More supple, 20% more packable and 40 g (1.4 oz) lighter than similar Ascension models, the Glidelite Mohair Mix STS skins are the perfect balance between glideability and climbability. This year's model comes improved on the traditional Mohair Mix design with new printed plush material for the optimal blend of 65% mohair and 35% nylon. The longer fibers grab the snow for better climbing but sit flatter for easier gliding.
Black Diamond's improved skins add a bit of silicone to their glue for easier pulling apart. The glue is also temperature and compression active allowing it to become more tacky in the cold. The patented STS adjustable tail provides 10 cm of length adjustment on these skins while the adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tip shapes. They come in a long length meant to be cut down to fit your ski.
These Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix Skins come equipped and assembled with tail clip and all of the materials you will need to cut them down to fit to your ski. The tip attachment is included for self-assembly. All 2012 BD Skins also include a new and improved zip closer, durable nylon ripstop bag.
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A mix of fast, natural mohair material and durable nylon make the GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Climbing Skin Black Diamond's most versatile long-haul GlideLite system. This skin is up to 60g lighter than similar Ascension models, and both front and back are adjustable so it's easy to swap between your touring skis. Who wouldn't want the best balance of efficient glide, reliable traction, and weight for their buck?
|Features:||Patented STS adjustable tails provide 10 cm of length adjustment, Adjustable tip attachment to fit a wide range of ski tip shapes|
|Material:||Mix of 65% mohair and 35% nylon with updated BD Icon print.|
|Tail Attachment Type:||STS|
|Weight:||1 lb 8 oz / More supple, 20% more packable and 60 g (1.4 oz) lighter than similar Ascension models|
|Weight Per Pair:||696 g, 1 lb 8 oz for 110 mm|
|Widths:||Available in 15 mm width increments from 80 to the new 140 mm|
|Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix Custom STS||$160.93 - $189.95|
|Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STD Skins||$99.99 - $164.95|
|Black Diamond Glidelite Mix STS||$119.97|
|Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix Custom STS Skins (2011 2nds)||$109.99|
Recently purchased for use on my new spring/summer skis. I purchased the 80mm which works perfectly on 85mm skis with no trimming, only need to be cut to length. Climbing grip is good, and glide is adequate at this time, although experience tells me it will improve with more use. Mohair needs to break in for optimum glide. They are lighter and thinner than my previous pair of mohair mix skins, resulting in a small fold size. In spring conditions the glue held well on the ski base, in fact too well, as they are very hard to pull loose with the new glue formula. The other oddity, is they pull apart much easier from themselves than the old formula glue. I guess one could conclude they have strong adhesion, and weak cohesion. I am not a fan of the newer tip loop, as it forces the skin to be cut rather exact. I like the old style loop that requires the skin to be cut long and folded back on itself, giving the flexibility to refit to other skis that are longer without re-positioning the tail clip, or running out of tail adjustment length. The last negative is the pair I bought had voids in the glue on one skin. Fortunately I had some BD glue laying around, so not a big deal, just a little QC issue. Overall these are an improvement over the skin they replaced, and I recommend them.
Have used the full Nylons and other brands in the past but these blew me away. They glide amazingly well and still have enough grip for the uptrack. I have had very few issues with the glue and are in fact a little too sticky out of the box. Pack down to a smaller size than the full nylons and are a touch lighter as well. BD definitely has the best tip and tail attachment for traditional skis(recommend the G3 tail attachment for twin tips, use their cutter tool while you're at it as well). If you're looking for some new skins and like good glide, you won't be disappointed.
Second pair of the BD Mohair Mix skins. Compared to BD Nylon skins, they are much lighter, more supple (easier to fold), more packable (smaller) and of course provide noticeably more glide.
They do seem a little more delicate than the Nylon version but I have used these for the past four years (with careful skinning technique over trees and rocks) and haven't torn or ripped a pair yet.
Order the G3 trim tool too... makes cutting your skins a breeze. Automatically accounts for the skis edge and cuts ~2mm smaller without having to reposition. Storage bag included.
An added bonus, the G3 Twin Tip Connector kit works perfectly with the tail straps:
Good glide, nice stick, very packable, grips well on steep ascents, and also rips off the ski well. I haven't noticed much difference in the glue so far, but will post if I do.
Light weight, climb well and good gliding.
Carry bag is too small and only has one hook, so can not be externally held on pack straps. BD really should copy the G3 style bags.
Easy setup and fast fit to the Skis. Mohair has enough glide while the Nylon holds when it gets steep
After only a SECOND usage, they failed miserably at only -10 degrees and dry snow.
The glue completely froze on them providing absolutely no stickiness to the ski!
Having used previous years ascension series skins I bought these wanting to get something that glides better and packs down smaller. These skins glide great, and pack down small enough to fit into my theta ar jacket pockets. However the glue does not perform as well as years past.
By this I mean once you are running multiple laps your skins inevitably get wet by ice and snow. After which they'll lose a lot of their holding power. If you're out on a super long committed tour this can really screw you!
Overall good design, but poor glue choice.