G3 Minimist: Smooth glide with glue as sticky as Spiderman’s spit
I’m on two sets of G3 Minimist Speed climbing skins — the new G3 lightweight glidy skin that began retailing this fall. I’ve got one set powering my skinny uphilling planks; another on my ZeroG 105s. In a word these are wonderful carpets. Excellent glide, in same weight class as other pliable “race” type skins, with tip and tail hooks that work like tip and tail hooks should.
How is the glue? As sticky as Spiderman’s spit. Honestly, while pulling these off a ski, it feels like they’ll yank the Ptex right off the ski bottom. That’s a mostly good thing as I am not at all concerned about G3 skins sticking though the worst conditions. (Though I do hope they come off a little easier after aging a bit.) The other “tack” criteria: how do they stick glue-to-glue? Surprisingly good formulation in that respect, as they come apart quite easily. So, don’t worry about the glue on these things.
Note that G3 sells three versions of the Minimist: Universal is claimed by G3 to be “The lightest, most packable fully-featured nylon skin in the world.” The Minimist Glide is a 27/30 mohair to nylon mix. The Speed, covered below, is their 100% mohair (natural goat hair) offering. I don’t *sniff with nose in air* use anything but wall-to-wall mohair. So with thanks to Sir Goat, on we go.
Dear loyal readers, after making mistakes in the past with excessive subjectivity, the only way I now test skin glide is A/B. As G3 Minimist are supposed to be glidy and light, appropriate comparo was a major brand’s mohair “race” skins. I am delighted to report the two skins, Minimist and the “other,” were indistinguishable in terms of glide, and so close in weight I can’t state a meaningful difference, as the race skins had a straighter cut and lighter hardware. I did do some estimating, and am confident saying that if normalized (same hardware and cut) the Minimist would probably weigh about 20 grams more than the race skin (that’s on my uphilling rig, 164 cm x 79mm). Okay with me.
Minimist review conclusions
What might be the stickiest glue in the business. In fact, I wish the rip-strip in the tip area, that eliminates glue surface area, extended to the tail. Excellent glide. As light as just about anything else out there, I’d think only skimo racers would quibble it — and unless you’re vying for the podium you would be babbling. My only gripe is the included storage bag is too small if you’re using the included storage strips. If any of you guys hear reports of ski bases being pulled off during skin removal, please let us know (joking).
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.