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Rejoice backcountry skiers, because the natural mohair fiber of the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Pure STS Climbing Skin makes this bad boy one of the fastest, most packable ski touring skins on the planet. Cleverly engineered tip and tail attachments accommodate a wide range of ski shapes and sizes, and Black Diamond's own Gold Label glue keeps this skin stuck securely.
- Gold Label adhesive is Black Diamond's own in-house formulation which performs in a wide range of temperatures and stays sticky season after season
- Mohair is a natural fiber with inherent water-repellent capabilities and a hollow core that makes the material light, stiff, and fast across the snow
- Tip loop attachments fit a wide range of ski tip shapes and sizes, and the loop wire can be easily adjusted to fit different skis
- Synthetic tail straps have a slight stretch that creates a snug, secure fit no matter which slot the metal clip is sitting in
- Tail attachment provides up to 10cm of adjustability
- Item #BLD3404
- Q & A
Does the job quite well
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So after using high traction skins for the last several years, I thought I'd pick up something that offered more glide to see what I have been missing out on. These glide extremely well, almost too good at times. There is still decent grip on the lower angle skin tracks (which are more efficient anyways) and when things get steep, there is definitely some slippage, but I was expecting that, since I primarily got them for the longer approaches in. The 125mm fit perfectly for my splitboard giving me plenty of coverage edge to edge and down the board for the parts that are in contact with the snow. Trimming them was super easy, as most skins are, and attaching the tip connector was a breeze. The tail clips from my G3 high traction skins worked with the BD so that was nice as well. Durability wise, they are holding up to the use I'm giving them, time will tell how the 100% mohair will hold up, but so far so good. The mohair mix is a great option for those looking for both glide and grip and tend to be more durable as well.
I bought the 125 mm for my 2015 161 Jones carbon solution
Mohair, Mo Problems!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The main difference between these skins and the normal BD Ascension Nylon Skins is that these are essentially thinner and more lightweight. These deductions are more for the feel in your pack, rather than making your uphill climb easier - as its only pretty minimal - and in that case, if you're a stickler for ounces they're a good choice, otherwise its not a huge difference.
In my opinion, you do sacrifice a little bit of uphill grip with the Mo Hair. I made the mistake of using these for a pair of super rockered skis, which therefore had minimal contact with the snow on steep climbs. Combine that with a slightly lesser grip and I was occasionally slipping and struggling on tough climbs. So keep that in mind.
My other problem is a bit silly, but may effect you if you are as OCD as I am. These skins were so thin that often at the top of windy peaks, when I'm pealing them - they would flap around so much (noticeably more than normal skins) that I could not fold them up evenly to pack more efficiently. I hate wasting time on top of a cold peak, so this was a problem for me.
Anyways, just some things to consider.
How to trim your skins
Here is a video that shows how to trim your skins for your skis. These skins will fit almost every length ski, you just need to figure out what width you need
What is the length of the 80mm wide skins?
Is the length adjustable?
These skins are trim to fit in that you will trim them to the length you need, and then attach the front loop hardware. Once installed, you can readjust length using the tail clip.