We know we don’t need to convince you on the merits of having quality gear for snowy conditions. From the benefits of layering, to which bibs are going to keep you warm and dry until your last run, we’ve collected the women’s snowboarding gear that will perform. We’ve done the hard part – now all you have to do is ride it, and reap the rewards.
Burton Supreme ($450)
Why We Chose It: Burton’s female pro team is stacked with amazing riders, and most all of them ride this boot. We wanted to know why.
Why We Liked It: Hello, responsiveness! In a world where women’s boots are often way too soft and crumble under pressure, these boots provide sturdy durability that can endure long days of slashing pow. Their dual pulley lacing system is intuitive, stays tight and can easily be re-tightened on the fly.
Tester Tip: Get the liners heat-molded. This will boost comfort and you won’t have to worry about the painful “breaking-in” phase – they’ll be pretty much good to go right out of the box.
Dakine Ninja Balaclava ($26)
Why We Chose It: The sleek design shouted low profile, easy to wear, and didn’t resemble any of the ridiculous, bulky balaclavas of the past.
Why We Liked It: Ultra thin and mega light, we loved how breathable Dakine’s balaclava is. It fit comfortably under our hat and helmet, and the hinge design added versatility. We liked the option to conceal just your mouth or forehead, or go full ninja and have everything covered.
Tester Tip: Facemasks were once considered a novelty, but are in fact a necessity on the mountain. They guard against the snow and sun. Don’t be scared to wear this one. It might feel a little tight at first, but by your second run, your nose and neck will thank you.
Nitro Victoria ($550)
Why We Chose It: With so many women’s specific boards made with hybrid profiles these days, we were excited to come across the Nitro Victoria, which stood out from the crowd with its full camber profile.
Why We Liked It: Predictable, yet poppy, this all-mountain board rips through all terrain. The slightly directional twin shape has a nice float in powder, but still rides smooth and stable when going switch. We were pleasantly surprised by its stiffness and how nimble it is to maneuver.
Tester Tip: Lay into those carves and ride this baby fast. It can handle high-speeds and quick maneuvers.
Oakley Flight Deck XM Prizm ($210)
Why We Chose It: The in-your-face-style boasts a snazzy strap and a bold frame. We wanted to see if they worked as good as they looked.
Why We Liked It: The wide field of view allowed us to see everything in our peripheral without adding any glare. The Prizm lens enhances visibility and maximizes contrast for an unprecedented view of the mountain. The anti-fog coating actually works and also keeps things smudge-free.
Tester Tip: ALWAYS keep your goggle bag handy and store these every time you take them off. These goggles are expensive, and one scratch can lead to two, and before you know it, you’ll need a new pair.
Oakley Mod5 Factory Pilot Snow Helmet ($210)
Why We Chose It:Simply put, we wanted to see how these new Oakley helmets actually performed.
Why We Liked It: This is a brain-bucket that focuses on high performance, comfort and style. It comes fully loaded with MIPS, an easy to use BOA tightening dial, and a modular brim system that works seamlessly with most all goggles. Forget about looking like a wobbly bobble head—it fits nice and snug, while the brim mitigates worries of having dreaded gaper gap.
Tester Tip: For those unfamiliar with the feeling of wearing a helmet, the padding can come off as a bit bulky. You may be tempted to remove it, but remember: it’s there for a reason.
POW Women's Stealth Glove ($120)
Why We Chose It: We only need one set of gloves per winter. We wanted to see if this could be the pair.
Why We Liked It: Soft, yet durable, POW’s Stealth gloves boast full Goastskin Leather, PrimaLoft Gold Insulation and the breathable, waterproofing properties of GORE-TEX. Slipping our hands in them felt like a cozy dream. Sized for feminine hands, they were ultra-warm and kept our hands nice and dry throughout long days of riding.
Tester Tip: Opt for a smaller size. Leather can be a little bulky, so sizing down can help the fit and boost dexterity.
TREW Chariot Bib ($399)
Why We Chose It: We’ve been on the hunt for the perfect women’s bib, and we had a hunch these could be them.
Why We Liked It: If we died and went to bib heaven, we would be shredding the steep ‘n deep wearing these. The tailored fit is feminine, there’s a plethora of handy pockets for your pass, beacon and beyond. They’re constructed with ultra breathable and waterproof material that will keep you dry when the going gets wet.
Tester Tip: Be prepared to live in these things. From early mornings skinning in the backcountry, to afternoon hot laps on-piste, to rowdy après parties that will go on well into the night—these bibs will have your back. Literally.
TREW Stella Jacket ($379)
Why We Chose It: The Stella’s straightforward design tugged at our heart-strings. You need one solid shell for the season that’s dependable in all conditions. The goal is to find something that not only performs well, but looks damn good doing it.
Why We Liked It: The best choice for days spent storm-boarding, this jacket boasts TREW’s Dermizax® NX, a nonporous membrane that provides unparalleled breathability and waterproofing. The fabric is durable and comfortable, but not crunchy as some technical pieces can feel. It kept us warm, dry and out slaying all day.
Tester Tip: The hood is large enough to fit over your helmet, and the zipper goes high enough to mitigate any draft down your face or neck.
Union Legacy ($260)
Why We Chose It: Could a binding this light really be all it’s cracked up to be?
Why We Liked It: Turns out, the answer is ‘yes’. Despite weighing less than three pounds a pair, they’re unbelievably strong and responsive, offering the perfect balance of supple support. Fine-tuned and crafted with a women’s specific anatomical fit, these bindings are reliable when charging carves, hitting jumps, tweaking out grabs and beyond.
Tester Tip: Tinker around with the straps, heel-cup, and forward lean settings. There’s lot of ways to dial in the perfect fit, and though it can seem overwhelming, making minute adjustments will help the overall performance, and your riding.