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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

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5 5

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.

Skins for the edge of the world.

Troll Peninsula, Iceland

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.

I have Dynastar cham 107 184cm ,what size skins...
I have Dynastar cham 107 184cm ,what size skins do you recommend

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?

Hi there,
Yes you will need the XL length, and for full coverage, you will need the 130mm and trim them down!

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

Beats Black Diamond

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got really tired of my Black Diamond skins not staying on the tips. These nose clips never accidentally slip off. You can tell just by looking at them the fibers/hairs are longer and have better traction.

G3 Skins Comparison

Quick breakdown between the Alpinist, High Traction, and MoMix by G3

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

Hi there,
You could easily get away with the 115mm-Medium! Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions, my email is

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 am wondering if these skins come with the twin tip connectors?

Best Answer

Negative, those are sold separately. Item: GGG0154

5 5

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

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

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

Hi there,
A size 130-Long would be a great choice- you can trim those down to fit underfoot, and they will still give you enough coverage in the tip and tail

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.

Hi there,
For the Coombacks, a 100-short would be a great choice that would give you enough coverage. They would be too wide to be compatible with the Work Stinx though unfortunately

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.

4 5

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.

4 5

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.



Backcountry employee Joey Wolf slapping on his G3 High Traction skins in some deep Montana powder.

5 5

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.

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!