Climbing Skins



Athlete: Andrew McLean
Location: Wrangell-St.Elias
Photographer: Garrett Grove

NYLON

For the ultimate in traction, durability and ease of use, Ascension skins offer confidence on the steepest skin tracks and in variable snow conditions. This is our everyday choice for skiing in the Wasatch.
  • NEW

    NEW
    From one-lap dawn patrols to 10,000-foot days, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins offer standard-setting traction on the uphill with efficient glide thanks to our redesigned plush material, which is now 20% lighter and more packable than previous versions. The Ascension Nylon STS Skins feature our patented STS tail attachment system, which provides up to 10 cm of adjustability for using with different skis in your quiver or for easy tensioning. The adjustable tip loop accommodates a wide range of modern ski tip shapes. We also gave the skins a pre-trimmed, bikini-style tail for reduced drag and weight.
    $159.95 - $169.95
  • NEW

    NEW
    From one-lap dawn patrols to 10,000-foot days, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STD Skins offer standard-setting traction on the uphill with efficient glide thanks to our redesigned plush material, which is now 20% lighter and more packable than previous versions. The Ascension Nylon STD Skins come without tail attachments for simple and streamlined skinning. The adjustable tip loop accommodates a wide range of modern ski tip shapes. We also gave the skins a pre-trimmed, bikini-style tail for reduced drag and weight with modern-shaped skis.
    $149.95 USD

MOHAIR MIX

With a mix of mohair and nylon, GlideLite Mohair Mix skins give you the ideal balance of glide, traction and packability.

  • Engineered for long approaches and extended ski tours where both packability and traction are paramount, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins feature an optimal blend of mohair and nylon with an updated BD Icon print. With a highly supple, packable design that's 60 g (2.1 oz) lighter than similar models of our Ascension skins, these skins bring the efficiency in any conditions. Our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and our adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips.
    $179.95 - $184.95
    4.7/5 (21)

  • Engineered for long approaches and extended ski tours where both packability and traction are paramount, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STS Skins feature an optimal blend of mohair and nylon with an updated BD Icon print. With a highly supple, packable design that's 40 g (1.4 oz) lighter than the comparable model of our Ascension skins, these skins bring the efficiency in any conditions. These skins feature precut lengths to fit your skis and make for quick, easy trimming. Our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and our adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips.
    $184.95 - $189.95 USD
    5.0/5 (2)

  • Engineered for long approaches and extended ski tours where both packability and traction are paramount, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix STD Skins feature an optimal blend of mohair and nylon with an updated BD Icon print. With a highly supple, packable design that's 40 g (1.4 oz) lighter than the comparable model of our Ascension skins, these skins bring the efficiency in any conditions. Our adjustable tip loop fits a wide range of ski tips, and we dispensed with the tail attachment for lightweight minimalist skinning.
    $169.95 - $174.95
    4.0/5 (1)

  • For long, flat approaches on frozen lakes, forest roads or open trails, the Black Diamond Mohair Mix Kicker Skins offer surprising traction and a third the weight of a full mohair mix skin. These ultralight half-skins feature a camlock buckle and nylon strap attachment and are built with a combination of mohair and nylon for the perfect balance of grip and glide.
    $79.95 USD
    3.7/5 (10)
  • NEW

    NEW
    Designed for long nordic tours and extended backcountry trips where both packability and traction are paramount, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix NORDIC Skins feature an optimal blend of mohair and nylon with an updated BD Icon print. With a highly supple, packable design, these skins bring the efficiency in any conditions.
    $89.95 USD

MOHAIR PURE

Placing glide and packability at a premium, GlideLite Mohair Pure skins are ideal for long-distance touring, rando racing and ultimate backcountry efficiency.

  • Built for long-distance touring, randonee racing and ultimate backcountry efficiency, the Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Pure STS Skins are more supple, 20% more packable and 40 grams lighter than the comparable model of our Ascension skins. Our adjustable tip loop fits a wide range of ski tips, and we dispensed with the tail attachment for lightweight minimalist skinning.
    $194.95 - $199.95

WEB SPECIALS

Previous-season climbing skins in search of a loving home.

  • Whether you're skinning through the darkness on a pre-work dawn patrol or changing over for your fifth uphill slog of the day, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material. Our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and our adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips.
    $139.95 - $169.95 $104.96 - $127.46
    4.7/5 (23)

  • Whether you're skinning through the darkness on a pre-work dawn patrol or changing over for your fifth uphill slog of the day, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Custom STS Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material. These skins feature precut lengths to fit your skis and make for quick, easy trimming. Our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability and our adjustable tip attachment fits a wide range of ski tips.
    $164.95 - $169.95 $123.71 - $127.46
    4.5/5 (6)

  • Whether you're skinning through the darkness on a pre-work dawn patrol or changing over for your fifth uphill slog of the day, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STD Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material. Our adjustable tip loop fits a wide range of ski tips, and we dispensed with the tail attachment for lightweight minimalist skinning.
    $139.95 - $149.95 $97.96 - $104.96

  • Whether you're skinning through the darkness on a pre-work dawn patrol or changing over for your fifth uphill slog of the day, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylon Split STS Skins provide benchmark grip and climbing performance-now with improved glide thanks to our redesigned printed plush material. These lightweight skins are designed specifically for modern, mega-fat powder skis (wider than 120 mm underfoot) and feature a Dyneema-reinforced strip down the middle for weight and drag reduction. Our split-specific tip attachment features an oversized cable to fit the fattest ski tips, and our patented STS tail system provides up to 10 cm of adjustability
    $199.95 $139.96 USD
    4.3/5 (4)

ACCESSORIES

Replacement parts, upgrade kits, skin wax and other necessities.

  • Keep your skin glue fresh and clean by sandwiching this synthetic mesh panel between the sticky sides of your skins.
    $17.95 - $19.95
    4.8/5 (5)

  • Smooth the plush, increase the glideā€”use Glop Stopper Wax on your skin fabric to keep waterlogged snow from sticking and weighing down your skins. A must for spring tours or temperature inversions.
    $12.95 USD
    5.0/5 (2)

  • Sponge-on water-based treatment to prevent skin glopping in wet conditions.
    $12.95 USD

  • Two replacement STS tail straps and clips for all BD STS skins (hardware not included).
    $11.95 USD
    4.0/5 (1)

  • This kit contains two replacement STS tail straps, clips and hardware.
    $19.95 USD
    5.0/5 (2)

  • This kit contains two replacement STS tail straps, clips and Split-skin specific hardware.
    $24.95 USD

  • Two replacement adjustable tip loops for all Black Diamond skins (except Split Skin).
    $29.95 USD
    4.7/5 (3)

  • Two replacement adjustable tip loops for Split STS skins, including oversized cables and all the hardware.
    $29.95 USD

  • Clear, nylon-coated, swaged tip loop cables with steel edge protectors for use in our Adjustable Tip Loop hardware.
    $17.95 USD
    5.0/5 (2)

  • Clear, nylon-coated, swaged tip loop cables with steel edge protectors for use in our Adjustable Tip Loop hardware.
    $17.95 USD
    1.0/5 (1)

  • Clear, nylon-coated, swaged tip loop cables with steel edge protectors for use in our Adjustable Tip Loop hardware.
    $17.95 USD

  • Clear, nylon-coated, swaged tip loop cables with steel edge protectors for use in our Adjustable Tip Loop hardware.
    $17.95 USD

  • Some of the most reliable, durable, determined skin glue ever made, Black Diamond Gold Label Adhesive comes in a 2.8 fluid ounce tube for easy application.
    $14.95 USD
    4.5/5 (4)

  • This transfer allows you to remove old glue and revive tired skins to like-new status.
    $49.95 USD
    4.8/5 (4)

  • Use this little letter opener look-alike to turn trimming your skins into an easy process.
    $2.95 USD
    5.0/5 (1)