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You set out each morning in search of quick, steep skin track laps in order to bag as many pow turns as possible in the shortest amount time. Black Diamond made the Ascension Nylon STS Skins just for you. Plush on the bottom and fully adjustable, these skins conquer grainy or sticky conditions on the skin track, and they'll accommodate your fat skis or your skinnier sticks.

  • 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

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4 5

Never any problems

I've had many pairs of these. The STS tailclip seems to be the best that I've seen. Grip is good.
Only niggles are that the glue strength can vary a lot - never had a problem as such but my stickier ones take quite a lot of grunt to get them a part (nothing that a few pine needles cant resolve). If you have very wide / square tips then the tip loop doesn't hook so securely, but never a deal breaker for me, finally they are quite stiff / heavy so if you have big wide skis then they can take up a lot of room in your bag.
For sizing I tend to get them wide enough to go wall to wall on the tail but don't worry if you are a touch too narrow for the tip.

3 5

Great for climbing, but the tails?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are climbing skins. Glide is average, as expected with full nylon skins. My problem was with the tail clips. Constantly fell off. Surprised BD doesn't offer a better tail clip like the ones G3 or Montana uses. Returned for this reason.

Responded on

I've often had that problem with BD skins.
Maybe we need to get them tighter?

5 5

So far, so good

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

Works as advertised. Only time will tell on durability.

I didn't have an issue with the BD trimming tool. I wouldn't spend extra money on another one.

Unanswered Question

First pair of skins; could use help choosing the right size for BD Megawatts - 188cm 147-120-127

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I want to put these on Hagan Cirrus 170's. Dimensions are 113 shovel, 75 waste, and 95 tail. What size do you think works best here?

5 5

more grab for your buck

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use these skins with my Armada VJJ's and they have been awesome for climbing. They make the uphill a smooth travel and grab on everything, haven't been sliding at all. They are very easy to clip on to your ski and I haven't had any issues with them not sticking properly. Also quick and easy to set up and store.

The tool that Black Diamond gives you isn't the greatest for trimming. I used the G3 Trim tool which worked amazingly. Awesome skin that I would definitely recommend for anyone getting into the backcountry!

5 5

Great for the uphill.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skins are great!

They are incredibly grabby and will handle any kind of snow you throw at it. They aren't the glidiest skins ever but I don't find myself going downhill with my skins on very often.

The install was incredibly easy. It took only a few minutes. I will say that part of the reason it was so easy was because of the G3 trim tool(item# GGG0128) which will trim to expose your edges. The STS clips are fantastic and I have yet to have a skin pull away from the ski.

The skins come with both a bag to store them in and skin savers(which both help make for a faster transition).

I use these on a set of 4FRNT Hojis and got the 125mm skins.

I have the Icelantic Nomad at 181, 140-105-130. I see that the 140's are not available so will the 125's suffice?

Responded on

Hi there,
Yep the 125s would provide enough coverage to work well on the Nomads!

5 5

Essential gear for uphill travel

These skins are great. They come with the trimming tool, and with a little help from a YouTube video, you can apply the tip loop and trim them to the perfect fit. They climb well on groomed or powder conditions. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

5 5

Works Great!

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

So far these skins work great. I have a few short days on them so far, but both the grip and the glide have been exceptional. And I feel like they are lighter than the same ones I got a bunch of years ago. Maybe BD did some materials upgrading.
Only thing I would recommend is getting a G3 cutting tool if you plan on cutting them yourself. The offset of that tool makes the cutting job so much easier!

I have some 191 cm Wagner's being built right now, with these dimensions, 138mm-98mm-123mm. From the responses here it would appear I would need the 125mm width skins. I bought the 140's for my Voile Chargers, which are 140-114-128. I trimmed a bunch, that's true, but the skins cover the entire base of the skis out to the edge all the way along the ski. Is that not what I want? I'm confused.

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Wall to wall coverage is ideal, but not totally necessary. Like you said, you just end up trimming off a ton of material. You would save a little weight and time going with the 125mm - that would cover the tail fully. You probably wouldn't notice a whole lot of climbing power improvement with the small amount of additional coverage you'd get with the 140 vs the 125, but you're definitely not wrong! Better to have wall to wall coverage than not enough coverage.

What size would you recommend on buying for 113-85-104, 179 length skis?

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I'd go with the 110 for wall to wall coverage! You could definitely get away with the 95mm if you want to save some weight, $ and time trimming but you would also be showing a little more base.

Ordering these as a gift for my daughter in MT. Her skis are 166cm, 137 / 107 / 122 mm. What size should I order?

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I'd go with the 125mm for best coverage! My skis are about the same shape and the 125mm worked out great. Super easy to trim!

5 5

Working Perfectly.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much else to say. The cutting tool that comes with them isn't great, but other than that, I love them!

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

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These come in a standard length (188cm) that you will just trim to fit. I'd go with the 140mm waist to get the best coverage! Again, you'll trim to fit a bit on the sidecut as well.

I've got a pair of Atomic Tacora that are 120.80.106. Should I order the 80 mm or go wider and trim? Will the skin cover the ski length?

Best Answer Responded on

Always buy the width closest (or just slightly narrower) than the width of the TAIL of the ski. This will provide full coverage.

The short bit of ski that is wider than the tail (near the tip) will be trimmed back anyway to taper to the Tip Loop, so if you buy skins that wide, you'll be cutting it off anyway.

In your case a 100mm wide skin would be perfect, but it's not available in this style. 95mm will work really well, but if $8 is trivial then go for the 110mm knowing that most of the difference will wind up on the cutting room floor, but a few cm of ski will be better covered.

5 5

Comes with everything but the adventure!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well I wish I had seen Laura's picture before I purchased the skins.... I ended up buying skin savers and a trim tool as well... but alas.

These skins are THE standard. The tip loop is great and adjusts to fit on many different ski sizes/shapes. The STS tail attachment is bomber, easy to use, and also adjustable. The skins have a "rip strip"; a non-adhesive stripe runs the length of the ski to make removing the skins painless.... I wish band-aids had rip strips.

As for the skins themselves, they have tons of grip, great glide, and are rock solid.

Trimming the skins and installing the hardware is super simple; there are plenty of tutorials out there as well as the included BD instruction guide.

Once you're done with the quick setup... it's time to climb!

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Hah! and now I see from your reviews Ben, that you already know this <doh>

Included in this box...

Included in this box...

Trim tool. Skin savers ("Cheat Sheet"). Tip loops, hardware and instructions!
Annnnnd skins (188cm trim to fit) with tail straps attached.
Awesome instructional video from BD on their website (as well as posted by other reviewers here)!

My skies are 163cm, cut is 122.88.109.
will these skins work?

Best Answer Responded on

Yup! I would go with the 110mm width! They come in a standard length that you will trim to fit your ski.