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  • Black Diamond - Ascension Nylon STS Skins - One Color

Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins

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    Better than a lift ticket.

    You set out each morning in search of steep skintracks and untracked backcountry lines, and the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins are your ticket to bottomless turns and endless face shots. Their newly re-worked nylon material is lighter and more packable than ever, while the tried and true adjustable tip loops and STS tail clips ensure a solid hold on your skis. The STS tail clip provides 110cm of adjustability, allowing you to switch the skins between different skis in your quiver.

    • Nylon
    • STS adjustable tail clips
    • Adjustable tip loops
    • Item #BLD00EE

    Tech Specs

    Material
    nylon
    Tip Attachment
    adjustable tip loop
    Tail Attachment
    STS
    Skin Savers Included
    yes
    Case Included
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Doesn't disappoint

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

    The STS skin definitely wont disappoint while climbing. However, I have to echo some of the comments below that I find them a pain to cut. I was most disappointed by the "adjustable" tip loop, which is sold separately. I drove myself crazy trying to follow the instructions on adjusting the tip loop, it does not say anywhere that the loops these skins come with are not adjustable. I have talked to people who have bought skins that come with the silver adjustable loops, but these aren't them.

    Reliable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These skins are reliable. I used them 2 seasons on my BD Justices (about 140 tours) in all weather/snow conditions. I've never had an issue with the glue not sticking to the skis.
    The grip is great, and the wasatch provides some very steep icy skintracks, of which these skins do a phenomenal job at.
    I also thought the setup/cutting was not too difficult. The only remote issue could be the tail clip sliding off the side, but that's an easy fix and likely isn't an issue on most skis.

    Great Climbing Skins!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are my first and probably only pair of climbing skins I have purchased and they are AWESOME! Took my a little while to figure out how to cut them and set them on the Faction Candide 3.0s. First I purchased the 120mm skins and realized they were too small for the tip and tail of the ski. So I returned and upgraded to the 140mm skins. The instructions for cutting the skins were very informative and helpful, but the YouTube tutorial also helped me get a better idea on how to cut the skins properly. https://youtu.be/W1cZRIafN5k
    Once I got my skins all fitted properly, the rest was uphill ;) haha. These skins are awesome for climbing in the BC! Great traction and hold in spring weather conditions. The skin savers that came with them are also very beneficial. I believe these skins will last me a very long time. Thanks Black Diamond for making an awesome product yet again!

    So easy to use!

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

    I just started AT skiing (with decent equipment, that is!), and yesterday with the winds howling at 11,000 feet I had to take my skins off for the first time. It was so easy. They were also super grippy so I felt really safe going up the steeps. Now, if I could only ski down with as much grace! :-)

    The BEST

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I just don't like cutting them. Takes a bit of time because you have to cut the tip placement. The tool that comes with them is kind of a pain to use. I recommend getting the G3 Trim Tool (GGG001Y) it's deff worth the $4 and makes life way easier. The glue is awesome and they grip great on snow! If the skins are getting long in the tooth you may want to invest in SWI0510 Swix Skin Wax Aerosol

    Best skins I've used

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These skins make the climbs up a seem a whole lot easier. They are easy to put on and take off and stick to the snow in nearly every condition. Excellent skins!

    Just Right

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I finally got to the point my older generation Ascensions just weren't sticking on steep, packed tracks in the Wasatch. Since I'm trying to get a couple more seasons out of some old, narrow boards and knew i had to go with Ascensions again. Absolutely the correct choice. As everyone else has noted, they stick fantastic, even on the aforementioned steep, slick tracks. It's been an instant transformation, allowing me to get wherever i want to go, even without much ski surface area at the waist. They work great in every condition, whether it's a highly used hard track or really dry powder. And they slide just enough for those short downhill sections you don't want to pull the skins off.



    Pros: fantastic stick, easy to cut and mount properly, stay put on the skis.

    Cons: if you put them on at home, they stick to the skis a little too well, such that (when brand new) they leave a little residue on the ski.

    Just Right

    grippy

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

    I do not have a huge amount of experience touring, but these skins worked great. I did not slip once and gliding was easy. I had these cut at the ski shop so cannot comment on that.

    Still the Gold standard of grip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've got a few different pairs of skins from a few different manufacturers and I can honestly say that these skins grip better than any other. Their sliding leaves a little to be desired, but for steep Wasatch skinners, grip trumps the slide. Not only are they like superglue, but they LAST. I'm on a set of STS skins that are 4 seasons old and going on strong. Awesome product.

    Grip Slip Grip Slip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    You probably already know how good these skins are. For years Black Diamond has been producing the best climbing skins on the market.

    Steep skin tracks are no issue with these skins. They grip the snow like super glue, but glide along the snow without any resistance. Changing conditions aren't a problem as these skins work well in wet snow as well as dry cold snow, and they don't seem to ice up too badly either.

    Another bonus is these skins seem to be about the most durable skins on the market. They should last for years of use to come.

    The best skins to have

      I got a pair of these skins for Christmas since I got a new ski set up Iv had the k2 and G3 skins before and they have worked and got the job done but for some reason these skins seem to have way better grip and running them on my BD megawatts theses are awesome Iv put a heck of a lot of miles on them already any they still have no signs of wear I highly recommend a pair of BD skins!!!

      Awesome Skins!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I got these for Christmas and have nothing but good things to say, so far. The cutting tool that comes with the skins isn't as bad as everyone says. Take your time, clean the blade after each cut and it will work perfectly! Not the lightest skins on the market but the durability makes up for the weight. These skins climb great and the setup isn't hard at all. Take your time and watch some YouTube videos if you need help!

      Going up!

        Performance wise, no complaints. Great traction and easy gliding. I also do notice a difference in weight and bulk with the latest version, as BD claims. It’s worth noting that while cutting my first pair with the included tool, I made some mistakes. Nothing that limited function of the skins, but a little extra care on my part or an experienced friend helping me could’ve made things go a little smoother first time around. The G3 skin trimmer would be a little easier to deal with as well. Pick up a pair and skip the LCC lift lines..

        Awesome

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

        These skins are great, They were easy to trim to size and put together. They have great traction while skinning up steep stuff and the bright orange color makes them easy to find in a pack full of stuff. I have only used them a few times but they seem like they will hold up well. I would buy these again without any hesitation.

        The best skins!

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

        This is my third pair of Black Diamond skins. Never seems worth it to me to re-glue. It's a messy job, and never as functional as the new ones. Their R&D department keeps improving on this already excellent design! Lightweight and very impressive on their performance. Black Diamond always stands by their products, which is very important to me as well. I use these with a ski with a 115mm waist. You can climb very steep, if you desire.

        Great for touring!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These are great skins! They were fairly easy to assemble and cut, had excellent traction in both fresh powder and on wind-blown, icy crust. Remained soft, sticky and easy to put back on skis even after a long descent in sub-zero weather. Highly recommend!

        Best Climbers Out There

          I've had several pairs of BD Ascension skins, and will continue to buy them in the future. I haven't encountered any skins out there that have better grip on the way up. As a pure nylon skin, that should be expected, but these really excel on steep skin tracks. The glue that BD uses also seems to be better than their competitors'. I never have issues with glue releasing from the skins and staying on my skis. The tip and tail clips are are easy and reliable.
          My only negative would be that they can be a bear to peel apart - but that is a small price to pay for quality glue. And I know some people complain about the cutting process and mounting the tail and tip hardware, but I've had no issues with it.
          Unless you're into intense rando racing and need the lightest weight, smoothest gliding skins available - I'd only recommend the BD Ascensions.

          Hi, I've got Rossignol Soul 7's width dimensions 136-106-126, 180 in length. Should I get the 125mm and trim them?? Thanks!

          My skis are super short - 153cm. Is it possible to trim the tails of the skins and re-attach the STS tail clips?
          Thanks!!

          Has anybody got real world comparison between these, the NEW ascensions and the last model of ascensions?? Mostly in regards to uphill traction.
          Thanks.

          I'm 140-105-130 should I go slightly bigger or slightly smaller than the tail width since I'm so close? 140mm or 125mm?

          Will 110 works for Head monster 98, 170cm (134, 98, 119)? I think this is the right one, but I would like confirm this.

          Rafal, I would get the 125 mm. The most important part of the ski that needs wall to wall carpet with the skin is from the toes to the tail of the ski. If there is a little base showing near the tip that's totally fine. All the friction and power when skinning comes from your toes to the tail of the ski so, its a lighter and cheaper option to get the 125mm. I would say the 110 mm wont cover the tail of the ski enough and you will lose some friction in a really important spot on the ski.

          I got some volkl nanuqs with a length of 177cm. What size of these do I want? Since the nanuqs dimensions are 131 / 96 / 114 mm, does that mean I want 144mm?

          Thanks!

          The 125mm is all you really need Frank. The most important part of the ski that needs wall to wall carpet with the skin is from the toes to the tail of the ski. If there is a little base showing near the tip thats totally fine. All the friction and power when skinning comes from your toes to the tail of the ski so, its a lighter and cheaper option to get the 125mm.

          Hello.
          What length?

          The skins should work for any normal length of ski, most skins are width specific and not length, so every skin you buy will only come in one length with the option to cut it down. If you have really long skis (200 length plus) then we can double check to find a pair of skins that would work for you.

          Are these trim to fit like the Mohair STS climbing skins. I am looking for skins to buy my husband for 188 cm skis.