G3 Minimist Glide Skins
No Longer Carry
The compromise between lightweight packability and reliable grip is a perennial challenge that skin makers are trying to address. How much mohair? How much nylon? How much of the bottom of the ski do we want to cover? G3 has been making skins for years, and their Minimist line was created to address that very challenge. The Minimist Glide skin is a 70/30 momix skin that packs the best parts of mohair and nylon into a lightweight package that can be relied upon for big backcountry missions and steep skin tracks. With a new backing material, G3 was able to get these skins to pack up incredibly small. Even more innovative, they inserted a carbon fiber inlay into the tips to make 'em a bit stiffer and prevent snow from creeping under the edges. G3's twin-arm tip attachment fits any ski tip shape, and their 16mm tails clips can be adjusted to fit various ski lengths, or to address skin stretch over time. These skins come pre-cut in various lengths and widths to provide the most tailored fit possible. Don't slip when the skin track gets steep or lug an ounce more than necessary next time you head into the backcountry-- with the G3 Minimist Glide skins, you can have it all.
- G3 used a unique backing material when building their Minimist line of skins, key to making a functional yet lightweight skin that packs up tightly and compactly.
- Carbon fiber skin tip eliminates snow creep and keeps the skins stuck to the bottom of your skis, right where they're supposed to be.
- Tapered tail saves material and increases glide while still providing the reliability of tip and tail attached skins.
- 70/30 mohair/nylon blend strikes the perfect balance between durability and functional glide.
- Trim tool and carry bag included.
- Adhesive rated to -22* F/-30* C.
- Made in Canada.
Questions & Reviews
-The carbon reinforced front keeps snow creep at bay without needing the massive plastic piece of the Alpinist skins. That's awesome.
-The plush glides well, grips well, and seems fairly durable.
-The tip connection takes a hair more time to get on right, but has been durable and rock solid once I get it on (the little grabber arms sometimes need a hand at the start to keep them from falling off).
-Super packable and foldable.
-The tail clip is pretty bad. It has a tendency to slip so you need to readjust it which isn't easy especially if you have gloves on. That's not a huge deal.
-The worst part is the tail clip on heavily cambered skis. The tail fabric strap drags on the snow and gets chewed up by firm spring snow. The G3 warranty has been great to me here, but just be aware that these skins are not good for a low tail. If they fixed this tail, I would give these skins a 5 star review.
-Glue, it's a bit too sticky, but nothing some dog hair or sawdust can't fix.
Glue: separates from G3’s new lightweight backer if folded glue-to-glue. Give back some of that weight savings by packing cheat sheets. Lame.
Tail fix: awful convoluted buckle is near-impossible to adjust with gloves hands and loosens in use until the strap is well broken in. Lame.
Tip fix: disintegrates under normal skis-on skin ripping. If you want these to last, remove your ski at transitions and remove the skin carefully. Extra lame.
Durability: any contact with rock results in cuts and tears. Cuts easily against ski edges so be extra careful on those transitions. Kinda lame, but understandable given the light weight.
Would not recommend. Two pairs of these (one a warranty replacement) have not survived one full season of use. When the tips explode, you’ll get to experience G3’s legendary customer non-service.
3 of 4 Minimist skins I own look like the attached photo. Glue failing, tip exploded, full of cuts and tears.
The new Climb Pro S Glides have lighter backing this year, making them the same weight and packibility as the Climb 2.0. A slightly narrower 115 Minimist, with its nicely tapered tail, feels maybe a touch more packable than the Pomocas. G3 glue is sticker than Pomoca which could be good or bad depending on your climate and use. For a Pomoca skin with even smaller packability and weight, look at Free Pro 2.0.
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