Hey fellow snowboarders!
There is limited info on female specific boards so I decided to write a short review of mine. This is my first review so please be nice. Some background info:
I bought the 2013 Women’s Camp Seven Featherlite board in a 150 for $190. I’m 5’9” and 135-140lbs with size 10-11 womens US size depending on brand. I have two pairs of boots that I ride with; System Sublime 2011 in size 11 womens for those cold days, and a pair of stiff size 10 womens K2’s. Not sure which specific K2’s as it’s my sisters boots that she sent over to me not in the original box (its awesome being a twin sometimes).
My bindings I got slightly used back in 2006 or so and are the L black burton customs. The bindings base I set at +/- 15 at Blue Mountain and +/- 12? (one notch away from 15) at Horseshoe Valley. I am a regular rider who can ride switch. Bindings angles were set straight at Blue and f3 for left and f2 for right (rear) at HSV. I used to ride an old Lamar full camber deck that my sister gave to me when she upgraded. I am a cautious beginner/intermediate rider due to an old tailbone injury. (Yes, I SWEAR
Key features of the 2013 C7 Featherlite are:
- camber rocker camber (aka mustache rocker)
- full dual density poplar core tip to tip, edge to edge
- rubber damping
- biax over triax
- full wrap rockwell 48 edges
- 3 year warranty
- sidewall construction
- extruded base
The decks profile starts with slightly lifted contact points, flows into two cambers under the bindings and has a rockered section between the inserts. It is vertically laminated poplar with center cut tighter grain "stringers on the inserts for durability and pop. Rubber foil at the edges on the deck and base for dampening and edge adhesion. Full wrap edges and an easy to repair extruded base. Biax over Triax glassing. We warranty these for 3 years.” (Wiredsport, 2011) The board is pretty light and tough. The C7 is a directional twin that is designed as an all mountain do everything model.
I have ridden the 2013 C7 Womens Featherlite board for only +/-20hrs or so on the slopes (booo to injuries!) and carpet rode for a while. I didn’t wax or tune the board, used it straight out of the box. I assembled the board myself. I rode the board for 8-10 hours at Blue Mountain during the Christmas break on a squall day and guns were making snow. There were some icy patches and places with minimal snow. It handled great in powder runs and very well on groomed/chopped up runs. I had a harder time on ice, it seemed like the board wanted to slip from right under me until I'd get it on an edge, where I was able to chop into the ice. My friend took me to some blue/black steeps and was a little scared so I plowed my way down the real steep parts (I know it creates icy patches) and when I felt comfortable enough to ride it was pretty much point and shoot. It was very comfortable and turn initiation was easy. I did not take any jumps on this board at that resort. At the end of the day my front leg was sore near the kneee and groin, and my back leg was burning.
The rest of the time was at Horseshoe Valley mid January on a -30 day with powder and corduroy groomed runs. I switched my base plates to a lesser duck stance. It was a sunny day at first but heavy squalls came in just after 10am. I took it on the c-groomed runs first, and it bit into the snow very well when turning. Not much chatter at high speeds. When I took it on fresh/snow gun made powder runs, it was a blast! I finally got the guts to make a jump and boy did it pop right off! I didn’t mean to get so much air but the board pretty much did the work for me and I made some great landings. There were some flat parts on the run and I never got stuck, always got me to where I needed to go. After riding at HSV the rest of the time I noticed I needed to wax near the edges on my board. I noticed no pain what so ever in my legs.
it is a great board. I got a lot of compliments on the graphics, and it got me noticed by a lot of people. At high speeds (I have not recorded my speed but I have ridden it much faster than my cambered deck) it seems to provide the stability of a longer board and there was no chatter. Edge to edge transition is seamless
with the hybrid moustache deck and turn initiation is easy, I felt at ease going straight down knowing I can actually switch to my toeside/heelside no problem when I needed to turn. The overall flex is perfect for a woman who's looking to progress on the mountain or park, whether you're a beginner or an intermediate rider.
I’m looking forward to take this board out to the slopes again in March when I recover from my injury... I am hoping we will still have some snow around! Also, I know this isn't a comprehensive review, so please feel free to comment or ask questions!