Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skin
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120
Reliable, dependable, and well constructed skins that climb exceptionally well. I highly recommend them to anyone who backcountry skis.
- Universal tip and tail attachments
- Long lasting glue
- Great on the climb
- Glide could be improved
Black Diamond Ascension STS skins are a staple up here in Northern New Hampshire. The tip and tail attachments are universal and will fit securely to any type of ski. Over the years I have used my set I have never worried about the skins detaching from the skis.
The glue holds up well against the variable conditions I see which includes not only different snow conditions but also sticks, pine needles, and leaves. I truly appreciate that I have yet to have glue failure.
While climbing these skins are able to tackle any angle the skier is will to attempt. Performance does suffer slightly when I am in the back of a group and the skin path has been well traveled.
The only area that keeps me from giving these a 5 star rating is in the glide. I have found that while traversing flat terrain I am not able to slide across the snow as well as some other on different skins. However, any lack of glide ability is made up for in climbing. I have also heard that new versions of the Ascensions have redesigned hairs which improve on glide while maintaining the climbing ability.
Overall I would highly recommend these skins for backcountry skiers. They will last for years and will make your climb much more enjoyable.
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The Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins maintain solid grip and good base adhesion, even after a long day and multiple laps. The glide has improved due to the new nylon plush. Patented STS tail system provides up to 3.9 in (10 cm) of adjustability and adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips Package includes detailed instructions, skin trimming tool, Cheat Sheet mesh storage sheets and a nylon storage bag Improved glide thanks to a redesigned printed plush material
The Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material.
The Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS climbing skins feature an improved printed plush material with better glide than before and the same great grip when climbing. Printed plush material lets you climb steep slopes in search of deep powder; improved material is designed to glide better than previous versions. Tenacious glue effectively sticks to your skis in all temperatures. Adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tip shapes; tip loop width adjusts from 80mm to 105mm. Tip design eliminates the traditional fold-over section at the front of the skin, thereby reducing weight and bulk. STS tail attachment fits any ski you have on hand. Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS climbing skins include detailed instructions, skin trimming tool, Cheat Sheet mesh storage sheets and a nylon storage bag. Maximum length of the skin is 200cm; STS tail allows 10cm of length adjustment. Please note: weight spec represents a pair of untrimmed skins.
You set out each morning in search of quick, steep skin track laps in order to bag as many pow turns as possible in the shortest amount time. Black Diamond made the Ascension Nylon STS Skins just for you. Plush on the bottom and fully adjustable, these skins conquer grainy or sticky conditions on the skin track, and they'll accommodate your fat skis or your skinnier sticks.