Looking for a pair of climbing skins? Check out the Black Diamond climbing skins, some of the best on the market. Black Diamond Ascension Climbing Skins | Unofficial Gear Review | Unofficial Networks

Black Diamond Ascension Climbing Skins | Unofficial Gear Review

Black Diamond Ascension Climbing Skins | Unofficial Gear Review


Black Diamond Ascension Climbing Skins | Unofficial Gear Review

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Buy your pair of Black Diamond Climbing Skins at evo.com

If you plan to climb mountains, your going to need the right tools to do so.  With Black Diamond Climbing Skins, you’ll have shoes for your skis that will get you up the hill quickly, work efficiently, and glide exceptionally.


  • Widths Offered: 80, 95, 110, 125, 140
  • Weight: 751 Grams

Area of Expertise:

  • Soft Snow, spring corn, climbing mountains

Life Span:

  • Treated well, a long, long time

The Black Diamond climbing skins are all about function.  The toe clip is ultra easy to use and compatible with most skis on the market; it is even adjustable to accommodate the wider skis on the market today.  And, in the event of a wire failure down the road (in rare cases they can snap), it is a breeze to rig up a new toe clip using a hanger (or other miscellaneous supplies around the house or in your pack) to replace the wire and get your skins up and running again.  The standard tail clip of the BD climbing skin can be a bit difficult to get to stay in place with rounded twin tip skis, but once you get it locked in place it will be good to go for the duration of the hike.  Also, if your glue is in decent shape,  the tail clip is not an absolute necessity – your skins will stay happily stuck to your skis without it.

Black Diamond Climbing Skin

Black Diamond climbing skins glide well on the flats, and with a bit of skin wax they will continue to glide well for years to come.  The synthetic nylon material won’t break down, even with the large amounts of high alpine abuse.  Removal of your skins on fatter skis is made easier with the middle portion of the skin containing no glue.  This strip saves weight and makes it much easier to peel your skins when you get to the top of your run.  If you’d like to maximize the life of your skins, be sure to use the included Skin Savers.

Offered in a wide range of widths, Black Diamond has a pair of skins that will work as a perfect match for your skis.  They don’t come with pre-cut skins, as some companies such as K2 offer, but this allows you to cut your skins to your exact liking.  You new climbing skins will come with a tool to cut your skins, but it’s recommended to use a straight edge razor for greater ease of use.  By cutting your skins yourself, you get the exact fit you want for your skis.

If your looking to venture into the backcountry for the first time, or if your a seasoned pro, the Black Diamond Ascension Climbing Skins will be with you for the duration of the hike, and won’t let you down.


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