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Light, packable, and fully adjustable.

Designed for longer tours and approaches, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Climbing Skins give you 10cm of length adjustment to easily adjust to different skis in your quiver. The mix of smooth supple mohair and nylon trims ounces and packs easier than similar models, and redesigned tip and tail attachments hold strong until it’s time to make tracks.

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5 5

Use with Twin Tips with G3 Adapter

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

I used these skins last season on a HUGE pair of surface skis (that unfortunately got stloen). Nevertheless, they worked great. Great grip for steep ascents, dried out quickly after long wet days in the North West, and were easy on and off. IF you would like to put these skins on a pair of twin tip skis with out drilling use the G3 twin tip adapters---they work great and stay on well.

putting on the skins

putting on the skins

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This is my and my brother Don putting on our BD skins on our first day in the Utah backcountry. An absolutely spectacular day. The BD video on how to cut the skins was fantastic.

5 5

No Problems

After having had a chance to use these about 5 times, all I can say is that they work as intended with no issues so far. I was concerned because I have heard that with the mohair, you sacrifice some traction and durability for the lighter weight. I ski in the Wasatch, and I have climbed several of my favorite skin tracks in conditions ranging from hard refrozen snow to new powder. With this width, you can climb just about anything with no trouble. Having owned the BD full synthetic nylon skins also, I can say that in my opinion the mohair mix performs just as well and is much easier to fold and pack, especially in cold conditions. I suppose only time will tell if they are lacking in durability as compared to nylon, but who really wears out skins anyway?

What lengths do these skins come in? Doesnt...

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What lengths do these skins come in? Doesnt seem to be an option in the buying forms... or do they just come in long lengths and you chop them to length?

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One length and you cut them down to fit.

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These skins don't come in specific legnths, only the custom sts' do. These are meant to trim down in both length and width to fit your ski perfectly. And if done correctly, they will.

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first time out this year, large quantity...

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first time out this year, large quantity of skins glue stuck to skiis horrible run followed, skiis are a mess, skins seemed ruined, I had stored them properly.......what happened!?

4 5

BD Glidelite Mix

Seems to be a good skin. I have had it out climbing 4 times this season. Nice and light for the size and seems to go up when I want it too. I wish it had a tad more glide going down, but does well for a new skin.

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I just got a pair of Volkl Katana's 183cm...

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I just got a pair of Volkl Katana's 183cm 141-111-131 will the 125mm work with these ski's? Do I need to buy any additional attachments or will this be everything I need? Thanks...

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My ski dimensions are 113.45, 74. something,...

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My ski dimensions are 113.45, 74. something, and 102.41. Ok to go with the 110's?

How do these compare to k2 skins? I have...

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How do these compare to k2 skins? I have heard k2 skins are not as good and are overpriced, but having skins that are precut for my k2 coombas and work with their tip and tail retention system sounds nice. Thoughts?

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Cutting your skins the BD way is so yesterday. Get one of the G3 skin cutting tools and cut them perfectly without moving it back and forth 3 times. K2's attachment system is great, the skin material is sourced from Climbing Skins Direct - they've had some glue inconsistency problems but generally a decent product. Hard to beat BD for glue and durability, though.

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I've used both brands and it seems that the K2 skins do not come with a DWR treatment and this leads to major soaking of water and then icing. They are also difficult to pull apart and don't seem to last very long. I've been much happier with the BDs, both mohair mix and full nylon ascensions. The K2 tip/tail attachment looks neat but doesn't save any time removing/attaching skins like Dynafit's system does.

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I just returned a pair of K2 Backstop's to my local EMS, and am ordering a pair of the BD Mohair mixes. The K2 Backstops were shockingly bad. I spent one wweek with a group on a backcountry, and on day 1 the guide told me "your skins don't glide", and he was right. Other skiers would routinely run up my backside on the short downhill gildes, as I stopped dead in my tracks. It is extraordinary that K2 would put their name on such a poor product.

what mm size do i need for AT skis that...

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what mm size do i need for AT skis that are 162cm.

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The millimeter variant indicate the skins width. These are long enough that your skies length won't be a factor, just there width dimensions.

For the best fit, measure the widest part of you ski (generally near the tip) and go for the size closed to this dimension. A trimmer is included to cut and shape the skins to fit your skies exactly.

5 5

When every ounce counts

When every ounce counts, the mohair skins are the way. they pack so nice and tight and get me to the goods! The dont seem to last as long as others but they got me through this winter. I love skining!

5 5

Ski skins

stolen of the bdel.com website

1. Decide on material type:
Nylon: Generally climbs better and offers more traction, can be considered more durable, stiffer and hydrophobic. They do not glide as well as Mohair. These are the pitbull of skin material.
Mohair Pure: 100% Mohair is a natural fiber and offers a superior glide over Nylon. Lighter weight, packs better, probably not as durable over the long term. Not as water repellent as Nylon. Well suited for long approaches and tours.
Mohair Mix: These are a 65% Mohair and 35% Nylon for extra durability.

2. Decide on tail attachments:
STS tail attachment: Uses an over-the-center camming device combined with a stretchy elastomer strap that's easy to tension and remove—very versatile and easier to adjust in the length as needed. Easy to use. We sell far more STS style skins than any other.
Standard: Does not use any style of tail attachment system (duct tape is your friend). It’s simple, basic, and there is nothing to break or lose.

3. Choose between Glidelite or Ascension:
Ascension Skins: Tend to be boardier, perhaps a bit more durable, harder to fold up small, but are easier to put on in a stiff breeze.
Glidelite: Pretty much the opposite of the above (more pliable and packable than the stiff Ascension).

I am a fan of these skins. The glide is good and with good care they don't ice up too often with the use of skin wax. Cutting the skins can be a little difficult but with a little patience it's really not that hard. measure twice cut once. They are holding up great after having 50+ days on them.

5 5

Great skins

These are GREAT! Lightweight, packable and user friendly-on and off, these gripped well and didn't ice up. Be sure to treat them with anti-glop wax right out of the box, and keep them treated, and you shouldn't have any issues. I have had no problems whatsoever..

4 5

A Fine Pelt

I cut these for my Voile Insanes and they are working great. They are lighter and more packable than the nylon skins I have for my other skis. They might slip a tiny bit more but not too bad. They get wet a little easier and I feel like they won't last as long as nylon skins. But overall I like them and would buy them again over nylon ones.

4 5

Decent Skin

I bought these skins last year for my first pair of climbing skins. They were very easy to cut and fit to my Coombas. They get plenty of traction under my skis on the climb up and they glide well otherwise. Also, they pack up nice and easily and do not weigh too much. Overall, I think these are a solid skin that helped me enjoy getting into touring because of how well they worked and generally hassle free they were.

4 5

Grip with a little slip

Setting up the skins, sizing them to my skis and cutting them was a breeze. I use with my Line Prophet 90's and found the 110mm to be a great fit. The tail attachment works great with twin tips. On a tour to the summit of Mount Washington did fantastically for most of the way up. The temperature gradient was pretty extreme and I found that they iced up a little bit and as a result with the angle increased they slipped occasionally and forced me to boot pack it up a few steep sections. Minus this, I am impressed with of easy they go on and come off and with their performance in general. I look forward to a few more trips up the cog and into Tucks' this spring.

How-to Video: Trimming Black Diamond Skins

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Learn how to set up Black Diamond climbing skins with STS: cut your skins to length, attach the adjustable tip loop, trim your skins to match your skis sidecut and adjust your tip loop.

Do these come with a twin tip attachment/work...

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Do these come with a twin tip attachment/work for twin tips? Or does anyone have a good recommendation I could use?

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If you put them on tightly, they will stay on pretty well. You can use a file to put a notch in the tails if the attachments won't stay put. Also, climbingskinsdirect.com uses the same ascensions plush fabric, and is the only company that makes twin tipped skins. Also, they're cheaper. Enjoy!

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G3 makes a twin tip tail attachment that should work with these...

I have a pair of skis that are 136 110 126...

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I have a pair of skis that are 136 110 126 what size skin should i use?

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The 125 would be your best bet with what is available, but you would have more coverage with a 140mm skin. Since most of your traction is in the back 3/4 of your ski, you'll probably be able to climb okay with a 125mm. The closer the size is to the tip width, the better the performance.
This is one of the most common questions asked regarding climbing skins. I bet someone asks that every week or so on backcountry.com. Check out some forums or websites to get more opinions on the matter. Chances are, a lot of other people have the same questions. Good luck.

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