Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS

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Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS -

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.


  • Strong metal wire tip loops fit a wide range of ski tip sizes and can be easily adjusted or replaced
  • Tail straps are riveted in place and have an even stretch to provide the snug, secure fit you need to keep skins in place


  • Nylon material, which is mixed in to form the Mohair Mix, boosts skin durability
  • Mohair material is a natural fiber with inherent water-repellent capabilities and a hollow core that slightly reduces weight while still offering plenty of traction and supreme glide
  • Mix of 65% mohair and 35% nylon with updated BD Icon print


  • STS adjustable tails provide 3.9 in (10 cm) of length adjustment


  • Gold Label Adhesive sticks to the bottom of your skis in the coldest and warmest temps and remains sticky season after season
  • More supple, 20% more packable and 1.4 oz (60 g) lighter than similar Ascension models
  • Easily adjusts to different skis in your quiver, but also allows for one-and-done tensioning for fast transitions
  • Available in 15 mm width increments from 80 to the new 140 mm
Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins are high quality Black Diamond climbing skins that are ultra light and packable.
Designed with a thinner and more supple laminate construction than the Black Diamond Ascension series for low weight and great packability.
Hollow-core mohair is lightweight, offers a superior glide and is complemented by 35 percent of nylon to add durability and extra grip.
STS adjustable tails are now 20 percent stronger and provide 10 cm of length adjustment.
Redesigned adjustable tip attachment fits a wide variety of tip shapes.
A glue-free strip down the base's center makes them easier to remove.
Comes with tools and directions for trimming to fit your ski's length and sidecut.
Well suited for long approaches and tours, these mohair mix Black Diamond climbing skins are for the fast and light crowd.


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FEATURES of the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins.

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?

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With the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins, you get the best of mohair (better glide) and nylon (better grip). They are very supple and packable, and 2.1 oz (60 g) lighter than similar models of Ascension nylon skins. The patented STS tail system extends to 10 cm of length adjustability and the expandable ski tip attachment fits a wide range of tips.
Some of the most versatile Mohair Skins on the market. The Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix STS Skins boasts a packable design weighing in at 1 lb 8 oz and their patented STS tail system which provides up to 10cm of adjustability. Don't even worry about your ski tips because these bad boys adjust to your tips and look good doing.

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Features:Patented STS adjustable tails provide 10 cm of length adjustment, Adjustable tip attachment to fit a wide range of ski tip shapes
Length:110 mm
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
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Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.

rwgillilan100128106 at on 04/02/2013

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.

dFiddler at on 12/11/2013

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:

Stan M at on 12/07/2013

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.

Jeff Blackston at on 02/01/2013

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.

Nick Meredith at on 01/03/2013

Easy setup and fast fit to the Skis. Mohair has enough glide while the Nylon holds when it gets steep

Adam D at on 11/27/2012

Negative Reviews:

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!

Michael Johnson at on 12/09/2012

Neutral Reviews:

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.

Greg Gavin at on 01/04/2013