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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skin

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    70 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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    Grippy grip grip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These skins are legit. I'd heard good things about them and so I decided to get some for my new Boundary Pros and day one I found some good conditions and tried skinning all the way up Suicide Chute. They did it. It was nuts. Super happy with them. They are a bit heavy, but the grip that they have on the steep skin tracks make them 100% worth it.

    Great Performance in the PNW

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The skins were initially a little confusing to setup, but a few minutes into watching a Youtube video or two did the trick for me. The cutting tool isn't the best so I just used a sharp knife instead.

    The grip on these are excellent in our Pacific Northwest snow conditions. They've been amazing in powder, Cascade concrete, you name it. I haven't had any issues with the glue so far - stick well to the skis but doesn't leave residue.

    Pushing Screws through Skins

    To push the screws through your skins fold some cardboard to make a stable base that gives a little to aid penetration. This is handy for those that don’t have a vice on hand!

    Pushing Screws through Skins

    Black Diamond Nylon STS Ascension skins

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I would like to start with these skins have unfairly received fewer stars by other reviewers due attaching the front attachment point on the skin.(which in my opinion is brilliant!) I found the process simple and took some pictures that will hopefully help others.

    1. First cut to length then place the bracket over the skin, use a sharpie or marker to mark the holes.
    2. Use a folded piece of cardboard to place the skin on, press screw through the skins with a screw driver into the cardboard. (Prevents breaking screws and helps for those that do not have a vice handy.)
    3. After that hand tighten screws to the attachment piece and follow the instructions for removing the screw tips. The included instructions were very helpful!

    *As stated by a couple other reviewers if you want a great skin cut with less headache get yourself a G3 skin cutter it simply is amazing and worth the minimal price.

    Waited a minute to function test these before doing a review . Have used the Ascensions in multiple scenarios and they do no disappoint. From powder to late night groomers these skins simply perform. The grip is pretty outstanding, recently went on a powder tree skiing trip and my friend (snowboarder that brought snowshoes for the ascent) could not get over how effortlessly the skins climbed the hills. I watched as he had to lift and slide back on almost every step.... vs. the consistent bite and glide provided by the ascensions. The glide on flat surfaces is good and still reduces fatigue vs hiking out of a tour. Also the downhill with skins is smooth and controlled which has been really nice for the short medium steep hills where pulling the skins would be a hassle.

    Black Diamond Nylon STS Ascension skins

    Great performance so far

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used these about a dozen times and they've done exactly what I want them to. They're grippy on steep terrain, and they've keep their stickiness so far. I had talked to a few friends before buying and they all recommended BD skins. So far I can see why.

    Great performance, rough setup

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Of the different skins I have tried over the years, these are some of my favorites. Excellent in climbing, without sacrificing too much in gliding. My one criticism is that black diamond makes it looks deceptively easy to screw drive through to skins to attach the toe loop- I found that I need to use a drill


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These work great. I have them paired with my rossignol split board. They are super grippy. I can do some pretty steep inclines on these. The glue has held up for over a year now. The orange color is beautiful. I love the texture of the material used on these skins. The design is really cool too. I like having high visibility orange for my backcountry gear Incase I need to be found so the orange is great.

    Whistler touring!

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

    Set up seemed easy but maybe that is because I talked my husband in to doing it for me!? the trim tool is a little tricky and we actually used a different brand from a friend. If you are able to use a power tool to insert the screws it makes it easier and the screws don't seam to break as easy.. As far as the use of these skins I don't think there is a better product out there. I am new to touring and have not had any issue using these skins. Easy to put on and take off. They fold up nicely and fit in any small area of a pack. Great grip to the snow and ski.

    Great skins!

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

    Love the traction of these skins, they work great! Used an old G3 trimming tool as suggested below and it worked well!

    Great Skins, Terrible set up

      These skins are awesome and much lighter than some older BD nylon skins I have. However, cutting the skins is a borderline nightmare. The BD instructional video makes the process look much easier than it actually is. The screws used to attach the tip loop are terrible, two of them snapped off before fully being inserted and now i cannot remove them. Hopefully they dont fail while I am touring!!! If you get these pay a professional to install them.

      Great Skin

        The BD Ascension skins are fantastic. They grip well to the ski and snow. My only complaint is putting the skins together. Other companies like G3 and Pomoca require less installation and better cutting tools.

        Good Skins

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These skins get the job done. Good grip on the ascent and fairly light weight. I like to use the G3 skin trimming tool more than the one provided, but the skins in and of themselves are really solid.

        Good all purpose skins

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've used them a half dozen times in the Alaska backcountry and they work great thus far. Good on the uphill, glide decently on the level to downhill, easy to put on/remove. No problems sizing/trimming them


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        No lift? No problem. The new ascension skins are lighter, stickier, and have a lower profile and lighter weight than the originals. Definitely the best option out there for us here in the wasatch that have such steep ascents.

        Best skins in the game

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Have been rocking an old version of these skins for three seasons now. Just purchased another pair for a fatter pair of skis and they have the same amazing stickiness that makes black diamond skins so good. These skins get excellent traction and the tip/tail clips are easy to use.

        Great Skin

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've used these and G3 skins a good amount. Both get the job done, but I do feel like these have a little bit better glide that save me a lot of energy in the flats. I've never used both on the same exact ski setup though so take with a grain of salt...

        My oldest pair of BD skins are going on 5 seasons now, with no signs of giving up. I stick them to each other with no skin saver so my glue gets nasty and I need to redo it sometimes, but that's the cost of doin business I'd say.

        Great skin

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This skin is great. Glides well and climbs well. the glue is good and will last a long time. The skin trim tool is not that great. but once they are cut they will last.

        First Skins

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The ascensions being my first pair of skins, I was wary about
        the cut job that I might give, so I played it safe, spent a little extra money, and went to a tech to
        have them cut to my soul 7s. From what I’d heard about the ascensions, they were said to be a
        highly reliable and solid pair of skins, that would get you up the mountain no problem and
        provide the stick necessary. This has proven to be spot on so far. I’ve taken them out a few times
        now, and each time the glue has been such that it hasn’t been a chore or labor to take them off for
        the downhill, and they’ve given excellent glide and grip. Exactly what I needed!

        Would the 140mm skins work for a splitboard?

        It would depend on the underfoot of the split in it's uphill orientation. However these skins are unlikely to be the best compatible skin as they are designed for ski tips opposed to splitboard skins which have tip connections designed for a more flush, secure hold on shaping of a splitboard.

        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.