Being a telemarker who enjoys skiing the entire mountain, and not just resort days, i finally pulled he trigger on some skins because hiking sucks.
I got these in the 140 width for my 188 Vertical Diesels (135-115-130 ).
Seeing how these were my first skins, the included skin trimmer was a god send, as it allowed me to properly cut them sidewall to sidewall without having to remove the skin, and readjust to account for exposing the edge. What I didn't like, however, was how narrow the tip loops were. Considering this is a 140mm width skin with its purpose and design for wider pow skis, the tip loop was pretty darn narrow, even for my Diesels with an early taper tip. Regardless, they still hold the skin on, I just take extra caution to not knock my tips together skinning.
As far as using them, I picked these up in April so I could keep skiing after the lifts stopped spinning in Summit County. They provide great traction even on a rockered, wider ski. I primarily used them on wetter, warmer spring snow. While they did get pretty wet, the glue never gave me issues.
Im pretty pumped to get them back on the skin track this fall/winter and see how they do in drier snow.
Never got to use these skins because the toe loops were to small for my skis. Granted I was trying to use them with my Surface New Lifes (151 - 122 -151 mm) so I wasn't that surprised just disappointed. Ended up exchanging them for the G3 Alpinist climbing skins. Haven't yet received those though so can't say too much about them either.
P.S. the only reason I rated these with 4 stars is because they seem to have received pretty solid feedback from everyone else.
These are very reasonably priced and take care of business. Occasionally I get some minor back slide on a steep section of the skin track, but in general I have not had any other problems with them. The cutting tool is great and easy to use. I have them set up for a pair of Line SFB's. See GURU photo above. I would def recommend them. I like the loop instead of clips on the front like the other G3's.
I bought these skins for my Tua Crossrides in a 110 mm width. I trimmed them as per the video and used them a couple of times before the season ended. They grip well and I've had no reservations about recommending them.
An excellent companion to my Fischer sbounds (nearly wide, waxless) for steep trails. They climb much better than my BD nylon ascension skins. Skin trimmer sucks.
this is my second pair. Nice to have some with fresh glue! climb great. went with straight skin, no trimming.
These skins disappointed me from the first time I used them on a cold day. Much of the glue came off the skins when I took them off the skis the very first time. They don't climb as good on steep slopes as other skins I have used and I have been touring for over 10 years so it's not my technique. And today, on a 10 degree day, I went to take off my one skin and both plastic toe clips broke off with a regular pull. The glue gets gummy, sticky, and messy over time and I would never buy these again. They stick great but are a bear to get off the skis while still in your skis. I am sending them back pronto. I used to ski with old school Life Link skins and never had as many problems as I have had with these. Maybe I just got a crappy pair, but I will always buy black diamond brand after this like I do for everything else I enjoy in the outdoors. I have nothing against G3 as a company but this was my honest experience.
My biggest complaint with this skin setup is that the holes in the rubber tail pieces rip after extended use. Some other G3 models have riveted tail pieces which makes it easy to replace the rubber piece but with this setup you cannot replace it and are stuck with a worthless skin (unless you just want to secure it without a tail clip like old school skins).
tip connectors suck, should have ordered another pair of the Alpinist skins