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In this side-by-side product review Outside Pursuits leads you through everything you need to know in order to pick the best girls’ or ladies’ snowboard for your specific level and type of snowboarding.
We’ll take a look at what makes the best snowboard for girls for the money and what to avoid. Also see How To Choose The Best Women’s Snowboard later in the article. What is the best women’s snowboard?
Quick Answer: Best Women’s Snowboards – [2018 / 2019]
- 2018 System Juno and Mystic
- Camp Seven Featherlite Women’s Complete
- Millenium 3 Escape Cosmo
- System 2018 Flite Snowboard
- 2B1 Paint Black Cosmo
- Avalanche Divane
- STAUBER Summit Snowboard
Best Women’s Snowboards
|2018 System Juno and Mystic||Camp Seven Featherlite Women’s Complete||Millenium 3 Escape Cosmo|
|lengths||141 – 151 cm||138 – 150 cm||142 – 151 cm|
|Special Features||Focusing on comfort, ease of use, and progression.||Rockered tip and tail for easy catch free riding||All-Mountain Freestyle, EZ Speed liner lacing system|
|Customer Ratings||4.5 /5.0 Stars||N/A||5.0 / 5.0 Stars|
Best Women’s Snowboard Reviews
Ladies, it seems that the powers in charge have deemed white, blue, and hues of pinks to be the colors of choice. Fortunately, they happen to look good and the System Juno package brings it together nicely.
- Designed to help beginners
- 141 – 151cm lengths
- Boots 6-10
The board is designed with a classic rocker-camber-rocker profile for all mountain ease with sidecut to rip turns. Meanwhile the boots and bindings both are meant to be gentle and forgiving so you don’t get off the mountain with aches and blisters which no one likes.
Best beginner women’s snowboard package with comfortable boots and bindings.
While there might not seem to be much difference between the System Juno and the C7 Featherlight, the rub is in the details. Unlike the Juno this board is a bit beefier and will keep riders floating like butter in that deep stuff.
- Better float in powder
- 138 – 150cm lengths
- Boots 6-10
On the board side we have similar board lengths but less sidecut. That means more surface area to float and butter, but less shape to lay those edges over and rip the groomers. If you love slashing pow this might be for you, but if you want to cut trenches in hardpack, look elsewhere.
Best for a little more powder and off-trail than groomers.
If you’re not sure what part of the mountain you’re going to end up on, this might be the board for you. Particularly those riding in areas where deep powder is just feet away from groomed runs, you’ve got to be ready for anything.
- All-mountain freestyle board
- 142 – 151cm lengths
- Boots 7-10
So, we focus on the board. This one is a wider board, still with the rocker-camber-rocker profile which makes a great all-mountain profile. The colors are much more pronounced though, and it feels like you’re looking at a modern art piece or a quilt.
The common poplar core and ABS sidewalls make this board ready for crushing through hardpack and corduroy as well!
Best for a system that can handle just about any conditions with confidence.
It’s tempting to view this board as a duplicate of the Juno board from earlier but there’s one major difference. You will find, however, that the bindings and boots feel familiar. Like you’ve already seen them somewhere…
- Flat under-foot profile
- 143-149cm lengths
- Boots 6-10
While System claims that the Flatrock base and cambered tip/tail “eliminate” edge catches I’ll be ready with a standing bet that says poor riding technique will still result in some nasty whiplash edge catches. Be careful out there!
Remember that any time you reduce or eliminate camber underfoot you’re losing edge pressure on the snow. That means buttery turns but less control at high speed on hardpack so keep to the soft stuff and rip it up!
Best for park skiing and off-trail freestyle but may struggle in hard groomer conditions.
Again we get some familiar elements in the form of 5th Element bindings and Millenium boots. This time, however, it’s on a shapely board that resembles something out of a modern Dr Seuss remake.
- All-mountain board
- 140cm board length
- Boots 7-10
Thanks to the edge pressure delivered by the camber the sidecut of the board can engage and hold in the turns. That means it’s probably going to be easier to learn to dig trenches on the groomers than spin switch in the park. In noobie language?
This board is best for ripping fast turns down the run, ideally.
For the first time in our list we’re skipping the boots and giving you just a board and bindings. Why? Because some of you get hand-me-downs or might be borrowing boots from a friend. In that case, save some money and check out this package.
- All-mountain board
- 145cm board length
- Fits boots from 7-10
That said, this board will be a good fit for beginners just learning and working to explore easy runs while getting introduced to the mountain over their first handful of seasons of riding. Once you begin to develop a preference for park, powder, or groomers you may want to revise your board but that’s a given anyways, right?
Best for never-evers just getting started with their first few seasons who have some boots already.
Again if you’ve already got boots or you can find boots on the cheap you may be able to save money with this setup. Compared to the Divane board above though you’ve got more options in length here.
- All-mountain board
- 128 – 158cm lengths
- Fully adjustable bindings
I will say that while the manufacturer claims the bindings are fully adjustable I’d double check if you’re bigger than a 10 or smaller than a 6. Many bindings, while adjustable, still struggle to accommodate these various sizes at times.
Women’s Snowboards Comparison Table
|Best Women’s Snowboard Packages||Price||Lengths||Boots Size||Special Features||Customer Ratings
|2018 System Juno and Mystic||from $299.95||141 – 151 cm||6-10||Focusing on comfort, ease of use, and progression.||4.5 /5.0 Stars|
|Camp Seven Featherlite Women’s Complete||$309.95||138 – 150 cm||6-10||Rockered tip and tail for easy catch free riding||N/A|
|Millenium 3 Escape Cosmo||$249.93||142 – 151 cm||7-10||All-Mountain Freestyle, EZ Speed liner lacing system||5.0 /5.0 Stars|
|System 2018 Flite Snowboard||$299.95||143 – 149 cm||6-10||Focusing on comfort, ease of use, and progression, the Mystic will make riding easier||4.3 /5.0 Stars|
|2B1 Paint Black Cosmo||$199.93||140 cm||7-10||All-Mountain, Millenium 3 Cosmo Snowboard Boots||N/A|
|Avalanche Divane||$203.95||145 cm||7-10||Flat camber Freestyle Cap Construction||N/A|
|STAUBER Summit Snowboard||$189.83||128 - 158 cm||Fully adjustable bindings||All-Mountain style snowboard/ Injection molded, ridged binding||4.9 /5.0 Stars|
How to Choose the Best Women’s Snowboard
You may be tempted, as I once was, to think that snowboard packages are just for beginners who don’t know how to pick gear. While there’s truth to the idea that it’s easier to pick gear when it comes in a package, it’s not always for beginners. Women’s snowboard packages are a great solution to a complete snowboarding setup for everyone from never-evers to seasoned advanced boarders.
Snowboard packages might be easier to understand than buying all the components separate, but that doesn’t mean we get a free pass. It’s still important to understand how the top snowboard brands combine their gear to get the best results. That way you can pick out a package that works best for your needs.
By the end of this article 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. You’ll also get a chance to take a look at our top picks for the best snowboard packages around right now!
- Snowboard Sidecut
- Women’s Snowboard Boots
- Women’s Snowboard Sizing
- Snowboard Profile
- Should I buy individual bindings, boots, and board?
On snowboards, bindings consist of the bottom mounting plate, the highbacks, and the straps. Usually there is also closed cell foam on the bottom and on the highbacks which helps absorb some micro-shocks from bumps and snow underfoot.
Bindings often are adjustable within a minor size range, but not always. Make sure that when you order your snowboard package the binding is already sized for the boots you’re getting or it’s at least adjustable to fit them.
99% of the time you won’t need to worry about this, after all – the whole point of ordering the package is so that you don’t have to fiddle around with making things fit. A good snowboard package should all play nice right out of the box.
Sidecut is the difference in the width of the snowboard between the tip, tail, and waist (or middle). The more sidecut, the better your board will perform when put on edge for turning traction.
Greater sidecut tends to mean a more agile snowboard on groomed runs. It also means a relative loss of float in powder and deep snow compared to the same board with less sidecut.
It’s rare to find a board without sidecut. However, it is common to find boards with minimal sidecut. These boards are usually for big mountain freestyle and powder boarding. Skinnier, more narrow boards are commonly better matches for on trail and park boarding.
If you board in areas that tend to have very dense, hard snow or ice then something with a decent amount of sidecut can help “bite” the snow or ice when you get the board up on edge. You’ll feel more in control in the situations than if you had a board with minimal sidecut.
Women’s Snowboard Boots
When it comes to snowboard packages, the types of boots you will find are likely to be comfort oriented. Women’s boots, in general, also tend to be skewed toward softer flex boots.
These boots are easier to spend all day in and will feel more like a heavy winter boot than a snowboard boot. However, as you gain skill and push the limits, stiffer boots will give you more control and stability at speed or during precision maneuvers.
For that reason I recommend beginners not worry too much about the details of the boots. Simply follow the manufacturer’s sizing guide once you’ve found a snowboard that suits your style.
Some choices you may have are between traditional laces and speed laces.
Traditional laces on women’s snowboard boots are just really long shoelaces. Nothing fancy. They work just fine though they take longer to lace up than speed laces. However, since you’re probably going to be using a relatively soft and comfortable boot anyways you’re less likely to need to unlace in between runs.
Speed laces are quick to tighten and loosen. They use tiny cables in place of laces and a small ratchet mechanism you can turn by hand. They’re great for high performance boots because you can loosen them easily between runs to make those stiff boots more comfortable and then zip them tight again before the next run, all with your gloves still on!
Women’s Snowboard Sizing
Generally a beginner snowboarder will choose their length at about chin length. However, you can reasonably go as short as shoulder height for your snowboard if you don’t plan to board off trail much.
Longer snowboards are advantageous for some instances, however. Longer boards are better because they:
- Have better stability at high speed
- Have more comparative surface area
- Have better float in powder
The profile of your snowboard refers to the shape of the board if you were to 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.
Camber refers to an upside down U shape where the board is curved down toward the ground. Camber is used to help spread the weight of the rider out across more of the length of the board more evenly than a flat board.
Rocker refers to a U shaped board profile where the center of the board touches the snow while the ends are uplifted 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 both almost always used together in 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 wouldn’t work). Fully rockered skis are relatively common for some niche applications but in snowboards it’s unusual.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best beginner women’s snowboard?
That’s a great question! Beginners will be best served with a board that follows these characteristics:
- Relatively short
- Good sidecut
- All-mountain design
What kind of snowboard boots are best for me?
Depends on your skill level!
For beginners something comfortable but still with enough stiffness to transfer power is important. Staying comfy is nice, but if your boots are so soft and sloppy that it’s hard to control the board then you’ll get frustrated.
For intermediate boarders you’ll want boots that are a bit stiffer. At this point you’ll probably have some preferences on groomers, park boarding, or freestyle powder slashing. Pick boots based on your boarding style.
For experts… well you should already know what to look for.
How do I learn snowboarding for beginners?
Take a lesson! Learning from friends is often frustrating. On top of that I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen injuries or rescues performed because friends have guilted a less skilled friend into trying a run that’s too hard.
Don’t get cocky, it could cost you your life (or limb).
Once you’ve taken a lesson from a real, trained, bonafide instructor you can practice on your own. You’ll be much better equipped to understand whether or not you’re actually in control and staying safe within your ability. Then you can practice to your heart’s content until you’ve mastered the basics.
You may think it’s a good idea to just “go for it” but careening down the hill out of control with no idea how to stop yourself is as much a danger to those around you as yourself. Never put others in harm’s way because you’re incapable of controlling your snowboard.
What makes good women’s snowboard bindings?
Women’s snowboard bindings are exactly the same as men’s. That’s all there is to it.
Of course, they’re sized and shaped slightly differently overall but effectively there’s no difference. All the design features and styling differences are just aesthetic.
In general there are some broad statistical probabilities manufacturers rely on between men and women as far as height, weight, and shape. These are reflected in the final design of women’s snowboard bindings but other than that there’s no magical sauce that makes a binding uniquely “for women”.
Should I buy individual bindings, boots, and board?
Packages are relatively affordable and have plenty of performance for even advanced intermediate boarders.
However, if you want a specific graphic, logo, design, or a unique board style that’s not offered in a package you may be out of luck. Most packages tend to cater to the beginner and intermediate all-mountain boarders.
I think the short answer is: If you don’t need anything unique or specific then just go with a package.
In the end, the best beginner women’s snowboard package depends on your desires. We’ve established that most packages are ideal for beginner to intermediates. They’re much more convenient than buying individual packages, too! That means they’re great for a majority of boarders.
We’ve gone over everything you need to know in order to get started picking out the next snowboard package you need. Now it’s up to you to revisit the review section, find the one that sounds right, and do your homework. Then get out there on the slopes and have fun!
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