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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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Engearment's G3 Splitboard Skins Review

We got our hands on next seasons (2015/2016) G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins and tested it over the course of 2 weeks. G3 redid everything, new glue, new solvents, new tail connector, new tip connector, new carry bag (wallet actually) and overall - a better skin. We tested them head to head with the current G3 Alpinist, G3 High Traction, G3 Alpinist LT (covered in another review) and Black Diamond Ascension (for control group). Check out the full review @!


G3 skins are terrible!!!

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

I purchased these G3 Splitboard skins. Unfortunately, the glue
is wayyyyyy goopy - the glue comes off on EVERYTHING the skins touch (my pack, my gloves, etc.). And, when I pull my skins off my splitboard, there is an AWFUL GLUEY residue left on my board! (So, I have to clean and re-wax my board each time I use the skins. :(

I have tried everything, including ironing the skins to remove moisture from the glue, to no avail. I have several other pairs of skins (for my AT and telemark skis); never before have I experienced such weird glue.

What's worse is that BACKCOUNTRY.COM refuses to return or exchange the product, stating "G3 is not on the list for manufacturer warranties".

Stick to Black Diamond and SPARK skins!

Hey Kelly,

I'm going to take care of you on this. FYI G3 makes Sparks skins so that is the exact same product. Also it looks like these were purchased in 2012 so that would be considered normal wear and tear, and the glue issue most likely is due to contaminates. However I have two pair of G3 skins from the same year and one is glooping everywhere and the other is good so it could be a bad batch of glue. Check your email and we can talk further.

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead

Jones Solution 168, LRG or MED?


For your 168cm board I'd go Mediums. Better to be in the mid range on a size than on the upper or lower end.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead


Hello, i have a 161.5 t rice libtech and I was wondering if the long (162-178) would fit
thank you in advance

Best Answer

Hey JP,

I would avoid getting a skin that is almost too long. They can stretch out and become loose after a while. Better to get a shorter skin and use the adjustment straps to fit the board. Plus, this way, you don't have any unnecessary weight from the extra skin on your tip and tail (these areas don't provide much traction as they typically rise away from the snow). Hope that helps!

I have a 66 would I be able to make the long work for that without any trouble? Is it possible to trim the tail of the skin and re-set the tail clips without to much trouble? I'm guessing they are set with rivets?

Hola Jacob,

These "pre-cut" (meaning pre-cut to length) G3 skins are not trimable as far as length goes. You can trim the edges of course, but the clips are mounted directly into the skin and you won't be able to reattach them. Definitely hold out for the proper size!

Trace C.


Hey there,

Which size should i be getting for a jones hovercraft 160? I understand that short is 145 - 159 and medium 159 - 173, does that include the length of the tail clip as well or just the length of the skins?


For some reason the G3 skin's size break is on the most popular size split board. I have trimmed many pairs of these skins and with a 159-161 split board neither size is ideal. The small is impossibly hard to stretch onto the tail and the medium leaves you with a huge tail strap and thus no stretch adjustment. Your best option is the Voile Splitboard Skins with tail clips in a size medium with a range of 153-162. These skins have better traction, much better glue, and are more durable anyway.


Nice skins

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Great skins. I was a little upset when I recieved them already cut and used . I was offered an exchange but a little disappointed with backcountry for sending out used skins and only offering a exchange of all the hassle.

Does this price ($135.96) include a pair of skins or just one? Also what length do you recommend for my 164cm jones solution?

Hey Lee,

So this is definitely for a pair of skins.

For a 164cm Jones Solution, I'd get the Mediums as those are for splitboards 159-173cm in length.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead


just bought these skins this year (a christmas present from mother in law). Today, while skinning, one of the two tip clips snapped off. What is your warranty policy?

Hey John,

We have a 30-day return policy on used items. But G3 will have a 1-year warranty on their products.

For warranty on this brand, you'd need to reach out to G3 directly.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead


Hello, i have a 161.5 t rice libtech and I was wondering if the long (162-178) would fit

thank you in advance


snow clumped, use glob-stopper wax

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

worked well, until the temps dropped and snow clumped (on my first day out.) ironed in BD glob-stopper wax, and they work great!

Im splitting a salomon fast track 167. Is...

Im splitting a salomon fast track 167. Is the medium size good for this one? Also, how much does the medium size weight for shipping? Thanks!

Hey Simon Esp�nola,

Thanks for your question.

For your 167cm board I would suggest the medium size in these splitboard skins. The weight is 340 g / 12.0 oz per skin. So 24 ounces for the pair plus the weight of packaging, the trimmer and bag.

I hope this helps.

Wondering if these will fit my K2 ultrasplit,...

Wondering if these will fit my K2 ultrasplit, or are the K2 ones my best bet? Rather save some $$ on these

Yes. The G3 Alpinist Split Board Skin will fit the K2 Ultrasplit very well as long as you select the correct length skin for your board.

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

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


Hey Josh,

Thanks for your question.

Both the tip and tail clips have adjusting heads so that you can get a perfect fit on the corner of your tip and tail. These are the best choice (clip wise) in my mind for skins.


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.


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....

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

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

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


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:


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.