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Black Diamond UltraLite Mix STS Climbing Skin

$179.95 - $184.95

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    • One Color, 110mm
      $179.95
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      $179.95
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      $184.95
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    3 Reviews

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    Lightest is mightiest.

    Black Diamond's UltraLite Mix STS Climbing Skin is an excellent addition to the minimalist ski mountaineer's setup. Now 20% lighter, this skin's combination of mohair and nylon offers balanced performance between glide and grip, and the Dynex and aluminum tip is easily replaceable, even when you're in the backcountry.

    • Lightweight climbing skins for backcountry skiing
    • Mixed mohair and nylon construction balances glide and grip
    • Replaceable Dynex and aluminum tip
    • Patented STS tail provides 10cm of length adjustment
    • Item #BLD00NW

    Tech Specs

    Material
    65% mohair, 35% nylon
    Tip Attachment
    Dynex and aluminum
    Tail Attachment
    STS tail clip
    Length
    110 mm, 125 mm, 140 mm
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 4
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Good but could be better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My first impressions were that the skins were light and compacted to take up minimal space in my backpack which is great. After about 2.5 weeks of use the glue became globby and not even, as of right now they still stick well but time will tell how the glue holds up.

    Glue failure after decent performance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Background: I own and use nylon skins, pure mohair skins and mixed skins. I ski in coastal areas and the Wasatch.

    The good: These skins perform admirably in terms of grip and glide. They grip a bit more than mohair and glide a bit better than nylon. In this realm, I really think you get pretty much what you bought 65% mohair and 35% nylon - they behave as their specifications suggest. Some loss of material underfoot (which is somewhat expected with mohair).

    The bad: After around 30 days the glue on these completely failed into the stickiest gloppiest mess I have seen. This shouldn't happen.

    The ugly: After removing the rotten glue. I bought BD transfer rolls to reglue them. The transfer rolls stuck to the backing and didn't roll out correctly (yes, I have done this before and BD transfers have worked). In the process they left piles of glue and basically ruined what was still a very good plush. Honestly, BD is kind of retreating from the skiing segment, and I think smart buyers should take this into consideration and seek out other suppliers for their skiing needs.

    So Far So Good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I cut the skins to my skis yesterday and the whole process went very smoothly (I did use a G3 edge tool through). These skins fold up to less than half the size of my 5-year-old BD Ascension skins and felt much lighter. The dyneema tip loop shows just how far these skins go to shave down the grams. The backing material and the thread length contributed to the reduced weight and packability. I will update this review on performance once it actually snows!!!! But, for now they seem like a real win.

    how wide are the 125mm skins