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A packable, adjustable skin for the fast-and-light crowd.

Made with supple, smooth-sliding mohair, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Pure STS Climbing Skins are more packable and lighter than synthetic models, making them ideal for long tours or weight-sensitive missions. The adjustable STS tail attachment gives you 10cm of leeway for different length skis, and the redesigned tip loop fits a wide variety of progressive tip shapes.

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What size skin is best for the black diamond...

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What size skin is best for the black diamond Havoc skiis. Measurement is 114mm (tail), 88mm (waist) and 122mm (tip)

Thanks!
Tania Kraai

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I think you want the widest width to match your ski width. 122mm at the tip, i would get the 125mm.

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supple

These are my favorite skins, as opposed to a nylon. They are lighter and more packable, and I have had any slipping issues. seems like a no brainer.

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200cm

If anyone is concerned about length on these skins BD says they are about 200cm long.

I´d like to know if the black diamond...

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I´d like to know if the black diamond glidelite mohair pure sts climbing skins fit the k2 backlash ski 1.74 cm (129-92-115)

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They'll fit as long as you don't mind the more traditional BD attachment system instead of the K2 Z Clip attachment that the skis were designed for. You have 37mm difference between your waist and tip, so you could probably go with the 110mm width and still have adequate coverage and a little extra glide up front. If you want full coverage for optimal grip and don't mind the extra trimming and waste, then you could go with the 125mm width.

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I´d like to know if the black diamond...

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I´d like to know if the black diamond glidelite mohair pure sts climbing skins fit the k2 backlash ski 1.74 cm (129-92-115)

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I´d like to know if the black diamond...

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I´d like to know if the black diamond glidelite mohair pure sts climbing skins fit the k2 backlash ski 1.74 cm (129-92-115)

which would you buy for dynastar 6th sense...

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which would you buy for dynastar 6th sense slicer skis with these dimensions?
175cm length, Tip Width (mm):132 Waist Width (mm):98 Tail Width (mm):120

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If you want full coverage, get the 125mm. The ultralight folks may want to match waist width and would go with the 95mm, but you will sacrifice grip.

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Carpet on my feet

I love these skins! Super light and packs aways way smaller than any other skins I've used. Being able to ski a line without having a heavy bag is a must and these will give you that option. Never had any problems slipping while touring around the Wasatch. I highly recommend these skins.

Is there any difference in weight or...

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Is there any difference in weight or suppleness between the pure mohair and the mohair/nylon mix skins?

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More mohair=more supple and lighter as a rule.

how are these different from nylon skins?...

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how are these different from nylon skins? do they last longer?shorter? do they climb better?

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Mohair pure skins have better glide, are more compact and are lighter weight than both combo or nylon skins. Many skiers find that the don't climb quite as well, however I don't notice much difference.

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some info

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).

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excellent summary - i'll buy from backcountry.com because of it. just the right amount of information, very helpful.

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I concur, looking between the mohair and ascention for differences, your summary makes it clear what my choice will be.
cheers!

I have a pair of skins for an old pair of...

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I have a pair of skins for an old pair of skis with an 88mm waist. I have just bought the Volkl Katana (111mm waist). Do I need new skins for wider skis?

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You don't NEED them per se, but buying new skins means A. you don't need to replace any glue any time soon, B. you get a custom fit skin for your new skis with full(er) coverage that makes it easier for steeper ascents.
If you want to just use them, you will be fine, and they will let you glide more on the flats.

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yeah you will definitely have to get new skins for the Kantana's and when you do buy them get the width that is going to best cover your tip or tail, whichever is wider that's what is going to help you when you are skinning up.

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Yes you will have to get wider skins.....

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if you are tight on cash, just put a slice the old skins lengthwise right down middle from about a foot in from each end. Then when you glue them on, just stick the edge of the skin along the edge of the ski.
Voila DIY split skins

Now those skins can be used for any width of ski narrower or fatter.

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.

Will these skins work on 178cm DPS Wailers...

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Will these skins work on 178cm DPS Wailers with dimensions: 131/105/118? If not, what skins do you recommend?

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The pure Mohair skins are best for tours across rolling terrain or for randonee races. They don't climb as well as Nylon, but glide much better. A pure Nylon or Nylon/Mohair mix skin would be a better choice. Enjoy!

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Yes, you will want to select the 110mm or 125mm option and then trim them following the included instructions.

Write your question here...would these...

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Write your question here...would these skins fit the volkl chopstick??

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Yeah, but go for the nylon skins. Pure Mohair skins are better for low angle, rolling terrain and rando racing. 140mm Nylon or mixed Nylon/Mohair skins will be better for steeper ascents and big mountain skiing.

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Light, Fast, Sticky Skins

I bought these last season without a pair of skis for them, that was until I got my Voile Drifters. With so much underfoot on these skis the 120mm skin fit perfectly without even touching a blade to them. For fatter skis people are using these days a lighter skin that has just as much coverage seems to work just as well for me. The tips are a very nice feature as well as there is no end to the variation of ski tips these days. The effective tail strap is a nice addition as well. No more losing the little metal fix clip as it stays firmly in place in the rubber strap.
For someone with a lot of ski under foot who wants a lighter skin or someone looking to be light and fast that is not looking to go straight up these are a great skin choice.

Hi, am wondering what size skin to go with....

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Hi, am wondering what size skin to go with. My ski dimensions are 124-88-111...Work Stinx K2...I will be doing moderate, steady climbing, not much flat or glide work

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I would say get the 110s, but I might also recommend NOT going with a pure mohair if you are just going straight up and down, get a nylon mix or pure nylon.

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I second Evan's suggestion. The Pure Mohair skins are floppier and lighter weight. The thin material is much more flexible than other skins, so they don't fold together as easily as mixed, or nylon skins. They glide better, and are more for long tours where the ascent is not too steep. The Nylon and Mix Mohair/Nylon are more for climbing. The 110 will also short you some coverage, so pay the extra couple of bucks and get a 125mm. For moderate climbs, the Mix will give you plenty of grip. The pure Nylon has the best grip, but the glide isn't quite as good as the mixed mohair. Make sure to watch the video from BD about trimming your skins:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/skins

Hope that helps. Enjoy!

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