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Black Diamond UltraLite Mix STS Climbing Skin

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    • One Color, 110mm
      $179.95
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      $179.95
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      $184.95
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    Lightest is mightiest.

    Black Diamond's UltraLite Mix STS Climbing Skin is an excellent addition to the minimalist ski mountaineer's setup. Now 20% lighter, this skin's combination of mohair and nylon offers balanced performance between glide and grip, and the Dynex and aluminum tip is easily replaceable, even when you're in the backcountry.

    • Lightweight climbing skins for backcountry skiing
    • Mixed mohair and nylon construction balances glide and grip
    • Replaceable Dynex and aluminum tip
    • Patented STS tail provides 10cm of length adjustment
    • Item #BLD00NW

    Tech Specs

    Material
    65% mohair, 35% nylon
    Tip Attachment
    Dynex and aluminum
    Tail Attachment
    STS tail clip
    Length
    110 mm, 125 mm, 140 mm
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 4
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    They work well

      Getting them sized and trimmed was trickier than expected. I could have done a better job but I couldn't tell while skinning up hill. They worked much better than the G3 skins they replaced. Taking them off was easy too.

      Light

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These skins are great. Extremely lightweight and pack down very small. The only problem I have had with them is the toe clip teetering from side to side if I hit with my other ski. Not a problem with a hardpack skin track, but when you are breaking trail in deep snow this becomes a bit of a hassle. Overall great product, but might look to the BD glidelight mix if you want to avoid the toe clip problem.

      Light & stretchy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      They are really light, they weigh 1.5 lbs compared to 1.7 for standard skins for my shorter, narrower skis. I haven't experienced any compromise in grip on the skin track. The thin material makes them light, but also makes for a different experience applying and stripping the skins. The fabric stretches in ways my heavier, orange skins don't. That makes them prone to taco-folding onto themselves glue side together. Thinness also causes the center no-stick strip to create bumps in the skins that have to be ironed out (by palm of hand) to get the maximum benefit of mohair's glide. The glue is aggressive and after about 15 days of backcountry use they are still too sticky to strip yoga-style without removing the ski from my foot. (After a couple of runs they get easier to strip.)

      Good but could be better

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My first impressions were that the skins were light and compacted to take up minimal space in my backpack which is great. After about 2.5 weeks of use the glue became globby and not even, as of right now they still stick well but time will tell how the glue holds up.

      Glue failure after decent performance

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Background: I own and use nylon skins, pure mohair skins and mixed skins. I ski in coastal areas and the Wasatch.

      The good: These skins perform admirably in terms of grip and glide. They grip a bit more than mohair and glide a bit better than nylon. In this realm, I really think you get pretty much what you bought 65% mohair and 35% nylon - they behave as their specifications suggest. Some loss of material underfoot (which is somewhat expected with mohair).

      The bad: After around 30 days the glue on these completely failed into the stickiest gloppiest mess I have seen. This shouldn't happen.

      The ugly: After removing the rotten glue. I bought BD transfer rolls to reglue them. The transfer rolls stuck to the backing and didn't roll out correctly (yes, I have done this before and BD transfers have worked). In the process they left piles of glue and basically ruined what was still a very good plush. Honestly, BD is kind of retreating from the skiing segment, and I think smart buyers should take this into consideration and seek out other suppliers for their skiing needs.

      So Far So Good

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

      I cut the skins to my skis yesterday and the whole process went very smoothly (I did use a G3 edge tool through). These skins fold up to less than half the size of my 5-year-old BD Ascension skins and felt much lighter. The dyneema tip loop shows just how far these skins go to shave down the grams. The backing material and the thread length contributed to the reduced weight and packability. I will update this review on performance once it actually snows!!!! But, for now they seem like a real win.

      Unanswered Question

      I just bought k2 Remedies that are 131-102-125. Would these skins work with those skis?

      Thanks!

      how wide are the 125mm skins

      Hi Deedra, Those skins are going to be 125mm wide. They come super long and then you trim them to fit lengthwise as well. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I'll help you out. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead