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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins

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Better than a lift ticket.

You set out each morning in search of steep skintracks and untracked backcountry lines, and the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins are your ticket to bottomless turns and endless face shots. Their newly re-worked nylon material is lighter and more packable than ever, while the tried-and-true adjustable tip loops and STS tail clips ensure a solid hold on your skis. The STS tail clip provides 10cm of adjustability, allowing you to switch the skins between different skis in your quiver.

  • Your ticket to untracked backcountry lines
  • Reliable nylon material clings to steep skintracks
  • STS adjustable tail clips attach securely to ski tails
  • Adjustable tip loops adapt to fat and skinny skis
  • Item #BLD00EE

Tech Specs

Material
nylon
Tip Attachment
adjustable tip loop
Tail Attachment
STS
Skin Savers Included
yes
Case Included
yes
Claimed Weight
1lb 10oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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One of the Best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best skin to have on your skis when tackling steep skin tracks. They can climb a tree if needed. They don't have much glide but if you are skinning to the South Pole you may want a mohair skin. Very durable nylon and glue.

Great skins, other flaws.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The skins are an amazing beginner skin. Lots of grip and predictable....
However, the tip attachment felt like trying to come up with the meaning of life. The bolts didn't fit in the holes, they stripped when I tried to screw them in. Overall poor design for the user to assemble without a ski shop at his disposable. Also not including a skin cutter is so 1990.
Great skin if you can put them together.

So many uses

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were relatively easy to cut, had great grip going up and stuck so well to my skis that I used them to wax my buddy Ben's back! It got all the unwanted hair off! Amazing! Would definitely buy again.

Lots of grip, tough to glide

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

Awesome heading up 35 degree slopes, but way too much for gentle tours. The included instructions for trimming are tough to follow - Search it out on YouTube. The tail clip is low quality, buy 10 at the start of each season as your going to lose a bunch. They are a super solid climbing skin and provide more pound to pound brute force than others, but it makes gliding tough - especially on fatter skies.

Easy Set-up and They Grip Very Well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skins have been awesome! This is my first season using these skins from Black Diamond and I have been really impressed. The grip of the nylon material is incredible so I have had no issues climbing 25-30% grade slopes (as best as I can calculate). There is a reason they call these climbing skins haha. If you don't plan to skin up anything too steep and feel comfortable with your skinning technique, then you might consider a nylon/mohair blended skin so you have some increased glide for the flatter portions. This will save you energy and shave a couple minutes off your miles times (if your a nut like me and care about that haha). Let me know if you have any questions : )

Easy Set-up and They Grip Very Well

Great skins so far

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

My initial impression of these skins after a single day of some backcountry touring is that they glide well, grip tenaciously to steeper snow, and seem relatively durable and of great construction. I would like to assess these skins on some refrozen snow and spring corn snow to make a more comprehensive statement about their gripping performance. Expect an update to this review addressing this topic in the future. Attaching the skins to skis (in my case, Black Diamond Helio 105's) was incredibly easy, held on the ski great, although it did allow a minor amount of snow between the ski and skin near the tip. Mounting the tip and tail clips to the skins them self after the initial unboxing, however, was very difficult. They do not come with instructions and I needed to contact Black diamond directly to make this happen. Thankfully you will only need to do this once, and the skins performance is worth this minor hassle.

Great skins so far

BD > G3

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome glide, great traction, easy set up.
If you have the money, definitely buy these over the G3 alpinist. Although those are solid skins, these will treat you better.

Best Skins

    I love my BD skins, and when the first pair I bought finally started to wear out due to dirt at 7+ years of use, it was time to get a new pair and these did not disappoint! Easy to get set up and cut to your skis. And in my opinion, these work the best for getting you up the hill without sliding down or slipping at all!

    First tour on these went great

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

    I had my first tour on these the other day and it went great. I don't have any other experience with different skins to compare it to, but these worked very well, even on the steepest climbs. The glide is good and they stick great too. Would recommend.

    Very Impressed with Back Country

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    My daughter ordered these for her trip to Japan. She is having a wonderful time thanks to Zach and other staff at Backcountry. After I placed the original order, I got a call from Zach immediately. He wanted to make sure I was ordering the right size, etc. When my daughter came home from college break she realized she gave me the wrong size. She was leaving for Japan in a week, so she was panicking a bit. She called and explained her situation and they shipped her the new size immediately. With plenty of time to spare she tried them out before she left and was very pleased and is now enjoying her adventure in Japan. Thanks so much Zach and everyone at Backcountry.

    Grippy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Super grippy skins that are great for steep skin tracks. If you are looking for something that glides a little more efficiently this may not be it. Setup is super easy and the glue has been going strong for a few years.

    Very durable and long lasting

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Ive had these skins for 3+ years and they are still going strong! I haven't had a single problem with them. The glue stays sticky year after year and the grip on the snow is fantastic, very minimal slippage. I highly recommend this skin over all others.

    Best Option Out There

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    A bit more time consuming to set up, but other than that, I would say that these skis hit all the marks in my book. Good traction, but still enough glide to make them fast. The glue they use on the most current model is the best I have seen, easy enough to rip without even taking the skis off!

    Not the easiest set-up

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

    I fully admit to being a total beginner to ski touring. I've spent my whole life skiing, but this season is my first time going out in the backcountry to earn my turns. I thought it would be fun (also maybe a rite of passage??) to trim my own skins. With the help of some youtube videos, I was able to figure it out. And... the other reviews are right! I had a really difficult time attaching the toe loop to the skins -- those screws just really do not want to go through the skin & the loop. Other than the hellish toe loop though, everything was fine to set up. I'm stoked to get out on the snow and try them out!

    keeps you keepin on.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These skins have kept me going in spots that I would have been slipping on my old skins. The skin savers that come with them along with the strong set up makes you comfortable with your equipment and keeping them ready to go all season long. Haven't needed skin wax yet but that can be mainly due to the conditions we have been having this season.

    Hi, I've got Rossignol Soul 7's width dimensions 136-106-126, 180 in length. Should I get the 125mm and trim them?? Thanks!

    My skis are super short - 153cm. Is it possible to trim the tails of the skins and re-attach the STS tail clips?
    Thanks!!

    Has anybody got real world comparison between these, the NEW ascensions and the last model of ascensions?? Mostly in regards to uphill traction.
    Thanks.

    Ben, I have found the uphill traction to be about the same. The main difference I saw was that they compacted/folded down smaller than the previous versions.



    If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call my direct line!

    I'm 140-105-130 should I go slightly bigger or slightly smaller than the tail width since I'm so close? 140mm or 125mm?

    Will 110 works for Head monster 98, 170cm (134, 98, 119)? I think this is the right one, but I would like confirm this.

    Rafal, I would get the 125 mm. The most important part of the ski that needs wall to wall carpet with the skin is from the toes to the tail of the ski. If there is a little base showing near the tip that's totally fine. All the friction and power when skinning comes from your toes to the tail of the ski so, its a lighter and cheaper option to get the 125mm. I would say the 110 mm wont cover the tail of the ski enough and you will lose some friction in a really important spot on the ski.

    I got some volkl nanuqs with a length of 177cm. What size of these do I want? Since the nanuqs dimensions are 131 / 96 / 114 mm, does that mean I want 144mm?

    Thanks!

    The 125mm is all you really need Frank. The most important part of the ski that needs wall to wall carpet with the skin is from the toes to the tail of the ski. If there is a little base showing near the tip thats totally fine. All the friction and power when skinning comes from your toes to the tail of the ski so, its a lighter and cheaper option to get the 125mm.

    Hello.
    What length?

    The skins should work for any normal length of ski, most skins are width specific and not length, so every skin you buy will only come in one length with the option to cut it down. If you have really long skis (200 length plus) then we can double check to find a pair of skins that would work for you.

    Are these trim to fit like the Mohair STS climbing skins. I am looking for skins to buy my husband for 188 cm skis.