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G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

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    Glide and ride.

    As a touring enthusiast, you want a skin that glides on the uphill and packs light on the downhill. Fortunately, so does the G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin. Backed by the tech necessary for an intuitive and highly functional piece of gear, the Alpinist cuts through snow and vertical like butter and paper, respectively.
    • Low-profile tip connector uses pivoting hands to fit securely on your ski tip and eliminate the extra weight and floppiness of fold-over designs
    • Laminated tail uses G3 tail connection system to reduce drag
    • Waterproofing treatment prevents clumping when you move through multiple climate zones
    • Temperature-tolerant adhesive remains sticky even when it gets cold
    • RipStrip makes it easy to pull off the ski and reduces skin-to-skin sticking
    • Includes nylon case, skin savers, and trim tool
    • Item #GGG0182

    Tech Specs

    Tail Attachment
    tail clip and strap
    Skin Savers Included
    Case Included
    Claimed Weight
    [x-short] 6.8 - 11.8 oz, [short] 7 - 12.2 oz, [medium] 7.3 - 12.8 oz, [long] 7.6 - 13.5 oz, [x-long] 8 - 14.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

    Tech Specs

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    Solid skins, but not my favorite

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's probably fair to give them 3.5 stars.

    What i like:
    1)easy to trim
    2) work well in colder weather
    3) secure fit - they don't come off tips or tails

    what i don't like:
    1) the waterproofing treatment does not cut it in spring time, huge clumps of snow and ice build on the bottom, and you don't want to carry that extra weight on the way up.
    2) the adhesive is messy-sticky and often leaves bits on the skis. Also makes taking them on and off a little painful
    3) they are not the lightest.

    Solid skins, but not my favorite

    Great Skin

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great Glide and the just enough glue so that it sticks to your ski without being imposibble to pull apart. I do slip a bit when the slope is icy and gets in the mid 30 degree range but that is probably the trade off for the glide (or just my bad technique). The included cutting tool made these super easy to trim it took about 10 minutes.

    I use these on my Voile V8's and really dont have an issue with them slipping off the tail.

    I would recommend them.

    Great Glue and Durabiloty

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The glue on these skins lasts a lifetime. The skins also cut and trim down nicely as you keep changing skis and widths but don't want to buy new skins. I haven't experienced much slipping, even icier or steeper tracks, but from time to time they do slip and this is where I like my BD skins a bit better. I have to say, the lengths are kind of a draw back. Seems weird after using BD for so long that the skins wouldn't just come in a more standard length. Don't buy um too short.

    Great Glue and Durabiloty

    will get you to the top

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    stick well to the skis, dont slide off, tip connectors work very well. all and all, great skins, do what they should do. however, the hairs seem to be a bit too short. i noticed that i start sliding in bad conditions sooner than climbers with high traction skins of BD skins. i think i'll look into skins that provide better traction in the future, but these guys have helped me climb quite a few peaks, so no complaints.

    my second pair, stoked!

      Ok, I've not used mu new skins yet except to cut them - really easy to DIY with the tool provided. However, I have another pair cut for other skis and I can say that these skis grip really well, are easy to take on and off. My only advice is for a twin tip ski change the tail attachment to the twin tip connector, otherwise you will find the skin can come off the ski. Ive got both attachments now for flat tail and twin tip skis, can't wait to tour with them this winter.

      G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Wow, these skins work great in all snow conditions. I almost ordered to small of skin width wise. Make sure you order the same width or greater as the fattest part of the front of your skis and trim them to fit. It takes 5 min per ski to trim them up with the included tool.
      They also came with a skin saver mat and a storage bag.

      Not Quite

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these for AT in the Wasatch and they are OK for ordinary use but:
      (1) They don't re-adhere well when doing laps
      (2) They slip backwards when climbing steepish slopes, while the BD ascensions and Pomoca Climb Pro Glide seem to have a steeper max angle with decent gliding.

      Inferior to BD. Period.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Pros: - Thinner, lighter, more supple than BD

      - More glide than BD nylon

      Cons: - Serious issues with snow getting in between ski and glue on big days

      - Less traction than BD nylon...similar to BD mix

      G3 skins are a strange creature in the ski touring world. You can find tons of people using them and loving them, or meet people who've tried them once and won't touch them with a 10' pole ever again. Sure, they worked fine for a couple 500' laps on a nice day, but once I started really pushing them in inclement weather, the glue started to fail in the wet/snowy conditions. Grip is significantly inferior to BD nylon, to the point I was deviating from my friend's skin track. Sure, glide is better, like BD Mix.

      Every middle-aged, super-experienced backcounty skier I know took one look at my G3 skins and went: "oh, bummer". That's just how it is, I guess. I never thought I'd return skins, but it had to be done. These just blew.

      Unsatisfied customer

        I bought the G3 climbing skins online for a smaller (80mm) ski. The skins came in a box with ski tip loop too large for an 80mm ski. When I inquired about the smaller loops, the G3 representative prompted replied that they have smaller loops, but you will have to pay $16 plus shipping. Not to mention the skins don't come with a ski bag or mesh for storing. Those will run you another $16 each. It's been a while since I bought skins, but I do remember that the Black Diamonds included the bag and mesh and would gladly have sent me the correct size ski tip loops without charge. Unfortunately, I cut the skins or they would be sent back.

        My first pair of expedition skins came with a storage bag and skin savers. Just ordered same skins and to my surprise no bag and no savers. Disappointed and returned them. Didn't read what was included on BC website and assumed so you know what that means....disappointed anyway and returned them.

        Quality and performance.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Great tip and tail attachment, pack down light and small, nice glue, everything you want in a skin in my opinion. I just haven't used them long enough to vouch for the durability, but will update as needed.

        100% top shelf

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

        These are the best skins I've used to date, there is not a single detail that G3 has not thought about in making these skins. The clips at the front and back are MUCH better than the BD skins Ive had in the past. No more kicking off the toe loop and the tail clip is much more secure also. G3s trim tool is also far and away the best and easiest Ive used. No more repositioning the skin on the ski to trim the edge, just stick em down and run the trim tool down the ski edge and you get a perfect trim every time. Such a quality item. Very, very stoked. Well done guys!

        Ill check back with another update once these get some more use

        on and off with ease

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        get out into the backcountry and up the hill quickly with the g3 alpinist. they're super easy to put on and take off, and they come with skin savers to keep that glue sticky, season after season. also comes with a convenient storage bag.



        I have moment jag/shark 183
        What size climbing SKIN would I need? I am thinking Med 115...

        Hey i have liberty double helix's 190 length that i am thinking of putting these on, what size would i want to use

        Alex O.

        You would want to get the 130mm in the X-Long. That would cover all of the base for the best glide and sticking ratio.

        You would need to trim them a bit on the sides with the dimension, but G3 had probably one of the best tools for getting the perfect fit for the double helix.

        I have a 182 Liberty Double Helix. I need the 140mm, but only Long... looks like only X-Long is available with the 30%. Can I unscrew the tip attachments, cut the length and re-screw the tip attachments?

        Which skin size would you recommend for the Salomon Q BC Lab Ski (length 184 cm)? And would you recommend the G3 or the Black Diamond Glidelight Mohair Mix skin?

        You could go with the 130mm, just realize that it may not cover the entire tip of the ski. Most of your friction comes from the ball of your foot back towards the tail anyway but, the 140mm will cover the entire ski. You need the size long regardless of what you choose.

        I'm throwing these on my Atomic Automatic 109's with a 189 length. I'm trying to determine which size to use, and whether the twin tip tail attachment is necessary. Thanks.


        In a 189 length you're right between the L and XL skin length. You could choose either one - the Long will be a little less bulky and slightly lighter, while the X-Long may provide a little more grip. I'd go with the Long length to save a little weight on a ski that big.

        As for the width, go with the 130mm.

        Finally, I would pick up a pair of the Twin Tip Connectors. The Automatic's more round and raised tail won't provide the best connection with the stock camming closure. Having your tail clips slide off the ski while you're touring gets old real quick.

        What size for my G3 Empire 115 skis, they are 190 length , tip 145 waist 115 and tail 126. ?

        Hey Sae,

        You could go with the Long or Extra Long in the 130mm or 140mm width. The 130mm should provide enough coverage on the contact points of the ski, but if you want the best coverage possible the 140mm would offer that.

        I have a pair of Fischer Watea skis that are 130 mm in the tip, 96 mm in the waist and 120 mm in the tail. Length is 170 mm. I assume the short size, but what width skins should I buy? Thanks

        Hey Pnop,

        You could go with the 115mm or 130mm width. The 115mm width will be lighter, but have less coverage (which leads to less traction), whereas the 130mm will have better coverage, but a bit heavier.

        Give me a call or shoot me an e-mail if you have any other questions!



        These would be for a pair of Atomic Automatic 102's. Length 180 cm, 131-102-122. Which would be best fit?

        In addition they would be used mostly to skin up groomed runs and the same runs ungroomed once area closes. Would you recommend these or High Traction's from G3? Any other brands?



        What would be the right size for an Armada TST that is 183cm in length 119-132-102-123? Thank you so much!

        DPS Wailer 112 RP2 skis, 178cm length - which size fits best? Thanks for the help!!

        Hi What size skin for Armada Magic J 180cm 138-143-126-140-134 20m?


        What size skin for my Moment Governors? (186cm -142-116-128)

        What size for Salomon; 180cm, 133,95,115mm


        Dynastar; 172cm, 133, 97, 113mm


        what size for icelantic nomad 171, 140-105-130?