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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins

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    28 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.

    • Nylon
    • STS adjustable tail clips
    • Adjustable tip loops
    • Item #BLD00EE

    Tech Specs

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

    Tech Specs

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    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

      When it gets Steep

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are hands down the most grippy skins I have ever used. The wasatch is steep and "up the gut" type of skinning and these never fail - highly recommend getting skin savers to go with these - for overall ease of use in the transitions.

      When it gets Steep

      Doesn't disappoint

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

      The STS skin definitely wont disappoint while climbing. However, I have to echo some of the comments below that I find them a pain to cut. I was most disappointed by the "adjustable" tip loop, which is sold separately. I drove myself crazy trying to follow the instructions on adjusting the tip loop, it does not say anywhere that the loops these skins come with are not adjustable. I have talked to people who have bought skins that come with the silver adjustable loops, but these aren't them.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These skins are reliable. I used them 2 seasons on my BD Justices (about 140 tours) in all weather/snow conditions. I've never had an issue with the glue not sticking to the skis.
      The grip is great, and the wasatch provides some very steep icy skintracks, of which these skins do a phenomenal job at.
      I also thought the setup/cutting was not too difficult. The only remote issue could be the tail clip sliding off the side, but that's an easy fix and likely isn't an issue on most skis.

      Great Climbing Skins!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are my first and probably only pair of climbing skins I have purchased and they are AWESOME! Took my a little while to figure out how to cut them and set them on the Faction Candide 3.0s. First I purchased the 120mm skins and realized they were too small for the tip and tail of the ski. So I returned and upgraded to the 140mm skins. The instructions for cutting the skins were very informative and helpful, but the YouTube tutorial also helped me get a better idea on how to cut the skins properly. https://youtu.be/W1cZRIafN5k
      Once I got my skins all fitted properly, the rest was uphill ;) haha. These skins are awesome for climbing in the BC! Great traction and hold in spring weather conditions. The skin savers that came with them are also very beneficial. I believe these skins will last me a very long time. Thanks Black Diamond for making an awesome product yet again!

      So easy to use!

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

      I just started AT skiing (with decent equipment, that is!), and yesterday with the winds howling at 11,000 feet I had to take my skins off for the first time. It was so easy. They were also super grippy so I felt really safe going up the steeps. Now, if I could only ski down with as much grace! :-)

      The BEST

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I just don't like cutting them. Takes a bit of time because you have to cut the tip placement. The tool that comes with them is kind of a pain to use. I recommend getting the G3 Trim Tool (GGG001Y) it's deff worth the $4 and makes life way easier. The glue is awesome and they grip great on snow! If the skins are getting long in the tooth you may want to invest in SWI0510 Swix Skin Wax Aerosol

      Best skins I've used

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These skins make the climbs up a seem a whole lot easier. They are easy to put on and take off and stick to the snow in nearly every condition. Excellent skins!

      Just Right

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I finally got to the point my older generation Ascensions just weren't sticking on steep, packed tracks in the Wasatch. Since I'm trying to get a couple more seasons out of some old, narrow boards and knew i had to go with Ascensions again. Absolutely the correct choice. As everyone else has noted, they stick fantastic, even on the aforementioned steep, slick tracks. It's been an instant transformation, allowing me to get wherever i want to go, even without much ski surface area at the waist. They work great in every condition, whether it's a highly used hard track or really dry powder. And they slide just enough for those short downhill sections you don't want to pull the skins off.

      Pros: fantastic stick, easy to cut and mount properly, stay put on the skis.

      Cons: if you put them on at home, they stick to the skis a little too well, such that (when brand new) they leave a little residue on the ski.

      Just Right

      Old Reliable

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great reliable skins. I have only tried these and G3 but I like the tip clips on these more. Had my last pair of BDs for 4 years with very heavy use and they held up great!


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

      I do not have a huge amount of experience touring, but these skins worked great. I did not slip once and gliding was easy. I had these cut at the ski shop so cannot comment on that.

      Still the Gold standard of grip

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've got a few different pairs of skins from a few different manufacturers and I can honestly say that these skins grip better than any other. Their sliding leaves a little to be desired, but for steep Wasatch skinners, grip trumps the slide. Not only are they like superglue, but they LAST. I'm on a set of STS skins that are 4 seasons old and going on strong. Awesome product.

      Grip Slip Grip Slip

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      You probably already know how good these skins are. For years Black Diamond has been producing the best climbing skins on the market.

      Steep skin tracks are no issue with these skins. They grip the snow like super glue, but glide along the snow without any resistance. Changing conditions aren't a problem as these skins work well in wet snow as well as dry cold snow, and they don't seem to ice up too badly either.

      Another bonus is these skins seem to be about the most durable skins on the market. They should last for years of use to come.

      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.