For female snowboarders, it’s always a good idea to consider buying something made specifically with a woman in mind. The differences are fairly subtle, as there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, but any considerations for the general differences in men’s and women’s physicality are to be welcomed. You can expect the size range to skew smaller, for example, and the flex rating is often a little softer.
"The range of available boards is as strong and as varied as ever, so you’re bound to find something that matches your riding"
Of course, finding the right stick for you doesn’t stop there; there’s no point buying a women’s freeride board if you just want to lap the park, nor is it sensible to buy something best suited for a beginner when you’re already charging.
Fortunately, the range of available boards is as strong and as varied as ever, so you’re bound to find something that matches your riding. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started.
All boards are in alphabetical order. All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi - click any image to enlarge
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Arian Schlichenmayer / Sami Tuoriniemi
Burton Deja Vu
Females of any standard can get on with the Deja Vu. The profile gives it a loose, forgiving feel, but it’s no noodle.
The true twin shape and flex mean that it’d make an ideal park board, but thanks to a sintered base and extra-grippy edges it’s capable of handling a lot more than that.
Join Kaitlyn Farrington on her new venture, as she takes the newly overhauled Klassy deep into the backcountry.
With aggressive camber sections in the profile, not to mention Magne-traction edges, it tears up the piste like few others. Get it in the pow, though, and anything’s possible thanks to its combination of float and pop.
If you’re looking to get on the ‘short & wide’ trend this year, here’s a brand new board that you should definitely take a look at.
The Wildheart is a carbon-enhanced freeride weapon that is nimbler than most thanks to its reduced length. You still get all the float you could ever want, though, so the pow is where it belongs.
A bona fide freeride stick, this is a new one for 2016/17 and is expected to win over the pow fiends.
Stiff, solid and set back, you can afford to really push the Winterland to the limit, whether screaming down a face or carving up the groomers.
Roxy Banana Smoothie
Smooth by name, smooth by nature; this all-rounder from Roxy is designed to let you get a bit loose both on and off the piste.
The profile is tailor-made for pow float, and also makes presses and butters a breeze. The Banana Smoothis is an all-terrain vehicle that funseekers of all abilities will enjoy.
Countless Salomon Gypsys have found their way into the board bags of dedicated park rats, thanks to its slay-it-all construction
The true twin shape and flex combines perfectly with the (mostly) camber profile, making this a high performance park board that’s available for an impossibly low price.
YES Hel Yes
Female freeriding remains on the up-and-up, and it’s partially thanks to boards like the Hel Yes.
By pouring bucketloads of both top-end materials and BC backcountry experience into Helen Schettini’s pro model, YES have made something for the unstoppable pow-chargers.