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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins

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Product Info

The classic gets even better for 2013. The Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins have long been known for the best uphill grip and durability in the business and famous for a glue that continues to stick in the widest range of temperatures. BD's nylon plush gives up none of its tenacity this year, but gains some glide with longer, flatter fibers. The STS tail system straps are super durable, have an even stretch throughout, and are easily adjusted in the field with gloved hands.

Product Details

Material

Ascension NylonBlack Diamond has completely redesigned their nylon plush for unmatched performance on steep climbs and variable snow conditions with longer, flatter fibers that give superior glide on flat approaches. The material also maintains an ideal stiffness-to-packability ratio that lets them fold easily but still stay manageable in windy conditions.

Tip and Tail Attachments

Tail StrapsStrong, reliable and with an even stretch throughout, the STS tail straps are easily adjusted in the field.

Tip LoopsBlack Diamond tip loops fit a wide range of tip shapes and widths and can be easily adjusted to swap back and forth between different skis in your quiver. Unlike other laminated or sewn-in tip loop attachments, these are fully replaceable.

Features

Gold Label AdhesiveBlack Diamond's proprietary Gold Label Adhesive remains sticky and durable season after season, and continues to lead the field as the most proven and reliable skin glue for all conditions.

Weight751 grams (per pair, untrimmed 110 mm)

Compatibility

Compatible with any ski of appropriate width. For full coverage, we suggest buying a skin that is approximately 6 mm narrower than the widest part of the ski you plan to use.

Skins must be trimmed for the length of the ski to be used, as well as to match the ski's unique sidecut.

Specs

  • Material: Nylon
Size (mm) 80 125 140
Weight (g)      

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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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The skiers choice

Fifteen years with BD climbing skins and have on cheated twice. I have used BD skins on all my ski touring set-ups, the quality, durability, and reliability have always been consistent. The...Read complete review

Fifteen years with BD climbing skins and have on cheated twice. I have used BD skins on all my ski touring set-ups, the quality, durability, and reliability have always been consistent. The adhesion is reliable in all conditions, the grip on the snow while climbing is solid. I still have two pairs that I use that are twelve years old and they have never been re-glued. I have cheated twice with other brands' climbing skins and I payed the price. If you are going to invest into ski touring, invest wisely and invest in the best.

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Love the skins, hate the storage sack

The skins are great, however, the newer style of storage sack leaves something to be desired. The new style sack has a wrap around zipper, and opens wide. The wide open part...Read complete review

The skins are great, however, the newer style of storage sack leaves something to be desired. The new style sack has a wrap around zipper, and opens wide. The wide open part is good, what they were likely trying to achieve. However, not wanting to fumble with a small zipper, I added a little toggle to make it easier, and of course, with one of my first pulls, broke the zipper. Really prefer the old style of bag with an opening at the top and a drawcord to cinch it up. Think you could manage to have a big enough opening with an easy to manage drawcord, rather than having to worry about a more finicky zipper version

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The skiers choice

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from North Lake Tahoe, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Weather Resistant
  • Work The Best

Cons

  • The Same As All The Other

Best Uses

  • Ski Touring

Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

Fifteen years with BD climbing skins and have on cheated twice. I have used BD skins on all my ski touring set-ups, the quality, durability, and reliability have always been consistent. The adhesion is reliable in all conditions, the grip on the snow while climbing is solid. I still have two pairs that I use that are twelve years old and they have never been re-glued. I have cheated twice with other brands' climbing skins and I payed the price. If you are going to invest into ski touring, invest wisely and invest in the best.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Reliable, All you need

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from Virgin Earth

Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

I have used these all over the world. Easy to use. Your friend in the back country. Put them in your quiver and focus on the terrain, no need to worry about these not performing wonderfully or having any issues in any way. These are all I use from Antarctica to Greenland to the Tien Shan. Rad.

 
5.0

Nice skins

By 

from Menlo Park, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountaineering

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    These skins stick to snow well. I was most interested in using them for climbing, not for gliding, so was encouraged to get these over the GlideLites. The BD installation video was easy to follow.

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    5.0

    My favorite skins

    By 

    from Sandy, UT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    I've been a fan of the Ascension Nylon STS skins for years. The adhesive is the right combination of sticky, but not too sticky. I've had a few pairs for 3-4 years now, and they are still working well. The tip and tail clip assembly works well, and the tail clip orientation makes it easy to remove skins without having to take skis off feet. Also a very durable product. I've never had to replace any of my Ascension STS skins. If the adhesive starts to get "old", I've had good luck just ironing some wax paper onto the adhesive, waiting for it to cool, and gently removing the wax paper. After that, they're good as new. Highly recommended.

     
    3.0

    Love the skins, hate the storage sack

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    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    The skins are great, however, the newer style of storage sack leaves something to be desired. The new style sack has a wrap around zipper, and opens wide. The wide open part is good, what they were likely trying to achieve. However, not wanting to fumble with a small zipper, I added a little toggle to make it easier, and of course, with one of my first pulls, broke the zipper. Really prefer the old style of bag with an opening at the top and a drawcord to cinch it up. Think you could manage to have a big enough opening with an easy to manage drawcord, rather than having to worry about a more finicky zipper version

     
    5.0

    Never an issue

    By 

    from Littleton, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    When you are out in the backcountry the last thing you want to worry about is equipment issues. The Ascension Nylon STS skins will not give you anything to worry about. I have had 5 pairs of these for different skis, and never once had an issue. If you are in the market to buy skins, I would recommend these for the following reasons: They grip well on the step icy slopes during the cold spring mornings They glide well going down hill, making descent fast and efficient The glue will hold to the ski on cold days They last a really long time (as long as you take care of them)

     
    4.0

    nice skins

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    from Silverthorne, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    they provided great traction, easy instalation process. no issues

     
    5.0

    Excellent Fit

    By 

    from Avon, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    The skins are exactly what I was looking for. Super sticky and worked perfect in the field. You can't go wrong with Black Diamond.

     
    5.0

    The Standard

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    from Bozeman, MT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Now have 3 pairs from different generations. They work. At least as well as any other skins. The new tip kit stays on & permits fairly easy adjustment to a range of ski tips.

     
    5.0

    They are skins, they skin well, skin skin skin

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    from Mount Hood, OR 97041, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    I like them...not a gripe. They perfomed as advertised.

     
    5.0

    Magical

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    from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    I'm in love. I purchased them for my A/T set up and loved them so much, I got a second pair for my tele's.

     
    4.0

    awesome climbing

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    from Salt Lake City, UT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    the skins climb so well-have no complaints w/ them on that front; only cons are that they are so big and take up alot of room in the pack-but for the price and the job they do-the price was right.

     
    5.0

    Here's One Thing That Makes BD Stand Out...

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    from Boulder, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Okay, everyone knows the STS skins are awesome - they glide well, climb well, stick well over time, etc. The online BD Tutorial that shows you how to cut and prep your skins for your skis is awesome! There's no talking - just following the demonstration of the guy in the video. I had no hesitation in getting these skins again instead of getting the custom cut ones simply because the tutorial made the process so simple.

     
    4.0

    Good skins

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    from Boulder, CO

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    The Ascension Nylons are a solid skin, they have never failed to get me up the mountain so I can enjoy face shots on the way down. Can be tough to pull apart when used without the cheat sheets (although what skins aren't) - I usually throw some snow on there and then the stickiness is just right. Otherwise super easy to use and durable. Will enjoy touring with these for many years to come.

     
    5.0

    Solid skin at a great price

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    from Bend, OR

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    The Ascension skins are the standard for nylon skins. The attachments and set up are super easy and the glide and grip are great. All this at a reasonable price = a solid skin.

     
    5.0

    Great product

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    from Salt Lake City, UT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    The tried and true ascension skins kill it. Easy to cut and size, they last a long time, and as long as you don't overtighten the tail clips to take too much tension, the skins you will have no repairs to take care of

     
    5.0

    Superb

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    from Hartford, CT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Once I got the hang of installing them it was casual! Easy on, easy off and way fun going up hill!

     
    5.0

    Great skins

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    from Avon, CO, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    I've used them 3 times so far and plan on using them once a week throughout the winter. I've been up some real aggressive pitches and they stick good. There performance has been sweet.

     
    5.0

    Determining fit?

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    from Medina, MN

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Apologies, but the website is not very clear on what size/type of skins I would need for the Megawatt ski (188 length). Any help on how to find the best skins for the type of ski would be helpful.

     
    5.0

    Does what it should

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    from Fort Collins, CO

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    They do the job, they are tough. Cutting them to length was a breeze (although BD, those screws really wanted to strip on me. Could we get hex heads?). They grip the snow well, they stay on your skis and ask you no questions. In addition to the cutting tool, BD also provides a strip of mesh to store your skins on, which is nice. They just barely stick to the mesh, so separating them is never a problem.

     
    4.0

    Love my Ascension nylon STS skins

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    from Big Sky, MT, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    These are some of the best skins I've used. sure I love the weight savings and glide-ability (is that a word?) of the Mohair/ Nylon mix skins, but you can't beat the durability, longevity, overall performance and function of the nylon ascension skins. I still have a pair that has been used for almost a decade with multiple re-applications of glue. Love these skins and i would definitely recommend them to others.

     
    5.0

    Uphill Carpet Baby

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    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    So, these work great. Got new skis, got new skins. Never had an issue with BD skins....

     
    5.0

    Simple and concise skin

    By 

    from Minnesota, USA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Easy to cut to ski, graps wonderful and tight, have two pair.

     
    5.0

    Great skins

    By 

    from New Haven, CT

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    These skins have never failed in getting me up the mountain. They stick nicely to your skis and perform well on various tour conditions. The skin trimmer is included and I was able to trim them myslef after watching the instructional video online.

     
    4.0

    Find that backcountry line with these!

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    from Yakima, WA

    Comments about Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Climbing Skins:

    Incredible grip on even the steepest terrain! The cold activated glue holds your skins to your skis with the utmost confidence and the hairs hold you to the snow like nobodies' business. I only wish that they could glide with more ease. Having said that, I love my skins!

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