Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skin

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Reliable, dependable, and well constructed skins that…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
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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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

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.


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

- OMCgear

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.


Free Shipping. Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins FEATURES of the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins Durable printed plush material provides benchmark climbing with improved glide Patented STS adjustable tails provide 10 cm of length adjustment Adjustable tip attachment to fit a wide range of ski-tip shapes Available in 15 mm width increments from 65 to 140 mm Easily adjusts to different skis in your quiver, but also allows for one-and-done tensioning for fast transitions SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins Length: 125 mm Weight: per pair: 1 lb 10 oz / 751 g

- Moosejaw