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The Black Diamond Ultralite Mix STS Climbing Skins are climbing ski skins that find the balance between lightweight performance and increased traction for uphill treks. The STS tail attachment gives you up to 10 cm of adjustable fit. Its Dynex™ and aluminum LT tip loops are also lightweight, easy to replace on the go in case of an emergency and are compatible with a wide range of ski tips so that you're not limited by how you like to ride. These skins are 20% lighter overall for a packable, efficient adventure in the backcountry.
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FEATURES of the Black Diamond Ultralite Mix STS Climbing Skins
Redesigned construction is 20% lighter and more packable
Ultralight, field-replaceable Dynex and aluminum tip loops fit wide range of ski tip shapes
Patented STS tails provide 10 cm of length adjustment
STS tail allows for easy adjustment between different skis or one-and-done tensioning
65% Mohair / 35% Nylon
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Rated 4 out of
Just as ecpectedI have only been on these for a couple days now skinned only packed powder/power, but they seems to be on par with my GlideLite mix skins just lighter and more packable. After reading the reviews I was hesitant to buy these for my new skis, but happy to find out the glue is even stickier than my GlideLite skins which is a plus! They don't seem to collect snow in the tips as much as my GlideLites, even while breaking trail in blower pow. Only 4 stars because I have yet to use them in spring conditions and I listened to the other reviews and installed the standard BD tip loops. Very happy with them so far!
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 3 out of
Not so great..Thought I would try this skins for the glide and how small they compact down. Which they do both of those well but they don't climb well. I have add the ascensionist in the past and they are rock solid. I really regret buying the Ultralite, the trade off of light and packs easy is not worth it. Most important is having grip ant he ultralite just dont grip in steeper situations when you need it. Frustrated with the Ultralite but part of me just feels that is what the skin was designed for... gliding. But for me I need "grip"!
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 2 out of
They're okI've been using these on average four days a week for the season so I've got a pretty good grasp on the pros and cons.
Light. These things make going uphill a dream (if they stick)
Pack down really flat. It's awesome, I can put them in my jacket not look pregnant. They dry fast too because they're thin.
Glide is smoother than Michael Jackson in his prime. Really increases your efficiency on long days.
They climb great provided you set a reasonable skin track, which you should be doing anyway.
Glue is terrible in all conditions except -11ish degrees. In cold conditions it's just held on by tension and in warm temps I'm carrying snow in between the skin and ski.
Got a little rip in one skin on my first day. To be fair BD immediately offered to replace the set however it seemed like a waste to throw a pair away so I didn't accept.
More rips as the season progressed and we've had a pretty good year so I don't think it's because I'm skinning on rocks.
Probably not going to get more than one season out of these. Grip and glide is amazing but you really have to baby them and refresh the glue multiple times a season.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of
good tool to earn your turns...Been using the UltraLite Mix STS for more then 30 days past winter and I am super happy with that skin. Had no problems at all. Used them on my Carbon Convert 180 and on my Helio 185, just changed the position of the back clip... Like the lightweight and pack volume very much. Never used the cheat sheet and it was not difficult to pull the skins apart. Only for storage in summer I put the sheet... First I thought the skin will wear out fast, but it doesn't show more use marks then any other lightweight skin I used before... even thought the tip piece will not last, but no damage on it yet... the skin never came off, even putting it on several times a day... will use that type of skin in the future... good tool for my guiding activities...
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 1 out of
Tip connector is too narrowI have used these for one season with my Helio 116 skis (which by the way are awesome). Unfortunately they roll up from the sides and collect snow underneath. I've tried recutting them thinner and thinner in the tip but nothing works. The tip connector is just too narrow for wide skis/skins. Just make it wider, it will only cost a couple of grams. I had to go and buy a different pair of skins instead
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 2 out of
Born to FailI bought these in December 2016. They have seen about 50 days of use. From day 1 the skins peeled away from the ski starting at the tip loop when skinning anywhere off a well established skin track. I decided to just deal with it. They finally reached full failure in January of this year on my first tour out. They would not complete 1000 feet of skinning without completely separating from the ski. The issue is probably with the tip loop, which creates alot of pressure on a narrow portion of skin. A wider tip loop would have likely fixed the issue. However, the glue cant withstand any snow at this point. I was disappointed to see these fail due to what I believe is the tip loop design. On the bright side, they are light and definitely glide like butter! I suggest purchasing the standard tip loops if you decide to go with these.
Date published: 2019-03-22
Rated 2 out of
Light and packable, poor glue4th pair of Ascension/BD skins in 18 years of touring, first I've ever been disappointed in. My first skins were Pomoca with weak glue, however it was a good learning experience on proper skin care on the trail and I have prided myself ever since on taking care of them and having zero skin failures since getting rid of the old skins and picking up some purple Ascensions. Each generation since have worked great, never an issue. When time to pick up some new skins I thought I'd venture away from straight nylon and try a mix. Better glide sounded nice and figured I could deal with any loss of grip, assumed glue would be just as phenomenal as all the other purple and orange skins have been. Found otherwise on my very first tour with these sadly. Top of first climb, edges of skin had peeled from from skis most of the length and all the way across on the tips. I muddled through about 10 tours on them last year being very careful- in the jacket after every climb to melt the snow from glue- a move reserved for emergencies in the past. Luckily no complete failures though it was always on the edge of coming fully off. First tour of this year yesterday, had my first full loss of skin, good thing I had some hockey tape in the pack to finish up the day.
Not confidant in these anymore, they hardly stick to themselves at room temp. Back to the old back up orange skins and straining to pull them apart at each transition. Will definitely miss the packability of these, but not much else.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 2 out of
Good skins, but bad tip conenctor is flawedGood skins overall, unless there is lots of snow. I like that they are lightweight. Used them 6-7 times now. They tend to get wet and snow can stick on the plush if warm weather but not a major issue. What i'm struggling with, however, is the tip connector. It is too narrow and too low on the skis so snow necessarily creep between the ski and skin depending on the snow and length of usage. Had to break trail yesterday and so much snow got in that I could not put the skin back on for a second hike up. I had to use two ski straps... which takes away the benefit of the skins I was looking for. I'm thinking of buying the Ascension tip connector to replace this one, but will have to cut about 4 inches of the upper part of the skins to make it fit... so not sure I have enough. I was hesitating between the STS or the Ascension... should have gone with the other ones..... :(