From simple-but-effective models to pro-endorsed precision tools, there’s a massive choice of women’s boards out there. Some are a new takes on successful men’s boards, while others have been designed from the ground up with the female rider in mind.
All have their own unique properties, with considerations for women’s physiology taken in to account. Just as with boots and bindings, at times the female-specific tweaks may seem insignificant or even immaterial, but often it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
"From simple-but-effective models to pro-endorsed precision tools, there’s a massive choice of women’s boards out there"
Of course, the only way to truly know what’s right for you is to get it under your feet. Scour the web for test days at a dry slope, dome or – if you’re lucky – mountain near you, and see for yourself. If that’s not an option, chat to your local shop about your riding style, and they’ll be sure to match you up with something you like.
Here’s the very best of what we tried this year. All riding styles and budgets are catered for, so this list should get you well on your way to finding your new ride.
All boards are in alphabetical order, other than the category winner which can be found at the end of the list.
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi
Whether you go for the camber version or the rocker, the Arbor Swoon is built for roaming.
Beginners need not apply, but anyone with a thirst for all-mountain exploration will get on with this one’s extra contact points, sintered base and expanded nose and tail.
Now featuring Burton’s ‘Squeezebox’ profiling, the Socialite can bend with the best of them when you want to get those presses dialed.
At the same time it holds an edge very well, thanks in part to the asymmetric construction that makes heelside turns easier than ever.
Great for freestyle and great for cruising, the Socialite’s a winner whatever your speed.
CAPiTA Jess Kimura Pro
All of that Kimura-approved park-and-street-slaying tech wrapped up in a bonkers graphic; if this doesn’t sell by the truckload this winter, we’ll eat our hats.
Jess’ latest pro model board looks set to be her biggest yet, and can unlock the potential of any budding freestyler while keeping more advanced trickologists happy too.
The DC Biddy is impossibly low-priced for what you get, so anyone on a budget should have a peep at this.
As a soft rocker we didn’t find it well suited to high speeds and crazy airtime, but it’s just the job for mellow, buttery fun with friends either on the piste or in the park.
Gnu Velnet Gnuru
File this one under ‘quiver killer’. With its medium flex, combo profile and wavy edges, it attempts to be all things to all women – and, according to our testers, succeeds.
It’s great fun in the park, the pow and on the piste, plus it comes from a company that has always cranked out top quality women’s boards.
Essentially a pared-back version of Torah Bright’s contest-killing signature model, the Roxy XOXO offers a more forgiving ride for intermediate freestylers or those who want something a little cruisier for slushy days.
The asymmetric construction definitely improves turns, so you can carve up the hill on your way to your next side hit.
The longtime favourite of Jenny Jones, the Salomon Gypsy is definitely one for bagging tricks.
It can handle kickers as big as they can build ‘em, but won’t intimidate first-time freestylers either.
If snowboarding to you means lapping the park from first to last lifts and hitting every feature going, the Gypsy should be on your list.
Salomon Pillow Talk
There aren’t many female-specific powder oddities on the market, so hats off to Salomon for creating the Pillow Talk. Having already cracked the code with the Derby, a few tweaks later and they had a great stick for adventure-loving females who want to get on board with the stubby-board craze.
YES Hel Yes
Helen Schettini’s board doesn’t open its arms to the female riding community and invite them in. Instead, you can come to it when you’re good and ready. High-quality construction for high-consequence riding, the Hel Yes is for pointing down pillow lines and getting airborne off natural hits.
WINNER - Burton Talent Scout
Our winner is what many agreed to be the best women’s freestyle board that has come along for years. After enjoying its debut last season, our testers were eager to get their hands on the Burton Talent Scout again, and weren’t disappointed.
Sharing some attributes with the Process Off-Axis, it’s definitely one for those who don’t have a fear of the park; a light, poppy twin-flexing stick with a profile that delivers plenty of spring, but that’s also mellow enough to press rails and boxes with ease.
Away from the features it holds up almost as well, the asymmetric construction and mostly-camber profile making it a joy to carve. While it’s not designed for the powder, it’s more than capable, and setting your stance back a little for those really porridgy days is so easy thanks to the Channel.
It’s a limited-edition model that’s only available from certain core retailers, so seek out your nearest Burton stockist for a chance to get your hands on one of these.