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Old 08-18-2011, 11:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well I went 10 years without a tail kit, so it's not 100% necessary. I also skunked my skins a half dozen times. Had to put them in a jacket and warm them for 30 minutes to get them to work. Voile straps saved my butt a few times too. If you don't have any of those I recommend buying four in the 24" length. I've used them to secure skins, tighten a boot, make a broken ski pole usable, even to make a broken binding usable. They can really save your bacon when you are out in the backcountry.

If you are not worried about the costs, go with the Voile skins and get a Spark Tail Kit. It's nice having the nose attachment already pre curved and such. If you are looking to save a few dollars, go with climbing skins direct. You'll have a tail kit that comes with them and the skins work just fine. In a lot of ways they are easier to deal with than the Voile skins. They just don't look as nice once you finish modding them for splitboard skis is all. At least with me it worked out that way. I of course have zero artistic talent. I can't draw stick figures for fuck's sake...
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks again Kills. I think I will just bite the bullet and get both. Seems like the sort of thing that could be annoying once you are in the backcountry.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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the tailkit is like a $20-40 bullet out of a $500-$1400 magazine you'll be shooting (if someone buys a new split.)

also, you can do just fine without the little plastic strappy thing that attaches the tailclip to the skins... on a split they connect at a funny angle so dialing in that strap can be a bitch - i just used elastic/bungee style cordette with my G3 tailclips and they seem to stay on fine - although its a new setup and i haven't put a ton of miles on it yet.... but its fine
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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That's the nice thing about the G3 tail clip though is that it can rotate more or less pending how you have the plastic strap connected. It will move around until it finds the groove on your board.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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not sure if this has been mentioned but G3 actually has splitboard skins for this season now...

Alpinist Splitboard Climbing Skins | G3 Genuine Guide Gear
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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THat looks great Jeri. Any idea on a cost?
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Dang Jeri good find on those. I might have to pick a pair of those up for the new split.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:39 AM   #18 (permalink)
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holy fucking Louis Vuitton... i know they're either gonna be under my feet on the snow or stashed in my backpack but goddamn those are uglier than dog shit.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Little bit of product placement Who cares what they look like in a fashion sense. They appear to be durable though and that's all I care about
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:16 AM   #20 (permalink)
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G3 makes very supple skins. They are not as durable as the Ascension skins, but they are so much easier to deal with. As far as how they climb, I believe the Ascensions to be slightly better, but maybe not. Something I seem to remember reading in Backcountry mag when they did a skin comparison.
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