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Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skin
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
What do you think about this product?
March 28, 2020
Easy set up: but here's some hints
I've had Ascension skins before so am familiar with their fine performance. Installing the tip loop and trimming should not cause fear. The instructions that come in the package are very good once you find a language you can read. I'd suggest having an elevated surface like a workbench. I used the kitchen countertop. A good screwdriver that fits the screws is important. I put down a couple towels to keep the parts from rolling around- you only get the number of screws you need, not more, so don't lose any. A trimming tool is included. I did not know this until I opened the package. I was thinking I needed to trim with a utility knife but used the tool. The tool is sharp, trimming was simple and took a couple minutes is all. The remarks I had seen about better tools only caused concern which was unneeded. Maybe Backcountry should tell shoppers a great tool is included. The only problem I had was the first screw broke before it was completely driven in. You don't want this to happen. The solution, after I unsuccessfully tried to extract the screw, and ended up filing it flush was to put some foam under the loop for the screws to go without resistance while you drive them home. The mistake I made was I had a notebook as a backer, and it caused resistance for the first screw. Use foam and you won't have any problems. Setting up your skins will be a simple and quick procedure. Those who continually whine that things are heavy might buy other skins and maybe save a couple ounces, but from what I've seen in lighter skins, the sacrifices in performance and durability, plus higher prices for lighter stuff, makes these worth considering, especially at the season end prices I paid at Backcountry.
March 29, 2019
Grippy grip grip
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.
March 12, 2019
Great Performance in the PNW
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.
February 16, 2019
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 donât have a vice on hand!
February 16, 2019
Marking front attachment with Sharpie
February 16, 2019
Black Diamond Nylon STS Ascension skins
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.
October 30, 2019
By the way, are these the cracks in the snowpack on the right side of the skin track?
February 11, 2019
Great performance so far
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.
February 1, 2019
Great performance, rough setup
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
January 27, 2019
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.
January 8, 2019
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.
January 7, 2019
Love the traction of these skins, they work great! Used an old G3 trimming tool as suggested below and it worked well!
January 7, 2019
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.
January 28, 2019
Without even having had 1 run on these skins I hate them already. These were next to impossible to assemble and 2 of the screws broke off at the head leaving me with no repair. That's ridiculous.
January 7, 2019
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.
January 3, 2019
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.
December 23, 2018
Good all purpose skins
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
December 20, 2018
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.
December 17, 2018
Best skins in the game
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.
December 16, 2018
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.
December 12, 2018
I love these so much I got them for my husband too!
December 8, 2018
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.
March 24, 2020
I have just average trail skis, Telemark brand, not skinny, not wide. I wonder what size to get, even 110 mm is over 4 inches. Do they come with something to trim the width? Is it easy to do? Or do you trim them at all? Would you recommend 110 or 125? Sorry, they are in storage and very hard to get to. Do they glide as well as my wax skis? Brand new to this, obviously. Help?
December 27, 2018
Hi there, I've got the Rossignol Sky 7 HDs size 172. Dimensions are 118-98-128. Which size of skins do you recommend going with? Guessing the 125s? Thanks!
January 4, 2019
The 125mm is a good size for your skis!
December 11, 2018
Would the 140mm skins work for a splitboard?
December 16, 2018
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.
January 2, 2017
do these come in only one length? Work on 177s?
November 30, 2019
They are 200cm long, and you trim them to length and attach the tip clip.
December 3, 2016
My skis are 150-122-140. Are the 140's the right size skin?
July 29, 2016
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!
Dominique P F.
July 29, 2016
Hi Dominique, You would definitely want to go with the 125mm skins with the skis that you have. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead
January 26, 2016
My skis are super short - 153cm. Is it possible to trim the tails of the skins and re-attach the STS tail clips? Thanks!!
February 29, 2016
Yup, you can trim them to the length you want, but you actually trim the front and then screw in the tip loops. Check out their cutting guide on BD's website.
January 10, 2016
Has anybody got real world comparison between these, the NEW ascensions and the last model of ascensions?? Mostly in regards to uphill traction. Thanks.
January 13, 2016
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!
January 5, 2016
What size do you recommend for skis that are 135-105-123?
December 25, 2015
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?
December 27, 2015
You can do either! 140mm for full coverage and traction, or 125mm for some weight savings but slightly less grip. Ben
December 19, 2015
Will 110 works for Head monster 98, 170cm (134, 98, 119)? I think this is the right one, but I would like confirm this.
December 20, 2015
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.
December 19, 2015
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!
December 20, 2015
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.
December 7, 2015
Hello. What length?
December 12, 2015
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.
November 21, 2015
Are these trim to fit like the Mohair STS climbing skins. I am looking for skins to buy my husband for 188 cm skis.
November 22, 2015
Hi, These are trim to fit for length and width. Contact me directly at the email/phone above if you need help sizing your skins! Ben