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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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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?

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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.

4 5

Go-To Skins for PNW Touring

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

I use the BD STS skins on a pair of 190cm Salomon Czars (111mm waist) with Marker Dukes. They have worked great in a variety of conditions around the North Cascades. Super easy to size and cut when the skins first arrived. Only problem I've encountered is the tail clip falling off so it's good idea to carry a few extras. I'll likely buy these or the backcountry brand skins in the future.

Go-To Skins for PNW Touring
Refreshing the Glue

Refreshing the Glue

(Left is After, Right is Before)
Over 1/2 million vertical feet on this pair, 2nd glue refresh, pretty easy maintenance. I love Ascension skins, the best Season Pass money can buy.

Ironing with paper grocery bags pulls all the gunk right off. Touch up areas of low glue with Gold Label.

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WOAH Peter! Soo cool, thanks for sharing!
That's pretty darn impressive.

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super grip. I was shocked at the pitch they can hold onto. I have however had them clump up a lot in wet snow.

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BD Glob Stopper will fix that for you....or you can use regular all temp ski wax too.

I have Atomic Bent Chetler 192 ( 144.5-123-136.5). Will the 125mm work or should I go for the 140mm?

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Depends on if you are going for a straight or shaped cut - shaped will give you more coverage (increased traction on the climb). 125mm would work and be slightly lighter weight, but I'd probably go with the 140mm for better coverage/grip overall!

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Another option for you would be getting the Split-STS skins from Black Diamond also! I have them on my 2010 K2 Pontoons and they are GREAT! They are designed for wide skis (120mm+ underfoot) so they will be lighter and provide you with enough grip. I have two recommendations for you in case you decide to get them. First, leave them stretching for a couple of days so that it is easier for you to cut them... don't cut them straight-out-of-the-box. And second, get the G3 trimming tool because the BD one included with the skins is useless!

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Always buy the width that is closest to the tail dimension of your skis. Once trimmed that will be the best fit.
If you buy based on the tip, you're going to be trimming off a ton of expensive material.


I have just bought a Black Diamond...


I have just bought a Black Diamond Current 2014 Skis ( [175 cm] 118-86-106 ) and am looking for skins for those.
Could any of you let me know which size I should go for?
Also what's the differences between Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins vs. Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Custom STS Skins?
Also does the package includes a pair + cutter?

Thx in advance,

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Balazs,

You have two options you can get a skin that provides full coverage that you trim to fit the shape of your ski-125mm size skin.

Or you can have a straight skin that matches the waist of your ski leaving some exposed base on tip and tail-95mm size skin.

the advantage of the straight skin is it is lighter and easier to fold up, but has less grip.

the difference between the custom and this pair is that the custom is precut to fit the length of your ski, where with this skin you have to cut the skin to fit the length and then attach the tail clip.

How long are these skins??

How long are these skins??

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Hey hgrp698955,

Thanks for your question.

Length of the skin itself is 188cm; including the STS tail, total length adjusts from 195cm - 200cm. You cut the skin to the correct length of your ski.

Trying to decide best skins for my Armada...

Trying to decide best skins for my Armada JJs (185s). New to AT so not sure on what's best for my setup (BD or G3) and what model? Thanks

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That's a difficult question to answer because there are a lot of other factors (including conditions and terrain)that need to be considered. Maybe give one of our experts a call and pick their brain.

5 5

Gets the Job Done

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great preforming skins! They provide great grip everywhere around the Lake Tahoe Basin. They haven't had a problem with even the wet and heavy spring snow here in Tahoe. I have not had a problem with these skins yet. They are super easy to trim and maintain. Another solid Black Diamond product.

I received a pair of these in 125mm, but...

I received a pair of these in 125mm, but my skis (Surface Live Free) are 110mm in the waist. Do you foresee any problems with cutting these down to 110mm? Thanks.

Best Answer Responded on

There is nothing wrong with cutting skins down to fit the ski, in fact that is exactly what you're supposed to do. Skins should be bought to fit the widest point on the skis and then cut to just allow the edge of the ski to be uncovered, in order to get maximum surface area and max friction on the snow.

3 5

Great Skins!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I gave these as a gift, but the user was the following to say:

These skins are great! Easy to put on, excellent grip, and seem like they will hold up well.

4 5

Climbing to awesomeness!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I have last years model of this skin and they are awesome! Took them out for the first time this year and they performed perfectly. I felt really confident up the skin track and slipped on the steeper stuff but that was because I wasn't engaging the skin properly through my ski (aka: oh yeah there is camber in my ski and I need to step down in order to make full contact of the skin to snow. HAHA).
I really enjoy how easy it is to apply the skin and taking them off is a breeze when you have your toe and tail clips set. The glue is amazingly sticky especially when dried after use. The cutting of the skins and installation of the toe loop and tail clip wasn't hard at all but I would definitely watch the youtube video Black Diamond has online first just to get an visual. The thicker material is heavier than most skins I have seen but at the same time I think it helps the skins last a lot longer and for a lot more laps.
I didn't have a problem gliding and felt that these skins did their job and I?m very happy with them. As you can see from my picture the skin doesn?t cover the whole bottom of my tip and it doesn?t for my tail either but I felt that it didn?t affect the traction at all. Also I cut my skins to be edge out (which means my edges are not covered by the skin) and I find that it helped keep me on unevenly cut tracks or even setting a track. Over all I really like these skins and I would recommend them for any first touring set up.

Climbing to awesomeness!