Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins

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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins
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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins -

Get access to any mountain with a set of Black Diamond Skins this winter. The Ascension Nylon STS skins give the best grip for climbing, while still gliding with ease. This year's model comes improved on the traditional Ascension design with new printed plush material. 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. A lighter weight design with the continued durability of previous models, this year's Ascension keeps the dense backing to avoid twisting when at the top of the mountain with frozen fingers and a need for powder.

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. These skins come in a long length meant to be cut down to fit your ski.

These Black Diamond Ascension 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
  • STS tail attachment fits any ski you have on hand
  • STS Tail straps are riveted in place and have an even stretch to provide the snug, secure fit you need to keep skins in place
  • Our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and our adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips


  • Plush nylon material provides steadfast traction on the steepest slopes and smooth glide when you need to conquer a rolling track
  • Redesigned to be 10% more supple and packable in a new nylon ripstop bag
  • Orange Plush skin material is durable and sturdy
  • Printed plush material lets you climb steep slopes in search of deep powder; improved material is designed to glide better than previous versions
  • Package includes 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
  • Skins must be trimmed for the length of the ski to be used as well as to match that ski's unique sidecut.


  • Easily adjusts to different skis in your quiver, but also allows for one-and-done tensioning for fast transitions
  • Versatile, perfect for skinning through the darkness on a pre-work dawn patrol or changing over for your fifth uphill slog of the day
  • Available in 15 mm increments from 65 to 140 mm
  • Gold Label Adhesive sticks to the bottom of your skis in the coldest and warmest temps and remains sticky season after season
  • Tenacious glue effectively sticks to your skis in all temperatures
  • Tip design eliminates the traditional fold-over section at the front of the skin, thereby reducing weight and bulk

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FEATURES of the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins.
Black Diamond's Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide excellent grip and climbing performance. They have been recently updated with a printed plush material for improved glide. The brand's patented STS tail system gives the skins up to 10 cm of adjustability, and they also have an adjustable tip attachment to help them fit a variety of different ski tips. They are easy to adjust for different sets of skis, but you can also set them up for a single pair to facilitate quick transitions. The Ascension Skins come in 15 mm width increments and weigh 1 lb 10 oz per pair.
Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide the best grip and climbing thanks to a new and improved material.
Their patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and the adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips.
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.
Stick these Black Diamond Climbing Skins on your skis for ultimate climb and glide capabilities in the backcountry.

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.

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.

Oregon Mountain Community
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.


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.

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Gearx (2010)

Designed to easily attach to todays skis wide range of tail shapes, Ascension Nylon STS skins feature durable, hydrophobic construction and offer tremendous durability and climbing security.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
The Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material.
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Backcountry powder is waiting, make sure you get to it with Black Diamonds Ascension Nylon STS Skins.
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Activity:Backcountry skiing
Bag Included:yes
Length:Backcountry skiing
Material:Backcountry skiing
Recommended Use:ski touring
Tail Attachment:(STS) adjustable strap
Tail Attachment Type:STS
Tip Attachment:loop
Weight:Backcountry skiing
Weight Per Pair:751 g, 1 lb 10 oz (110 mm)
Widths:80 mm - 140 mm
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Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

So I have last years model of this skin and they are awesome! Took them out for the first time this year and they performed perfectly. I felt really confident up the skin track and slipped on the steeper stuff but that was because I wasn't engaging the skin properly through my ski (aka: oh yeah there is camber in my ski and I need to step down in order to make full contact of the skin to snow. HAHA).
I really enjoy how easy it is to apply the skin and taking them off is a breeze when you have your toe and tail clips set. The glue is amazingly sticky especially when dried after use. The cutting of the skins and installation of the toe loop and tail clip wasn't hard at all but I would definitely watch the youtube video Black Diamond has online first just to get an visual. The thicker material is heavier than most skins I have seen but at the same time I think it helps the skins last a lot longer and for a lot more laps.
I didn't have a problem gliding and felt that these skins did their job and I?m very happy with them. As you can see from my picture the skin doesn?t cover the whole bottom of my tip and it doesn?t for my tail either but I felt that it didn?t affect the traction at all. Also I cut my skins to be edge out (which means my edges are not covered by the skin) and I find that it helped keep me on unevenly cut tracks or even setting a track. Over all I really like these skins and I would recommend them for any first touring set up.

Jane Hwang at on 02/02/2014

I've used the same pair of skins for 3 seasons, and with a different pair of skis each time. Luckily I've hovered around the 110 mm range in skis, so width hasn't been an issue. In some cases when the ski was wider than the skins (by a few mm give or take) the grip was still exceptional. The long tail strap also saved me from a dent in my wallet, as it was long enough to cover the variety in ski lengths I've had over the years.
PROS: Excellent durability. Unrivaled grip in all scenarios. Long lasting glue after years of use. Easy to use and sturdy tip connector.
CONS: The rubber tail connector is frail in extreme cold temps, don't tug on it too hard or it will snap! I can't look at them while I'm using them. And apparently they don't automatically keep you upright when using, you have to do that yourself.

Mark Rosenberg at on 12/14/2013

I have owned many pairs of these skins over the last ten years including this most recent version and have put them through the wringer! I have primarily used them in the Canadian Rockies and through the interior of BC.
These skins provide lots of grip and are super durable. If traction is an issue, definitely go for the Nylon version over the GlideLite's. I have never had an issue with the glue and the new tip system is a great improvement over the old system.
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.
As a bonus, the G3 Twin Tip Connector kit works perfectly with the tail straps:

Stan M at on 12/07/2013

I bought these skins last spring to replace a pair of glueless, lighter weight skins that I was unhappy with. These have been awesome and exceeded my expectations! I've taken them out quite a few times since then and have been so happy with how sticky the glue has remained, their durability, how long they stay on (they don't fall off like my old ones), and how easy they are to use for multiple laps.
I'd definitely buy these again (although I don't think I'll have to anytime soon) and recommend them to a friend!

Jenna Cantrell at on 11/18/2013

Second pair of these. The first lasted three seasons, never had to re-glue. Take a pair of skin wax if you expect heavy wet snow. Just cut the new pair and looking forward to my next climb (BD has a nice how-to video on how to cut your own skins, btw). The kit came with everything needed to cut and assemble. If you are not confident in doing this... go to your local ski shop. Don't waste a good pair of +$100 skins on a bad cut job.

scop1117124 at on 01/04/2014

These skins are the grippiest that i have used to date! I love them!
The STS skin just means that is does not come pre-cut to length and that it DOES come with tailclips. The skins is extremely easy to fit and trim with the included instructions and Skin Trimmer and once they are on they provide unrivaled grip. Everything from sunny icy skin tracks to breaking trail, these skins excel. Black diamond includes skin savers to keep that glue extremely sticky.

Chris jenney at on 11/19/2013

These are gonna be awesome skins when I get to fit them to my skis. I recently purchased these and when I went to fit them to my skis I noticed that the stainless STS tail clips were missing. Hopefully can help me out! I will be ordering the replacement kit for the pack...I would give this product 5 stars but can't since the darn clips were missing...

J. Marc Pastore at on 12/07/2013

If you're somewhere with steep skin tracks and less flat-land travel, then the BD Ascension is the way to go. I'd previously skied a lot in the Cascades and BC, and preferred skins with more glide for approaches and glacier travel. But living now in the Wasatch I'm loving the Ascensions.
The tip & tail connectors seem pretty bomber. Certainly as good as G3 or other systems I've used.

Steve Brain at on 01/06/2014

"I would buy this product again and agai

I am new to back country skiing, I found these easy to setup and use, I feel they work very well for what they are designed for.
Montana Dave at REI on 01/01/2013

Negative Reviews:

glue fails, tail strip breaks

the good: REI was great in refunding, so no loss there, will use REI again; skin carpet grips snow well

the terrible: from dry Colorado snow to wet Canadian snow, glue looses it's stickiness quickly (3rd use), in wet snow pretty much no stick (except for residue it leaves on base of the skis), tail strip rips out at metal gusset easily (gusset gets lost on trail), after first swap from off to on the skis while on the trail, the glue is toast (even with all the tricks of keeping it clean, warmed in coat, etc). What happened to the BD glue? My old BD skins stick fine.
Co-skier-j at REI on 03/03/2013