Snow brands are offering more women’s options than ever, catering to the short, tall, stocky and pixie among us without sacrificing style points. To help you choose, three of GrindTV’s female staffers bring you the Goldilocks Experiment. We couldn’t be built more differently, but we each found gear that suits our shape. Results below.
Kim Stravers, Content Director
When it comes to body types, my spirit animal is more pit bull than greyhound. I’m just 5’2.5″ (yes, the half-inch counts), but since I have a love affair with strength training and a genetic predisposition to pack muscle on like whoa, finding snowboarding clothes that can accommodate my proportions has been a pain in the ass ever since “everything baggy!” went out of style 15 years ago.
Happily, this season there are a few offerings that seem meant for tank girls like me. Burton’s Fly Short Pant ($179.95) in particular is a godsend; the cuffs, though reinforced just in case, hit right at the bottom of my boot — no drag, all swag. Waterproofing is mid-range, perfect for the Sierra cement I ride most often, and the recycled Thermolite insulation is light and breathable enough where I won’t be sweaty (and then immediately cold) as soon as I take my first lap.
Thank God they have inner-thigh vents or else we’d have to break up.
While I’m not exactly linebacker material, I do have broad shoulders for my frame, so most women’s jackets result in vascular constriction and cursing. But the DC Women’s Nature Snowboard Jacket ($249.95) manages to pair a slim, stylie cut with enough room across the chest to allow one to slash freely and properly.
The cut is downright shapely, coming down a little lower in the back to cover your ass on a powder day (literally), and me and my clumsy fingers fell in love a little with the oversized pull on the zipper.
Plus, two words: elbow patches. Plus, two more words: fur lining. (Faux. Relax.)
In the accessory department, Burton’s Bonded Facemask ($34.95)
DC’s Women’s Seger Gloves ($39.95) fit my child-sized hands perfectly and featured two things I can’t go without anymore: touchscreen-compatible material on the pointer finger and a suede goggle wipe (or snot wipe, let’s get real) on the thumb.
Lynn Lieu, Managing Editor
While I consider myself a frequent snowboarder, at the same time, I don’t hit the slopes every day nor do I need something ultra technical. I like an easy, comfortable ride.
I am also 5 feet tall and weigh about 106 pounds. So, while it’s tough to find women’s snow gear in general, imagine what it takes to find something petite and still comfortable.
Luckily, 686 makes a slew of slender fits.
The 686 Women’s Parklan Mystique Insulated Jacket ($250) and 686 Women’s Parklan After Dark Pant ($200) are the perfect combo for petite riders.
While the jacket’s below-waist hem might seem like it’ll make you look shorter, it actually creates a rather darling silhouette, and if you’re a messy rider like me, it keeps the snow out of your pants pretty darn well.
The pants are slim in all the right places, preventing any marshmallow effect, while roomy in others, giving the movement and flexibility to ride in any stance.
I was born and raised in Southern California, so winter snow sometimes (most of the time) meant sunny skies and 70-degree weather on the mountains.
That’s when something like the Fjallraven Ovik Fleece Hoodie ($140) comes in handy.
Sure, I can ride in a T-shirt, but sometimes the higher lifts give me the chills. The fleece hoodie offers the right amount of warmth without the bulk. And if I really do get too warm, it’s an easy layer to remove.
Pair the 686 Women’s Parklan After Dark Pant with the Burton Women’s AK Power Stretch Pant ($89.95) and you’ve got yourself one cozy and comfortable set of bottoms.
The Power Stretch Pant is just a slim liner that keeps your legs warm and helps with wind resistance. Its chafe-free seams lay flat against your skin for a barely-there fit.
Amanda Reid, Social Media Manager
I consider myself to be an avid outdoorswoman, but certainly not a consistent snowboarder. For me, I’m not looking to invest in gear that I can wear only snowboarding, but rather in pieces that I can transition from the mountain to dinner or a cool night out.
I want form and function to mix seamlessly with style, but at 6 feet tall and slim, it’s not easy to find. Length with an edge has always been the ultimate win for me, and thanks to some of the premier names in the gear game, we won BIG this year!
First off, the Burton TWC Maverick Jacket ($199.95) is this leather-jacket-wearing girl’s dream snow jacket. Not only is it super warm and insulated, but it’s completely waterproof. I can keep the aesthetic I love without the risk of ruining leather in snow. Plus, the body is longer than the conventional bomber silhouette, so it keeps my long torso covered.
Layered underneath my new favorite jacket is the 686 Airhole Thermal Airtube Top ($60) in Coffee Deco. The pattern was really what drew me into this base layer. I really dig gear that looks like it was made for a woman — not a Barbie doll, a woman — and this pattern was cool and colorful without tipping to saccharine.
Next up, the bane of every tall girl’s existence: pants. For years, I had conceded to the fact that I would have to wear men’s gear and get used to the lack of shape and all of that space down there.
That is, until I discovered Burton’s Fly Tall Pant ($179.95).
One inseam does not fit all, and Burton heard our pleas! The Fly Tall Pant comes in extended lengths of the brand’s perennial favorite (and warmest) pant.
There’s a reason it’s a favorite — well, a few reasons. The fit is figure flattering (no Michelin Man here) and allows for the mobility you need on the mountain. And even though they come only in black, the quality of the tech makes sure that, like the LBD before them, they’ll certainly become a classic.
And what about the fun add-ons? Well, I’m a huge fan of beanies — two in particular: the 686 Summer Sucks Beanie ($25) and the Burton L.A.M.B. Lydon Beanie ($39.95).
One is part of a collaboration with one of my favorite style icons, Gwen Stefani and L.A.M.B. The other has a blatantly rude and totally true statement scribbled across it. But, best of all, both are in your face and unapologetic about it.
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