We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin and summarize the results below:
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 38
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Skins come with a cutting tool that allows you to customize the fit of your skin.
- Skins last a long time.
- Easy to put on/peel off.
- Skins dry quickly.
- Glides well for a full Nylon skin.
- Skins don’t roll or peel at the edges.
- Glue sticks in cold and wet conditions.
- Tip and tail clips accommodate a variety of ski shapes.
- Compatible with most skis.
- Low profile tail/tip clips.
- New skin waterproofing treatment is more environmentally friendly.
- G3 offers a twin tip tail adapter.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- One user reported knocking off the tip clip when they accidentally hit one ski with the other.
- Skins do not come with a divider screen, used to be placed between the two glue sides when storing.
- They’re sold in predetermined lengths, so the skin doesn’t always fit your length of ski perfectly.
- Nylon skins like these are heavier and don’t glide as well.
- Nylon skins allow you to cover up subpar skinning technique since they are grippier – it’s better to have good technique and be able to use lighterweight skin materials like mohair.
- Skins ice up occasionally.
- Bulky and heavy.
- Leaves some glue residue on ski.
The Backcountry G3 Alpinist Universal Climbing Skins know how to do their job. The full nylon design coupled with sticky glue make them a grippy workhorse. However, this comes with a weight penalty that less burly skins don’t impose. Nonetheless, the skins’ versatility and ease-of-use make them a trustworthy option.