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G3 High Traction Skins

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Tenacious like a rabid dog with glide like an eagle, the G3 High Traction Skins will take you to the summit, even in negative 20-degree temps. Lightweight and equipped with RipStrip to reduce skin-to-skin stickiness, these skins stay secure for climbing that's otherworldly efficient.

  • Lightweight synthetic plush material glides like a dream and grips like a vise
  • Non-toxic, solvent-free glue sticks at -22 degrees Fahrenheit
  • RipStrip reduces skin-to-skin adhesion for easier separation
  • Laminated tip connector features low-profile, self-aligning, stainless-steel hands
  • Attachment strap adjusts and clip provides just the right amount of tension for a secure, stress-reducing fit
  • Item #GGG3354

Tech Specs

synthetic plush
Tip Attachment
self-aligning stainless steel hands
Tail Attachment
camming tail clip and strap
Skin Savers Included
Case Included
Claimed Weight
[extra-short, single] 7.4 - 12.9 oz, [short, single] 7.6 - 13.4 oz, [medium, single] 8.0 - 14.1 oz, [long, single] 8.3 - 14.8 oz, [extra-long] 8.7 - 15.6 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited

Tech Specs

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Sweet skins!

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

I really love G3 and can't wait to get out and use these more! Also- the traction is impressive along with the quality. It's great how simple it is to get the skins on the skis and use the tip and tail connectors. I would recommend these to my friends. Also- I've noticed that a lot of different people think G3 makes awesome skins and that they last long and I understand why. They're just really great.

Great traction, awful glue.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love traction, and I love the tail design. Superior traction certainly. However, I had some glue degradation issues. But G3 made it right with a warranty replacement. Thanks G3!

Update: However, the glue on the warranty replacement was just as bad as the original. Degraded and transferred to ski bases in ~15 days use.

I do like the plush side of the skin enough to consider a re-glue with BD gold label glue. However, yeah, given the hassles I've encountered with this product, I cannot recommend this to anyone.

Bomber tip and tail connectors

    When I skin I'm usually carrying extra weight so I went for the high traction option. Skinning is a great way to exercise outdoors but it can get frustrating if you're taking two steps forward and one step back or the tip/ tail clips keep slipping off. As soon as you get on a pair of these you can tell alot of time was spent designing them to be dialed. The sizing can be a little tricky. If you ask a Gearhead, they can match your skis to the appropriate size skin that will get you the perfect fit.

    Skins for the edge of the world.

    Troll Peninsula, Iceland

    Skins for the edge of the world.

    The type of skins you buy will depend largely on what you want to do in the backcountry. These high traction skins are great, stick to the skin track in places where partners will slide, but they are 100% nylon which adds a little bulk, doesn't glide well, and are not that packable. Alternatively, mohair skins are super packable, and have the advantage of gliding on the snow more, making them great for hut trips/traverses where there may be long periods of flat-ish snow.

    Great skin. Would buy again.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used mine about 15 times now. I feel the traction is slightly but noticeably better than my BD ascensions. If you look closely you can see that the hairs on the G3 High Traction are indeed a bit longer the Ascension. I also much prefer the G3 tip and tail clip mechanisms. As for glide, when do I ever glide? Most of my backcountry forays are up/down for powder laps. The trade off of better traction for reduced glide is well worth it for me.

    I would not hesitate to buy this skin again.

    Best traction i've ever had.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are fantastic skins for those who are new to touring. The traction is next to none, and the glide doesn't suffer so noticeably that I wouldn't consider them for a long tour. And the attachments for your skis are bomber.

    The glue could be stickier, but I havent had issues with it yet, So I wont take a star off for speculation.

    Best purchase I've made for my touring setup.

    intense traction

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had these on a ski 149mm underfoot so with the high grip of these skins I could go straight up pretty much anything, the downside is that the glide is not optimal so I would not recommend these skins for longer tours

    intense traction

    Awesome Traction

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This skin works awesome. Used it a few times so far and I have been very pleased. The skin cutter which can with the package made my life much easier when setting up to my skis.

    Definitely Better than regular Skins

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got these skins because I was slipping on steep climbs on my regular G3 Alpinist skins, while my friends on Ascension skins went right up. I like the G3 tips - they fit my blunt tipped skis well, and are able to fit several different pairs of skis, so I wanted to stick with G3. They do make a noticeable difference going up, and I didn't notice any extra drag on the flats, either. But I did notice the glue is not as good as my other G3 skins - these tend to come loose here and there and build up ice and snow between the ski and the skin, and they required a scraping between laps in order to get them to re-stick.

    Best Gripping Skins I Have Used

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These skins grip everything great. The only thing is since they grip so well you loose a bit on the glide. Great for steeper terrain. Longer less steep approaches i would go with the G3 Alpinist. I am very pleased with them thus far.

    Solid So Far

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

    Put these wall to wall on some lhasas and I can pretty much walk up walls (as much as one ever can). Glue performed well in a very cold dawn patrol and they seem to be a solid product.

    As mentioned in another review, they DO come with skin savers, which was not totally clear form the description.

    Exactly as advertised

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's a commonly asked question, so I'd like to point out that these do come with both the skin savers and the trim tool. They also come with a storage bag. I actually bought skin savers on accident, so didnt want anyone else to make that mistake!

    These skins are exactly as advertised. I've used the regular G3 alpinist for a while and really like them but i did find myself slipping on some steeper wasatch skin tracks so I gave these a try. Definitely a noticeable amount of extra grip but also a noticeable loss in glide. If you do steep skins or find yourself slipping these will definitely help! If you do long flat approaches, you might wanna stick with the regular alpinist which is more of a middle ground on grip and glide. My skis are 190cm long so I got the x-long and they fit perfectly. Overall, very happy with this purchase!

    Solid SKins

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have been very pleased with these skins so far. I like the idea of the high traction and for the most part have no trouble gripping the snow on steep terrain. The tool G3 skins come with to trim the skin is very easy to use. The clips on these skins stay in place very well and I have never had any problems.

    great skins

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

    These are my first skins so I have no other reference to compare to, but they were great. Sticks to anything (ice, slush, powder) and allowed me to walk straight up some quite steep slopes. I was easily able to cut them down to size with the special cutting tool that they came with. Am riding with twin tip skis so would recommend the twin tip adaptors that I also bought.

    Great skin but time will tell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used this on 5 long day tours now which included several trips up the hill in the Northeast on knee deep pow and bulletprof ice and thus far, it's great! I love how it connects to the ski both tip and tail; seems super durable. My only minor concern is that the glue might wear out BBUUTT nothing really suggests this. I ONLY say this as I do not need secure the skin to a fixed object while using my entire body weight to unfold it, like some of the BD Skins. with that said, I have seen the ski edge cut through the tip anchor on a BD skin. As of right now, my vote for skin is G3 and would highly recommend this product!!!

    Exactly what you expect

      Used these for a few outings so far this year and figured I'd chime in as there weren't any reviews yet. Overall, you get what you expect with these. They are definitely grippier on the up than the regular alpinists. I did notice some reduced glide (to be expected) but once they break in later in the winter I expect they'll glide better. G3 tip/tail connectors are awesome and the cutting tool they supply makes trimming pretty painless. Only a few minor gripes: I still think Black Diamonds glue is better (the G3 glue froze up in -7 deg. F temps today here in CO and isn't quite as tacky as the BD gold label I've used). Also, these seem to be shedding way more of the plush than I've seen on other new skins after trimming. I know the high traction version has longer hairs so hopefully it's just a function of this and will stop after a few more outings. Overall, I'm happy I retired my Alpinists and picked up the High Tractions. They glide pretty darn well and stick much better on the up which is helpful when you aren't doing a whole lot of rolling/flat approaches.

      Have Rossignol Super 7, 188 (140-116-130), what size do I need?

      I have Rossignol BC 90, 169 cm length.What size skins? Thanks.

      I have the Volkl Kink at 179cm with dimensions of 122-89-112, what size skins would I need?

      Hey Edward,

      You want the 115 mm, Medium size in these particular G3 High Traction Skins for your Volkl Kink skis. You would then need to trim them to fit the exact shape of your skis to maximize your uphill efficiency. Check out the newer model of the G3 Alpinist High Traction Climbing Skins (Item # GGG001S) as it looks like we have your size in stock.

      Feel free to shoot me any additional questions on climbing skins or anything ski related.


      Expert Gearhead


      Hi, I have a pair of Atomic Access 191cm. What size G3 High Traction should i get? i was thinking XL, 130mm. is that correct?

      I have a pair of skis 180cm 126/115/124 and was wondering what size skins i will need. ?mm and med or long .

      I have the last model K2 obsethed 189cm, dimensions 146 / 117 / 134 mm. Trying to find a good fit climbing skin. Read comments about these G3 being a bit short?? What is the right size for G3 and/or are there better skin options for these skis? Can't find the original k2 fitted skins for these anywhere.

      Ski manufacturers often measure length of their skis differently, which kind of throws off this size guide. I did just see a review for this skin on the K2 Shredittor, so for K2 skis I think it would be a good idea to size up! In that case, I'd pick the XL. You'd probably also want the twin tip kit that Grant mentioned... that is item #GGG0154

      Check out that review for k2 sizing by Jon:

      I have K2 Pettitor 189cm ,what size skins...

      I have K2 Pettitor 189cm ,what size skins do you recommend

      I have K2 Coombacks (167) what size skins...

      I have K2 Coombacks (167) what size skins do you recommend?

      I also have K2 work stinx and it would be great to use them on both skis, but not required.

      would the 130 XL or 140 XL be better for...

      would the 130 XL or 140 XL be better for a pair of 185 Blizzard Cochise?

      Hey Con,

      They both will work for that ski. The 130 should provide plenty of coverage throughout the ski without having to trim to much excess material. I would go with the 130 Long for the 185 Cochise. The XL would be slightly too long for those skis.

      2012 Atomic Aspect Skis 180 cm - what size...

      2012 Atomic Aspect Skis 180 cm - what size and width of skins are recommended?

      Your skis would work with a medium or long length G3 skin. I did a little googling and found that your skis are 120mm wide at its fattest point. So based on what we have in stock the medium 130mm skin is your best option. Enjoy!

      I have a pair of K2 Backups 167 cm...

      I have a pair of K2 Backups 167 cm (124-82-105). What size and width of these skins should I get? 115mm or 130mm

      my volkl nanuq's are 114-96-131, which...

      my volkl nanuq's are 114-96-131, which size would fit best ?... 85 mm short or the 100 mm short (will have to trim ) ?...

      I have a pair of DPS 190 - 128,112,142 is...

      I have a pair of DPS 190 - 128,112,142 is it better to get the high traction130 or G3 alpine 140 I don't see the 140 length offered in the high traction

      I have a pair of Moment Exit World 185s....

      I have a pair of Moment Exit World 185s. Would the 130mm Long be the correct size?