G3 Splitboard+ Glide Review
Cons: Adequate grip, particular rolling technique
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G3 Splitboard+ Glide
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|Pros||Secure and easy attachment system, efficient skinning||All-purpose, good ratio of grip to glide, camming tail clip, easy to align tip clip||Durable, good grip to glide ratio||Good glide, rolls and folds small, robust adhesive||Easy to peel apart and remove from ski base, great glide, compact storage, easier to recover from skin failure|
|Cons||Adequate grip, particular rolling technique||Awkward folding||Can be hard to pull apart, steps required to get them field ready||User effort to get from package to field, small range of size adjustments||No length adjustment, velcro tip and tail attachment, higher frequency of total skin failures|
|Bottom Line||Great skins for proficient skinners who know they want an efficient skin for big days||Great grip to glide ratio in a user-friendly package||Whether it's your first day or 100th day, these skins are appropriate for all skill levels||Straightforward and streamlined performance||A unique skin that manages certain difficulties of glue-based skins but requires more tending in the field|
|Rating Categories||G3 Splitboard+ Glide||G3 Splitboard+ Univ...||Ascension Splitboar...||GlideLite Splitboar...||Contour Hybrid|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|Attachment System (15%)|
|Glue Icing Glop (20%)|
|Specs||G3 Splitboard+ Glide||G3 Splitboard+ Univ...||Ascension Splitboar...||GlideLite Splitboar...||Contour Hybrid|
|Manufacturer||G3||G3||Black Diamond||Black Diamond||Contour|
|Weight per pair||560 (g)||674 (g)||658 (g)||650 (g)||624 (g)|
|Weight per skin||280 (g)||337 (g)||329 (g)||325 (g)||312 (g)|
|Material||Nylon plush||Nylon plush||Nylon||65% mohair and 35% nylon||70% Mohair / 30% Synthetic|
|Glue||Non-toxic adhesive||Non-toxic adhesive||Non-toxic adhesive||Non-toxic adhesive||Twin layer hybriad adhesive|
|Tip Attachment||Asymmetrical steel hands||Asymmetrical steel Hands||Snap-fit attachement||Coated cable||Fixed velco attachment|
|Tail Attachment||SPLITBOARD+||SPLITBOARD+||STS||STS||Fixed velcro attachment|
|Cheat Sheets Included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Glide skins are made up of 70% mohair, which helps glide, and 30% nylon to aid in durability and grip. That being said, don't expect to be looking at your friends behind you while motoring straight up; it's just not what they were designed to do, nor is it the most efficient way to skin. With good technique, these skins provide plenty of grip, especially when touring on the ideal skin track angle of 15-20 degrees. The skins provided enough grip to make it to where we wanted to go, with a bit of added focus in very steep sections.
Glide is a critical metric that intermediate to advanced splitboarders appreciate for bigger days. The G3 Glide shines in this particular metric. Have you ever switched from a town bike with mountain bike tires to a bike with slick road tires? Riding to the bar or work instantly feels faster and easier. That is what using the Glide skins feel like after being on an all-nylon skin. The glide quality of these skins is excellent, and the energy efficiency gains associated with this are significant.
Ease of Use
The Glide is equipped with the same user-friendly features as the Splitboard+ series. It comes with a pre-cut edge for the straight edge of your splitboard. G3 also provides our favorite trimming tool that is easy to hold and brace against the board when cutting. The goal here is to get you on the skin track faster with perfect cuts.
As with most skins that have complex attachment systems, rolling can be a challenge and result in a bulkier or awkward package if done incorrectly. Since the Glide utilizes mohair and a consistently shorter hair length, the skin has a lighter weight and small packed size. This translates to having more space in your pack, less weight on your back, and less weight on your feet, all of which is a major addition by subtraction.
These features are discussed in greater detail in the review of our award-winning G3 Splitboard + Universal.
G3 has blessed the splitboard community by providing a camming tail clip with a versatile tip clip. The clips are user-friendly and secure. The metal tip clips hold the skin to the board with ease and are relatively easy to attach.
The tail clip requires a specific sequence of steps to adjust the length, which we would recommend doing at home. Once we sized them appropriately, we never lost a tail clip, even on swallowtails or unique shapes. The Splitboard+ Series uses the same attachment system across the line.
Glue and Glop
When selecting the glue and waterproofing of the Splitboard+ Series, G3 prioritized environmentally friendly compounds without sacrificing performance. The Glide utilizes a PFOA free waterproofing that prevents or minimizes glopping, even when our partners were lifting glopped snow bricks with every stride.
G3 utilizes a non-toxic glue that stuck as good on the first day as it does today. Our experience with the adhesive and glop performance matched the results of the Universal skins, and we discuss that in greater detail in the Universal review.
This skin isn't the cheapest, nor is it the most expensive mohair mix option on the market. It differentiates itself with its camming tail clip and overall ease of use. In the mohair category, the Glide provides a good value.
The G3 Splitboard+ Glide skins are excellent choices for experienced splitboarders who get after it. The Glide is not the best skin for beginners, but for those who have figured out the Jedi skinning skills necessary to push it farther into the backcountry, the Glide skins may be the best choice.
— Isaac Laredo & David Reichel