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Backcountry x G3 Climbing Skin

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Why We Built The Climbing Skin With G3

Since Backcountry Gearheads get most of our skiing done in the backcountry before dawn (and before we need to be in the office), it only makes sense that they collaborated with G3 to create the Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins for effortless glide, solid traction, and an insanely secure attachment system—all with a topographic goat print that tags along for the ride. These skins feature self-aligning stainless steel tip connectors and a self-camming tail clip to make getting your skins on and keeping them there a quick process.

We utilized the glue found on G3’s Alpinist model that grips no matter the temperature, so you won't have to worry about sliding down the skintrack during freezing-cold dawn patrols, and also gave them a removable rip strip that makes it easier than ever to pull them apart. For improved glide and less grip, select a width that matches the narrowest point of your ski; for wall-to-wall coverage and improved grip, select a width that is slightly narrower than the widest point of your ski and trim the skin to match the shape of your ski.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • G3 x Backcountry collab for fast-gliding, goat-adorned skins
  • Self-aligning tip and camming tail clips assure easy attachment
  • Sticky, non-toxic, and solvent-free glue stays grippy over time
  • Center Rip Strip helps you pull the skins apart easier
  • Included tool allows skins to be trimmed to fit ski dimensions
  • Skin savers are not included
  • We design Gearhead Certified Products to meet our needs in the backcountry
  • Item #BCC00AO

Material
nylon
Tip Attachment
self-aligning stainless steel hands
Tail Attachment
camming tail clip and strap
Length
[x-short] 153 - 163cm, [short] 153 - 169cm, [medium] 168 - 184cm, [long] 183 - 189cm
Width
100, 115, 130, 140mm
Skin Savers Included
yes
Case Included
yes
Claimed Weight
[short] 7.8 - 11.9oz, [medium] 8.5 - 12.9oz, [long] 9.1 - 14oz
Activity
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 2

Wowza!!! What a frustrating product!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I bought these at the end of last season (Spring 2020) and Im continually surprised at how little I like these skins. First of all, they take on water like a humpback whale fishing for krill. If you like backcountry skiing but wish you could add ankle weights, then these are the skins for you! Second, if the water isn’t challenging enough, wait until you get in some shade on a warm spring day to take a breather. The ice buildup is luxurious. Yes, I know they make wax for that. But you can wax at home, wax on the mountain, hell you better just plan on being a stockholder in Black Diamond because you’re gonna boost their stock with all the wax you need to keep these puppy’s going. Finally, if you like Star Wars you’re in luck. These bad boys come with built in lazer sound effects. If you’re in anything but deep powder you’re going to get surround sound lazer fire. Good luck seeing any wildlife with the amount of noise that G3 and Backcountry have developed through these skins Final words: Eat rice for a month, open that wallet, and buy a set of Pomocas. It’s not like you have a house payment, we know you’re living out of your 08 Forester.

>Rating: 1

think twice

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
medium
Height
6` 2"
Weight
145 lbs

I've been buying skins since around 1985, and these are the worst I've ever purchased. Handling is fine, tip and tail attachments aren't my favorite style, but they work A-OK. So what's the problem? The glue. It's incredibly gummy, so I end up with a bunch on the bottoms of my skis after every outing. I'm writing this after a full season and a half, so I've given them a fair shot. Now, after reading another review about the glue, let me add this: I've taken to storing them in the freezer between outings after drying them out, then throwing them in the roof box on the way to the mountains, and that hasn't helped. My favorite skins have been the purple Ascensions sold by Black Diamond. I'm going to try taking about half the glue off of these - if that doesn't do the trick, I may be shopping again. Please note that a number of the positive reviews are from people who have "used them several times."

>Rating: 1

The glue is terrible

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

After just 1 season the glue on these has completely failed. Stored in a cool, dark place through out their life, used skin savers, and diligently waxed my skis before tours and these skins still left an unreasonable amount of glue on the bases of my skis to the point where downhill performance is seriously impacted. This issues has gotten significantly worse over time. Bite the bullet and get some Pomocas or quality skins.

>Rating: 5

G3 Trim tool ... a thing of beauty

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Full disclosure, I decided to return the G3 skins and stick with my tried and true BD Ascension skins.. That said, the G3 trim tool should be enshrined in the hall of "superior and elegant devices". It is a thing of beautifully functional simplicity. Now your thinking...chill dude, you're scaring me... As a partial justification for my passion about this little gizmo, I am a device product engineer for a very large tech company in the Seattle area. The holy grail of product design is known as Occam's razor... In my own words... it implies that the simplest true solution to a problem is the best solution. The G3 trim tool is SIMPLE. It has no moving parts, is clearly inexpensive to make, and does the intended job to perfection. Very hard to screw up using this tool...and it takes like 10 minutes to trim both skins....perfectly.. Okay, okay I'm done.... But I do love that G3 trim tool :-)

>Rating: 1

Pass - Defective Glue

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Stop now. Click "Back" on your browser. Buy something else. Had these for just 2 seasons - maybe a dozen days in the backcountry and the glue is coming off in globs onto my skis (and has been since last season). As you can imagine, this doesn't make for a very good skiing surface. Yes, I treat them well, always use the skin savers, dry out after every use, etc etc. Speaking with my local ski shop, this seems to be a frequent issue for G3 skins and they advised me to "throw them away and start over." Backcountry directs me to G3 for warranty issues and G3 does not respond at all. Disappointing and not a fantastic reflection of a product that Backcountry puts their name on. Make better use of your money and go with anything else.

>Rating: 5

Awesome value

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
168'
Height
5` 9"

This is my first experience with skins, but so far I have no complaints! They were extremely easy to trim to fit my skis. I was in between sizes for length and went a size up for more coverage. They glide and grip well going uphill. Glue is insanely sticky, but I think this is normal.

This
>Rating: 1

Does not fit 153cm skis

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large

These skins were far too long to fit a 153 cm ski, necessitating a return process that should never have needed to happen.

>Rating: 5

Perfect first pair of skins

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I just started doing backcountry this season and this is the first pair of skins I got. It came with a skin cutter which is super convenient, just watch a Youtube video on how to do it and you are set. It fits my skis pretty well, I have two pairs of skis, a Rossignol Sky 7HD and Faction Prodigy 2.0 (twin-tip park oriented ski) and both of my skins fit both nicely. I've used it on slushy snow in August on Rainier and in early November on some early season deep powder and both times it provided nice grip. Also used it on ice in Rainier in October and it did pretty well as well. The only downside is you need to get a skin saver.

>Rating: 4

Pretty close to perfect

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

I really do like these skins. They do exactly what they're supposed to do, glide well, and they stick. They come with a G3 tool to cut them to the shape of your skis, which is super helpful. The only thing that is a little odd with them (and this is based on my skis) is that the clips fit a little funny on the tops of my skis. With that being said, they do stay put and don't slip! I'd recommend these as a great universal climbing skin. Not too grippy, not too slick.

>Rating: 3

ok I guess

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

basically these skins do super well mid to late spring (wet stuff) and also super well in pow but if you get on some super crusty /icy stuff then it'll go to shiznit. the fibers will not grab and you will slide. maybe that's just how skins are in general and maybe I need some ski crampons but if you are in highly windy conditions and you ski crusty stuff all the time then just know that you'll slide all day. Also Ive had em for a couple seasons now nd the glue is going to shit. was talking to friends and there seems to be a similar trend with their g3 skins

>Rating: 1

Glue fails (within one season of use )

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought these after experiencing a glue failure on the previous year's the Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin. I got about one season of use before the wet July snow of the high cascades seemed to do a number on that pair. Should have heeded that warning. I've had these for less than one season, ordered in October and the glue just began failing on me starting to stick to my ski bases (freshly waxed ski bases I might add). I take great care of my skins. Try my best not to let shit get on the glue in the field, air dry at home (not near a heat source) and store with skin savers in a cool dry place. I ski in the PNW. I ski year round, harvesting spring corn is a favorite. I don't think G3's glue formula is designed for spring/summer use as this is the second failure I've had within one-two season's of moderate use (weekend warrior). I've always heard BD's gold label glue is the standard, guess it's time for re-glue to find out. Until G3 can get their shit together avoid at all costs unless may you only ski December - March in cold powder conditions. See the reviews on the Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin for more on G3's glue issues.

Absolutely agree. These are the worst. I skied a heavy season on mine and loved their actual climbing ability but after a 70day season (and being taken GOOD CARE OF) the glue completely goes to shit. Repeatedly ruined my ski bases necessitating a lot of cleanup and time. Avoid at all costs.

>Rating: 5

Great skins!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I purchased these skins a year ago but have really had the chance to use them this year with all of the mountains closing early. First off they were easy to trim and fit excellent! I have had no issues with the toe clips and the back connection. I don't use a skin saver, just keep the glue side together and sealed in a back when I am not using them. They pull apart nicely and they pull off the skis nicely when I am done using them. They grip nicely even when on quite steep slopes. No complaints.

>Rating: 3

Seem good, but come w/o skin saver?!

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

Easy to trim, a little grabbier than I like (that's to be expected for first few uses). But I was bummed to find (at 11pm on the night before first use) that there's no skin saver included. I missed this in the product description apparently.... it's written clearly in the bullet points. But that's crazy!!! That's a standard thing included on all other skins I've ever owned. The literature included in the package strongly urge use of skin saver and says they're included. So kinda inconsistent, and bummed that I'll have to buy separately on store poorly.

>Rating: 5

Works Great!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Easy to cut to fit. Excellent traction on the uphill my first times out. Would recommend!

>Rating: 5

Working well for me

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I've seen some reviews here on durability being an issue, but I haven't seen any issues so far. I'm more of a casual user, and these seem to fit my need just fine. Fits my ski well. On a bit of a downhill pitch I'm able to get a good glide in (think traditional CC skis, not speed skates), and it feels efficient. Maybe there's better out there, but I haven't used them and these do the job well for me.

>Rating: 3

Length is Off for Short Size

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

I have 158cm skis, and ordered the short version of these which says it works for 153-169cm, but I took them to get trimmed and they were too long. Backcountry was super helpful in helping me return and re-order the extra short size, which say sit works for 153-163cm. Just wanted to call out that the short size does not work for 158 or shorter sks.

>Rating: 4

Great skins!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Trimming these skins was a breeze. The G3 tool is probably the simplest system you can use, and it creates a perfect fit. The clips are also really nice because they fit all tips and there's less going on overall than the metal bar. The back clip is also adjustable which really isn't a huge deal since you'll only be using these on a single set of skis. They also fold onto themselves nicely. I haven't had any issues with the glue or savers, storing them in an unfinished basement is probably the best way to keep their life, since the glue was made to adhere in colder conditions.

Trimming
>Rating: 2

beyond the set up not a fan

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

this skin was so easy to set up . and i could climb straight up a 90 degree ice wall. but could slide forward a centimeter on downhill or flat. it felt like i wasted so much energy while my newbie friends on orange BD SKINS glided forward and up the same stuff.!! would not reccomend a really bad Gearhead recommendation

Wait, I'm confused. To clarify, you don't like that these skins allow you to slide forward, but sliding forward is what you envy about the orange BDs?

Agree. Nylon has great grip, poor glide. On the other hand, mohair has great glide, poorer grip. So wider skis can tolerate all mohair. Don't know anyone who uses pure nylon unless a newbie and maybe skinning up ice?

>Rating: 4

Great Starter Skins

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Got about 2 years of heavy use out of these. Great skins, do the job in cold and warm temps. Steep slopes and long traverses. Only problem, like most people mention, is after a season or two they glue gets bad. Gloppy and sticks to skis (and everything) and re-gluing only buys you some time. Looking into other options to replace them, but happy they did such a great job getting me into the sport!! Also to mention: I prefer the metal clips over the metal bar. I never had issues with these as a lot of friends would always have the BD style skins popping off, asking for people to clip them back on.

>Rating: 4

Solid Skins

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These are your typical skins but get the job done day in and day out. The traction is great and they're super easy to use. The cutting tool is really nice too. As other have said, the durability could be better and you do start to notice it over time. Still, a great skin.

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I have 159 cm skis and I bought the short. The tail clip isn't attaching...seems to be too long for the ski. I'm thinking I need to return them because they are as short as possible and won't clip onto the ski.

Interesting! That size should work for you since it is for 153-169cm. Potentially the X-Short would be a better fit though. Please reach out to us and we can help figure this one out!

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Are these 100% nylon? Or nylon/mohair mix?

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What size should I snag to put on my solomon qst 99s?

Hey Roland, to size the skin correctly you need to know the length of the ski, and the width at the widest point for coverage. You will either want a S-M- L to cover the length of your ski, then choose the mm dimension that will completely cover (or be excess of) the widest point of your ski.

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Hello! What size would I need for 169.1cm length 136-108-123 Black Crow Atris Birdie skis? Thank you

Hey Kate, You would need to get a size M- 140mm. we are currently out of stock. im sorry!

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Are these suitable for a pair of DPS Wailer 112 Tour 1 RP2 length 178cm?

Hi Hugh! Your DPS Wailer 112 Tour has a nose width of 141. When choosing skins you need to select one that will nearly cover the width of your ski at it's widest. We do have a pair of skins for you! If you choose the 140 mm- Medium ( 168-184) it will fit your ski all over!

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Hello, how wide are these skins?

Hi Elise - all the width measurements are in the 'mm' size reference in the drop down.

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Would the extra short work on a 148cm ski? Trying to find skins for kids ski....

Hi Tiffany - unfortunately due to the clip placements this size will not work for a 148cm ski

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What size would I need for 164cm 127-99-116?

Hi - you would want to go with the 153-169cm (130mm Short) - you will need a skin cutter to shape the skin to your narrower width, which you can pick up from G3's direct website!

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Hey, trying to get my wife and I into BC skiing. Trying my best to understand all of these numbers and figure out what is the best sizes to get us. Her skis are 128-85-112 and mine are 135-98-119. Im mostly worried that these skis are mostly too big for her skis, if not these do you have another skin recommendation? thanks!

Hi Luke, I'd recommend getting a 130mm width for her and a 140mm width for you. You'll need to get the correct length for your ski length. You can also get our Black Diamond skis (BCC00G7), get the 140mm width in those. Connect with one of our Gearheads if you have any other questions. Thanks, Ben

>Rating:

What skins would be best for 164cm 127.5-100-118mm

Hi Max, You'll want a 130 Short Ben

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Hi, just checking whether this is a pair of skins, or a single skin?

Hi Simon - this is a pair of skins!

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For 128-102-119 156cm skis what would you recommend? A 115 or 130 in x-short?

Hey Samantha! I'd recommend the 130 in x-short for best coverage!

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I have 159 sized Salomon lumen skis - the tip width is 132, mid is 99, tail is 114. I’m leaning towards ordering the small 130mm which is closer than the 140mm which I’ll need to trim. Just wanted to check to get professional opinion as I am new to backcountry skiing. Thanks!

Hi Sarah- Yes, I would recommend going with the 130mm Short.

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Would the 183-189 length fit a 192 ski (i.e., is there enough tail to accommodate the extra 3 cm)? If not, is there a 192 option available?

Robert, it is not recommended to use the 183-189cm length skin on a 192cm ski. There is an XLong length that would fit 189-199cm skis but we are currently sold out as of the day of this posting. You might want to consider these skins in the "long" length: https://www.backcountry.com/g3-alpinist-climbing-skins?skid=GGG002M-RED-S100MMLON&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6c2tpbnM6MTo1OnNraW5z

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Hi there, I've got the Rossignol Sky 7 HDs size 172. Dimensions are 118-98-128. Which size of skins do you recommend going with? Thinking the 130MM size medium but wanted to confirm.

Hey Mohammad, You're right! The 130MM Size Medium will be the perfect fit on those Sky 7's .

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These come in pairs right? One order includes two skins?

Correct!

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Have a ski with a 99mm shovel, I can trim the 100mm skin no problem but will the clips that connect to the tip fit?

Hey Jeremy, The clips on the tips swivel to accommodate for different size/shape ski tips. Should fit your skis just fine but if they don't work out just give us a call and we'll sort you out. Can also test the tips before cutting as well.