The big story of SIA this year in women’s hardgoods was that nothing really changed at all, with one notable exception: the addition of more specialized powder sticks for the ladies.
As snowboard companies geared up for winter 2016/17, they evidently stumbled upon a shocking new piece of information: women like to ride powder. And not only do they enjoy riding fresh tracks and deep snow—they actually want to float in it.
For the past several seasons, there was a plethora of apparently magical “all-mountain” board options meant to take you from waist deep powder to park. But for winter ‘17 there will be a several new full blown powder sticks to get your hands on, with everything from tapered directional designs and setback distances, to fat noses and swallow tails. Ladies, the surf is on.
Ride Snowboards re-worked the Hellcat from an all-mountain twin into a directional tapered board with more power in the tail. Now a go to for powder slayer Hana Beaman.
With a sizeable width and a tapered directional shape, the new revamped K2 Wildheart allows you to size down and still stay afloat. A nice addition to their Northern Lite ladies split.
Venture Snowboards has up until now assumed that women can ride sized down men’s boards in powder; they assumed wrong. After feedback from women, they added two women’s specific boards into their lineup with shorter options, narrower stances, and more flex. The Oracle is an
all-mountain stick, and the pow-dedicated Tempest that comes in a split or regular option.
Arbor’s women’s lineup was dominated by mountain twins, but this year they added a women’s version of the new Clovis, tailored for big mountain lines and deep snow. They also got into the women’s spiltboard game with a split option for the Swoon.
With an affordable women’s splitboard in the lineup already, Rome also added Winterland. A directional board with camber in the back and rocker in the nose for charging hard in powder.