transition, however, I this could be improved with future versions. And we are talking about only seconds here.
  • Hopefully, a trim-able version will be developed so more backcountry skiers can benefit than only those with Fischer skis.
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  1. Aaron Ostrovsky says:

    @Pablo Nogue – I have the opposite set up (Transalp 88 and Wayback precut skins I got on sale). It works perfectly so I assume it would go the other direction too. But not sure why you would use the Fischer skins over the Pomoca-made K2 branded skins! ;)

  2. Pablo Nogue says:

    Transapl 88 and K2 Wayback 88 have very similar sidecut (Little wider nose and tail for Waybacks)
    Also Waybacks have a “skin attachement hole”.

    Do you think is posible to use the Transalp 88 Profoil skin with a Wayback 88?
    Do you think the Profoil attachement can work on K2 Hole?

    Thanks from spain.
    (apologies for my bad english!)

  3. Eric Carter says:

    Liking them quite a bit so far Jeremy. I’ve got them mounted up as a bit more of a ski mountaineering setup so hoping they get a bit more use in the spring. Will definitely have something out eventually.

  4. Any thoughts on the transalp 80? Is there a review coming (hopefully

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