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5 5

Durable and Reliable

Great Skins. They're light weight, dry out quickly, and are great on the up so we can enjoy the down.

4 5

Good skins for the weight

The STS tail kit is a great improvement over the old clip fix tail. It keeps the tail on snug. The tail straps will break over time, so carry a spare. The Glidelite skins are a nice lightweight skin. I have had issues with the sides curling due to the thin backing material. I would highly recommend these, but don't expect to get as many years out of them as the regular BD skins.

5 5

Great skins

The GlideLite skins are a nice light weight improvement to the classic BD/Ascension skins. With the thing backing, they are prone to edge curling so you need to store them carefully. carry extra tail stretchers as they do break.

I have purchased a set of Glidelite STS...

I have purchased a set of Glidelite STS 60mm for a pair of Fisher Touring Crowns. They measure 58-50-52 but the tip clamp seems too wide to grab even when turned over- it just slides down the ski. I haven't attached it to the skin yet, maybe this will take care of it?

its more just to hold the skin to the board it should be fine if not take a pair of pliers and pinch the ends in.

5 5

Great skins..

I have been using these skins for about three years now and they still work fine. I was worried when I first bought these that they wouldn't hold up as well as the asensions but I wanted something really light weight and small in my pack. So far I haven't been disappointed. I think I may need to reapply some glue but they seem to be staying on fine anyway because of the clip system. When they wear out I will def. replace them with the same skins. And my friends with the ascensions are thinking about getting these.

sometimes the tail attachments suck

sometimes the tail attachments suck

sometimes the tail attachements for these skins suck. these are very new skins and they haven't been great.

5 5


I have been using these for four years with out any problems. Lighter and more supple that the BD Ascensions, have not had any issues with durability. Tip/Tail system is the best that I've seen yet.

I just bought a pair of Volkl Mantra's....

I just bought a pair of Volkl Mantra's. The widest part of the ski is 133mm. Would 120mm skins be sufficient?

Yes, it goes by the narrowest part, which is the waist, so buy for that size and cut down.If you buy skins for the narrowest part of your skis you will have exposed base which sucks. The preferred method is buy skins for the width of your tip or in the Case of Volkl Mnatra 133m. 140mm skins would give you full coverage 120mm would leave about 6.5mm of base showing on each side of the ski at the wides part of the tip. If the side cut is aggressive you many not have much base exposed with 120mm.

I have some Movement Flames spec 118,78,108....

I have some Movement Flames spec 118,78,108. Which skin width should I get? I am worried that if I go for 100mm the loop tip will be too small. Do they vary in width? And will the STS fixation work with rounded tails?

I haven't had issues with the tip adaptors, even on skis with up to 130 tips. Re: width, buy the closest size to your tip, then trim with a razorafter you've applied to your skis. I.e. I recc' buying 110 vs 100s. STS tail clips work fine on rounded tails. Or at least they do for my ANTs.

I would definitely go with the 110 mm width. You will regret going any skinnier. As far as the STS tail clip and rounded tails they do work but not perfectly... if you have less than perfect skinning technique and you cross you tails on kick turns then you will probably kick the clip off of the tails here and there.

4 5

Great skins

This is my first pair of skins, I've had them out the gate about 5 times, once for a multi hour skin up 2000' vert. They seem to work very well, though I did have one of the tail clips fall off. Since then I've been putting them on tighter and haven't had a problem. They climb great my only complaint is that I was under the understanding that they were very compact and packable. Though they are a little smaller then normal skins when folded up they are nowhere near small enough to fit in a jacket pocket like I read. Overall great skins just not as small as I imagined.

5 5


They worked just as they're designed to for me. I haven't taken them up anything extremely steep yet, but more most skin trails around Grizzly Gulch, UT they've been perfect. Easy to cut, and the tip/tail attachments work like a charm.

How do I know what size skins to get. I...

How do I know what size skins to get. I have a pair of 2008/09 Mantra 177. I think they are 98 under waist.

You should buy the next size up, and trim down to your ski as per instructions.

Dynastar big trouble 176, I believe they...

Dynastar big trouble 176, I believe they are 92mm underwaist. Will the 90mm skins work?

That might work, but I personally buy up and cut down. Makes a better custom fit for maximum traction.

i would like to purchase these for a 181...

i would like to purchase these for a 181 k2 coomba. will the tip and tail attachments work. thanks rob

I have Rossignol B-Squads 184 cm. The...

I have Rossignol B-Squads 184 cm. The dimensions are 130-100-120What size skin do I need?

Will these fit my 184 Rosignol B-Squads....

Will these fit my 184 Rosignol B-Squads.....100mm waist?

If you get the 110 mm skins they should work fine. They won't cover the whole ski at the tip or tail, but you'll have enough surface area that it won't matter.

I have these skis in length 172. The tip...

I have these skis in length 172. The tip has a metal-enforcement about 8 mm thick. Does the loop fit and what size should I choose?Model: Dynastar Legend 4800 (2007)Size(cm) / Radius(m): 158/14 165/15 172/16 178/17 184/19Sidecut: 114-75-102

Erik, the metal tip on the Dynastar Legend is no problem with the skin tip loop. You should buy skins that are 120mm wide this will give you full coverage once you trim the skins.

4 5

Cold weather climbing review

seem solid enough.
I haven't yet tested them out in all conditions as my climbs have been on firmer snow in sub arctic temps but just to address a couple issues that have been brought up:

I find the bag to have plenty of room.

All razors that come with skins are terrible in my experience.

They have very little glide at all.

They weight on the skis seems pretty good for the size, but it's hard to gage on the fat skis. These are cut for my Jaks. It's really hard for me to imagine how these are much better or worse than any other skins i've used. They certainly did the job, but my biggest problem is clumping and that wouldn't happen with any skin on Hoth.

Bonus: sts is real easy on and off so your hands stay a bit warmer than on other tip tail attachments i've tried.

for the K2 Shuksan at 119-78-105, what...

for the K2 Shuksan at 119-78-105, what size glidelite should I buy?

4 5

Almost Perfect

I purchased these for a trip to Japan. The snow has been incredibly deep and so I needed a pair of skins for the Volkl Kuro. The width of the skins is perfect, but the double bar tip attachment isn't big enough. I improvised with a copper hanger. It seems to be working. I think a bike spoke would work better, stronger. And I agree with Jeff, it would be great if the bag was a little bigger and the razor sucks. I broke my razor on my first cut.