G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 73 (out of 100)
User Rating: 3.4 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 45

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • They glide well for flatter tours, considering they are full nylon skins.
  • Easy to cut.
  • Last a long time, even with a lot of use.
  • Easy to use tip and tail fasteners.

Expert Reviews

  • The skins glide very well, especially for full nylon skins.
  • Have a solid grip on snow, although they do not offer any more grip than most other skins.
  • The nylon is durable.
  • Compatible for all skis on the market, unlike many other brands, and the tip clips are particularly versatile on fatter skis.
  • Very good quality for a reasonable price.
  • The tip and tail attachments are particularly innovative and easy to use.
  • Lightweight for full nylon skins.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Glue sometimes leaves residue on the ski base, especially after some use.
  • Glue does not always stick well in cold conditions, especially when doing laps.

Expert Reviews

  • Have problems with icing up and accumulating snow during alternating wet and cold conditions.
  • Because the tip and tail are welded, the length cannot be adjusted beyond the tail attachment so be sure to measure carefully to choose the correct size.
  • Doesn’t have perfect traction on cold and slick snow.


The G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin is a versatile do-it-all skin that has great flexibility to fit all skis and much-loved tip and tail fasteners. With good gripping power and a great glide, especially for an all-nylon skin, these skins are easy to use and last for a long time. The major complaint with these skins is the glue, which has a habit of sticking to skis and globbing up, making them less than ideal, although they still are a good product for a reasonable price.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.