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Description

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.

  • 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

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4 5

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.

4 5

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.

3 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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!
5 5

Snowboard Skins with Tail Clips

What you want in a standard nylon skin for your splitty. Seen too much struggle with splitboarders not having tail clips on cold/snowy days, these skins provide the solution. Good design so the clips don't come off easily, and give you all the uphill traction you need.

For what these skins are, the price is on point.

It sounds like you guys won't be getting any more size medium skins? I see a lot of people say these run small, would a size large work on a 161.5 t. rice?

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

Responded on

BexOnHood,

Unfortunately we do not have any vendor orders placed for new inventory at this time. I am sorry about that!

4 5

Good skin for a good price

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

My setup: 2013 Line Prophet 98's (179 cm), Marker Baron Bindings, Lange XT 120 boots.

I bought the 130 mm wide extra long skins and the width was a perfect fit. However, length was about 5 cm too long and that's when I realized the tail strap was not removable. I just sliced it off knowing, with fresh stickiness of new skins, I didn't really need it...yet. I will figure out a way to reattach the tail clips when I eventually need to, but learn from my mistake!

I used these skins a few days after a 20 inch powder dump in VT. They did great on all climbs. I then used them 2 weeks later a few days after a warm rain followed by bitter cold temperatures. These skins performed well on really hard packed snow and ice for moderate climbs. Unfortunately, they could not hold traction on a really steep section, and I kept sliding back. My skinnign companions made it up, but with a ton of effort. I hiked it instead and saved way more energy then them. So these skins only perform mediocre at best, on very hard pack/ice steep climbs on really cold days (temps were in the low teens). I admit these are tough conditions.

On that same bitter cold day after a few days of rain, the trail hard ice crags and gravel covered by a thin layer of snow. I tried to get around most of those, but still hit some. These skins seemed to take the beating well and only showed one slight groove I wore into them.

I think the price point for these should be around $100 because they are Nylon only and do not have removable tail clips. The sticky side has a non-sticky strip down the middle for easier removal, which is a nice feature.

Good skin for a good price
2 5

Sizing chart

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just had the same issue as described below by others. The sizing chart really needs to be changed. I can tell you that the short size does not fit a 158-cm Arbor Abacus splitboard.

Responded on

I use them on my Jones Hovercraft 156 and they fit perfectly.

The Goat Hanging Out In the Snow

The Goat Hanging Out In the Snow

Took these out for the first couple times and they worked flawlessly. The skin cutter is very easy to use and cuts the skins perfectly. They look great and are easy to use. I bought the Short size for my 159 Split and they are pretty hard to get on but are nice and tight.

5 5

Good Skins!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these in a size medium for the 161 Jones solution and the fit was good, did not have to stretch them. They do not come with the skin savers like the regular G3, but the goat logo is awesome I just bought the savers seperately! Haven't used them much yet, but first couple times have worked well, great traction.

4 5

Not sure

Haven't used them yet but didn't know they don't come with the skin savers like the regular g3 alpinist skins but you get the goat and save a couple of bucks even if you buy g3 skin savers. So nothing to worry about. Ill update this if I remember once I use them but they look good.

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.

Responded on

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?

Responded on

I just got the G3 Alpinist splitboard skins in Short for my 158 board and I cannot get them on, they are way too short. I would definitely go with the medium for a 160

I just got the G3 Alpinist splitboard skins in Short for my 158 board and I cannot get them on, they are way too short. I would definitely go with the medium for a 160
Responded on

Update, I ordered the medium and the end of the skin is about where the clip is in the picture above and the clip still fits snugly on the board on the second tightest setting. The medium should fit very well on the 160 board.

Responded on

As you said the short skins didn't fit your 158 board, would you reckon they fit a 156 board? Looking at the picture it seems tight. What do you think?

5 5

Great and cheap skins

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use them on my Burton Freebird splitboard. Mounting is simple and fast, grip is good even on ice. Don't forget to cut the skins if they go over the edge!

5 5

Work as good as any skin, plus Goat!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These worked as well as my buddies G3 Alpinist (as they should cause they are the same) as well as K2 Splitboard skins and as far as I can tell they work as well the the G3 High traction skins (though I have not had exactly the same conditions to compare them too, just the same angle and trail). They do not come with a fancy skin saver (just a thin piece of plastic, that works) but for the price they are a steal. Plus maximum Goat stoke! So cool.

5 5

Who doesn't love the Goat!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These G3 Backcountry Goat skins are awesome. Perfect for split board skinning in the Wasatch. They stay on well with two clips on the tip and one on the tail, easy to trim (trim tool included), and come with a storage sack for keeping them contained and keeping debris like dirt and dust off of the adhesive.

** Skin savers sold separately