15 Snowboards Every Woman Wants - 2021 Women’s Snowboard Buyers Guide

September 13, 2020

15 Snowboards Every Woman Wants - 2021 Women’s Snowboard Buyers Guide

Plus: Three Snowboards for Progression - Perfect for Women Just Getting Started Snowboarding - Scroll Down!

Get your snowboard recommendations from women who love to snowboard.  Over the past six years, the SheShreds.co Women’s Snowboard Buyers Guide has become one of the top resources for snowboard recommendations. This year, as always, our recommendations are based on feedback from our community of 600+ female shredders, who’ve tested these snowboards every day from the terrain park, to the backcountry, and everywhere in between. 

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All mountain

Ambassador Courtney McNiff Recommends the Jones Dreamcatcher

Top 5 Women’s 2021 All-Mountain Snowboards

Because many women don't have the time or money to ride a different snowboard in every situation, every brand works to find a design that provides the ultimate balance between freestyle playfulness and freeride control. 
Our favorites in this category still have a flex and fun feel, but they’re stiff enough to carry us over the powder and down the steeps. From side hits to cornice drops, we love a snowboard that can turn the whole mountain into a park. Note that these boards are selected with a more advanced rider in mind, so if you're just getting started with your love for snowboarding, scroll down to the bottom for our top boards for progression.

2021 Jones Dreamcatcher

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An all mountain board with a surfy feel and hybrid camber profile designed to maintain float in powder, while still providing the pop and control of camber between the bindings, this board is designed with freeride-focused all-mountain riders in mind. This is a medium flex board to give you some playfulness while still maintaining control on groomers and ice. 

From Ambassador Courtney McNiff

I'm obsessed with my Jones- Dreamcatcher- On pow days it literally feels like I'm floating through the snow/trees. And on icy/slushy days it still holds well. The board is so lightweight and makes me smile every time I get on it!

Just right for: Intermediate to advanced riders looking for an all-around board that can go from the groomers to the trees to floating deep powder seamlessly. 

 

2021 Arbor Swoon Rocker

The aptly named swoon has been consistently featured on our list. It’s available in both a rocker version, for those who like it loose and playful, and a camber version, for those who want to lock in their carves. 

 

Ambassador Mica Christensen says: 

Because of the effortless flow of the board on powder, it may be harder for beginners to navigate if they aren't comfortable with high speeds! This board rides excellent on non-powder days as well, because it is a rocker it is harder to catch an edge on hard, frozen terrain. I think the camber version of this board may be more preferable for speeding through fresh powder, I prefer the versatility of the rocker because of the ability to make quick turns through trees without catching an edge.

Just right for:  Intermediate to advanced riders who love powder and trees, and are looking for a surfy, loose feel will enjoy the rocker version of this board. 

2021 Capita Paradise

2021 Capita Paradise

One of the softer and more park-friendly boards on our all-mountain list this year, the Capita Paradise features a true twin shape and a versatile, medium-soft flex to make everything from powder to park a lot of fun. Like most of the boards we’ve selected for this category, this board features camber between the inserts and a rocketed tip and for a playful and powder-friendly ride that still holds an edge when you’re going fast. 

Ambassador Samantha Marina Says: 

My Capita Paradise board ended up being my favourite ride last year, even on heavier powder days I ended up riding that over my 'deep pow' board. The undercut is not as wide as what I've been used to but that board is a freaking gem!

Perfect For: An intermediate to advanced rider looking for a board with a true twin shape that can handle the whole mountain with ease. 

 

2021 Neversummer Infinity

2021 Never Summer Infinity

This award-winning board has long been a flagship of the women’s Never Summer lineup, and it still holds it’s own as a great all-mountain board. This board features Never Summer’s Power Grip sidecut which makes it a favorite of ambassadors who spend a lot of time in icy conditions - it holds an edge like a dream. The board has a directional twin shape and the snappy, responsive feel that Never Summer is known for, making it very versatile across the whole mountain, from the jump line to deep carves on the groomers. 

Ambassador Linnae Jordan says: 

I LOVE my NeverSummer Infinity! The edge hold on the icy Midwest groomers is amazing! I can't wait to try it out west!

Perfect for: An intermediate to advanced rider who loves to carve it up across the whole mountain. This board holds a great edge for those of you who ride more often in icy conditions.

 2021 Gnu Ladies Choice

Gnu Ladies Choice Snowboard - Women's 

Another board that is consistently suggested by our ambassadors is Jamie Anderson's hard charging signature board.   Whether you're getting sendy in the park, or tackling freeride terrain, this board will put a smile on your face. The magne traction and aggressive C2 camber profile make it especially a favorite of riders who deal with a lot of icy conditions. The asymmetrical sidecut profile helps it to carve like a dream.  

Courtney Black says, "I love the board because it allows me to be confident on the mountain and try new things. It’s poppy when needed and just an overall fun board." 

Ntami Enang says,  "I’ve ridden this board in icy settings as well as groomers and backcountry, LOVE carving and doing jumps with this board!"

Just right for: Intermediate to advanced riders looking for a medium flex board that handles well in the park and around the mountain.  This board handles great on icy conditions, for those of you who ride regularly on ice.

 

Freestyle

Ambassador Hayley Sweeney Recommends the Niche Minx

Top 5 Women's 2020 Park Snowboards

Whether you're just starting out in the park, or working your way through more advanced skills, a snowboard that's designed with the park in mind can have a major impact on progression.  Our favorite women's freestyle snowboards often have a softer flex and a playful camber profile, making them fun for riders who take a playful approach to all-around riding, as well as riders who need a board that they'll primarily use in the terrain park. 

 

2021 Niche Minx 

A favorite of many of our ambassadors, the stunning graphics and fun, eco friendly technology make the Minx a winner almost every year.  Building the playful fun of a park board into something that you'll love all over the mountain, Niche Minx will be your new favorite for a variety of conditions. Ambassador Ava Cook says, "It's somewhat soft and playful but it's still awesome for mountain freeriding." This board is lightweight, with a flat-camber design that's snappy enough for freeriding, but mellow enough to be catch-free on rails.  For icy conditions, the edge features two mellow Magne-Traction points.  Other ambassadors including Hayley Steed and Adele Zeh are also fans of the Minx - Adele says, "I love it, it's light, poppy, responsive, and I really got the feeling that I wasn't riding a women's board that you can tell isn't made with the same quality and stuff as mens."

Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who is looking for an all-mountain board that excels in the park.  Great for an eco-conscious rider looking to lessen their environmental footprint!

2021 Marhar Jade

2021 Marhar Jade

This lightweight and snappy true-twin features a camber zone for stability, with flat and rockered zones past the inserts, to provide the perfect balance between playfulness and pop that we look for in a park board. Marhar is also unique in that they will build boards in custom sizes based on your needs, so this brand is perfect for those of you who need a longer or shorter board than the typical women’s board.

Brook Krumback Says: 

I am a total park rat and the Marhar Jade was excellent to progress my rails and spins. It did great on all types of snow and the camber rocker combo made it stable and smooth yet also playful!

Perfect for: Intermediate to advanced park rider looking for a snappy and responsive board, stiff enough for some all-mountain fun. Also look to Marhar if you need an unusual board size.

2021 Jones Twin Sister


If your approach to freestyle includes those wind lips and log jibs with confidence, consider this super fun twin tip board.  This board has a medium-stiff flex, with camber underfoot and rocker at the tip and tail, so you can charge the park with confidence, or hop over into the trees for some powder stashes. 
Ambassador Jesse Graves says, "I feel really confident carving as it holds an edge so nice, it floats on powder, and I find it has loads of pop for hitting side hits or kickers."  Ambassador Roksane Hirschi also loves the board, and says, "With a freeride soul and freestyle shape it's perfect for both."

Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who loves to take a creative approach to the mountain - whether in the terrain park or on big mountain lines.

2020 Capita Space Metal Fantasy

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Consistently on our list, this super fun park board gets props for being affordable while encouraging great park progression.  Ambassador Grace Hiljus says, “This board is absolutely perfect. I’ve learned so many tricks on it and rarely catch my edges. It is so light, flexy, and playful.”  The flat rocker is blended with a medium-soft flex, which makes it playful and forgiving on rails, but not too noodly.  Allie Kadler says, "If you want a super buttery, playful park and pow stick, that's your board!"

 

Just right for:  A rider looking for an affordable jib stick made to progress their park riding, with an eye towards buttery fun. This board is fun around the mountain, and rocker profile handles powder quite well, but it wouldn't be our top pick for freeride.

 

2021 Bataleon Distortia

 

 

This medium-soft flexing park board features Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology and a true twin shape that’ll give your park laps and all-mountain cruising a mellow, loose and playful feel. This board is stiff enough to handle the full mountain, but soft enough for easy butters. 

SheShreds Staffer Kelly Vance says: 

I love Bataleon’s triple base for riding in the northwest - even on this park-focused board, it blasts through slush and powder like nothing else, making the side hits and wind lips the most fun. 

Just right for: Intermediate/Advanced park riders who want a board that'll handle the whole mountain and go fast without getting chattery. 

  

 
Ambassador Shannatay Bergeron loves the Never Summer Lady West

5 Top Women’s Freeride & Big Mountain Boards of 2019


Whether you prefer wide open powdery deepness, steep chutes or slashing through trees, big mountain snowboards have seen some major innovations over the past few years.  Here are our crew's picks for some great boards.  Pick your poison: surfy swallowtails, hard charging carve boards, or park inspired all-mountain freeride boards.

2021 Never Summer Lady West

 

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This stiffer directional board was one our ambassadors loved in the backcountry and resort. It won out on pop and stability, giving a great feel on groomers, and making steep and challenging Freeride runs effortless. Neversummer’s Fusion hybrid camber is designed with a focus on surfy feel towards the tip of the board and grip and stability towards the tail, making it an extremely versatile board.

Ambassador Shannatay Bergeron says: 

I absolutely love it! I spent most of my time in the back country on it, but loved it when I got on groomers too. It seems to do great everywhere I take it. It felt perfect from day one which was really Awesome.

Just right for: Someone looking for a somewhat stiffer, poppy all-mountain Freeride board that can hold an edge on steeper terrain and groomers. 

2020 Yes. Hel Yes

This medium flex, directional twin board is inspired by backcountry legend Helen Schettini, and designed to handle just about everything you throw at it.  The hybrid rocker camber and edge design make it an award-winning board that is the flagship of the Yes Snowboards women’s line. 
Marilyn Wright says: 
I LOVE my Yes. Hel Yes
It has camber in the form of an “underbite” under my feet (I got tired of only rocker) and I love how aggressive the board is in the variable conditions here with “cascade concrete”. No more chattering out and I’m faster. 
I also took it to Japan for a week and can attest that it does excellent in JAPOW side country and tight trees.
I will ride this thing until it delams and splits.
Alex Parsons says: 

It's a stiffer, more aggressive all mountain board for intermediate to advanced ladies who like to get their carve on! Even though it's a little stiffer compared to most women's boards it's still playful and fast edge to edge. Definitely does the zoom zoom.

Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who is looking for a mid/stiff-flex snowboard that's good all over the mountain, and handles aggressive terrain well. 



2021 Burton Pow Wrench

 

2021 Burton Pow Wrench

New this year, the Pow Wrench also comes in a splitboard model - with unisex sizing down to a 142, this board is the replacement for last year’s women’s Stick Shift and offers all of the same awesomeness - a short, wide shape, pow floating taper, and directional rocker that’ll get you through the deepest powder and chunkiest slush in loose, surfy style. 

Adele Zeh says: I'm absolutely in love with it - floats so good in pow! It was so beautiful and effortless. It's not bad on groomers but the most fun on pow days.

Just right for:  If you're an intermediate to advanced rider looking for a powder specific board that's a lot of fun to ride, and you’re looking to slash your way in modern surfy style, you'll be thrilled with this choice. 

2020 Salomon Pillow Talk

2021 Salomon Pillow Talk Snowboard - Women's

This board sets itself apart with a powder specific shape, but a more centered stance, which makes it crazy fun in the deep stuff, but still versatile enough to be the go-anywhere all-mountain board for a woman who loves Freeride terrain. This board is consistently chosen by our ambassadors as one to consider. 

Ambassador Louise Upton says:
“It is the best snowboard I have ever ridden! It is aggressive, it floats in pow, it can cruise through the trees, it’ll jump off anything, it’s fast and playful!"

Just right for:  Big mountain riders who seek out the powder and steeps but would like to hit other parts of the mountain every once in a while. I would not recommend this board to beginners or anyone who doesn’t prefer powder riding.

2021 K2 Wildheart

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This board has been on our top list for 4 years in a row now, and rightfully so. And it seems as if the graphics just keep getting better. Leanne Pelosi designed this versatile board to float in powder. It is short and nimble for that modern surf feeling. It’s a directional camber baseline with camber between your feet and rocker on the tip and tail for extra float. It has a stiffer flex, and is very light and maneuverable.

Perfect for powder lovers but also people who want to play on other parts of the mountain as well.

Just right for: Riders who enjoy riding a powder and trees, and love a surfy feel to their snowboard. If you enjoy all aspects of the mountain and powder this board is great. 

 

Top Women’s Beginner & Progression Snowboards

For beginners and advancing intermediate female riders, our recommendations tend towards softer flexing twin-tip snowboards with a forgiving design. These boards can usually be found for $400 or less, and are fun enough to get you through many years of progression without having to feel like you’ve grown out of your board.

2021 Arbor Cadence

The Cadence is the go-to recommendation in our community for beginners - from the affordable price, to the consistently beautiful graphics, and the super fun and forgiving ride, this rocker board has a freestyle focused design that's perfect for beginner to intermediate riders looking to progress. Easy turning and a soft flex make this a favorite, whether you're linking your first turns or hitting your first box.   Aurelia Williams and Rachel L both love their Cadence, saying the fun, poppy and forgiving rides make it a winner. 
Just right for:  Riders who are looking for a board that'll carry them through beginner progression and into some freestyle fun. 

2021 Gnu B Nice

 

The addition of Asymmetrical technology to Gnu's super fun B-Nice has made this long-running entry level park favorite even easier to turn.   This board's designers focused on creating an intuitive board feel that helps beginner through intermediate riders feel confident all over the mountain.  The soft flex make learning anything from your first turns to butters and presses easy and fun, and the camber pattern 

Tayler VanNosdall Says:

The B-Nice has really helped me to overall improve my riding, whether in the park or in the powder!

Just right for: A beginner to intermediate snowboarder looking to progress, especially those with an eye towards getting into the park at some point.  This is one of the best handling beginner boards for icy and hard-packed conditions, so if that's the norm at your home resort, consider this board as a top choice. 

 

 

2021 K2 First Lite

With a reliably affordable price point and a fun and versatile design, the K2 First Lite is a perfect board to learn on with little frustration. WIth a rocker baseline, it is a lot harder to catch your edge. Which means, less falling!! It’s a very soft board which makes it more forgiving and playful once you start to progress. You’ll love learning on this board. Crafted to help new shredders develop their skills quickly and as frustration-free as possible.

Just right for: A beginner snowboarder that wants a very forgiving yet playful board that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Anyone who wants to fall on their bum as little as possible.

 



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