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G3 Splitboard+ Glide Review

Great skins for proficient skinners who know they want an efficient skin for big days
G3 Splitboard+ Glide
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Price:  $205 List
Pros:  Secure and easy attachment system, efficient skinning
Cons:  Adequate grip, particular rolling technique
Manufacturer:   G3
By Isaac Laredo & David Reichel  ⋅  Jan 21, 2021
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#2 of 7
  • Glide - 25% 9
  • Grip - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Attachment System - 15% 9
  • Glue Icing Glop - 20% 7

Our Verdict

The G3 Splitboard+ Glide skins provide the user-friendly features of the Splitboard+ Series, in an advanced package. These skins have excellent glide, are relatively lightweight, and provide good value. The camming tail clip is a stand out feature so you can glide on the approach with peace of mind. However, the larger plastic tip clip makes for a particular rolling technique to become compact, but we were fine with this trade-off. The Glide is an excellent choice for splitboarders that are confident in their technique and looking to get after it.

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Pros Secure and easy attachment system, efficient skinningAll-purpose, good ratio of grip to glide, camming tail clip, easy to align tip clipDurable, good grip to glide ratioGood glide, rolls and folds small, robust adhesiveEasy to peel apart and remove from ski base, great glide, compact storage, easier to recover from skin failure
Cons Adequate grip, particular rolling techniqueAwkward foldingCan be hard to pull apart, steps required to get them field readyUser effort to get from package to field, small range of size adjustmentsNo 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 daysGreat grip to glide ratio in a user-friendly packageWhether it's your first day or 100th day, these skins are appropriate for all skill levelsStraightforward and streamlined performanceA 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
Glide (25%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Grip (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Attachment System (15%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Glue Icing Glop (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
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
Precut Option? No Yes No No No
Bag Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cheat Sheets Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The G3 Splitboard+ Glide is a well thought out skin that helps create an enjoyable skinning experience.

Performance Comparison


Skins can bring you to awesome places.
Skins can bring you to awesome places.
Photo: Laredo

Grip


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.

Literally side by side comparisons.
Literally side by side comparisons.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Glide


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.

The Glide thrives in lower angle terrain where having additional...
The Glide thrives in lower angle terrain where having additional glide is rewarded.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

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.

The folded Splitboard+ Glide.
The folded Splitboard+ Glide.
Photo: laredo

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.

Attachment System


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 camming tip clip of the G3 Glide is our favorite attachment...
The camming tip clip of the G3 Glide is our favorite attachment system.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

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.

The fixed steel hands for the tip attachment are very adaptable...
The fixed steel hands for the tip attachment are very adaptable across shapes and is the easiest to align the skin with the board.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

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.

Snow between the base and Splitboard+ Glide.
Snow between the base and Splitboard+ Glide.
Photo: Laredo

Value


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.

Conclusion


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