Grip is not always effective on colder days or hard packed up tracks
At just $145, the G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins provide huge value compared to other skins on the market. Being the lowest priced skins I reviewed I was expecting less from the Alpinist Skins but actually received more in the form of an innovative and effective tip clip and tail cam designs that worked seamlessly with any ski I tested them on.
G3 is a Canadian company which provides a full line of skis, skins, poles and now tech bindings. Like most of their products, the Alpinist Climbing Skins offer up solid performance at a reasonable price, giving you season after season of service on the skin track.
The G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins are 100-percent synthetic plush skins that have a unique and effective tip clip and tail cam design. The Alpinists come in a wide range of sizes from 70–140mm to fit any ski.
Glide / Grip The G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins have a respectable grip to glide ration compared to other skins on the market but are challenged when confronted with hard packed up tracks or very cold touring days.
Durability The synthetic plush stood up well to two seasons of abuse and showed zero fail points on the tip and tail attachments, which is typically where it starts to show up first.
Use The tip attachment uses two small stainless steel hands (which are self-aligning) and accommodates the fattest of skis while the over centre tail cam clip reduces tail strap wear and provides better tensioning of the skin compared to others on the market. Both are solidly made and super intuitive and efficient to use.