Black Diamond Equipment
Ascension STS Climbing Skins
Now lighter and more packable than previous versions, the Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide benchmark traction and feature our patented STS tail attachment. READ MORE
Now lighter and more packable than previous versions, the Ascension Nylon STS Skins provide benchmark traction and feature our patented STS tail attachment. Learn More
DescriptionFrom 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.
- Durable plush material provides benchmark climbing and efficient glide with high packability
- Patented STS adjustable tail provides 10 cm of length adjustment
- Adjustable tip loop fits a wide range of ski tip shapes
- Pre-cut bikini-style tail to reduce drag
- Allows for easy adjustment between different skis or one-and-done tensioning
Weight Per Pair : 750 g (1 lb 10 oz)
Ascension STS Climbing Skins is rated out of 5 by 61.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Beaver Cleaver from Work well for most snow. I have bought several iterations of these skins. I put 50 or more days on my latest pair with average uphill around 3000'. The new tip attachments leaves a gap that allows snow to build up under the skin. This was only a real problem a couple of times breaking trail in deep snow but I never had a problem with the older, fold-over system.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by Royfn from Great skins. The skins are great: they are lighter and more flexible than the previous model. They glide well. But the storage bag is cheap (low quality); it started comig undone after 3 uses.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Live2Ski from STS skins work great. The STS skins have worked well on Mt Hood. They performed well in the wet heavy snow and glided easily through the soft powered. When I purchased these I wasn’t sure if they would work for everything I wanted them to do but they have been great. Would definitely recommend them for an all around skin.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by ChrisK from Skins: great; screws: troublesome; bag: junk. These are my third pair of Ascension skins - still the best for the Sierra, and each generation has gotten nicer to deal with. Like others, I had problems with the toepiece screws. I broke two screws before I started pre-drilling (pro tip: the toe piece comes apart which makes the screw stub really easy to remove). I managed to assemble with two screws in each skin and that got me through the first weekend. BD customer service was great and sent more screws that were supposedly stronger. I didn't take a chance, and pre-drilled the remaining holes. The black storage bag is junk. It started shedding black threads onto my skins the first time I used it. By the end of the first season, the seam had pretty much disintegrated to the point that the drawstring closure is useless. I still think the orange bag design was best - but I'll probably end up just using a ski strap around these.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by Benn from Work as they should, bag is horrible I have been overall very happy with the quality and performance of the skins. They are not the lightest or most efficient option on the market, but for day in - day out durability these work great. There are a number of reviews about screws breaking when attaching the nose piece. As long as you a careful and a little patient you will have no problem getting the pieces together. What I am super disappointed in is the carry bag/stuff sack they come with. After one use the stitching was coming apart and the fabric was fraying and leaving nylon threads all over the glue. For a company with such a good reputation for durability and quality it baffles me BD couldn't source a higher quality stuff sack for the skins.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by PSIA Rob from Express Lane I've been looking to skin for years. Previously I would hike and ski but I wanted to access more backcountry terrain. This season I finally set up some equipment but after reading a million reviews on skins I was more indecisive the ever. I reached out to BD tech support, told them where I was at and what I was looking to do and they recommended the ascension STS. Excellent! Easy to set up, easy to use, outstanding grip. There's a little friction on the uphill glide but this is an excellent set up for the price.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Edsel from Easy and Effective I bought my first pair 10 seasons ago and used them over and over, re-glued them, re-attached pieces when needed, and they kept on climbing well for me. I finally bought a new set of super wide skis so I needed a new pair. I was reluctant at first as the tip is quite a bit wider on my new skis but with the adjustable tip cable, it was no problem for my new skis. The glue seems fine, no problems, screws all work just fine as well when I assembled the tip. Overall, a great new set up and they climb great in a variety of snow conditions.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wheelbarrowdog from Good for the up Easy to trim to size. The tip loop is adjustable and bomber and doesn’t slip off.
Date published: 2018-03-11