The GlideLite mix skins are 65/35 blend of mohair and nylon. They are lighter, faster, and more packable than the equivalent Ascension skins. The glue is BD Gold Label, a secret formula that arguably works too well. GlideLite skins are held to your skis with double wire-bracket tips and rugged elastic tail straps. At the end of the tail straps are replaceable metal cams that hang on the back of your skis. The Black Diamond mohair-mix is a reliable climbing skin that isn’t the slowest.
Mix of mohair and nylon offers a delicate balance of grip, glide, and durability.
Glue is Black Diamond’s finest and remains sticky till the bitter end.
Universal tip loops fit neatly on just about any ski and are hard to break.
Elastic tail straps have 10cm of adjustment range and are cut bikini-style to reduce drag.
Custom kits with attached hardware span a wide range of ski lengths; just trim and go.
Kits include a trimmer, carry-bag, and a cheat-sheet for storage.
Update 2020/21: The updated Glidelite skins have the same material and glue, but are now fixed at 133mm wide and sport new tip and tail attachments. Previously, BD used field-swappale adjustable cable tip loops and STS tail straps, which are still available here.
Bought these skins for a new powder touring setup. Coming from G3 nylon skins on all my previous skis and wanted to try Black Diamond skins and a mohair/nylon mix. Got five days of use before tearing the skin 1/2 inch within the tip connector plate when I accidentally kicked the top of the wire metal loop during a kick turn. Not very durable. I epoxied it back together under the plate. Otherwise, great glide and very packable.
Good skins but there are better options. These have been my main skin going on 4 years and probably 100+ days now with quite a bit of life left. No connectors have yet to break and I haven't needed to re-glue. I treat all my gear well (i.e. usually never have durability issues) and put them on skin savers during the week when not use but I'm not psychotic and bring the skin savers touring!
Pros: stick to the ski well (see cons), great grip on snow, good durability Cons: stick to the ski TOO well (able to now rip off ski without taking it off but it takes a few pulls and took 2 years to get to that point), BD cutting tool is a PITA, a bit bulky compared to competitors
I have Pomoca skins for my other skis and will be replacing these with those when the time comes around.
Comment on this review:
Are these the right width for the BD Helio 115?
do you have a picture of new tip and tail attachments?
Hey Len, thanks for reaching out! This width should be perfect, and the image above is showing the new tip and tail!
Answer this question:
Are these heavier than a 100% mohair skin?
Great question! These will be heavier than a purely mohair skin. That's typically how it goes when comparing a nylon/mohair blend vs. a 100% mohair skin.
How long are the STS kits? I can't seem to find the length.
Hey Blake, the skin material is 188cm long with an adjustment range of 9cm. There is 3cm of the tail before the first adjustment hole which makes the STS skin kit fit up to a 200cm ski.
Answer this question:
Hi, will the 179-186 cm size fit on the 188cm salomon qst 106? I am not looking for maximum coverage, would be happy if the skin covered the ski up to +/-10cm from the tail. Taking into account your response to the previous question I am afraid that the longer (185-192cm) size could be too long and at best will leave me with +10cm plastic tail hanging off the skis.
Hi Maciej, I tried fitting that size to a 188 and it is too short. I'd suggest getting the STS kit and cutting it to the exact length you desire!
What is the longest ski these will go on? I’m looking for a skin for my 204cm Faction Candide 3.0’s
Hey Robert, from the last notch in the tail to the edge of the skin material is 198cm long, so there's a small chance it might be just barely long enough. It depends on how far down the tip loop will sit on the ski. If you wanted to be sure, you can buy wide skin material off the roll and build your own!