G3 Alpinist High Traction Splitboard Climbing Skins

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These are great skins. They stick well to the snow…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 200$


These are great skins. They stick well to the snow whether it be deep powder or a compact, polished skin track. Love the nose and tail clips and also the glue is great.


  • Traction
  • Nose and tail clips
  • Packability
  • Weight


  • Glide
  • Price

As I said, these are great skins, probably the best I have ever owned. They fit great on my split board, come with an excellent trimming tool which takes off the right amount off skin. The nose and tail clips work great, although the attachment points of the little hands that hold the clip to the edge do look a little flimsy but so far so good.

The glide on a flat track is not as much as I expected as you waste energy taking more step, but I guess the extra traction going up makes up for the little glide they have. On powder or on a polished track they hold very well. A bit of slippage on polished tracks that go up but that is to be expected.

Have had these for a couple of months now and the glue is still working well and I have had no problem with them yet. I recommend these skins to anyone who has some extra money to splurge on a nice pair of skins.

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The best splitboard skins just got better - introducing G3's new Alpinist High Traction Climbing Splitboard Skins. This High Traction version of the flagship Alpinist fabric offers exceptional traction that's especially well-suited for splitboard travel. Odds are you've been eyeing up those steep backcountry yo-yo lines more often than a flat 10 day traverse, so G3 made skins to get you to the next peak without the slip 'n slop. The High Traction skins can increase traction by 10-20% on steep, hard pack surfaces, depending on snow conditions. Now you can focus on dropping in, not catching up.

- CampSaver.com

Are you ready to yo-yo a steep bowl with that split board? You can climb like a tractor with the G3 Alpinist High Traction Splitboard Climbing Skins just be sympathitic to the poor followers in your up-track. Synthetic High Traction plush material Non-toxic, solvent free adhesive Short for board sizes 145-159mm, Medium for 159-173mm, Long for 168-182mm

- OMCgear

G3 improved upon its legendary climbing skin design by using plush, high-traction synthetic material on the base of the Highfriction Splitboard Skin. Compared to previous skins, the high-friction material offers a 10- to 20-percent increase in traction on steep, hard-packed surface. Couple this increase in climbing ability with tip connectors that give this skin a glove-like fit, and you get the ideal solution for ditching the lift crowds in favor of untouched lines.

- Backcountry.com

When the snow is good, it's hard to maintain the art of skinning, so G3 made the Alpinist HighTraction Splitboard Skins for the eager ones. With G3s legendary glide and a deeper shag, your legs (or your buddies legs) are the limit.

- Mountain Gear

Snowboarders asked for it and they listened G3s long history of climbing skin research and design have been applied to the new Alpinist Splitboard Skin purpose built for backcountry snowboarders These premium Splitboard Skins have been engineered from tip to tail to be the lightest fastest gliding most reliable and secure splitboard climbing skins available

- Bentgate.com