Built to Last
Girly attributes and measly technical components be damned--female riders require well-made gear that can withstand any adventure they find themselves on. These products represent an array of carefully constructed goods for badass babes who know what they want and are savvy in the ways they seek it. – HH.
Photos by Mike Yoshida.
Volcom W. Gore-Tex ($280)
Made to keep up with you in all scenarios, this well-weatherproofed jacket will be your go-to, especially on deep and stormy days. Constructed with Gore-Tex and a breathable lining, this beauty has fully taped seams, a long fit, water repellant zippers, and plenty of pockets to stash all your stuff. Whether you're deep in the backcountry or lapping the lifts, this well-tooled piece will has your back.
Rome Winterland ($530)
This is a board designed for big days filled with pow slashes and boosting. The freeride-friendly shape allows for float when it's deep, and with camber extending from the tail through the front inserts, the Winterland allows directional power and snap. Versatile, yet insatiably hungry for pow, the Winterland is a prime choice for railing turns, sending sidehits, and plowing through when it's coming down.
Smith Riot ($100)
The Riot is bold, slender, and optimal for the female face, offering sun and storm protection without an overwhelming price tag. ChromaPop lenses perform well in a variety of light conditions, and the flexible frame and soft foam forms nicely to faces, while a strap with tacky silicone secures these on beanies and helmets. No-frills style at a sweet price.
Burton Premium Warmest ($140)
Plush comfort isn't always associated with durability, but these mittens transcend that notion and expertly intertwine cozy warmth with beefy construction. Slide your hand into these puppies and be instantly surrounded by the combo of 550-fill responsibly-sourced down. The outer sheepskin is supple and velvety to touch, and the thumb is phone-friendly so you can swipe on the lift, before sending it on the hill.
L1 Loretta Overall ($250)
A true workwear inspired piece, these offerings from L1 are crafted for fierce femmes that seek the protection and fit of a bib, with a street-inspired look. The stretch twill fabric comes with 10K waterproofing and breathability, and boast a slim fit. Featuring a grip of pockets--back, front, and chest--there's ample room to stash a tool, flask, pass, and cash. The shoulder straps are adjustable and easy to snap on and off.
Bataleon Feelbetter ($400)
This super-soft, ultra-maneuverable jib machine is tooled to try new tricks. Boasting Bataleon's 3BT base profile, the Feelbetter encourages progression with a primarily positive camber profile and lifted contact points, providing catch-free snap. For riders looking for a day-in and day-out park ripper, this is a board that you can beat on and get better on--maybe even feel better on.
Salomon Kiana ($270)
Rugged yet chic, featuring a durable leather outer, the Kiana are a mid-stiff boot constructed for all-mountain ripping. The women's specific heat-moldable liner provides cozy comfort, while ZoneLock lacing is customizable and designed for all-day hold. Grippy soles are solid on the bootpack while also helping to distribute energy evenly. For those looking to get rowdy, the Kiana is crafted for rigorous shredding.
Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit ($200)
One suit to rule them all. This form-fitting baselayer transforms you into a ninja no matter where you wear it. The soft merino provides unparalleled warmth and can handle multiple days between washing without smelling like hot trash. Whether cozying up in a backcountry hut or shredding steeps inbounds, this one-piece is as rough and ready as the women who wear it.