When taking up snowboarding, your snowboard becomes an extension of your body. You need to understand your board and feel like it is part of you in order to experience a smooth, fun and accident-free snowboarding experience. The sport cannot exist without the snowboard itself, so it is not difficult to understand the importance of picking the best women’s snowboard for your personality, preferences, and style.
Most women wonder what kind of snowboard will suit their purpose and personality, either because they are just starting the sport, or are a bit overwhelmed by the amount of women snowboards out there. We know that it can be a hassle sorting through the numerous snowboards that are available for women. This is why we have compiled a list of the best women’s snowboards, so all that’s left for you do to is enjoy the ride!
How To Choose A Women Snowboard – Buying Guide
When you first begin the sport of snowboarding, it is important to get the perfect snowboard, as buying the wrong snowboard can be inconvenient and even very dangerous. All the good snowboards for women should be as light as possible; they should also be fast and durable. Nobody wants a snowboard that is too heavy, slow, or that falls apart after a short period of time. In today’s world of well-engineered snowboards, a well-balanced, versatile, practical, and pocket-friendly snowboard can help the confidence of female riders, both beginner or intermediate. Beginner snowboarders generally want speed and the thrill of the sport, which is mostly why most of them get involved in the sport in the first place. Pro snowboarders also appreciate the speed of their boards. Luckily, most women’s snowboards are made to smaller, which generally increases their speed and gives you a faster ride.
There are certain things you should look at before picking one of the several boards specifically made for women. Whatever board you end up with must have one special feature or the other; either it is extremely fast, super comfortable, floats well in powder, etcetera. By the end of this buying guide, you’ll be ready to choose your next snowboard package. We’re going to go over some tips, tricks, and things to keep in mind while trying to pick the perfect snowboard. You will also get a chance to take a look at our top picks for the best snowboard packages from a different, more knowledgeable perspective. These are the major factors you have to look at when you are picking out a prospective snowboard. Depending on your ability level, height, weight, riding style, and age, your choices on these factors may vary.
When it comes to snowboards, the binding is equally as important as the snowboard itself. The bindings are what join you to your beloved snowboard to ensure that you get a stable ride. If your bindings are not stable enough, it could cause accidents for the rider. On snowboards, bindings consist of the bottom mounting plate, the high backs, and the straps. There is usually closed cell foam on the bottom and on the high backs which helps absorb some micro shocks from bumps and snow underfoot.
Bindings are often adjustable within a minor size range, even though they should be adjustable. Bindings usually work better for your snowboard and snow boots if they all are from the same brand. It is not necessary to buy the same brand but if you are getting different brand names for each item, you have to make sure that when you order your snowboard package the binding is already sized for the boots you’re getting or it is at least adjustable to fit them. Every item should complement each other in a good snowboard package, it should fit perfectly right from inside the box.
When a snowboard has side cuts, it is usually meant to increase the speed of the snowboard. Most times, greater side cuts result in a faster and more agile snowboard on groomed runs. It also means a relative loss of float in powder and deep snow compared to a snowboard with fewer side cuts.
It is kind of rare to find a board without side cuts, but it is very common to find boards with minimal side cuts. These boards are usually for freestyle, mountain and powder boarding. Skinnier, narrower boards are commonly better matches for on trial and park boarding. If you tend to board in areas that have very dense, hard snow or ice then something with a decent amount of sidecut can help with the snow or ice when you get the board up on edge. You will have better control than if you had a board with minimal side cuts.
Snowboarding boots are entirely different from your casual or occasional boots. These boots are made to be more comfortable, so they are easier to spend all day in. Softer boots are more comfortable, but as you gain more skill and push your limits, stiffer boots will give you more control and stability during particularly hard stunts and obstacle maneuvers.
However, the size of your boots matter, if it is too small, it will be uncomfortable and if it is too big, it will not be steady enough and stability is very important while snowboarding. Simply follow the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Once you’ve found a snowboard that suits your style, it should help in picking out the perfect boots for you and your snowboard.
The size of whatever snowboard you pick is very important; the length of your snowboard is a determiner for the speed, the float in powder ability of the board and your stability. Generally, a beginner snowboarder chooses a board that is about their chin length. However, you can go as low as your shoulder height for your snowboard if you don’t plan to snowboard board off trail much. Longer snowboards have their own advantages, for instance; because they have better stability while the rider speeds, they tend to have more comparative surface area and better float in powder.
The profile of your snowboard is the shape your snowboard takes when you lay it on the snow and look at it from the side. Most boards will be bent slightly off the ground in the center, touch the snow just past the bindings, and then turn back up near the nose and tail. There are generally two known types of profiles; the camber and the rocker profile.
This refers to an upside down curved shape where the board looks like it is turned down toward the ground. Camber is usually used to help spread the weight of the rider evenly across the length of the board; it is usually more effective than a typical flat board.
This refers to a uniquely curved board where the center of the board touches the snow while the ends are slightly raised off the ground. Rocker is typically used near the nose and tail of the board to make a “scoop” so the board glides over terrain changes and powder without burying.
Rocker and camber are usually used together in some degree, it’s very rare to see a purely rockered board and there has never been a purely cambered board.
The camber profile of your snowboard affects your edge hold as it affects where and how much of your edge makes contact with the snow. Snowboard edge hold is more important for some riders than others. Freestyle riders are not generally in need of a lot of edge hold. In fact, a lot of freestylers often detune their edges so that they don’t get them stuck in park rails. So for those freestylers/park riders who like to hit jibs, having too much edge-grip can be a bad thing.
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All mountain riders need more edge hold than freestylers. This is because they are going to be exploring more unpredictable terrain and are more likely to come into contact with icy or hard snow conditions. Free riders need the best edge hold of all because they are almost always riding hard and fast on the most challenging terrain. The conditions you are riding in play a big part in what your edge hold requirements are going to be. If you ride in conditions that are often hard and icy then you will require greater edge hold. If you constantly ride among the mountains, then you also need a lot of edge hold, due to the lack of hard surfaces.
Depending on whatever style of snowboarding you might be riding, your snowboard should be able to float well in powder. If you ride on the slopes a lot, then you are going to need a lot more powder performance. The other forms of snowboarding are mostly concerned with speed and stability, you should stick with a snowboard that can float well in powder and has the other features.
As mentioned earlier, stability is very important for a sport like snowboarding and is an extremely important factor when selecting the best women’s snowboard. The board, boots, and binding must be as stable as possible when it comes to the sport. Nobody wants a board that constantly shivers anytime it is mounted. A snowboard without stability can cause accidents while snowboarding; it can cause the rider to fall, severally.
A rider’s snowboard must be as light and as playful as possible, especially if you are into free riding. This version of the sport requires you to learn and do a lot of tricks and stunts while snowboarding. A board that is too stiff cannot be playful enough and can cause the rider serious injuries.
Pop And Jumping
Whatever snowboard the female rider picks should have that pop when it is ridden. It can also be frustrating when you motion for your snowboard to jump and it doesn’t, or it does not jump high enough.
The length of your board is also important for a female snowboarder; your height and weight are the main factors that determine your snowboard length. A heavier weighted person may need a longer board than an average weighted person. The length of the board increases according to your height and weight.
How does the length of your board affect the ride? Normally, a longer board would be more stable and faster but also harder to turn, while a shorter snowboard would be more maneuverable, therefore easier to turn, and lighter; but less stable because there is lesser edge grip. Picking the length of your snowboard depends on your choice, what you are willing to forfeit; stronger edge grip or extra lightness.
When we talk about the flex (or the flex rating) of a snowboard, we are looking at how flexible a snowboard is. Most brands use a rating system from 1 to 10; it is your choice to choose the amount of flex you would prefer. Do bear in mind that different manufacturer would have different flex standards. For example, a board with a flex rating of “5” from Burton could be softer than a System “5” board. Before you purchase a snowboard from an online store, it is always a good idea for you to check out the flex rating. However, it is always best to purchase a snowboard that matches your boots in size and bindings to avoid discomfort; so as not to influence the flex rating of the board.
Generally, the flex of a women’s board would be slightly different from a men’s snowboard (people say it is usually softer). Some people suggest that this is because women’s board boots are made to be softer than men’s snowboard boots.
There are generally two types of profiles; Camber and Rocker. Rocker and camber are both almost always used together to some degree. It’s very rare to see a purely rockered board and I’ve never seen or heard of a purely cambered board (because it would not work). Fully rockered skis are relatively common for some other applications but in snowboards it is unusual.
The shape of your snowboard could also be a determiner when you are picking a board. It determines the purpose of the board, for example, you want a board that is perfect for park riding? Or you want a board that works great for stunts during freestyle snowboarding? Or are you looking to enjoy some mountain top snowboarding? There are four commonly known types of snowboards; true twin, directional, twin directional and asymmetrical. Generally, most people prefer a snowboard with more side cuts, but it really depends on what style of snowboarding you prefer. If you frequently ride in the mountains, a snowboard with fewer side cuts is best for you. If you ride freestyle or park, then sure, you can stick with a snowboard that has more side cuts.
Picking out the width of your snowboard depends on two factors; your weight and your boot size. Generally speaking, you may need a wider board if you are a heavier built female because it would be more stable, but then, it might be harder for you to turn.
But then the more important factor determining the width of your board is your boot size. “Toe drag” risk is something you need to pay attention to if you are a person with big feet since it is very likely your boots would stick out and pick up some snow and ice when you turn your board. Most people believe that these problems can be solved by changing the angle at which you turn. it is always better for you to get a board that is wide enough to host your boots.
Q: Should I Buy Individual Bindings, Boots, And A Board?
It is not advisable. Packages are relatively affordable and have plenty of performance for even advanced intermediate boarders. If a particular logo, design, graphics, or a unique board style that’s not offered in a package is what you want, you may be out of luck. Most packages tend to cater to the beginner and intermediate all-mountain boarders. If the snowboard you are looking for is not that specific, it is always better to go with a package.
Q: What Is The Difference Between Women And Men's Snowboard?
In the case of women, the size of the snowboard is shorter compared to that of men’s.
A girl can always use a snowboard that is designed for men; however, she might face some problems when it comes to controlling and balancing the board, because of its weight and size. This is why it is very important to ensure that the board you purchase is in accordance with your body weight and height.
Q: How Long Do Snowboards Last?
The rough estimate that most companies say is about 150 days of riding. However, that doesn’t account for the rider. If you’re a park rider who hits jumps and big drops all day, there’s a decent chance you’ll crack your snowboard in half within a season. Generally, snowboards should be made to last you a long time, especially for beginners, because their boards tend to have a lot of scratches. You should not pick a board that is not durable enough for you, if durability is a game changer for you, then pick a strong board over the other features.
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A female rider’s snowboard should be perfect in terms of height, width, side-cut, and edge hold, according to her preferences. A board that has issues with any of the listed features will cause the rider problems later in the future. We have listed the factors you should consider when picking your board. They are just recommendations to help women snowboarders figure out how to find the best snowboard, at the end of the day, it all depends on your preferences and level of riding. Even though we have established that most packages are ideal for beginner to intermediates. They are much more convenient than buying individual packages. That means they’re great for a majority of boarders. It is always a good idea to try out different boards so that you can understand which one suits you the best.
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