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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.
  • 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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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

4 5

Tip and tail clips rock

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

I took these skins up some pretty steep, somewhat icy stretches and they felt rock solid. I really like G3's tip and tail connectors, they go on easy and stay in place. Was looking at getting Voile's plus adding a tail connector but these Backcountry skins saved me about 50 bucks.
They're still new to me but am really impressed with the quality.

Tip and tail clips rock
5 5

Great skins

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These fit very well on my Jones Solution Splitboard.
The glue is super sticky and the tail clips work great.
These gave me good grip on some icy skin tracks in the Wasatch.

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Brendan, what size skins did you get for your solution?

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I got the medium skins for my 164cm Solution board.

The G3 paperwork that came with these says...

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The G3 paperwork that came with these says they should come with the skin savers. Did it lie? I ain't got none.

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They mean the clear plastic sheets.

4 5

Great Skin

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Friend's review:

"The best part about this skin is the tip and tail attatchment. it fits very snug, and is very easy to put on/take off. i have never had the glue slip. the only minor issue i have had is at a very small temp range it clumps on the skin. (easy to tap the skii and have it fall off)"

Goat Skin in the Selkirks, BC

Goat Skin in the Selkirks, BC

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Used my goat skins along with everyone else that was pretty much on the standard g3 skins. Never failed all week during the freezing temps, multiple transitions, and dry snow.

2 5

its the glue that makes these cheaper...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

these are pretty much the same skin as the G3alpinist EXCEPT for the glue- I've had the alpinist skin for OVER 3 years and zero glue stick snow build up issues. I've used the backcountry G3 skins 4 days now and everyday they are showing me the glue is not as high quality as the standard G3. is it worth the extra 40$ for better glue? I think it is..

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I use skin saver mesh on my bc.com skins and haven't had any issues with mine sticking! It is a little bit of extra effort, but I haven't had any probs with the glue performance over 2 seasons now.

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it's actually the exact same glue. there is no other version of the g3 glue. the only thing that is different is the branding on the skin. sounds like you might have a bad batch. try running an iron and parchment paper over the glue to reactivate it. or email at dates@backcountry.com and I will get you taken care of.

5 5

Great Skins, Love the Tail Clips!

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

These Skins work real well, I especially like the tail clips. I've only used them a few times but love them so far. They are easy to work with & light weight!

5 5

awesome

switched to these after 7 seasons on voile(bd) skins. stoked on the reduced weight and bulk. Tail clip is a nice bonus and saved the day multiple days in a row on a recent hut trip up in Golden, BC. cold dry powder and multiple transitions can be murder to a set of skins, however I always found I was able to revive them and get them to stick with the help of the tail clip. I updated with a spring time review later this season. for now i'm giving them 5 stars.

4 5

Boston split

Only used these a few times on a DIY split i finished in december but I'm impressed so far. Tip and tail clip are slick! Seem lighter than the voile.

4 5

Good, cheap skins.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used for 4 day hut trip + 2 extra BC days in Colorado. Less grip but better glide than BD/Voile skins. Glue is super sticky - probably going to use the skin savers for a while (even when touring for backpack storage). Tip and tail attachment system is solid and convenient. Used on a Voile Palindrome 162 Wide. Skins are plenty wide for a wide splitboard, and cutter tool is super easy to use.

5 5

Just Used the New Skins

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

Got chance to use these skins in the Wyoming Tetons over Christmas. They performed as advertised. I have a Voile 171, and went with the long skins. I probably could have gotten away with mediums but when your headed up the mountain it's always nice to have as much skin as possible. I've used the skins made by Voile previously, and they worked well, but I like these backcountry.com/G3 ones better because they clip the board at the front and the back. They came with a handy cutting tool made by G3 to trim the skins, a must have for sure because if your skins over lap the edge of the ski you won't have any edge to work with during the climb. I had never trimmed skins before, but it was easy with the cutting tool provided. On a side note if you're using the standard risers that Voile originally installed on boards prior to 2012, I recommended upgrading to the dual risers with a lower and higher riser it will make the climb faster and a lot more enjoy able.

Enjoy the Ride!

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

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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?

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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

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Awesome, thanks for your help Jared!

One last thing. my boards width when split is tip 145mm, waist 124.5mm, tail 144mm. What size should I go with?

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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

5 5

Backcountry Splitboard Skin

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

A very light skin with extremely sticky glue and great traction. These are the best skins I have tried in close to twenty years of splitboarding. I currently have them on an Arbor Abacus and use Spark Magneto bindings. I tweaked the set up slightly, replacing the G3 tail clips with Spark tail clips.

What size would you recommend for a 161...

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What size would you recommend for a 161 board?

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Hey,
I would recommend the medium size for a 161 board. Hope that helps!

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this is bullshit! my board is 162, I went with the medium as recommended, but is to long for the tail clip to acctually stay on the board as it is intended! have you guys even tried it out before you put up this measurments?

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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...

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

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I would go with the Medium for your 168. The skins are going to stretch a bit so you'd be better off having to just have to adjust the tail clips rather than risk them being too long.

Will backcountry offer this skin in the...

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

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We haven't in the past unfortunately and I haven't heard anything different for this year. Its always just been a fun way to put a goat on the Alpinist Skins, I don't think G3 wants us taking over all of their lines.

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We will have a high traction splitboard skin soon, but it will not be a backcountry.com version.

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157 board. Should I go for short or medium lenght?

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axep732693 I would go with the short for the 157