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Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix Custom STS Climbing Skins 125mm have already been cut to length and the tip attachment attached. As BD charge the same for their 110mm and 125mm custom skins we've elected to just stock the wider version for simplicity's sake. All you have to do is select the correct length for your skis and on receipt trim the width of the skin. On the video below this is the 4th stage and is called 'Trim Skins to Sidecut Width'.
The skins are a mohair (65%) and nylon (35%) mix to offer an excellent compromise between grip, glide and durability in all conditions. This is the 2016 version which is lighter and more packable than the previous incarnation.
The Glidelites are designed for longer skins and tours as they are lighter and more supple than the BD Ascension Skins. At Facewest we found the Glidelites much nicer to handle especially when cold and wet than the Ascensions which were a bit too bulky for us.
These skins use Black Diamond's STS attachment system. The tip loop is adjustable to get a good fit on just about any ski, the STS tail attachment gives 10cms of length adjustment and is quick and easy to use.
Excellent service from Facewest, skins arrived very promptly. Skins pre-cut to length for a range of ski lengths is an excellent idea. Supple and light, excellent in use and don't soak up much moisture in wet snow.
Loses two stars though for the shoddy and woefully under-powered cutting tool! This broke after cutting the first skin to shape. About time Black Diamond gave a bit more thought to the design of this, or at least supply one that lasts longer than two cuts. G3 cutting tool is a lot easier to use and more substantial. Overall, good skins as usual from BD, but let down by this detail.
Great skins. Do exactly what they should.
Facewest were efficient, skins were pretty easy to fit to my Dynastar Ledgend X96s. First time I've fitted skins, all I needed was supplied.Not tried them on snow yet so can't review performance.
Great improvement on my older nylon BD SKINS. Relatively easy to cut, but do be gentle with the tool provided. I ordered cut to length for 2015 Soul 7 180cm Skis. Although the custom cut skins do fit that length the clip is on the final (shortest) setting, leaving no slack for any stretch as I use them. I will probably nip off an inch myself at some point.
Easy to fit / remove. In use, the skins are outstanding and the grip is amazing, both on packed snow (on piste) and loose / wet snow (off piste).
I have two small criticisms, they do not ski so well when you need to head downhill a little before the next climb - a little too much grip! Secondly, I would have liked two full length meshes for storage - no biggy, just personal preference.
I'm NOT an expert skinner, so do look at some of the other reviews too...... Only been at it for a season and a half :)