Top performing climbing skins, even more than other categories, are not all that flashy. After all, they spend all their relevant time underfoot, literally ground into the dreary up-tracks of our otherwise gravity fueled fun fests. Even when we truly dive into all the ins and outs of climbing skins, we find that the best products are simply middle of the road. Most outdoor equipment strikes compromises. Skins, though, are the ultimate in compromise. We want them to grip well and glide well. That alone is the ultimate in contradiction. The need to balance contradicting needs leads to an inherent bias to absolute middle of the road products. In the case of our Editors' Choice, we picked a product that is a literal blend. The Black Diamond Glidelite Mix STS combines two very different materials -nylon and natural mohair- to create our top scoring product.
The Glidelite Mohair Mix has been replaced with a brand new version called the Glidelite Mix STS, pictured above. The previous Mohair Mix model is not longer in production. The new skins have a different look as well as new glue. Keep reading for more information!