Now you can get your ol’ reliables by the metercentimeter. Customize your skins with your favorite tip and tail, or attach the STS tip & tails for an inexpensive version of the Black Diamond kits. The BD Ascension nylon skins can take a beating and are backed with the stickiest glue around. According to local legends, they are the only thing that works in some climates. Type in the number of centimeters you want in the quantity field and we will cut that length off a roll and send it your way. Available in 110mm, 125mm, and 140mm widths.
ORDERING NOTE:These skins are sold by the centimeter (cm), meaning you should type in the Qty field the length (in cm) of skin you want for one ski “times two” for a PAIR. Unless you are making a backup skin, then just times it by one.
Hello - I have 175cm long cross country skis with a width of 65mm. I am looking for nylon climbing skins to use with them. Thee skis are old but they work for what I am looking to use them for.
Do you have skins that fit this description please?
Hello Ram, we have quite a few mohair race skin options that would fit your 65mm ski well, but some modification may be required if you are looking for nylon skins specifically. This Black Diamond nylon skin material comes in a 125mm width, and you could slice it lengthwise to have material for two 62.5mm skins.
Hi Alexa, actually you can subtract some cm for the tip and tail attachments. The tip attachments let you start 2-3cm back, and the BD adjustable tails would save you another 5-10+, depending on your preference for tail coverage. So 162cm per ski would be a good start.
Something worth mentioning ... If you're using narrow race skis, you can buy wide BD skins then remove the non-sticky center strip, cut them in half length-wise, and trim each half to fit a narrow ski. So you can outfit a pair of skis with just one length of skin. I recently did this with some 140mm skins and it worked great. 125mm should work too, but the bigger width gives you more flexibility.
These skins are bombproof. My limited experience with mohair suggests it's somewhat delicate, but I don't hesitate to rub skin wax into these with vigor. Rocks, trees, whatever - they don't really seem to get damaged and grip pretty well. Glide improves with break-in, and hot waxing seems to improve it, though I'm not sure if hydrocarbon + fluorocarbon is much better than plain hydrocarbon waxing. BD skins seem to be highly popular with tourers because of their quality, robustness, and availability.
I just noticed my review clearly mentions mohair, which these have none of. Perhaps there used to be an old picture of the mohair mix? Or maybe I'm just losing my mind. Anyhow - BD nylon skins are awesome.