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I was just wondering if girls (i.e. aged 16/17/18) can ride mens snowboards? would it be at all anymore difficult than riding a womens board? they usually tend to have cooler designs and was just curious.
 

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Hello,
I was just wondering if girls (i.e. aged 16/17/18) can ride mens snowboards? would it be at all anymore difficult than riding a womens board? they usually tend to have cooler designs and was just curious.
IDK for sure, but If you fall into the "petite" category You might have a little trouble finding a men's board in a short enough range for your weight, but if you do find one that fits, Gender has nothing to do with how the board rides!

The boards performance/fit is based on riders weight! Most women's boards seem to be offered in much shorter lengths than men's boards, probably because there aren't a whole lot of 6'2" - 230 lb women riders? Maybe in Russia? :giggle:

I'm pretty sure that one of our EU female members, neni rides a mens board or two! She can probably give you a more knowledgeable, in depth opinion!
(....and she definitely does not fall into that 6'+ 200+lb weight range!) ;)
 

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Womens boards r softer. If you realy want a mens board u would hav to get the smallest, but even their smallest size of a model might be to big. A good rule of thumb for felame's is no board taller than ur chin unless ur good enough to want 1 bigger
 

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ride a girls board it makes a difference.
Well, I was typing my response when this was posted! Don't know if SK was being serious or his usual sarcastic self, but since he knows a lot more about boards than I do, if he's serious and correct,...

....don't I feel like a moron?! ;) :giggle: (...can I delete my original post's idiocy?) ;)


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.....A good rule of thumb for felame's is no board taller than ur chin unless ur good enough to want 1 bigger
Sorry dude,.. Even I know that's WRONG! Weight, not chin height!!!!
 

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You guys are making an assumption about what OP's daughter weighs. I've seen a lot of guys on this board that weigh <165lbs. There's a LOT of women out there that weigh that much. Girls boards are softer under the assumption that she is lighter, but if you size the men's board to her weight, she should be fine.
 

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You guys are making an assumption about what OP's daughter weighs. I've seen a lot of guys on this board that weigh <165lbs. There's a LOT of women out there that weigh that much. Girls boards are softer under the assumption that she is lighter, but if you size the men's board to her weight, she should be fine.
???Deac, Not trying to be argumentative but the Only thing I assumed was that a 16-17-18 yo girl, probably wasn't built like a female Russian Shot Putter! And didn't I just say that a men's board sized to her weight should ride the same regardless of whether it is being ridden by a man or woman?

You say a woman's board is "softer" assuming they weigh less, but wouldn't a "man's" board sized for a light weight dude be just as soft?

Why should a woman's 165 lb sized board be any softer than a man's 165 lb. sized board?? Sexism maybe? :dunno: Has someone made the assumption that a 165 lb (...just a weight picked for example, no other reason!) woman is somehow weaker and can't flex a "Man's" board properly?

:storm:(....Somehow I see a shitstorm coming in this post with a lot of the female members jumping in here to rip some misogynist ass!!! ESPECIALLY after that "gotta keep it simple for them" comment!!) :eek: :giggle:
 

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Actually Deacon weight is not the only consideration. A board made for a 150lb woman is going to be designed differently than the same deck for a 150lb man. One example of physics you and Chomps are ignoring here is strength to weight ratios. There are other significant factors at play like average foot size/weight and average center of gravity.

Yes Chomps I was being serious.

All that being said I'd let the ladies give their own experience, I've seen some shredding on mens boards in the park, and I also know I've read here that some tried the mens board route only to be really happy to switch to womens.

Womens boards are designed for them specifically for a reason, its not a men's deck with flowers painted pink.
 

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Actually Deacon weight is not the only consideration. A board made for a 150lb woman is going to be designed differently than the same deck for a 150lb man.

Yes Chomps I was being serious.
Ok thanks SK! good to know!

I made my assumption based on all the boards riders specs being based on weight, and since 150 lbs. is 150 lbs., man or woman I figured it made no difference! (...yes, I forgot my drill instructors admonition about what happens when you "AssUMe!!" ) :laugh:

Since OP was asking for advice on this, I will ask the obvious question as to "why" at the same weight, would gender affect board design/performance/ride? Does it have something to do with the general differences in body weight/mass distribution between average male & female?
 

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Ok thanks SK! good to know!

I made my assumption based on all the boards riders specs being based on weight, and since 150 lbs. is 150 lbs., man or woman I figured it made no difference! (...yes, I forgot my drill instructors admonition about what happens when you "AssUMe!!" ) :laugh:

Since OP was asking for advice on this, I will ask the obvious question as to "why" at the same weight, would gender affect board design/performance/ride? Does it have something to do with the general differences in body weight/mass distribution between average male & female?
check my edit. strength/weight, foot size/weight, women have some different physics then men, believe it or not.

some of my favorite things about them!
 

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check my edit. strength/weight, foot size/weight, women have some different physics then men, believe it or not.

some of my favorite things about them!
*checked it* Consider me "Schooled!" Thanks! :thumbsup:
 

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Actually Deacon weight is not the only consideration. A board made for a 150lb woman is going to be designed differently than the same deck for a 150lb man. One example of physics you and Chomps are ignoring here is strength to weight ratios. There are other significant factors at play like average foot size/weight and average center of gravity.

Yes Chomps I was being serious.

All that being said I'd let the ladies give their own experience, I've seen some shredding on mens boards in the park, and I also know I've read here that some tried the mens board route only to be really happy to switch to womens.

Womens boards are designed for them specifically for a reason, its not a men's deck with flowers painted pink.
Ahaha, the title of your post made me laugh. I see that head smashing on wall smiley on a Jeep forum I visit. It should be added here ha.

Anyway, back to the topic. Flex patterns are different. We women have a different (lower) center of gravity than men. Waist widths can factor in as a difference as well (foot size being a gender difference).

I'll keep it simple/easy at that just for you, DaveMcI.

OP - can you ride a men's board? Yes. Should you based on liking the graphics more? No. But in the end, ride what you like.
 

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Hello,
I was just wondering if girls (i.e. aged 16/17/18) can ride mens snowboards? would it be at all anymore difficult than riding a womens board? they usually tend to have cooler designs and was just curious.
Another thing to add, despite what you (or these girls) want they should be getting the right tool for the job. The graphic on the topsheet should be secondary.
 

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Hello,
I was just wondering if girls (i.e. aged 16/17/18) can ride mens snowboards? would it be at all anymore difficult than riding a womens board? they usually tend to have cooler designs and was just curious.
The puristic answer: Yes sure, girls can ride men's boards. Plenty of girls riding men's boards.

But it depends on the girl if it's "at all anymore difficult than riding a womens board" :) I remember several members of this forum here prefering men's boards, and I ride them evers since. It's a very personal question of preferences.

Women's boards are in general softer than men's, but carefull: it's a generalization. You need to compare boards of the same purpose and not at randomn (how does a women's Jones Mothership compare to a men's park noodle...?). If you compare specifically e.g. freeride boards, men's freeride boards will be gererally stiffer than women's freeride boards.

More averages... A girl the same hight as a guy is in general lighter and has average smaller feet. Men's board the same size as a girl's board are in general wider. If the board is too wide for your feet, it'll be harder to turn. Now which size and width is good for you, depends on your stance and angles and weight and experience and riding style...

So if you're an average girl (not meant in a bad way! I mean, not overly heavy, tall, bigfoot) and you're beginner (meaning you don't have aquired habits yet, no specific preferences, no weird binding angles), you're more likely to find a suitable board in the girl's section. However, if you're that average girl, you're also not overly petite and might as well find a good board in the section with guy's beginner boards, if you really don't find a girl's you like ;)


BTW: Graphics are again an average thing... The Palmer Liberty Carbon '06 was actually the first women's board I've owned. Not the typical pinkish rainbow n unicorn girl's board :laugh:



If you're interested in snowboard gear review's of a girl: Shayboarder.com | The World of Snowboarding Through Fembot Eyes


Edit: Holy! I'm really slow with typing... This thread was virgin when I began to type my answer and meanwhile already 14 answers are posted. My post might be outdated :)
 

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If you're interested in snowboard gear review's of a girl: Shayboarder.com | The World of Snowboarding Through Fembot Eyes
Eh. I don't find shayboarder to be a good source for women's gear, unfortunately. She reviews way more men's product than women's. I think part of that is due to her physical stats (which is fine) but it doesn't really help the more (as you defined) average girl.

Check out Zara's reviews on 2014 Snowboard Review Recap «. Within the list of brands you'll see the Ladies sections.
 

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Actually Deacon weight is not the only consideration. A board made for a 150lb woman is going to be designed differently than the same deck for a 150lb man. One example of physics you and Chomps are ignoring here is strength to weight ratios. There are other significant factors at play like average foot size/weight and average center of gravity.

Yes Chomps I was being serious.

All that being said I'd let the ladies give their own experience, I've seen some shredding on mens boards in the park, and I also know I've read here that some tried the mens board route only to be really happy to switch to womens.

Womens boards are designed for them specifically for a reason, its not a men's deck with flowers painted pink.
Fair enough. I wouldn't say I'm ignoring the strength to weight ratio, I wasn't aware that they actually factor that in. Maybe it's because I live in Wisconsin (lots of farm girls), but I know a crapload of pretty strong gals. I guess I didn't realize it was an issue.
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.....Maybe it's because I live in Wisconsin (lots of farm girls), but I know a crapload of pretty strong gals. I guess I didn't realize it was an issue.
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Bwaaahahahhahaha!!! Same here in MI.!!! Lots of "Healthy" wimminz here I wouldn't want to tangle with! :laugh: (...I'd wind up like that bitch slapped skate board kid!) :eusa_clap:
 

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The only thing a board knows is how much weight is being pushed down on it. If you're a girthy girl you might want to consider a guys board. Take into account your foot size as well.
 

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Actually Deacon weight is not the only consideration. A board made for a 150lb woman is going to be designed differently than the same deck for a 150lb man. One example of physics you and Chomps are ignoring here is strength to weight ratios. There are other significant factors at play like average foot size/weight and average center of gravity.
Strenght weight ratio...? :dizzy: that sounds odd to me. The strenght weight ratio will differ hugely even within one sex. I don't have the stats for this, just by thinking of it I'm tempted to say that a fit girl and a fit guy will have a by far closer strength/weight ratio than a fit guy and a flabby guy :dunno:

Is this ratio really something manufacturers are considering?
 
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