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My Failed G3 skins/a disappointing product

post #1 of 19
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I purchased a pair of G3 skins for my Mt. Baker K2 skis three years ago. Last year's performance in the backcountry on Canada in Feb cold to California spring conditions required that I apply glob stopper wax occasionally however this year, they kept icing up no matter what the snow conditions were. I was told by the company to apply a special Nikwax which I purchased and applied greatly improving the performance to its' first year level. On the second day, they started the usual icing up with the need to apply glob stopper wax frequently however on the third day, no amount of wax application prevented huge balls of ice building up on the skins. 

I have owned Black Diamond skins in the past and this had never happened over a period of five year ownership. 

G3 customer service were in fact rude when I suggested that I would be willing to write this pair of skins off as a "dud pair if they could give me a credit to another purchase. They insisted that a 2 year warranty is all they would cover!!!

 

Well...there you have it....I will never buy G3 climbing skins again!!!....

post #2 of 19

Well there you have it, G3 skins must be crap th_dunno-1[1].gif , work as intended for a while and then wear out. Who'd have thunk stuff doesn't wear out or gets effected by conditions.  Think I'll try and get my 5 year old G3 skins replaced cause the glue is now crap.

post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Taxman View Post

Well there you have it, G3 skins must be crap th_dunno-1[1].gif , work as intended for a while and then wear out. Who'd have thunk stuff doesn't wear out or gets effected by conditions.  Think I'll try and get my 5 year old G3 skins replaced cause the glue is now crap.

 

 

Could be that you have less mileage on yours is all. 

post #4 of 19

Why are car warranties for X miles or Y years?  And I'm sure my 5 year old skins are fairly low milage.

 

 

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post #5 of 19

This is a crap post.  Grow a pair of balls man.  G3 skins are fine.  Obviously a very experienced backcountry guy here.  Probably hot waxed your skins to solve the problem right?  You know you can hot wax your skins right??? 

 

Let the late great Steve Romeo show you how.

 

 

Seriously, this is one of the stupidiest posts I have seen...

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post

This is a crap post.  .......

 

Seriously, this is one of the stupidiest posts I have seen...

 

 

Not even close!  A certain "thin-based" Volkl thread comes to mind ......  wink.gif

post #7 of 19

I want it now, I want it cheap, I want quality and I want it to last for ever.........  what, I'm dreaming???? eek.gif

post #8 of 19

Not sure if they have changed the glue or material over the years or not, but my G3 skins are the best skins I've ever owned. Lightweight with great glide and grip...If you get the chance I would recommend trying the new ones and seeing how they compare to your old ones. 

post #9 of 19

I am pretty new to Backcountry skiing but I purchased G3 skins while my buddy purchased BD skins and I have had way better luck with grip and glide. The G3s seem to be better overall and still stick fairly well when cold, while my friend has to keep his BDs in his jacket on the way down. I have been impressed with my G3 skins and they were a better price!

post #10 of 19
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 On the second day, they started the usual icing up with the need to apply glob stopper wax frequently however on the third day, no amount of wax application prevented huge balls of ice building up on the skins.

 

Make sure you fully dry your skins at night.

post #11 of 19
I always - always - view someone's first post that's bitching about a product with a very jaundiced eye.

IOW, BSmeter.gif
post #12 of 19

A one post wonder. Credibility = ZERO

post #13 of 19

As a disclaimer, I've never owned any G3 products.  But one of my ski buddies does.  In three b/c trips together, he has had one G3 skin and two (different) G3 tele bindings break, in each case resulting in a difficult situation. High mileage or low mileage, I don't know.  But I've never broken equipment on a ski trip, and I don't understand why he remains a faithful G3 customer. I've told him I won't go with him again if he brings G3 gear.

post #14 of 19

Wow ..... cruel shoes!

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by raspritz View Post
 

As a disclaimer, I've never owned any G3 products.  But one of my ski buddies does.  In three b/c trips together, he has had one G3 skin and two (different) G3 tele bindings break, in each case resulting in a difficult situation. High mileage or low mileage, I don't know.  But I've never broken equipment on a ski trip, and I don't understand why he remains a faithful G3 customer. I've told him I won't go with him again if he brings G3 gear.

 

Maybe your buddy is just hard on gear and would break anything in his possession.  I've done a season my my G3 Onyx bindings without a problem.  Have used G3 skins for 8 years without an issue. My G3 shovel has built many snow camps over 8 years. And fortunately I have only ever used my G3 avalanche probe in mock rescues.

 

If you would have asked me if I would have brought another Nissan after my 200B wagon rust bucket experience back in the 1980's I would have said no way, but my Pathfinder has been going strong since 2001.  If G3 made shyte gear they would still be in business.

post #16 of 19

I have BD skins and a couple of my buddies have G3. We usually go out one day a week and I've been using my skins for two years. Theirs are a little older but only maybe a year. None of us are having any problems with grip or glide or sticking to the ski. Seems to me that both mfrs. are putting out a pretty good product. However, I've not put wax on mine nor have my buddies put any on theirs, yet.

 

So, on kind of a related note, I'm wanting to buy some skin wax and am curious as to opinions between Glob Stopper and Swix aerosol. I'm planning to get the Swix product but would like opinions on the merits of each.

 

Thanks!

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post

So, on kind of a related note, I'm wanting to buy some skin wax and am curious as to opinions between Glob Stopper and Swix aerosol. I'm planning to get the Swix product but would like opinions on the merits of each.

Glob Stopper is easy and effective. I used a spray skin wax product once, similar to the Swix and it kinda matted the hairs together.

I keep a small piece of Glob Stopper in my pack or pocket and just rub on (diagonally) when snow starts to stick or skins are feeling heavy. Easy fix.
post #18 of 19

Great, thanks! I assume Mountain Gear has it?

 

Edit: They do.

post #19 of 19

I iron in some cheap wax and redo in the spring. My goal is to waterproof. Working so far.

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