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Outfitted with plush, high-glide nylon material, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Custom STS Skins give you reliable, smooth performance on a variety of snow conditions and slopes. Adjustable tip and tail attachments help keep the ends of these pre-cut skins securely attached on a wide range of skis and, should you need to, these skins trim down easily.

  • Plush nylon material provides steadfast traction on the steepest slopes and smooth glide when you need to conquer a rolling track
  • Gold Label Adhesive sticks to the bottom of your skis in the coldest and warmest temps and remains sticky season after season
  • Strong metal wire tip loops fit a wide range of ski tip sizes and can be easily adjusted or replaced
  • STS Tail straps are riveted in place and have an even stretch to provide the snug, secure fit you need to keep skins in place
  • Precut to fit your ski length
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Goo globs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skins provide great grip to the snow wether it's cold smoke powder or spring corn snow. After 3 years of using them on my k2 obsethed I needed to scrape and re glue them. I am really careful to keep them clean so they never lost their stick but they started to leave adhesive or goo globs on the basses of my skis. This happened even if my skis were freshly waxed. This goo lets ice form on it leaving my skis sticking to the snow and ruining my turns that I had just earned. :(

Goo globs

The Best.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using Ascension (and Glidelite back when they were 100% nylon too) skins since 2002. I've also used G3, Pomoco, Voile, US Army (ha!), Dynafit (aka Pomoco), Climbingskinsdirect, and BD mix&mohair.

The "normal" nylon Ascension with the STS tail clip is the best, for me, by far. I've never had a glue issue, but I have with G3. I've never had a grip issue, but I have with Pomoco, I've never had a glide issue, but I have with Voile, and I've never had a clip tip/tail issue, but I have with all the others.

My climbing skins are my favorite piece of gear, ever.

The Best.

Yet to be able to do "the trick"

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first set of skins. I bought them because they were well reviewed. And they are excellent skins. Perhaps a bit heavy, but definitely durable. Perhaps a bit lacking on the glidablity, but very grippy on those ugly, steep accents, (and with 125mm under foot on my Megawatts, who can blame them). But all this leads me to the glue. Wow they are sticky! All my buddies can do "the trick". You know that trick were you whip your skins off without taking your skis of. With the glue on these BD skins, it takes my full body strength to get them off. We're talking put-a-foot-down, put-your-back-into-it kind of pulling. Maybe this is not a comment on the skins, but rather comment on my weakness. Or maybe its the fact that this is my first season with these skins and they haven't amassed a sufficient quantity of dog hair. Which ever it may be, these are great skins and I am very happy with them, and with them I aspire someday to be able to do "the trick"

Which size, please?

    166cm, 128-100-120? (cause 125mm, 161 -168 are sold out). Its ok to take 110mm?

    Hey Fejola,

    Ideally, its recommended to get a skin that is 5-6 mm shorter than the shovel of your ski. This will give you wide enough coverage and room for error when trimming the skins. In your case you should be good with the 110 mm just be careful when trimming not to cut off too much. Black diamond has a video on cutting these that I found very informative.

    Let us know if you have any other questions! you can call us at 1-800-409-4502.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've skinned about 350,000 ft. in the last year and a half with these. My grades:

    Durability: A+. Even after "all those" feet, these things show almost no wear.

    Climbing: A+. These things grip like duct tape to the snow and ice.

    Glue: B+. I had to re-glue these after a year. This could be the skins or me.

    Weight: B-. These things are heavy, but, overall, for a skin at this price that's this reliable, that's a trade-off you may need to make.

    Glide: C. Again, these aren't the most expensive skins so you can't expect them to be the best all-around, but the glide of these is like pedaling a bike while lightly pulling the hand brake. My friends on Dynafit skins motor away from me on the flats and mellower ascents.

    Overall: B+.

    Classic backcountry skins!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    These were my first backcountry skins and I found them easy to trim and use. Although the G3 cutting tool is much better, the BD too will get the job done for you! They also come with skin savers and a breathable package to carry them in. This is especially a plus because not all skins come with skin savers or a package. Black Diamond also has a youtube video to walk you through the trimming process, I found it very helpful.

    Cutting BD skin...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Get the G3 skin cutter. The method BD gives for cutting the skin does give a very good result. The G3 tool makes cutting the skin so easy and the result is a perfect contoured skin to your ski. So far the G3 Alpinist and the Ascension performed about equal. I'm on a 192cm Armada TsT twin tip and the largest Ascension just fits, but after one quick tour in the Shuksan area, they did well.

    Durable, sticky, and orange.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used these since the 2010-11 winter, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. They have been beaten up, trimmed for 3 different pairs of skis, neglected, abused and have never given up on my forays into the snowy wilderness. I chronically lose tail clips, but that is the only issue they have (probably more an issue of mine anyways...) they have stood the tests of time and abuse, and still perform. I have had to re-glue them once, which was made incredibly easy by Black Diamond's Glue Renew Transfer sheets ( The grip is phenomenal (better than similar Viole skins I have used in the past) and the durability is incredible, not much more you can ask for in a climbing skin. They are not necessarily small or lightweight in comparison to purpose built "speed" skins, but that is not something I care about.

    They grip so I can go up

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Still going strong after 3 seasons of moderate use. I'm not very careful with them, gotten mud and plenty of pine needles on them and they still grip great. The tail clip isn't the best for twin tips as I've lost mine, but they still stick to my skis without them, and I could get replacements for cheap if I wish to.

    Solid Grip

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased these for my black diamond megawatts and have only used them for a week of skiing. Cutting them with the included tool was super easy and they were very grippy. They were on the heavier side of the skins I?ve used but I don?t do all day tours enough for it to matter. For the money theyre a great skin and I would recommend them

    My Favorites

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Love these skins. Not quite the glide of my MoHair, but they stick like nothing else. I ordered wider than fattest part of skis then cut down according to video at left.

    The Gold Standard

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Black diamond pretty much owns the skin market for skis. G3 also makes quality skins but I've heard from people who've had both that the Black diamond ones are a bit more durable (haven't tested this personally though) The adhesive works even if it gets a wet and the grip even on steep slopes is impressive. If you're going to do any steep climbing, go with the ascension over the mohair because it grips better on steeper slopes. I recommend getting a skin that is at about as wide as the ski is underfoot. Obviously the tip and tail of the ski will be wider and the skin won't cover it completely, but if it's at least as wide as the center of the ski it should be able to climb with minimum slippage.

    Unanswered Question

    Hi, What length and width would you recommend (I prefer full width ski coverage) for a pair of K2 Wayback 96 that are rated 170 long (but are actually 172)? Also, how much for shipping to New Zealand? Thanks in advance :-)

    Looking to buy skins for my Hi5 LaSportiva's (188cm). They measure 135mm at the tip and 105mm waist. What size would be the best option? Thanks!

    Hey Christopher,

    I would recommend the 125 mmx185-192 cm option for your Hi5 LaSportiva's (188cm). You will need to trim the skins to fit the 105 mm waist.

    Feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions about BD Skins or if you are interested in setting up an order.


    Expert Gearhead


    purchasing skins to fit my 188 BD Carbon Converts. 135mm at the tip, 105mm waist. Should I buy the 125mm skins, and trim to size? What do you recommend.

    Unanswered Question

    I plan to put these on my blizzard black pearls wit 123mm being the widest point. They are 152cm in length. which size skin should I get and can I cut them down?

    Hi - what size to buy for a 186 cm Voile V8 (146/115/126)? I'm thinking the 125mm x 185cm-192cm. But can I cut the length down on these if they are a bit too long?

    You could cut the length down by cutting the tip actually not the tail. You could move the tip loop back a bit by unscrewing the loop and putting it back in after cutting it. Shouldnt need to do that at all though to be honest, should fit just fine.

    You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or

    Unanswered Question

    Hi - what size to buy for a 186 cm Voile V8 (146/115/126)? I'm thinking the 125mm x 185cm-192cm. But can I cut the length down on these if they are a bit too long?

    Unanswered Question

    Which size BD Ascension nylon custom STS skins would be best for my Voile V6s, 173 cm, 121/98/107? Looks like the 110 mm width, but should I get the 167 - 174mm or the 173 - 180 mm?

    Which size of skins should I use for my 178 Black Diamond Carbon Megawatts? I don't have a clue. Thanks.


    It depends on if you want a waist width or full coverage skin. If you just want to have straight skin that matches the waist width go 125mm, you will just have to trim a little bit at the waist.

    If you want a full coverage skin that will cover most of the base of the ski and provide the most grip you are going to want to get the 140mm width skin and then trim that to fit the ski.

    If you have any other questions contact me below

    Dan Gates

    Expert Gearhead

    Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

    Unanswered Question

    Hi. Could anybody give me advice on the most suitable set of skins for the blizzard bodacious 196. 142/118/132. First skins ill have bought in years so all help welcome! cheers.

    What size would you recommend for my H2O Gear Ski Karen'cito Length 181 cm 165-133-149?Thanks

    These are exactly the same as item BLD3398, except these are precut to length with tip loops already attached. I would recommend the 140x179-186, but it looks like we are out of stock in that one. You could go with the 125mm waist, but the 140 would really give you better coverage.

    Black Diamond Verdicts, 180cm. 134-102-121. Seems to be in between sizes. What would be my best fit? Thanks

    Best Answer

    Go with the size that is closest to the width of the tail of the ski. The front part of the ski that's wider than the tail is mostly off the ground, and the vast majority of grip is coming from the middle under your feet anyway.

    If you base off the tail dimension you'll have a full width skin for about 90% of the ski.

    What would you recommend for a pair of salomon rocker 2 108, 182 cm? 132/108/125, Thanks!

    What would you recommend for a pair of BD...

    What would you recommend for a pair of BD justice 185? Would these in the 186 work out? 139/115/125. Thanks!

    Best Answer

    Probably not the best fit for that ski. The skin will stretch a little bit after the first use so getting something that is on the lower end wouldnt work as you want the skin to be slightly stretched when you put it on, and then on the upper end you have a lot of tail which isnt carpet on the ski. Maybe take a look at the Alpinist in long . It is right in the middle 180 cm - 190 cm.

    What would you recommend for obsethed 189s,...

    What would you recommend for obsethed 189s, 138-105-125

    hello, what size should i choose for my...

    hello, what size should i choose for my armada jj. they are 185cm long


    Which skins do you recommend for Moment...

    Which skins do you recommend for Moment Hot Mess 158cm?

    Hey null,

    Thanks for your question.

    For these skins we only have one proper length that would be compatible with your Moment Hot Mess skis in a 158 cm. That would be 125mmx155-162cm. The 125mm is the width of the skin, it comes with a trimmer so you can trim down the skin to perfectly match the shape and surface area of your ski (which is the best way to size your skin) 155-162cm is the length that the tail clip has as far as a range in lengths. so 158cm is perfect.

    I hope this helps you.

    What size would you recommend for my BD...

    What size would you recommend for my BD Reverts, which are [189 cm]122-95-110 ? Thanks!

    Best Answer


    Thanks for your question.

    I would suggest these skins in a 125mmx185-192 cm variant.

    You will be able to trim down the skins to the shape of your ski so that the maximum amount of surface area is covered by the skins. Allowing them to climb to the best of their ability.

    I hope this helps!

    Would the 110mm 186-192cm length on these...

    Would the 110mm 186-192cm length on these skins work well for a pair of old 191cm volkl mantras (133-96-116)?

    Hey bobby,

    Thanks for your question.

    I would suggest a different variant for these skins to go with your Volkl Mantras in a 191cm.

    It would be better to get the 125mmx185-192cm because you will want to get the skin width that is closest to the widest part of your ski. The tip will still not be covered to the maximum of but you will be better off with the larger size.

    I hope that this helps.

    Looking for skins for my BD Cresent 176....

    Looking for skins for my BD Cresent 176. 130-90-117? Best size for these?

    In this skin, you'll want the 125mmx173-180cm size.

    When buying skins, you want the width to be as close to the width of the fattest part of your ski. Then you just trim them down to fit the rest of the ski exactly. The trimming tool is included and it's pretty easy to do.