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Backcountry Splitboard Skin

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    Climb like the Goat.

    You got a splitboard so you wouldn't have to posthole through powder all the way up to your line, so you might as well get some skins designed specifically to help splitboarders access the goods. With help from the homies at G3, Backcountry.com is proud to offer a splitboard-specific, Goat-worthy version of G3's Alpinist skin, with all the same technical features like self-aligning stainless steel hand tip connectors and a twin tail clip that make getting your skins on and keeping them there a quick and easy process. They won't come unstuck from ice-cold bases, either, as they're made with a glue that grips no matter the temperature.

    What makes these any different than G3's usual skins, you ask? We're glad you did. Instead of G3's usual pattern, these fast-gliding nylon skins feature your favorite bearded buddy, previously found only on helmets, water bottles, cars, and computers--that's right, it's the Backcountry Goat! Get in tune with his sure-footed vibes and conquer any skin track in style, knowing that you've got a partner who's never yet slipped when the going gets icy.
    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Supple, fast-gliding nylon bases with Backcountry.com Goat print
    • Self-aligning stainless steel hand tip connectors
    • Twin tail connectors designed specifically for splitboards
    • Sticky, non-toxic and solvent-free glue
    • Sizing: Short fits boards 145-159cm, Medium 159-173cm, Long 168-182cm
    • Item #BCC0344

    Tech Specs

    Material
    nylon
    Tip Attachment
    self-aligning stainless steel hands
    Tail Attachment
    twin-tip tail connectors
    Skin Savers Included
    no
    Case Included
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    [short, pair] 1 lb 6.2 oz, [medium, pair] 1 lb 8 oz, [long, pair] 1 lb 9.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring

    Tech Specs

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    Deficient glue and No covers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm still using these skins, but I Already had to change the glue. After 2 years, it was a mess.

    And this set doens't include the skin covers to carry them properly.

    I wouldn't buy them again.

    2 years of serious abuse and use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Last season was my second season on a pair of these skins. I put close to 200 days on them in two years, and all around the world in many different types of conditions. First off, these are the best skins for the price hands down.

    They climb very well if it is not too steep, and not too icy. You throw any of those variables in the mix and you will notice a drastic difference in performance. There were times when partners I was with had much better traction with their Volie skins than I was having.

    The glue on them is also pretty poor, I re-glued them with Black Diamond glue and that fixed that problem right away.

    If you are in the market to save money on your skins, I don't think you can go wrong with these, I would recommend spending a little more and getting the higher traction ones. Also, if you are just getting into splitboarding get these skins, they are perfect for a beginner and they last a very long time. I have never gotten two seasons out of skins until these ones.

    Great for the Price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had a little trouble with the cutter these came with (I think it was cracked?), but ended up using a BCA cutter and they turned out fine. I'm small, so the fact that they go on and off with ease is great. They got pretty globby on the last wet pow day and I ended up sliding quite a bit going uphill, but the next day the snow was more fluffy and they got the job done. I will probably go with the higher traction skins next time, but for what I'm into and the current weather, they work well.

    rookie review

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    my first skins on my first splitboard after my first tour.
    first things first. they have goats on them. lots of goats. so can't be that much of a bad purchase.

    i thought they were great. its spring though, so i can not make any judgements on the glue sticking problem. aside from that i thought everything was awesome! cutting simple, fitting simple, they came on and off extra nice and i am stoked on the whole story. great stuff - and what a great sport to get into.
    avy class here i come!

    Glue peels.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These skins get the job done but only for so long. The glue begins to stick to your skis/splits and peal from the skin. You can put better glue on them but why should you have to do that in the first year of use? WTF G3?

    Worst Glue Ever

      Had these for about a year before the glue decided that it preferred sticking to my skis, instead of the skin. Most of the glue is gone on the tail, and I have to bring a rag soaked with goo gone on every tour.

      G3 won't even return my e-mails. Again, this happened after only one season of use. Awful. Reglueing my skins tonight and I will never buy G3 skins again.

      Oh, and their traction isn't as good as the black diamond skins, but their glide isnt noticeably better to compensate.

      Like em in general, love for the price

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      While I feel like a walking advert for backcountry.com while using these skins, I am a fan of them! I honestly went for them because of the price, and I'm glad I did. I highly disagree with the review that states that these "only work above 30 degrees," as I have used these skins at 5 degree temps and they worked just fine. When doing short laps, I put the skins inside my mid layer on the descent to keep them warm, and they restick pretty well.

      As for traction: They are a lower profile than other skins i've used, but I haven't seen any compromise in performance. Perhaps weight and technique make a difference as well. On steeps, your weight distribution is critical.

      An added benefit of these skins is the included skin trimming tool! My boyfriend was prepared for a night of frustration when we trimmed my skins as he has trimmed many pairs the old fashioned way.. but the G3 trimmer makes it a breeze!

      A note on the clips: I used to be jealous of my boyfriend's ski skins, which just looped over the tip of his ski... but a girl friend of mine has the Voile skins for her splitboard with the loop... and they are totally crooked when going over the hardware on the splitboard. I much prefer my clips now!

      I purchased skin savers for mine as well, and use those when storing for more than a day or two.

      Like em in general, love for the price

      Like em

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I really like the alpinist. I have had both the high traction and alpinist and I choose these. I have crampons for my Karakoram s for the really tough tracks and I prefer the glide of the alpinist.

      Bad Glue

        These skins work great if above 30 degrees out, which it never is here in Colorado alpine. They usually work great for my skin in but the. I battle with them for the rest of the day trying to get them to stick. The glue is horrible on these skins. At least the ones I have. Perhaps it was a bad batch.

        Light, work well until glue goes bad

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These worked well for 2 seasons, maybe 50 days. They are lighter than the old Voile skins, not quite as grippy. The glue has gone bad after summer, even though I dry daily and keep clean.
        Hopefully they'll improve after ironing, but I hear there are some bad batches of glue in some of these skins.

        work good

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        These are my first pair of skins and they seem to work great for my splitboard. They were easy to cut and the skin savers are awesome for storage. I can't compare to other skins, but would definitely recommend to others as first set of skins. Made by G3 for Backcountry.com which is a good brand.

        This is my second review of these skins. I went out with some buddies yesterday and I can tell you that these are definitely subpar to other brands. My buddies have black diamond, had no slip where I was slipping like crazy. The hair on the bottom is very minimal and not grippy at all. I would stay away from these and spend the extra money on skins that have a deeper hair with better grip. Don't waste your money on these.

        They get the job done

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Took these out off Berthoud and Loveland Passes in April. They worked great until we got to steep terrain where I would have preferred some more grip but that was expected. Even the experienced skiers with higher quality skins had some difficulty. We can also chalk that up to poor technique as it was my first time skinning.

        For a more detailed account check out my blog post on the Launch Snowboards site: http://www.launchsnowboards.com/blogs/bulletin-board/34180997-a-first-timers-take-on-splitboarding

        95% of the way there

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I got these skins because I like the goat more than the other G3 skins (not to mention they are more budget friendly, especially if you by the skin savers separate it's still less than the G3 skins, and you get the goat). They are easy to cut, put on and take off, great traction. My only issue is that they don't fit 100% snug on my 159 Rossi Magtek XV split. I got the medium size and they fit fine except for attaching at the bottom. They tend to leave a bulge on one side no matter how I adjust the strap or the skin. Hasn't been too big of an issue yet but something I'm keeping my eyes on.

        Hi Mairus,

        I have a 159 split as well and I use the size Small. They are a pain to put on because they are very tight. However I have never had an issue with them getting loose at all. I would recommend going with the Smalls. You might want to curse them at times but well worth the trouble in my opinion.

        Great Splitboard skin

          I have been pretty happy with these skins as a whole. The goat logo is a great addition to the G3 skins and its awesome because they come with the G3 skin cutter! The skin cutter is great and definitely makes cutting skins nice and easy.



          The only thing I have been skeptical about with these it that they are not as fuzzy and don't have as much traction as some other brands of skins I've used. Haven't had problems with sliding so far, but I am curious as to how they will hold up over time.



          All in all great skin! I purchased the short size for my 153 board. The tip and tail hooks are super easy to connect which result in a super efficient transition. They do not come with skin savers, but I typically don't use skin savers anyways.

          Tough To Tell

            First things first. The tip and tail connector are great for splitboards. The trim tool is the best engineered single use item I have ever seen. And you don't need skin savers anyway. These have great glide also.



            The inverse of that glide is the fact that they don't have as much traction as competitors. These are great untill they're not, in other words.



            Maybe it user error, and it certainly could be. My skinning technique could use some work. But here in the Wasatch where the skin tracks usually just got straight up the mountain, I wish I had gotten the voile's.



            For areas with gentler approaches, these would be great. Also, G3 has the best tip and tail clips for splitboards.



            Go for the short size on a 158

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            After reading reviews here, I bought both the short and medium for my 158 Burton Freebird. While neither size is ideal for this board length, the medium is definitely too big. I went with the shorts and I have the tail clips on the second to last setting, which barely leaves you enough strap to pull the clips off. Given that only Andre the Giant would ride a 182 splitboard, I think G3 should reevaluate their sizing and include some overlap between the short and medium size.



            As far as performance goes, these are great lightweight skins. Lots more glide, but significantly less grip than the Sparks/G3 High Traction. The Spark tail clips are definitely better than the G3, but at half the price I don't mind. The glue on these is amazing, easy to pull apart, performing well even in subzero temps.



            Bottom line - These are a great deal, but sizing is a pain if your board is in the 157-161 range, and I would opt for Spark/High Traction skins if you anticipate skinning mostly in steeper terrain.

            Awesome price great quality!

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            The only difference between these, and the regular g3 skins is that these don't come with skin savers. The tip & tail clips are great, and are the only ones I've found so far to fit my Jones Hovercraft (it's a 156 and the shorts fit great). Glue has held up well. Great grip and glide. The cutter tool couldn't be easier.

            So far so good!

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

            Just got these and used them for the first time yesterday; I'm impressed! I got the short for my 154cm board and it's a perfect fit; the nose and tail clips are awesome and super easy to use. Trimming was also really easy - the hardest part was just getting them lined up perfectly to trim (if you're not sure exactly how to trim them there's a G3 video that explains it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mreB8i3JuSg)



            I did a skin up to one of the glaciers on Mt. Hood yesterday and they worked great! Ascending was a dream and I could really trust these underfoot. I was surprised at how well they performed just based on the price point, but I wasn't disappointed at all! I did also get the G3 skin savers because they don't come with these ones as they do with the G3's - I'd highly recommend grabbing a pair of those.

            So far so good!

            Will you guys get any more mediums in?

            When do you anticipate having mediums back in stock? Thanks!

            The sizing chart really needs to be changed for this item. I just got a 158 Jones Solution so I ordered the small skins as suggested by the sizing chart. The skins don't even come close to fitting, they are at least two inches too short on the largest setting. For a 158 board you definitely need a medium.

            I had this same issue with a pair of my first G3 Alpinist's. When you are right on the cusp and get the smaller size you have to stretch them onto the board or ski. I had a pair of skins that I stretched on and when they were off the snow the skin was so taught that it was actually off the ski until I started skinning. Could you even stretch yours on?

            Ride a Sims 160 split (homemade). Thinking I should go with the short not the medium. Some folks say medium on a 162 is not tight on the tail. Thoughts?

            158 Jones Solution. Medium or short? Also,...

            158 Jones Solution. Medium or short? Also, these are the exact same as the G3 Alpinist skin? Wow, nice, a little bit cheaper :). Also, while asking questions, what's the difference between the highfriction verson and the alpinist? Just different material giving better traction?

            Best Answer

            Nick,



            For a 158 split you'd want the Short.



            G3 makes these skins but they have the Backcountry.com logo.



            I've searched the tech specs to compare the High Traction and the Alpinist and G3's tech specs are rather vague calling the material:



            "Synthetic Plush"



            In reality the difference between the two is most likely going to be the size and length of the fiber; after all how the fiber stands up and lays down is what creates the traction and gliding. I'm not 100% positive on the difference in terms of material or construction on the two but I've read on other websites that the material is Nylon. But saying the material is "Nylon" is a rather broad term for a family of synthetic polymers.



            The Alpinist Splitboard skins are about 100 grams lighter than the High Traction Splitboard skins.



            PS, our neighbors to the north (Canada) are the ones that make G3 products.



            Hope this helps!



            Jared D.

            Gearhead

            800.409.4502 ext 4055



            Nick,



            Always glad to help out!



            In regards to the width of skins to fit your split, 140 mm (which at the moment is all we have left for the Short version will do just nicely.



            In spots ie the waist width, you'll want to trim the skin to fit the profile of your split board.



            You'll end up with one skin that is cut for one side of your split board and the other skin matched just for the other side.



            All in all, a 140mm Short will do you wonders. Enjoy the pow that you're going to work hard for!



            Jared D.

            Gearhead

            800.409.4502 ext 4055

            What size would you recommend for a 161...

            What size would you recommend for a 161 board?

            Lameboard,



            The sizing chart for these products are supplied by the manufacturer. In this case this is a G3 skin with our logo.



            Are you able to post any pictures showing your situation? If we could see how the tails are being adjusted that'd help greatly. Thanks!



            Jared D.

            Gearhead

            800.409.4502 ext 4055

            My splitboard is a 168 cm. Would I be...

            My splitboard is a 168 cm. Would I be better off buying the medium or the long?

            Will backcountry offer this skin in the...

            Will backcountry offer this skin in the high traction version from G3?