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Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skin


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    • Mountain Goat, 140mm, M/L (154cm - 172cm)
    • Mountain Goat, 140mm, S/M (144cm - 162cm)

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    Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skin

    When Backcountry Gearheads aren't excitedly discussing their new favorite piece of equipment during the winter, there's a good chance you'll find them out in the actual backcountry accessing the goods. And with the Gearhead's skier-to-snowboarder ratio being just about equal, it only makes sense that would team up with G3 to offer the x G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins with the new, sleek circle goat logo. These skins are made with all the same technical features as their ski-version counterpart, like self-aligning stainless steel hand tip connectors and a twin tail clip that make getting your skins on—and keeping them there—a quick and easy process. The Backcountry Alpinist Splitboard Skins won't come unstuck from ice-cold bases, either, as they're made with a glue that grips no matter the temperature.

    Proposition 65 Warning for California Consumers: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Backcountry x G3 splitboard skin collab with goat-inspired style
    • Universal nylon plush material for toughness and versatility
    • Self-aligning stainless steel hand tip connectors are secure
    • Twin tail connectors designed for splitboards are hassle-free
    • Sticky, non-toxic, and solvent-free glue won't come unstuck
    • Trimming tool included; skin savers sold separate
    • Gearhead Certified Products are created with our own backcountry expertise
    • Item #BCC00AP

    Tech Specs

    Tip Attachment
    asymmetrical tip connector
    Tail Attachment
    camming tail connector
    [short] 145 - 159cm [medium] 159 - 173cm [long] 168 - 182cm
    Case Included
    Claimed Weight
    [short, pair] 1 lb 6.2 oz, [medium, pair] 1 lb 8 oz, [long, pair] 1 lb 9.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Can't Beat the Price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    With this season being my first foray into splitboarding I didn't want to break the bank until I figured out what I did (or did not) want out of my setup - these skins have certainly achieved that goal over the course of a half-dozen tours in various conditions/locations. I've used these on everything from icy and windswept NH ridgelines, to soft and deep VT glades, and springtime sun-kissed CO bowls.

    I ride a 156cm Jones Explorer and opted for the S/M (144cm-162cm) size and they've been working out fine in terms of fit. The tip and tail hooks are super easy to use seem to stay in place nicely when touring. The trimming tool included is incredibly easy to use, but beware when handling freshly-trimmed skins with bare hands: I found myself wondering how I acquired a handful of fiberglass slivers and discovered the culprit when looking closely at the (cut and fraying) edges of my new skins after my first tour.

    The glue works incredibly well: despite my best intentions these have picked up random crap (pet hair, pine needles, etc.) over time and still work like a charm on ascents. I don't have skin-savers, but simply hanging these in a cool, dry place after each tour (even when doing consecutive days) has kept them in perfectly functional condition for my needs.

    My only gripe is the grip, although that is undoubtably due in part to my technique and the terrain and should be taken with a grain of salt. Breaking trail on dry snow or stomping through "rough", partially-ridden snow is relatively effortless, but some well-worn skin tracks prove to be a little slippery. This is of course taking into account the fact that I'm a toe-walker and tend to put a lot of pressure on the front of my foot vs. the center, so in order to maximize grip I feel like I'm putting an awkward amount of weight on my heels when climbing at a steep angle. With this in mind, plus living in the icy northeast, I might opt for a higher-traction skin for my next pair, but so far these have gotten me everywhere I want to go.

    Good beginner skins

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These were my first skins and they were great for skinning on resort - which I do to stay in shape for longer tours. My first backcountry hut trip these were great until the very end. If you aren't super careful transitioning and don't lay them just right (which can be tough when on a flat surface and there is powder literally everywhere!) you can end up with snow between the skin and the board which is no bueno - this is probably true for all skins, however. I also had one incident where the snow was very sticky and clumped onto the skin,, basically disabling the skin until I took off "ski" (left side of my split board) and cleared it off.
    Overall these are great, and definitely good for on resort or flatter touring - longer trips may require something a little heartier.

    Not too shabby

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As long as you wrap them up very well and keep them in your jacket they stick like magic, if they aren't perfectly smoothed down and you get any snow on an edge it just gets worse and worse. The glue is super sticky right away, the trim tool included works perfectly.

    Not for Swallowtails and Heavier riders

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These skins have super sticky glue out of the box and a pretty cool design. The included G3 skin trimming tool is probably the best on the market. However my board is the Nitro Squash Split and the big shovel nose and swallow tail were not very compatible with the G3 hardware. I could usually only get at most one of the two tip hooks to stay on while touring which made them really noisy as the free-hanging hook banged against my edges with every touring stride. The tail hooks also would slip off the Swallowtail about every 1/4 to 1/2 mile touring. More of an annoyance than anything. When the hooks did stick I found the skins to be a little sketchy on slick Colorado skin tracks. I found myself having to use risers on 20-23 degree tracks and started to have to zig-zag anything over 25 degrees. For reference I fluctuate between 200-215 lbs, the board is pretty aggressively cambered and the skis in your mode have a waist of 130mm so if you're heavy, ride a cambered wide board like me I would probably recommend opting for the high traction version. If you have a splitboard, you might have better luck with the Black Diamond attachment like I have!

    Jones-ing to try them

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I recently picked up a jones hovercraft 156 and these skins to go with. I ordered a s/m. According to the sizing, this should have fit perfectly. Buuut nope, the S/M is too short! I chose these because the G3 skins have good reviews, they are a good price, and the clip system looked like it would work well with the swallow tail on the hovercraft. Needless to say, I haven't had any time on the snow with them yet, but the clips look like they will do the trick for this board. I think I will order the M/L and give it another shot.

    Jones-ing to try them

    Collin, I had trouble using G3 skins on my Nitro Squash swallow tail. I ultimately am using the BD STS Glidelites with the ski hardware retrofitted on the tail. The Hovercraft isn't as aggressive a swallowtail as mine so hope the G3 works out for you. IMHO if I had a Jones split I'd definitely shell out the extra dough to get the precut skins that work with their proprietary tail hook system, but that's my own .02

    Great and affordable pair of skins!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These skins by G3 x Backcountry are absolutely fantastic! The M/L stick well and fit my Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro 159cm great! They were extremely easy to cut and I love the contour / goat design on them. Would totally recommend these affordable pair of skins!

    Solid skin out of the box

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

    Have only used once, so not sure how it will hold up, but so far so good! Seems durable for the price and the clips make it super easy to go on. Also love that cutting tool is included.

    Great Skins + Goats

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The G3 alpinist is a great trusted skin. I personally think G3 has the best clips out there, but that depends on preference and your exact board really.

    Also very fun to have the goats on there if you dig Backcountry :)

    Great skins at a great price!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It’s really hard to beat these skins at this price. Although I had used other skins before, mostly in borrrowed gear, this pair was my first very own pair I bought and trimmed myself! They come with a trim tool and were very easy to trim to fit my Jones ultracraft board. I have a 154 and got the short version. The grip and glide on these are great and are easy to get on and off! Overall I’m very happy!

    Hi there, I have had these skins for 2 seasons now and have had a lot of issues with them not sticking in the center and gather large clumps of snow when touring. This usually happens when I change over more then once. I haven’t had this issue with any other pair of skins that are this new. I would love to change them out for a different pair or another pair of g3s can you help?