Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins

Grippy in Pink. A Guide’s Review of the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins 

When legendary ski skin maker Pomoca  jumped into the splitboard game, I knew I had to try them out. I took the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins on a two week mission to Japan followed by a bunch of storm riding in the Blackcomb backcountry to see how they held up. Fantastic glide, lightweight, easy packability and a pink that would make Barbie proud, these are the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 splitboard skins. 

Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 splitboard skins on board
Pretty in Pink ready for the Uphill. The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skin on a Cardiff Powgoda

Overview

  • Material: Mohair 70 % / Nylon 30 %
  • Uncut Width: 145mm
  • Sizes Available: Small (141 – 151cm), Medium (150-160) and Large (159-166)
  • Size Tested: Large  
  • Country of Origin: Switzerland

What are Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins?

The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins are thin, lightweight mixed mohair climbing skins. They come in a 145mm width which means there is no splitboard I know of that is too wide, at least at the waist, to be too big for these skins. There are three available lengths, Small (141 – 151cm), Medium (150-160) and Large (159-166).  

Kung-Fu Grip or Nothing but Slip?

Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 splitboard skins plush
The Plush on the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skin

The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins are made of 70% Mohair and 30% Nylon. This is the most common mix for touring skins, and for good reason, it works. Mohair is known for its glide but not for its durability. That’s where the Nylon comes in. It adds to the durability of the skins and also adds a little extra to the grip.

I found the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 to have fantastic glide. These are one of the best gliding skins I have used. Little effort was needed to move the ski forward and this likely had almost as much to do with the skins lightweight as it did the plush glide.

Grip on the ascent was good. I try not to make a steep skin track unless absolutely necessary. They gripped well on nearly bulletproof wind buff on Asahidake. I found when the Pomoca Free Pro 2.09 broke loose, it really broke loose. I would have to transfer weight to the side with grip and reset.  

Skins are always treated, in one way or another, to be water resistant. Eventually, the waterproofing on your skins will wear off. It’s the nature of dragging skins along snow for days on end, friction. No matter what waterproofing you have, it will wear out. The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 skins are treated with Ever Dry 3.0 Fluoro Free DWR (Durable Water Repellent). This is the first skin on the market to have a Fluoro free DWR and since all snow eventually melts and returns to the hydrosphere, this is very welcome. That said, when I do eventually get these skins out on some spring slush, I will still bring Fluoro free skin wax. 

Lightweight v. Durability

Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 splitboard skins glue side
The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skin sole

I see lots of people heading out into the Blackcomb backcountry walking right over rocks in order to get around people that are a little slower at transitions. These skins are not for you. 

These are lightweight skins, aimed at getting you higher and farther in order to do so, they employ Pomocas SSL membrane. The membrane sits between the plush and the adhesive (what holds the skin to your skis). Pomoca uses their Safer Skin Membrane on the Free Pro 2.0. They say that this membrane allows the skin to remain waterproof but also be 60-75 grams lighter than skins without SSL. I don’t have any other Pomoca skins to compare to but can confirm, these skins are exceptionally lightweight. 

So far I have not had any issues with the durability of these skins, but they have also been exclusively used in Japow. They are very thin though. Their packed size is tiny. I would hate to see someone tour right over rocks with these skins.

Mine have some wear marks already. I am not sure where from. Perhaps I stepped over a few branches or Sasa grass on my way up Mt. Yotei.

Tip and Tail

The tip and tail connectors on the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 skins are simple affairs that get the job done. On the tip of the skins is a small painted bar that fits over the nose of the ski. It can be slid from left to right for adjustability, so make sure you set it right before you cut your skins!

On the tail is an L shaped plastic connector. It fits well on the Cardiff Powgoda tail and I imagine it would fit well on all boards that have normal to somewhat wallow tails. I imagine if you had a super narrow tail, something like a Winterstick Swallowtail, you may need to make some adjustments. This will likely hold true for any skin on the Swallowtail though. 

Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 splitboard skins tail clip
Built for a 166cm. There’s not a ton of room left on my 162, but just enough that you’d squeek in another 4cm.

Bonus in the Box?

Normally, skins come with a cutter, some crappy plastic sheet to keep the glue fresh while the skins live on the shelf and that’s about it. The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins come with some really nice packaging. It’s not something I would normally focus on, but is a nice little addition. A hard sided zipper case for storage, cloth skin bag for use on the mountain, small pouch of deodorizer and a skin cutter that is really easy to use. 

splitboard skins extras
The Hard Case, Soft Bag, Cutter and Deodorizer

Overview

The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins were fantastic in Hokkaido and Honshu. Its lightweight and small packed size was appreciated on long days on the skin track and was even more appreciated when they took up next to no space in my pack on the descent. They truly do pack into a small package.

Glide was great and Grip was more than sufficient. I was able to adjust to the bit of slip they did have quite quickly and get on with enjoying up tracking in birch forests and on glaciated terrain all the same. 

At no point did the skins start to come unglued from the base. They were easy to peel apart without skin savers and they stuck to my board easily in temps between -1 to -15. Only more time will tell home long the sticky side will stay sticky. 

I’d happily have these skins on all my splits. 

Who are the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skin for?

The Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins are for splitboarders looking to lose as much weight and pack size as possible. Even if it means you have to pay a little more attention to foot placement. 

If you are interested in picking up a pair of Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard skins head on over to Ski Uphill and pick a pair up.  

Black Sheep Adventure sports was provided with a free sample of the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins. This in no way affected our opinion and review of the Pomoca Free Pro 2.0 Splitboard Skins. For more Splitboard Skins reviews hit the Search Button