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A mix of fast, natural mohair and durable nylon makes the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Climbing Skin ideal for longer tours and approaches. A redesigned construction offers drastically less weight and improved packability, making this skin just over two ounces lighter than similar Ascension models. Patented STS adjustable tails give you 10cm of length adjustment for easy transitioning between different skis in your quiver or one-and-done tensioning. The ultralight Dynex and aluminum tip loops fit a wide range of ski tips, providing a versatile and reliable balance of efficiency and reliability.
- A lightweight climbing skin for longer approaches and tours
- Mohair mix offers an ideal balance of speed and durability
- Redesigned to make it lighter and more packable
- Replaceable Dynex and aluminum tip fits wide range of ski tips
- STS tail provides 10cm of length adjustment
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- Q & A
Best Skins Ever
I have been using these skins on my touring skis for the last 12 years now and don't anticipate changing anytime soon. They are lightweight but have exceptional grip and come in a variety of sizes to fit my needs. That being said I would feel safe going with any of the BD skins.
Good but not great
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Skins are lightweight and flexible and have a moderately better glide than full nylon. That said, I think they're somewhat more prone to slip in the skin track compared to my previous skins (G3 Aplinist). Overall though I like the BD glue better than G3 (too tacky, eventually made a mess of my bases). So far so good with the BD glue which offers a good balance of hold with an easy pull. No issues fitting tips over my wide skis (141cm tip).
Fitting these skins sucks. They have to be cut to length at the tip in addition to the side walls (as normal). This makes them hard to cut perfectly level all around. Do yourself a favor and buy the G3 trimming tool. Screwing on the tips was a pain too; I had to pre-drill the holes to avoid stripping the screws (they were too tight to screw in without stripping). A bench mounted vice might have helped to hold them in place.
Best of Both Worlds
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Love these skins. They stick and glide well on all types of snow and provide some serious weight savings as well. I have had no problems cruising with these on ascents but have yet to try them on seriously steep or icy skin tracks. As Karen mentioned, these also come with their own bag and skin savers as an extra bonus.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Great skins with some versatility if needed (tip can be changed). The mohair content will make gliding even faster. For those who are considering grabbing skin savers and a carry bag, this comes with them included. Great package!
Pack Small, But...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use Glidelite Mohair Mix skins on both my powder and mountaineering AT setups. When compared to nylon skins, I don't notice much, if any difference in grip, but the mohair mix models glide MUCH better, are much lighter, and pack way smaller (I roll them instead of fold).
I prefer BD's glue to G3's, which I find too tacky. I did have a few spots on my BD skins where the glue delaminated last season, but it was easily fixed with a tube of BD's glue renew, a waxing iron, and some parchment paper.
The one flaw to these skins is the tip loop on the larger sizes. BD uses the same length loop on all skins, and even maxed out on the adjuster, the tip loops are far too small to securely fit over the shovel on my Icelantic Nomad 125s (The shovel is 152mm, and I got the 140mm skins). You'd think that wide skins would come stock with BD's oversized tip loops (still sold separately). I ended up just making new loops out of 2.5mm cord that I can adjust to get the perfect fit over the ski's shovel.
All in all, I'd recommend these to anyone looking to lighten their touring setup. Just like with any other skin though, if you plan on touring over icy crust or on a beat down, steep skin track, do yourself a favor and pick up some ski crampons.