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Black Diamond's Ascension Nylon STD Skins forgo tail attachments in favor of a basic, easy-to-use design. Nylon fibers provide all the grip you need for climbing steep pitches, adjustable tip attachments fit a variety of tip shapes, and the simple design means quick on and quick off when you're busting out laps during a dawn patrol.

  • 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

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You don't need the attachments

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've gone without them for years and I fair better than my tail-attachment friends. The tail attachment tends to catch on things and get pried off, and if its tight enough to stay on, it tends to pop the skin glue of the ski's camber, causing worse problems. It's better to just let the glue do its job. In the rare event that the glue pops, one can usually get it to re-stick, but if the glue is a season old, I keep a roll of athletic tape in my kit to tape the tails down to get me through the day.

Just bought these, and I didn't realize...

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Just bought these, and I didn't realize they didn't have the tail clips(my mistake, should have read into the STS vs STD differences more). Why would you have some with them and some with out? Will they work without them? Or will the eventually peal off on longer climbs?

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They make these skins without the tail attachments to save weight for the minimalistic backcountry skier. They will work just fine without the tail attachments and will hold up lap after lap. If you want to exchange these for the STS model feel free to call us at 1-800-409-4502 or chat with a gearhead online to arrange an exchange.

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Black Diamond STS vs STD

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey all,
Encase you are wondering the STS will have an adjustable tail attachment where the STD lacks any tail attachment. Cheers!