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Fresh tracks, here you come.

Forget bootpacking and invest in a splitboard and the G3 Alpinist Split Board Skins. For years, you've had to deal with riding crowded resorts, but after you take an avy course and invest in some avy gear, you're ready for the backcountry.
  • Plush nylon fabric provide unrivaled glide and traction on the skin track
  • A hydrophobic waterproofing treatment helps keep the Alpinist from gumming up
  • A non-toxic, ultra-low temperature adhesive ensures the skins stick to your splitboard's base
  • A curved, low-profile tip connector with self-aligning stainless steel hands for a secure fit
  • A low-drag tail strap for convenience

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I have a Jones Hovercraft, will the tail...

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I have a Jones Hovercraft, will the tail clips fit the shape of the tail well
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4 5

Dependable skin

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd used this skin for three seasons on two a few different setups average about 60 days/year on them and haven't had to re-glue yet. Originally bought a short for my 156 hovey split and simply adjust the tail clip and give it a little stretch when I want to use them for my 161 carbon. I would recommend a medium for a 161 but if you already have a short they will work. The glide and traction on this skin is a really nice happy medium compared to the high traction g3's I also have. You get great traction even when taking a steeper up track and can cruise right down the small rollers or skate a bit with your stride. The negative I find with these skins is when you get onto an icy skin track there can be a lot of slipping. Ice is never a walk in the park though. The High tractions I have require a pretty decent slope to get any significant glide but can climb strait up anything you put in its path. Take care of these and they'll last you. I never use skin savers/pouches in the winter when touring but when the season comes to an end ill store them on the saver and in the original pouch in a cool place.

5 5

Great skins!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No-brainer for a splitboard.
Quick and easy to set up, and as long as you do it right they will stick all day!
I have used my friend's Viole splitboard skins a few times and I much prefer using these ones.

I have Just bought a jones hovercraft 160....

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I have Just bought a jones hovercraft 160. Could medium be good or short is better? Thank you

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Medium skins cover a more of splitboard's base than short.

i'm wondering witch size g3 alpinist skin...

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i'm wondering witch size g3 alpinist skin for splitboard 158?

4 5

Work Great

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my second season with these skins and my DIY 161 split. On long or really wet days having the tail-clips really makes the difference. Even if the glue gets a little sloppy, these things will stay on the board where other skins will start flopping around. I will say that they slide a lot better than they grip. On steep or icy patches I really have to stomp down to get some traction. Looks like G3 answered those complaints though with a high friction model:
http://www.backcountry.com/g3-highfriction-splitboard-skin

4 5

No complaints

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been happy with these so far, and they (as I would imagine most other) skins come in a nice little package with a carrying bag, cutting tool, and "Skin Savers" for storage during the long (and let's be honest, boring) summer months. Worked fine in the field so far as well, minimal ice build up, glide well, and provided enough traction on the slopes I was on.

Anyone use on a 160cm split? Could medium...

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Anyone use on a 160cm split? Could medium be too big?

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I've got a 161 with the mediums and they're fine, I can't imagine they'd be too big for a 160. You'll certainly have some extra on the tail clip (ie you have to use the shorter notches leaving more hanging off), but it hasn't bothered me and the clips both fit plenty tight.

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Mediums will work fine on a 160 but you wont have much extra tail strap. By sizing down, you will lose about 14cm of skin, however if your board has any tail rocker, and most do, those last few cm's don't matter anyway... then its a game of weight not length and you'll be shaving an ounce or two.

3 5

Good Glide but just ok Grip

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I found these skins to be just ok. They do glide the best out of any skins I have used but they are just ok at going up hill. I would recommend gecko skins if you want something that glides and climbs well. Plus they are much lighter.

What sizing would you recommend for a 158cm...

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What sizing would you recommend for a 158cm split board S or M?

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Go with the short, mediums would work because you're right on the cutoff but the shorts will stay on better.

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Definitely the short size. These are pre-cut lengths and the shortest board size for a medium length is 159... go short!

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Negative, the mediums fit absolutely perfect on a Jones Solution 158. Small leaves far too much board uncovered near the tail.

5 5

Works on Split-boards

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Roxy Smoothie 155 split-board and these work great on it. Love being able to hike on my snoboard!! so cool!

5 5

G3 split skins

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

Well they are great skins just got back from my 1st split trip. Love these skins. but don't forget to get the glop stopper skin wax. so u don't get build up on the bottom of the skin. I love the noise they make sounds like a sound effect from star wars.

5 5

Sizing chart is incorrect for these:

The sizing is off on the sizing chart. Below are the dimensions exactly as they read on the box from G3:
Width on all: 140 mm
Short 145-159 cm
Medium 159-173 cm
Long 168-182 cm

5 5

THEY Work

Have not used any other skins on a board - but these excellent in my limited experience. They are easy to get set up, easy to put on, they stay on.
Boarded into an area that the snow was dificult to skin out of sidehilling due to a very hard crust. It was hard to get the crust under 6in of soft snow to break, and if you did not break it you would start to slide down - it was easier to go straight up the 27 degree slope - and the skins allowed us to go right up!

4 5

About Time!

Great skin, about time more options were available! Definitely lighter and pack smaller than the Voile's; Voile's have more traction/longer hairs and their glue is "stickier". Now I can offer both to my customers! Keep your eyes out for the high traction model...

5 5

the best skins ever

Super light with sick graphics. The best feature of these are the tail clips. Easy instructions on how to trim them.

5 5

perfect split skin!

used these on the lib trice split, 164.5 cm. used size medium skins. Had to do minimal trimming.

Glue is great in mix of temperatures. Used the skins in everything from a 15 degree morning with fresh pow (8") to warming later in the day encountering soft warm snow, crust, and ice. Skins literally went up anything. Very tough too- went right over rocks, pine needles and twigs sticking up in the snow. No damage to skins. Even went through parking lot mash potatoes with sand and salt. No damage- nothing stuck to skins!

In the field, the skins separate easily from the board and themselves. You don't need to do shoulder exercises to pull them apart- very easy. They glide well on flat sections and there is no slippage on steep sections.

Tip and tail connection is top notch and what splitboarders have been waiting for! Better than the Voile skins and they have a tail clip too! Cheaper than buying Voile skins and an aftermarket tail connector from Sparks R&D. The G3 skins also come with "cheat sheets". Great value for a complete set up requiring no modifications.

Overall- everything you need, zero modification to mount to splitboards, and tours great in mixed conditions! Perfect!

Anyone have experience with both these and...

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Anyone have experience with both these and Voile's Tractor Skins? Curious in general, but specifically wondering if these are any more supple/easy to fold up compared to the Tractors. Also curious about the weight... Thanks in advance.

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The G3's will be lighter and more packable. However the voiles will be better in wet climates and will be stronger.

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I have had the tractors and a few other types. Although not having tail clips in most situations is okay, during multi-day adventures tail clips will save your life if you don't have a place to dry your skins thoroughly. The tail end of my tractors come unstuck and flop around.. not good.

5 5

Sweet

The g3 skins have been great so far. The tip and tail clips are the highlight, they fit straight away. As far as holding strength they have been just fine. Not much else to say. Great skins.

Any idea when you might get some mediums...

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Any idea when you might get some mediums in stock???

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Hey there, get with the 24/7 live chat to check on an ETA...

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