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Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Climbing Skin

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    17 Reviews


    Improved packability.

    A mix of fast, natural mohair and durable nylon makes the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Climbing Skin ideal for longer tours and approaches. A redesigned construction offers drastically less weight and improved packability, making this skin just over two ounces lighter than similar Ascension models. Patented STS adjustable tails give you 10cm of length adjustment for easy transitioning between different skis in your quiver or one-and-done tensioning. The ultralight Dynex and aluminum tip loops fit a wide range of ski tips, providing a versatile and reliable balance of efficiency and reliability.

    • A lightweight climbing skin for longer approaches and tours
    • Mohair mix offers an ideal balance of speed and durability
    • Redesigned to make it lighter and more packable
    • Replaceable Dynex and aluminum tip fits wide range of ski tips
    • STS tail provides 10cm of length adjustment
    • Item #BLD00KL

    Tech Specs

    65% mohair, 35% nylon
    Tip Attachment
    Dynex and aluminum
    Tail Attachment
    STS tail clip
    trim to fit
    Claimed Weight
    [110 mm] 1 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    Tried and true

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've hiked these all over the Wasatch and some of the Cascades. These skins are great. A great balance of weight and durability. I've never had an issue with them not sticking to my ski or the snow. Be sure to keep them tucked in your jacket when descending if you know you're going back up. Warmer skins are easier to put back on your cold skis.

    The Standard by Which I Compare All Skin

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

    These skins are the best! I have been using some version of these skins since the beginning. They are light, grip, glide and stick to our ski base like, well, glue. The new tip attachment is much easier to install than the old fold over one.

    Loving These

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just a repeat of what has been said but I love these! They glide very well and also have excellent grip. The glue seems to do very well in a range of temps.

    Very easy to trim and set up. These are by far my favorite skins i have used so far.

    How to trim your skins

      Here is the video BD released on how to trim your skins and make sure you get the correct size for your skis.

      These are designed to be a single length to be trimmed to fit most ski lengths instead of coming in different lengths like some other skin brands. The dimensions listed in the size drop down are by width.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These skins are as gippy as any I've tried. I've yet to have any trouble on steep skin tracks. Of course, the packability, weight, and glide are awesome. I wouldn't go back to the bulky nylon ones.

      Slidey - AND GRIPPY

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These skins, woooooweeee they glide like nobody's business! What a hoot! You can look like Slo-Mo at Venice Beach!


      They are grippy too! Despite the mohair mix, these skins do their job, especially if you maximize surface area under your skis. Depending on the profile of your skis, these may be hard to cut neatly, but apart from that, they are wonderful nylon/mohair skins!

      My Standard, but maybe losing grip

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used various incarnations of these skins over the years from the blue cow to the black and grey gremlin camo, to this geo print version and always been happy with performance.

      I am finding however that this version seems to be slipping in the skin track a little more than my previous one, which I am still running on another pair skis.

      It's possible I have become accustomed to extra grip with my other set up at 120 in the waist, or that the spring conditions I have used them in so far have truly been funky, so I'll keep this updated as I get more time on them.

      Great all-around

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love these BD skins. I don't think there is anything else that I recommend. Top to Bottom these have it all. Very lightweight, durable toe and heel clips, pack down small, you cannot ask for anything more. If deciding against the Ultralite's and these take into account the toe clip differences. I love this one far better as it doesn't teeter side to side if you hit it with your other ski.

      Best skin out there!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've been running blackdiamond skins on all my touring setups for years and have no complaints. The glidelites are a perfect balance with mohair/nylon mix. You do loose a bit of grip going from the full nylons, but make up for that in weight and glide. I've found the black diamond glue to be the best out of any of the skins I've tried, which comes in handy on a long day in the backcountry and multiple switch overs. These also compact down much smaller the nylons. Making them easier to stow in your pack or jacket. Grab a pair, you won't regret it.

      Skin to Win

        Another fantastic ski product from BD. I put my old BD skins through the wringer. They were on at least 3 different pairs of skis and still got the job done til the end. I wanted a lighter skin for my new light set-up, and knew I had to go to another pair of Black Diamonds, and I'm super happy I did. Just the right amount of stick, great glide and great grip. Oh, and they fold up to just about nothing. What more could you ask for?

        Great lightweight skins worth the effort

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Wonderful skins. Great glide. Nice construction.
        Seem slightly thinner then most other skins I have tried. And this results in a handy weight savings and slightly reduced pack size, which are among the best features of these skins.
        I took the advice of another and purchased a separate G3 edge trimmer, since the one that comes with is difficult to use and hard to cut straight edges with.
        The assembly of tip retention wire is also slightly more involved then for other skins. Requires small phillips head, pliers and some decent hand strength to attach and remove screw tips. But once done, attachment is pretty bomb proof. If you are handy at all with tools or know someone who can help you, then I highly recommend these skins.
        Best I have owned in over 20+ years of AT.

        Best Skins Ever

          I have been using these skins on my touring skis for the last 12 years now and don't anticipate changing anytime soon. They are lightweight but have exceptional grip and come in a variety of sizes to fit my needs. That being said I would feel safe going with any of the BD skins.

          Good but not great

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Skins are lightweight and flexible and have a moderately better glide than full nylon. That said, I think they're somewhat more prone to slip in the skin track compared to my previous skins (G3 Aplinist). Overall though I like the BD glue better than G3 (too tacky, eventually made a mess of my bases). So far so good with the BD glue which offers a good balance of hold with an easy pull. No issues fitting tips over my wide skis (141cm tip).

          Fitting these skins sucks. They have to be cut to length at the tip in addition to the side walls (as normal). This makes them hard to cut perfectly level all around. Do yourself a favor and buy the G3 trimming tool. Screwing on the tips was a pain too; I had to pre-drill the holes to avoid stripping the screws (they were too tight to screw in without stripping). A bench mounted vice might have helped to hold them in place.

          Great skins

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

          Great skins with some versatility if needed (tip can be changed). The mohair content will make gliding even faster. For those who are considering grabbing skin savers and a carry bag, this comes with them included. Great package!

          Pack Small, But...

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I use Glidelite Mohair Mix skins on both my powder and mountaineering AT setups. When compared to nylon skins, I don't notice much, if any difference in grip, but the mohair mix models glide MUCH better, are much lighter, and pack way smaller (I roll them instead of fold).

          I prefer BD's glue to G3's, which I find too tacky. I did have a few spots on my BD skins where the glue delaminated last season, but it was easily fixed with a tube of BD's glue renew, a waxing iron, and some parchment paper.

          The one flaw to these skins is the tip loop on the larger sizes. BD uses the same length loop on all skins, and even maxed out on the adjuster, the tip loops are far too small to securely fit over the shovel on my Icelantic Nomad 125s (The shovel is 152mm, and I got the 140mm skins). You'd think that wide skins would come stock with BD's oversized tip loops (still sold separately). I ended up just making new loops out of 2.5mm cord that I can adjust to get the perfect fit over the ski's shovel.

          All in all, I'd recommend these to anyone looking to lighten their touring setup. Just like with any other skin though, if you plan on touring over icy crust or on a beat down, steep skin track, do yourself a favor and pick up some ski crampons.