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Black Diamond UltraLite Skins

Brand: Black Diamond
Model: UltraLite Mix STS Skins
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Availability: In Stock
Price: From $179.95
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Black Diamond skins are coming around to the light side. The “UltraLight” construction is 20% lighter and more packable than previous iterations. In addition, BD renovated the tip attachments into a simple Dynex™ cord and pipe that is light, secure, and field replaceable. All this means you can have the most reliable glue in the industry without the weight penalties. The UltraLite formula is a 65% mohair / 35% nylon blend with impressive traction and isn’t half-slow. It might be time to give the Black Diamond climbers another chance.

  • Innovative new loops require no adjustment to fit a wide range of tips.
  • Patented STS tail is a durable nylon strap with 10cm of adjustment range.
  • Lathered in Gold Label glue for the ultimate in cold-weather reliability.
  • Redesigned construction is lighter and more supple, to the tune of 20%.
  • STS kits ship with unattached tips so they can be fit to any length ski.
  • Available in 110mm, 125mm, and 140mm widths with tails attached.
Question from Tony
how much do these weigh? Your description says "20% lighter" but that's not much of a basis for comparing to other brands.

It would really help to have a simple skin weight comparison - most published skin weights are bogus because you don't know the length or width of the skin being weighed & that length/width is not standard between brands for the purpose of comparison. It wouldn't take too much effort to publish a grams per square cm for each skin - just cut off a little strip, weigh it & divide by surface area.
Answer from jbo
Hi Tony, I agree it would be nice to have a weight chart. We haven't figured out a way to weigh them in a consistent manner, short of destroying a pair of each model. That gets expensive though...
Answer from Tony G
Thanks for the quick response. The skins you sell from a roll would be a start - cut off an inch or two & weigh it. I know that something like a G3 Alpinist would be tough given that tip/tail are pre-attached, but many skins leave a ton of excess after fitting to skis. I'd do it myself but the 6 inches plus of waste skin I always have would be of limited use given I might average one new set per year at best. Ski shops seem to cut skins for customers pretty regularly, I'd imagine there's a lot of scrap laying around for weighing. Sure, it doesn't cover everything but it would be a start. Perhaps an email to a distributor asking for a 2 inch sample of whatever they have laying around?

Back to the original question - any rough weight comparison of the new BD skin to some your other stuff? Heavier than a race skin but lighter than a normal mohair mix? Same weight range as a pomoca or dynafit speedskin? Or have they really achieved some kind of significant weight saving deserving of the "ultralite" designation?

Skin weight is an under-appreciated attribute - especially for the greatly increased surface area of fatter BC skis. Thanks for your time.
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