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G3 Splitboard+ Grip Review

Great skins for beginner splitboarders who want all the help they can get ascending
g3 splitboard+ grip splitboard skin review
Credit: G3
Price:  $198 List
Manufacturer:   G3
By Isaac Laredo & David Reichel  ⋅  Aug 22, 2022
75
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 7
  • Glide - 25% 6.0
  • Grip - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Attachment System - 15% 9.0
  • Glue Icing Glop - 20% 7.0

Our Verdict

The G3 Splitboard+ Grip skins share the same platform as the G3 Splitboard+ Universal. The platform has very user-friendly features that enhanced our experience. The tip and tail clip adds a lot of value to your overall experience, but their bulk complicates packing. The G3 Splitboard + Grip skins are distinguished by their longer and thus more grippy fur. The grippy fur comprises glide on the skin track. We recommend the Splitboard+ Grip for introductory splitboarders who are looking for the best and user-friendly platform to refine their technique on.
REASONS TO BUY
Beefy skins with great grip
Durable
Excellent attachment system
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky
Inefficient
Tough to pack
Editor's Note: This review was revised on August 22, 2022 to add information on the update to this product.

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Pros Beefy skins with great grip, durable, excellent attachment systemAll-purpose, good ratio of grip to glide, camming tail clip, easy to align tip clipSecure and easy attachment system, efficient skinningDurable, good grip to glide ratioGood glide, rolls and folds small, robust adhesive
Cons Bulky, inefficient, tough to packAwkward foldingAdequate grip, particular rolling techniqueCan be hard to pull apart, more involved initial setupInitial setup is a bit more involved, small range of size adjustments
Bottom Line Great skins for beginner splitboarders who want all the help they can get ascendingGreat grip-to-glide ratio and solid all-around performance in a user-friendly package makes it a great choice for most peopleGreat skins for proficient skinners who know they want an efficient skin for big daysWhether it's your first day or 100th day, these skins are appropriate for all skill levelsStraightforward and streamlined performance
Rating Categories G3 Splitboard+ Grip G3 Splitboard+ Univ... G3 Splitboard+ Glide Black Diamond Ascen... Black Diamond Glide...
Glide (25%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Grip (25%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Attachment System (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Glue Icing Glop (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs G3 Splitboard+ Grip G3 Splitboard+ Univ... G3 Splitboard+ Glide Black Diamond Ascen... Black Diamond Glide...
Manufacturer G3 G3 G3 Black Diamond Black Diamond
Weight per pair 580 (g) 674 (g) 560 (g) 658 (g) 650 (g)
Weight per skin 290 (g) 337 (g) 280 (g) 329 (g) 325 (g)
Material Nylon plush Nylon plush Nylon plush Nylon 65% mohair and 35% nylon
Glue Non-toxic adhesive Non-toxic adhesive Non-toxic adhesive Non-toxic adhesive Non-toxic adhesive
Tip Attachment Asymmetrical steel hands Asymmetrical steel Hands Asymmetrical steel hands Snap-fit attachement Coated cable
Tail Attachment SPLITBOARD+ SPLITBOARD+ SPLITBOARD+ STS STS
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

Product Update Note — Aug 2022
G3 updated their Grip skins. The photos above show the older model (left) compared to the new one (right). The new Grip skins have a trimmed-down tip connector that the company claims shaves nearly an ounce off each skin. The new version also features a PFC-free waterproofing treatment and an updated, non-toxic adhesive. Our review is of the older version, but we are now linking to retailers selling the new Grip skins.

The G3 Grip skins are an excellent choice for specific users. Beginner splitboarders who do not have experience skinning would likely benefit from all the grip they can get from their first skins. Folks who skin significantly steeper than what is "normal" would also benefit from the extra traction provided by these skins. Finally, those who skin over sharp rocks might consider these skins since the longer fur provides some extra protection.

g3 splitboard+ grip splitboard skin review
Credit: David Reichel

Performance Comparison


g3 splitboard+ grip splitboard skin review - the lineup of g3 splitboard + skins. from left to right: glide...
The lineup of G3 Splitboard + skins. From Left to Right: Glide, Universal, Grip.
Credit: David Reichel

Grip


The fur on these skins is seriously long and impressively grippy, and they excelled when navigating icy sections of skin track or slick ridges. Skinning up at an overly steep angle is not ideal but occasionally required by terrain or sadistic touring partners. Steep skin tracks are never recommended, but the extra fur also provided psychological assurance when occasionally skinning across rocks.

These skins may be a benefit to those with less advanced skinning technique, as the grip they provide can help you from slipping. It is important to understand that despite these skins gripping more than any skins we have used, they can't completely overcome poor technique, and some skin tracks are too slick and steep — even for them.

g3 splitboard+ grip splitboard skin review
Credit: David Reichel

Glide


Ever ride a bike where the brakes are rubbing the tire? Even just a small amount of friction robs you of energy. Skinning across low-angle approaches with the Splitboard+ Grip skins feels a bit like that bike with the brake rub. We chuckled on a few short descents where we had to push downhill with our poles while our partners glided down on their less grippy skins. This is a tradeoff for the impressive climbing grip they provide.

Ease of Use


We discuss the general ease of use of these skins in the G3 Splitboard+ Universal review. One noticeable difference when comparing multiple skins at the same time is the size of the bags the skins arrive in. The Grip skins are much larger when folded up. There is a weight difference gain as well, but on our scale, the Splitboard+ Grip skins were only 10 grams heavier than the Universal skins, but 100 or so grams heavier than the lightest skins we tested.

Attachment System


We are fans of the G3 attachment system and review it thoroughly in the G3 Splitboard+ Universal review.

Glue and Glop


We generally found the glue and glop performance of the Grip skins to be the same as the G3 Splitboard+ Universal skins.

Value


The Splitboard+ Grip skins are a small price increase over other high grip models. In our mind, G3's connection system is worth a modest price premium, and overall, this value seems reasonable.

g3 splitboard+ grip splitboard skin review
Credit: David Reichel

Conclusion


Based on G3's impressive skin design, these Grip skins would be a great first skin for beginning splitboarders. Skinning is a great way to ascend snow-covered peaks, but there is a learning curve, and extra grip might reduce some of the pain associated with this process. The Grip skins are also an excellent choice for experienced skinners who routinely skin at much steeper angles than normal.

Isaac Laredo & David Reichel
 
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