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G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

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28 Reviews


There is no question.

When it comes to climbing skins, there's no room for existential questions that sound a whole lot like "to stick or not to stick"—the role is simple: stay sticky. And while its name may be a dead giveaway, the G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin accomplishes the aforementioned task with flying colors. Additionally, the Alpinist Climbing Skin boasts a newly redesigned, lower-profile (than in previous editions) stainless steel hands that assure a better ski fit and reduced tip-catch.

However, in keeping with its original design, the Alpinist features plush nylon material that bites into everything from soft powder to nasty, compacted skintracks. G3's classic Alpinist got a facelift this season with a removable Ripstrip on the adhesive side, which reduces skin-to-skin adhesion for easier pull-aparts during transitions, but it can also be removed when you need some extra sticking power if your skin glue starts to ice over, or gets a little dirty drying in the hut. The skins are treated with a hydrophobic coating (that's also PFOA free) to prevent ice build up, and their glue is rated to perform in temperatures down to -22F.

  • A easy-to-trim climbing skin for backcountry touring
  • Low-profile tip attachment offers reduced tip-catch
  • Adjustable camming tail clip ensures easy attachment
  • Removable ripstrip prevents glue contamination
  • Waterproof treatment is PFOA free
  • Ultra Glide treatment won't compromise traction
  • Item #GGG002M

Tech Specs

Tip Attachment
stainless steel hands
Tail Attachment
camming tail clip and strap
[short] 153 - 169 cm, [medium] 168 - 184 cm, [long] 183 - 199 cm
Skin Savers Included
Case Included
Claimed Weight
[85mm] 7.8 oz, [100mm] 8.8 oz, [115mm] 9.8 oz, [130mm] 10.9 oz, 145mm] 11.9 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited

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Pretty Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a quality skin for any ski tourer who wants something that they can count on day in and day out for many seasons. I originally bought these in the 100mm size for my Blizzard Peacemakers (104mm underfoot) and used them for a season. I put them away in storage for a year, then I recently purchased Blizzard Zero G 95s. I broke out my Alpinists again, cut them to the width of my new skis (easy process) and they have been working well. The glue does have a tendency to glob up on occasion and will leave residue on your ski base from time to time, but this really isn't a big deal, in my opinion, for a skin that you can rely on for any ski in any conditions.

Bad skins or bad glue batch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these skins for my light[er] touring setup. I stored the skins with the savers right next to my older Black Diamond skins that I have for my slackcountry setup. I went to Romania for a ski weekend (I lived in Eastern Europe at the time) and camped in the alpine to slay some steep couloirs. Got to the top of my line after skinning and the glue came almost entirely off onto my skis. Had to walk out, lucky I was in shape and had an alternate plan that worked. The BD skins still work fine, used them last week. The reason I mention the second pair of skins is that both pairs experienced the exact same conditions in storage, and only one pair failed (spectacularly, I might add). I wouldn't buy these.

Solid choice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ended up buying my second pair of G3 Alpine Skins after using the first pair for 4 seasons. I love them. They're easy to cut, easy to use, and the added glide comes in handy on longer, flatter tours. After a few years the glue can become a little too attached to the skis, but I found that being really careful and using the skin savers helped them last a long time. Would definitely recommend these for both beginner and experienced skiers

Does it again.

    Second pair of G3 skins. Owned the first pair 15 years and they still work, but now too skinny for my fat skis. Haven't used these new ones yet but trust they will last as long as my originals.

    Big improvement over previous versions

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Third pair of the G3 skins for me, and the latest version that I received on warranty from G3 is much better. Hopefully the glue on these does not liquify and transfer to the ski like the previous go around.

    I've always really liked the tip and tail attachments, but the new skins glide so nice, and pack up really small, and are much lighter weight. A skin that has good glide is so important, but often overlooked. With these skins, I can kick and glide a heavy pair of alpine skis and hardly notice I'm not on a light weight touring ski.

    Love these skins

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great skins that are perfectly suited to the occasional Backcountry touring enthusiast. They trim so nicely and stick well. I love them so much I bought a second pair to give to my son.

    Gloppy glue!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great skins, but don’t expect to get more than two seasons out of the glue. I’ve had other brand skins last nearly a decade with no issues. These need to be reglued every other season. Beyond that, I love the tip and tail fasteners.

    Wishy Washy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I started with the 2015 version of this skin and it was amazing. Tours upon tours and put through the wringer. Eventually (last year) they faded out and I needed to move on to a new pair. Picked up the newest version in 2017 and things have NOT been the same. Right off the bat the carrying case felt and looked cheap. The velcro was peeling off. The skin itself must have changed because I couldn't even get it to "bond" to the ski. A couple laps and you have snow penetrating, forcing you to warm them up or quit for the day. You really end up depending on the tail strap to keep the skins on. When it's super cold, the glue essentially doesn't work. You can touch them and get almost no stick. I'm not sure what has changed but I won't be purchasing another pair.

    Great skins

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

    Great climbing skins - fast, grip well , bomber tip and tail attachment. I switch to the lighter LT version to match my skis but id recommend these heavier options to all intermediate skiers.

    Great, light skins

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

    Just used these skins for the first time during two long bc days in marginal conditions, they were great! Good climbing and very little slippage, good action on the glue. I didn't use them in springlike conditions so can't speak to that, but when the skin track is firm and still coldish, they were great. These are my first G3 skins after BD skins and there was no noticeable difference except these seem lighter.

    No traction

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After only two tours, these skins completely lost traction on even moderate slopes. I've put other skins through similar snow conditions, but these were slipping all over the place. Definitely not recommended.

    Not the best, not the worst

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are a solid skin, but they're nothing that spectacular. They'll get the job done. Super easy to cut and set up. 8/10.

    Love these skins!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used these a couple times now in Rocky Mountain National Park, and they work great! I have not lost traction at all, even climbing slopes higher than 27-ish degrees. I will say they are pretty slow on the decent, but I was skinning on a trail that had little coverage towards the end. My friend has the Scala LTs and loves them as well, she wrote a full gear review on them- https://dirtbagdreams.com/2018/01/22/proview-g3-scala-lt-climbing-skins/

    Over all great skin!

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

    Great over all skin. Offers pretty decent traction ( had some issues on harder steep terrain, but that is to be expected), super easy assembly, has skin savers which is a bonus and a trimming tool. Great skins for the price!

    Bad glue!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I’ve bought two pairs of these skins and have had both pairs glue de-nature. On the first pair I thought it was improper storage that made them goopy so I bought a second pair to replace them of the same skin. The second pair also turned goopy and leaves insanely sticky residue on my skis that require goof-off to remove. I dry my skins after every use and store them in appropriate tempatures with skin-savers in the off-season and keep them clean and dry. Everything else about the skin is great, but when the glue can only handle 8-10 tours and can ruin your ski glide at the top of a mountain it is a waste of money and a day-ruiner.

    All around amazing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These were my first pair of not absurdly old climbing skins, and I love them. Super easy to trim (took me maybe 2 minutes) compared to a friend who took a day to trim some competitors skins. Absurdly durable, I've skied down pow in short sections and hit some massive rocks beneath, only a small line in the skin where I was certain it should have torn. Also come with skin savers and wallet, which is a plus.

    Bought a pair for both sets of skis

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought a pair for each of my two skis. Straight forward and easy to trim to fit with the tool provided. Comes with skin savers which is a plus.

    Good grip in wetter, northwest snow. Easy to put on and take off skis while in the field.

    Bought a pair for both sets of skis

    Best Skins

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These skins are build well and get the job done on long days in the backcountry. The glide is perfect for the Wasatch and the grip is exactly what you want when skinning over varied terrain. The added razor makes cutting these skins fool proof. Overall very pleased with G3 here.

    Can you match me up with the correct size for a pair of Bonafied 180's

    Hi John, For a pair of Bonafide 180's I would go with the 130mm Medium. If you have any other questions or would like me to get an order set up for you, let me know and I'd be happy to help you out. - Matthew Pizza - Customer Account Manager