Engineers, scientists, and athletes work together to improve snowboarding equipment.
Although women have participated in snow sports for a long time, they didn't always have as many choices as men when it came to selecting their gear. But as more women take up snowboarding, they have demanded better equipment, and snowboard manufactures have taken on the challenge to provide better gear based upon the proportions of a woman's body. Because men and women are built differently, their requirements for boots, boards, and skis are different. Women, for example, generally somewhat shorter and have smaller feet than men. So to give women better control over their snowboard, engineers have designed women's snowboards that are a bit shorter with a flex pattern designed to fit a woman's proportions. Women's boards are also generally narrower in the middle than men's boards to allow quick transfer of energy to the edges.
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