Forums The Gear Room New G3 Alpinist Skins – Size S or L?
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  • #784744
    mhoc
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    Hi,

    I’m (almost) decided on getting the G3 Alpinist skins. The new model comes only in size S (147-163 cm) or L (162-178) and my splitboard is 163 cm, so right in the middle of both lengths. Which size will fit better?

    Also, are these skins okay for someone who’s a complete beginner when it comes to skinning? I’ve read a lot abot the alpinist/high traction dilemma and I’m a little more convinced on the alpinist and using crampons when needed. But any new input is appreciated.

    #784777
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    Are you likely to get another board that’s longer or shorter than your 163? I’d use that to decide which way to go with the skins.

    I’m currently on Jones branded skins (Pomoco I think?) and had BD Ascents before that. My fiance has G3s and likes the plush but has had lots of trouble with the glue. If I were going to buy another set of skins right now it would be another set of Ascents or Climbing Skins Direct skins because they’re less expensive.

    #784883
    mhoc
    5 Posts

    Thanks for the reply.

    I’m not likely to get another splitboard anytime soon, I just got this one and I’d like to get the right length skins.

    I also considered the Voile skins (wihich as I understand are rebranded BD Ascents), they seem to be a reliable choice. I’ll just have to decide and go with one or the other, it’s the only way:-)

    #784895
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    If your choices are only the Voiles or the G3s I’d pick the Voiles with a tail strap.

    These in a large.

    #789416
    mhoc
    5 Posts

    Just an update if anyone might be interested:

    First I ordered the size S Alpinists. Apart from not really covering the whole board (but being lighter and more compact), they didn’t really fit the Landlord well. The tailstrap was on the second hole, so almost the longest possible setting. The skin was streched quite hard this way and not very easy to install – had to pull the tail strap really hard. If I went with the last hole (longest setting), the tail clip was wobbly and not really in place.

    So I replaced the S with the L. The L was a bit better, but the opposite problem – had to use the last hole on the strap. If the skins would stretch a little over time, I’d need to punch another hole in the strap. The tail strap was really long when installed, which probably isn’t a big problem, but it bothered me.

    So I finally tried the Voile w/ tail clips, in size L. These fit fine, the tail strap is much shorter so it sticks out at the back just a little. I don’t have any prior experience with skins, but these work fine. I first tried them on a night ascent at a ski resort with frosty groomed snow and they gripped nicely, on some steeper points I even slipped a little. There aren’t any problems on powder.

    So I’m happy I didn’t go with the less grippy Alpinists. Thanks for all the advice.

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