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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins

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    40 Reviews


    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

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

    Tech Specs

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    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.


      • 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.

      Total waste of time and money

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

      Perhaps these are great for skinning up things. I wouldn't know; attempting to put them together has left me with a pile of stripped screws and skins with no tip loops. Giant pain, giant waste of my life, and now I have to go track down someone with a drill in the hopes of not just being out $150.
      Get something else.

      First pair of skins

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

      These were my first pair of skins ive ever purchased and used and so far im very impressed on how much grip they provide even on steeper pitches. They are very easy to set up and easy to use. Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking to tour every now and then or everyday. My roommate is on his third season with them and they are still going strong.

      Pretty great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used these pretty frequently this season. I've had some issues with snow sticking to the bottoms in warm weather, but nothing that skin wax can't fix. No issues on steep pitches or ice.


        I've been using the old version of these skins for years. They had wall-to-wall glue, a thicker material and a more aggressive fabric for grip. These newer versions are a minimalist version (less wight, pack smaller) of those older ones. But I feel like all the advantages from the features mentioned above were significantly reduced when going lighter. They still do the job, but don't seem as reliable to me as the old versions in regards to grip in tough areas and retention to my bases on those long multi-transition days.

        On that up and up!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These are well trusted by many in the backcountry community because they are fantastic. I was blown away by how well these stick on the uphill. Rarely ever do I have problems with these slipping. These don't pack down super small which isn't really a problem for me since I have a large enough backpack for storage but for those who are looking at the minimalist set up I would go with the other lighter BD skins.

        Some people complain about trimming difficulties. I didn't really have a problem trimming these with the provided tool but I did have the assistance of a ski vice.

        Overall these are a fantastic skin for those getting into backcountry or anyone who just has a new set up and want's a set of skins to match their skis.

        Easy to set up - easier to use.

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

        First set of skins and I couldn't be happier.

        As far as the install - I found it to be no problem at all.

        If the screws start to seize up, just back the screw all the way out and go at it again. The issue is that material builds up on the threads.. so just back the screw out and go again. installed all 6 screws quick and easy.

        As far as cutting the skins - I dove right in. I didn't worry too much about hitting the 2mm spacing on the head - and in the end the cutting tool they give you does the trick perfectly.

        Not trying to pump up BD - but after seeing how many people had issues - I thought it important to let you know some of us didn't have any at all.

        Very excited to take these out on the rock pile this weekend.

        Wonderful Skins, Painful Setup

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        You can read the other reviews praising the quality of these skins, they're all true.

        While installing the screws to the tip of the skins, just save yourself the time and use a power drill. The screws strip extremely easily and you need some significant force to get them through.

        Ascensions ROCK

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        BD skins are the best in the business....grippy for climbing, easy to apply/remove. The adjustable tail piece was a home run when it was first thought out.....

        Buy 'em!

        Awesome skins, pain to set up

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've have used these skins multiple times in the past on setups other than my own and have always loved their gripping ability on the snow as well as the awesome glue that holds great on the skis and not too much trouble getting covered in snow. However, today was the first time I ever set up a pair, which is not the most fun project. Being a person who works on my own car, it takes a lot to get under my skin, but having all three screws on both tips freeze halfway through and then strip did the job. I ended up having to break off the screw side rather than the tips because I could not get them back out, and now I have little pointed ends sticking out. With that being said, they still do hold together fine and there is no movement on the tips. The cutting tool was a godsend on these as all you do is run it down the edges of your ski and it strips away the excess of the skins.

        Awesome skins, pain to set up

        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?

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

        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?


        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.

        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.