Nick Staynerwrote a review of Black Diamond UltraLite Mix STS Climbing Skin on April 19, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
...is where these wound up. Similar to Kate, I was initially encouraged by the outstanding glide, light weight, and packability. After the FIRST USE, however, the glue began pilling up. By the second or third tour, regardless of the ambient air temps, snow & skintrack condition, the glue was failing completely, mostly via a complete lack of adhesion to the base of the skin. If I was lucky enough to get better adhesion down the middle of the skin, the edges would start to curl downward and the skin would fail from the edges. Snow built up under the tip due to the narrow attachment point.
I wanted desperately to love this skin, so I researched if others were having this problem (they were). I learned to always dry the glue on my skins out after each tour (but not for too long); I learned that you should go loose on this skin, as the narrowed tip attachment causes the edges of the skin to curl downward if the tail attachment is loaded too tight; I learned I needed to ALWAYS scrape the snow from the glue side, EVERY LAP. All things I 've never had to think of prior to owning this skin (well, maybe the last one, but only on a skin 5+ years old!).
After skiing the prior season on the NON ultralight mohair blend (which was fantastic), I was disappointed at best, infuriated at worst. Black Diamond seriously blew it with this one. I stuck it out for as long as possible before picking up a pair of the Pomoca Climb Pro S-Glides (50+ days on them this season in a variety of conditions) and loving the living daylights out of them.