Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Climbing Skin

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

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 89 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.9 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 38

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • 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.

Expert Reviews

  • Glides well for a full Nylon skin.
  • Skins don’t roll or peel at the edges.
  • Glue sticks in cold and wet conditions.
  • Durable.
  • 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:

User Reviews

  • 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.

Expert Reviews

  • 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.


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