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Backcountry - x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

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$94.95 Original price:$144.95
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    • Black And White Topo Goat, 100mm-Long (183-189cm)
      sale $94.95

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    Tech Specs

    Material:
    nylon
    Tip Attachment:
    self-aligning stainless steel hands
    Tail Attachment:
    camming tail clip and strap
    Case Included:
    yes
    Claimed Weight:
    [extra short] 6.8 - 11.8oz, [short] 7 - 12.2oz, [medium] 7.3 - 12.8oz, [long] 7.6 - 13.5oz, [extra long] 8 - 14.1oz
    Recommended Use:
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    limited lifetime

    Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

    Don't let crappy skins interfere with your backcountry stoke. To help you reach the summit with minimal effort and maximum fired-up-ness, Backcountry.com is offering a exclusive print version of G3's Alpinist skin. It features 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. They're made with a glue that grips no matter the temperature, so you won't have to worry about sliding down the skintrack during freezing-cold dawn patrols.

    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.

    • Fast-gliding skins with Backcountry.com's exclusive print
    • 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

    Glue will fail and get on everything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Worked great for about 1.5 seasons. Then glue started getting gloopy and transferring to everything. I was successfully able to "reset" the glue once by ironing over parchment paper over the glue side. Still, with very careful storage they got gloopy in a few months. Girlfriend's BD skins are about 10 years old (compared to 5), stored in the same conditions, and have never had a glue problem. Reading the reviews, this seems to be a trend with G3 skin glue. If you want a skin you can use season after season that won't leave you glue covered ski bases in the middle of a tour, look somewhere else. I got my skins in 2014, from the reviews on here it doesn't sound like this has been solved yet.

    Don’t recommend

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Tons of drag uphill, almost felt like they were on backwards. Do not recommend- I guess in trying to spend a little less, I got what I paid for

    Glue Failure (again)

      There is something wrong with G3's glue formula, in one seasons time the glue will fail. It will become gooey and stick to everything you own. It will stick to your ski bases, skin savers, skin bag, and hands. When it sticks to your skis, you wont need the skins anymore but you wont be keeping up with anyone during the decent either. This was the 3rd pair (and last) that has failed in the exact same manner, it's no fluke. Save you money, but something else.

      This has exact thing happened with my G3 skins 6 or 7 years ago. Thanks for the warning on your recent purchase. I nearly forgave G3 enough to try them again. The bad glue was beyond aggravating. I had to carry paint thinner, rags, a ziploc and wax with me in the backcountry until I got a replacement. Dyna-fiddlers aren't used to having to wait for me on the transitions. G3 did nothing for me, nor did they seem to care at all. It happened within a month or so of purchase, and I really thought they'd do something about it, but they didn't. It was purchased through a pro-deal, so I had less channels through which to seek a return. Granted, my husband likes his G3 skins, but he didn't get the bad batch.

      Do you have a skin you recommend instead that holds up for more than 1-2 seasons? I've had 4-5 pairs of G3 skins over the last several years for 2 pairs of skis. One pair held up for 2-3 seasons and ALOT of use. When those became unrepairable I figured it was just due to the use/time and felt it was appropriate. I dry each time I use them completely, store in freezer over the summer, use skin savers, etc. etc. the last 2 pairs of G3 skins (one G3 logo and one backcountry G3 skin) as well as my husbands split board G3 skins did the same thing with the glue failure after one season of much less use than my first pair that held up better. The glue was everywhere and definitely not able to be repaired-skin savers destroyed, bases in need of grinding, etc. Just bought another round of the backcountry version of these G3s for my husband and myself and am feeling a little sad now-that price maybe is too good to be true...

      Great skins that perform

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These skins were quick to set up and perform well. I went with the style of just wider than the narrowest width. The trimming tool worked great. I had no issues with grip during touring and they glide pretty decent.

      Great skins that perform

      Backcountry G3 Skins - Glue Failure

        Just like Jan Rous' review, I used these skins a half a dozen days this season after buying new and this past weekend had the glue completely fail. It's stuck my skis like something fierce, the skis are actually stuck together. I was able to glide better on moderate downhill with my SKINS on than off because there was that much glue on my bases. You get what you pay for I guess.



        Backcountry at least stood by their customer and took care of me. But a bummer experience all around. Definitely won't be going cheap on skins next time.

        Backcountry G3 Skins - Glue Failure

        Hey Erik,

        Thanks for the review. You're not the only person this has happened to and we're looking into it with G3 at this time.

        From your photo it looks like you're riding in spring conditions and if you store the skins inside your home or car when it's hot out the glue is not designed to be kept at these temps. A solution I found works is storing them in a basement or in the freezer over the summer to keep the glue from sticking on the skis after you remove them.

        Hope this helps. Best, Koly

        Hey Erik, 

Thanks for the review. You're not the only person this has happened to and we're looking into it with G3 at this time.

From your photo it looks like you're riding in spring conditions and if you store the skins inside your home or car when it's hot out the glue is not designed to be kept at these temps. A solution I found works is storing them in a basement or in the freezer over the summer to keep the glue from sticking on the skis after you remove them. 

Hope this helps. Best, Koly

        I already commented on Kirk's review above, but I wanted to add that when this happened to me 6 or 7 years ago with G3 glue, I was NOT in spring conditions, had skins that were less than a month old, and was properly pampering my skins. They were stashed correctly, dried correctly, stored correctly. Skins storage tips are nice, but it's G3's problem, not the skier's problem.

        I already commented on Kirk's review above, but I wanted to add that when this happened to me 6 or 7 years ago with G3 glue, I was NOT in spring conditions, had skins that were less than a month old, and was properly pampering my skins. They were stashed correctly, dried correctly, stored correctly. Skins storage tips are nice, but it's G3's problem, not the skier's problem.

        All around high quality

          I have bought several of the g3 x backcountry skins over the years. They are high quality, easy to fit length wise (no need to cut and make holes like with bd skins), the cutting tool is great, and lastly don’t come with skins savers (a positive). I don’t like the g3 skin savers savers as they are too stiff, so I buy the bd savers!

          Great for the price!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Awesome that these are a little cheaper than the regular g3 skin. It grips really well which is nice, overall your basic skin and you get what you pay for. For some skis that have a thin capped sidewall the tip attachment does not held that well. I have a pair of Voile Superchargers and it has a tough time staying on if it gets bumped.

          Great For Those on a Budget

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

          If you plan on staying in a tight budget for touring with this skin will work fine. Unfortunately when the climbing gets steep I find it hard to find good grip on the skin track. On untracked snow, there is slightly better grip on the steeps. As for fair pitches and lower angle climbing the skins work fine. I would not recommend this skin for long travel either because the glue is not the stickiest out there either. Recommended use would be for lower angle climbing and shorter duration. If you need stronger skins check out the Black Diamond Ascension Skins or Voile Ski Skins.

          Get's the job done!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          These skins are a great price for a great product. They are super easy to trim, the G3 trim tool is the best around. They get me and my ski's up, so I can go down!

          Glue failure

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Bought skins last year. After using them for the first time this season the glue completely failed and ended up sticking to the bottom of the skis so hard it was impossible to ski & almost impossible to get the glue off the skis.

          Backcountry branded G3 Climbing skins

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These skins simply work better than the rest. Hands down, G3 has a reputation of having the best tail clip in the market. The tip attachment works flawlessly also. Combined with some skin savers for those who have slacked on their gym membership. These skins are easy to use - time tested - and do not fail. G3 is the leader in skin technology. Highly Recommended

          Solid skin

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

          Got these skins as a gift for my girlfriend. Here's what she had to say:
          I bought the 100mm short for my 159cm skis
          and the fit is perfect. I’ve used these skins twice and am very happy with my purchase. The skin cutter that is included is so easy to use. They have performed well in different snow conditions and allow me to climb well as a beginner in the backcountry.

          Wish they had a 130m long

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Went with the 112m and they were just a bit narrow at the tips of my skis. My skis are a salomon 172x98 and they work just wish they had the 130 in long. Otherwise great product for the price.

          Good Skins

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

          I bought these skins on sale for my first AT skins. Since they’re my first skins I don’t have much to compare them to. However, the skins help up very well on some variable terrain. These are good skins for the price.

          A few problems

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have purchased these skins 3 times over the last 3 years, mostly because of the inexpensive price and they work fairly well. The first two pairs, including the pair I bought in September (blue and red arrow design shown below) came with a ski trimmer, but the new 2017-18 black and white goat design did not. One skin from the new version also came with a slightly different tail clip. As is was different from the other skins, it was installed incorrectly (backwards). Fortunately I could reverse it and it should work. All three pairs did NOT come with skin savers, so do not expect them. I have bought the Long size all three times for 184 cm skis. I find them a bit short and while the chart shows a Medium should work for 184 cm skis, I would recommend against getting the Medium if the Long is not available.

          Performance is generally good, though in cold single digit weather they do not stick as well as some other brands. Some issues sliding back on steeper sections. They do glide well on flat sections. I had to replace the first pair after two years of use since too much glue was sticking to bottom of skis, so skis were not gliding. This was never an issue with previous skins (other brands) which have all been used for 5+ years and still get used.

          Sizing chart wrong for short skis!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          The skin itself is great, and my second pair of these (glue holds well for many tours, good grip on snow, easy to use, etc), but the SIZING CHART IS WRONG FOR SHORT SKIS. Both the Short and XShort sizes say they fit skis as short as 153cm, but this is simply untrue. The skin did not fit my 156cm skis even with the tail strap buckle pushed way up against the skin. I had to order a separate tip and tail connector kit and doctor the skin myself to make it work. Very disappointed in the incorrect sizing!

          One more irritation was that the instructions included with the product said it comes with a skin saver, but it does not.

          That said, I do love the skins.

          Sizing chart wrong for short skis!

          Does Exactly What It Needs To Do

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

          I bought these skins because they were the cheapest available option. The skins came with a case and a cutter. They were easy to cut and the size was true. I used them a couple times since I bought them and they work great. The adhesive has no problems, they do not show any wear yet, and they grip nicely. I would recommend this product to anyone. No to mention, they look good on the bottom!

          Sizing...

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Ski Length
          X-Short 153 - 163cm
          Short 153 - 169cm
          Medium 168 - 184cm
          Long 183 - 189cm
          X-Long 189 - 199cm

          Cheers and Happy New Years 2018
          Andy "Knouse in the House"
          @LeGrandAdventureTours

          See my review and photos above - the XShort and Short sizes DO NOT FIT skis that are shorter than at least ~160cm. I know that this is the sizing even as listed on G3's site, but it is inaccurate.

          My X-Short skins fit my 156 cm skis just fine - plenty of room to go in either direction.

          GOAT of skins

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Just got these for my new setup and they are doing great! Nothing beats the G3 skin cutter and the size chart is accurate!

          G3

          Climbing Skins
          Alpinist+, Minimist
          SizeSki Length
          XS 150 - 166cm
          S 161 - 177cm
          M 172 - 188cm
          L 183 - 199cm
          Escapist
          SizeSki Length
          S up to 175cm
          L up to 200cm
          Splitboard+
          SizeBoard Length
          S / M 144 - 162cm
          M / L 154 - 172cm
          How to Measure:
          You can get maximum skin coverage by choosing a skin that is slightly narrower than the widest part of your ski, and trimming the skin to the sidecut / shape of your ski, as described in the skin instructions. The extra work required to trim will more than make up for itself with the superior grip of a skin with "wall to wall" coverage. Choose a skin that covers your ski base "wall to wall" (edge to edge) about 25cm (10in) back from the ski tip. For example, if the dimensions of your skis are 115-77-105, a pair of 110mm skins will do nicely.