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First up the mountain, first back to the lodge.

Skins should be easy to switch so you can get out and play. At least, that's the philosophy of the G3 Women's Alpinist elle Climbing Skins. The Elle’s RipStrip reduces skin to skin adhesion, removal from skis is quick and painless (as it should be).
  • Innovative tip connector features pivoting steel hands mounted on a low-profile crossbar so skins don't get ditched on the ascent
  • Direct tail strap lamination helps create a low-profile bond for optimized glide\
  • G3’s glue formula works exceptionally in all snow conditions

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

Sticks like sweaty polyester

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these to replace my old G3 skins that were too narrow for my new fatty skis. LOVE them. Stick tight even on steep icy skin trails. The design of the tip and tail kit is improved from older versions, as is the trim tool which made cutting simple for a perfect fit.
Now all we need is more snow!

5 5

Nice Graphics, Great Tractions

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

Using these on my Rossignol 178 S3's with 95 underfoot. By following the directions for length and buying the 130's, I now have excellent fitted skins. It is worth noting, it takes no technical knowledge to trim these skins.
I really like the tail connector, as opposed to the BD tails that I was more acquainted with. These tails go on very easily, are quite simple to adjust, and with a simple pull, come right off. They sometimes go a little cockeyed on the tails, (as they are twin tip skis) but this is to be expected and easily fixed.
Skin wise, they have great traction, while maintaing a fair level of glide. This pleasantly surprised me, as I am used to incredibly grippy skins. With that said, these had no trouble going up hill.
Finally, I would just like to say how the tip, while slightly unconventional works quite well and does not come off the ski as one might expect.
The graphics on the bottoms draw compliments, the skins are grippy enough, but still easy to get off, and are flexible and thin enough to stuff in a jacket pocket, even on a colder day.

3 5

Traction like a tractor

A decent skin for anyone that is looking to get into alpine touring! The tip clips are a must for those fat powder skis!

3 5

Same as Alpinist

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

I bought these as a replacement for a pair of Alpinist skins that were too short. There were no Alpinist in the size I needed so decided to try these as the seemed to be exactly the same. They are the same, the tip and tail attachments work well and are easy to use. The skins glide and grip well and they are light and fold up small. I did have a bit of a problem with snow working its way under the skin and the glue doesn't seem very sticky. Also, the include trim tool works well, but appears to cause a bit of damage to the glue on the edges - be careful when cutting - I think this may be why I am getting snow in there.

what width are your skins??????

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what width are your skins??????

Will the x-short size work on ski length...

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Will the x-short size work on ski length 164. I wan to get the width of 130mm but bc only has them in xshort and long.

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It would be a stretch. You may have to shop elsewhere for the proper size. Or, you could wait until Backcountry gets more stock.

Will these skins fit the women's rossignol...

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Will these skins fit the women's rossignol S7 (168cm)?

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Yes & No. The recommended width/length would be a 130mm short. G3 makes this, but it looks like Backcountry is out. The G3 Alpinist skin ( is the exact same skin (graphic change only) and they have some in that size.

How are these different from the Alpinist...

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How are these different from the Alpinist (other than graphics)? What makes them "women specific"?

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Graphics only. If you like 'em, go with it!

What is the width of these? Is the length...

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What is the width of these? Is the length adjustable so I can use them on all my back country skis?

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They come in multiple widths and lengths to fit your skis. If you have skis that are very different in length and width, you'll need more than one pair of skins.

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If you want a skin with greater adjustability, the Expedition ( is completely adjustable at the tip in addition to the 10cm at the tail. Width is another issue.

What are the pros and cons of having...

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What are the pros and cons of having wall-to-wall skins vs straight skins

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Wall-to-wall: Better grip, but heavier.
Straight: Lighter, easier to fold, but less grip.

Could somebody post the skin lengths for...

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Could somebody post the skin lengths for long, med, and small? It makes it impossible to know which size to buy....

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Be careful on going with the upper end of the spectrum with lenght. I bought a xshort for a 160cm Gotback, and it was a good 6" shy of the end of the ski, so go with the biggest size you can for best coverage.