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David Reichel

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As soon as possible after graduating from UC Berkeley, David threw his snowboard in the car and moved to the mountains. He took his first avalanche course that winter in the Rockies, and he’s been exploring snow covered peaks ever since. Back home in the Sierra he has taught Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche courses since 2000. He has skinned and shredded across multiple trans High Sierra splitboard tours. He is a few days shy of traversing the length of the John Muir Trail, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite Valley on his splitboard.

During the winter he works for the Sierra Avalanche Center as a Professional Observer, digging snow pits and gathering snowpack data. He is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. In 2014, he founded and continues to run the California Avalanche Workshop. In addition to his work in the Sierra, David actively guides in the Cascades, Japan, and South America. Carving a 7000 foot springtime descent on Shasta, breaking trail in thigh deep Japow, or pinning it through red granite lined couloirs in Argentina provide ample opportunity to ponder splitboard technology and put equipment to the test.

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Best Splitboard Climbing Skins

Best Splitboard Climbing Skins

Our expert team purchased and extensively tested 7 models of skins side by side to sort out the distinctions in key metrics.
G3 Splitboard+ Universal
Editors' Choice

G3 Splitboard+ Universal

This plush skin perfectly balances grip and glide. With impressive tip and tail connectors, the Universal is a great choice for nearly every splitboarder out there.
Jones Nomad PRO
Top Pick

Jones Nomad PRO

An efficient mohair/nylon mix that is lightweight and packable, they represent a solid choice. Purchasing these skins pre-sized to a Jones splitboard would be an especially smart call.
Best Splitboard Bindings

Best Splitboard Bindings

What's the best splitboard binding of 2021? We evaluated the market and purchased the top 11, testing them side by side to find the best.
Spark R&D Arc
Editors' Choice

Spark R&D Arc

Winner of our Best Buy award, thanks to its simplicity, versatility, and efficiency. If we had one pair of bindings, it would be the Arc.
Spark R&D Surge Pro
Top Pick

Spark R&D Surge Pro

Winner of an award for excellent ratio to response, Spark leveraged new materials to make the Surge even light and stiffer.
Venture  Storm
Top Pick

Venture Storm

It shines in powder and its all-mountain shape bodes well in all terrain types. Its versatile performance makes it a good choice for most split boarders.
Voile Revelator BC

Voile Revelator BC

Voile offers the Voile Revelator in a BC version with XC style fish scales on the base. They call it "Voile Traction-Pattern Base", but you might recognize it as being pretty similar to...
G3 Splitboard+ Grip

G3 Splitboard+ Grip

Similar to the G3 Universal, they are quality skins with amazing grip. The tradeoff in efficiency is real and thus these are best for beginners and those that climb super steep skin tracks.
G3 Splitboard+ Glide

G3 Splitboard+ Glide

Similar to the Universal skins, but with shorter fur, they are a touch more efficient and a smidge worse at climbing. This is a good tradeoff for many experienced skinners.
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