Intro - Best Womens Snowboards 2014 - 2015
Before we start, we'd just like to let you know what this article is courtesy the lovely guys over at out sister mag, Whitelines. If you like it, you can check out their website HERE.
Whatever you’re looking for - the choice of womens* snowboards out there at the moment is great! While there still may not be quite as many as the men’s range, lady specific designs are certainly now more than just a chance of graphics – and if you honestly haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for just yet – fear not, there’s a lot more to try!
We’ve had some rave reviews from our test team about some of this season’s sticks – and over the next few pages we’ll be breaking them down into categories – so whether you’re looking for the best womens snowboard for park or powder - or something that can handle it all, you’ll find some pointers that are relevant to the 2014-2015 range.
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*Disclaimer – apostrophes have been left out of this post for the benefit of search engines – Whitelines would like to apologise to any offended teachers and/or parents – we DO know better, but unfortunately Google doesn’t…
Burton Talent Scout 2014-2015 - Best Womens snowboard for park - £370
If you’re looking for the best womens snowboards to step up in the park – you can’t go far wrong following in the footsteps of Kimmy Fasani and Enni Rukajarvi; and given that the Talent Scout is favoured by both – it’s bound to get you off to a good start. It’s an asymmetric twin that’s great for presses and butters – and packed with other features too.
Jones Womens Solution Split 2014-2015 - Best Womens Splitboard - $849
Unsurprisingly – Jones know how to do splitboarding pretty well! The Jones Womens Solution is a split that has somehow managed to lose 300g in weight since last year – which makes it 200g lighter than the carbon version of it’s male equivalent. Handy for the way up! The formula for the way back down is largely time honoured – large blunted nose with a directional rocker – but the Solution also employs mellow magnetraction for great edge hold – and a speedy 9900 sintered base!
Never Summer Infinity 2014-2015 - Best High-end Womens Snowboard - £455
If you’re splashing out a bit on your board this year – the Never Summer Infinity is a tech-packed ride that comes highly recommended from our testers. It’s designed to tackle the whole mountain – with a hybrid camrock profile that engages different parts of the board when you need them most. The price might be a stretch – but it reflects in the difference you’ll feel out on the hill.
Nitro Mystique 2014-2015 - Best Entry-Level Womens Snowboard - £299
Simplified without loosing it’s all mountain performance – the Nitro Mystique would make a great first time buy at just £299, with plenty to offer. It’s certainly no jib stick – but what you do get here is the versatility to find your style of riding, without breaking the bank.
Roxy T-Bird 2014-2015 - Best All-Mountain Womens Snowboard - £385
Torah Bright’s All-Mountain option came out top of the class in tests – and we’d definitely recommend this if you’re at an intermediate rider looking to progress. It’s a true-twin so you can develop your freestyle, but we’re told that it also held up on piste and powder really well. With a speedy ‘TNT’ base and forgiving profile, balanced out by Magnetraction grip – this board has truly got all the bases covered!
Salomon Gypsy 2014-2015 - Best Cheap Womens Snowboard - £320
Jenny Jones’ board of choice would of course have been equally at home in the ‘Best Womens Park snowboard’ category - but at this price – we thought it deserved a different top spot! At just £320 for this year’s design, you’re looking at a speedy progressive ride that’ll help you develop rather than hindering you. Yes, it’s a park specialist – but you’re going to have a lot of fun with this on piste and side hits too!
Yes Hel Yes 2014-2015 - Best Womens Powder Snowboard - £425
YES’s Helen Schettini pro model has a more than proven track record for backcountry freestyle – and according to our testers it can handle any terrain you throw at it too! Powerful and poppy with plenty of float, it features ‘overbite’ edges for increased hold – maybe not a first buy, but definitely one for pushing your limits!