With unparalleled grip capabilities, the G3 High Traction maintains a generous lead ahead of the pack in our review. Not only does it feature a stronger grip than every other skin we tested, it's also configured to be universally compatible. The engineered grip allows for, in our experience, climbing slopes about 10 degrees steeper than the others. Note that human biomechanics make a moderate skin track the most efficient way to gain altitude on skins, so increasing the angle of attack with something like the High Traction does not necessarily improve overall efficiency. If anything, it is to the contrary. With the greater grip comes decreased glide. Skiers looking for a truly unique product could do well with the High Traction, while most consumers will do better with something like the more balanced Editors' Choice-winning Black Diamond Glidelite Mix STS.
In 2016, G3 confirmed a small change to the metal hands for the High Traction. For 2017, another small tweak includes a new tail clip. Keep scrolling to read about these updates.