G3’s new ski line up looks very nice. The Highball (on the far left) and revamped Zen Oxide are very appealing for our Tahoe conditions. At 140/116/127 the Highball has a good amount of rocker and reverse camber At 8.8lbs for a 175cm, it could be a great backcountry powder piggy. The Zen Oxide, at 131/105/123 and 7.2lbs also seems to be a strong choice. It has a nice flex, very similar to a K2 Coomback but at a lighter weight.
And on to the changes to the climbing skins.
First the obvious change to the tail kit, which in my opinion is a great addition. The old style could be difficult to remove if it’s cammed on tightly. Excess pulling on the red rubber portion could end up in them breaking off or tearing the holes. The tight connection was great if your skins were old and had bad glue or you dropped your skins in the snow making the glue worthless. My biggest gripe was that it made it especially tough to rip skins if you rip them without removing your skis.
Secondly G3 has introduced a new plush alternative to their skin line up. The new MoMix is 70% mohair and 30% nylon.
Mohair seems to glide quite a bit better than nylon and the addition of nylon adds durability. 100% Nylon is a bit more aggressive, ultra durable, and can definitely take a beating where as the mix skins do seem to be a bit less durable. We’ve been using Dynafit skins the past few years which are also a mohair mix and they come in a bit more packable and also lighter (compared to nylon). How about climbing? We think the mix skins climb just as well as nylon but that could come down to skinning technique too. If you are new to touring a nylon skin may be a better choice in that steep Jake’s skin track! We like the weight and the nice little package they fold up into. Many say that the mohair is better in colder conditions too, we’ve been using them in the Sierra Nevada all year around with no issues in wet snow conditions.
The G3’s seem like a great option for a mix skin plush with a normal (and really cool) tail kit.