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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- 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.
Will these skins work on a splitboard?
Will these skins work on a splitboard?
Yes, you may have to modify the tail clip(I don't use tail clips..) to fit the shape of the board. You can get the G3 Twin tip kit and use that for the tails. Be sure to get wide skins. made that mistake once... Personally I like the voile\Black diamond skins for PNW snow.
here is a step most guys go with that don't get splitboard specific skins. http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10228
- 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.
How are these guys different than the G3...
How are these guys different than the G3 Alpinist?
These have I believe 20% longer plush than the alpinist skin for added traction.... so they have a tiny bit added drag but hardly noticeable compared to the added traction
will these work with a split board if the...
will these work with a split board if the sizing is right?
Not really, the tip clips are not at the correct angle. Some people have kinda rigged them to work, but you're better off buying split-specific skins with the tip clips at a sideways angle.
Here's how to mod your skins to make them work for a splitboard if you really want to do it... http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10228
They have G3 Alpanist High traction split board skins to buy
Will these work with surface watch life...
Will these work with surface watch life skis?
Should do, yep! I'd go with the 130s, or 115s if the extra $5 makes a difference.
Will these work on the Line Opus and the...
Will these work on the Line Opus and the Atomic Bent Chetlers?
They'll work for both. The issue you will run into is that you'll have to trim them to 118mm for the Opus rather than the 123mm of the Chetlers. That means they'll grip better on the Opus while leaving you a little shy on grip using the Chetlers. I'd probably go with the 115mm variant in either the Medium (171-181) or the Long (180-190) depending on what length you have.
Yep - I've found that the G3 clip system works great with twin tips and rockered tails. You want the 140mm skins - G3 skins are so easy to trim to your ski with the trim tool that I would absolutely go for the widest size, trim them first on your Mr. Pollard and then slap them on your Bents and trim off the excess skin on the tail. That way you'll have a skin that fits both skis with minimal uncovered base.
My Head Monster skis have a plastic cover...
My Head Monster skis have a plastic cover on the tip. I had a previous issue with other skins where the metal loop didn't fit over these tips. Do you thinking I will have any issue with the tip attachment for this ski? I attached a photo of my tips.
You can either bend the little tip clips on this skin (pretty easy to do with a pair of needle nose pliers) or you could go for the Black Diamond ascension skin that has a loop on the end instead of clips, and that skin will fit your Head skis for sure.
Great skin but time will tell
- Gender: Male
- 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
- Gender: Male
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.