How can we make gear better for women?

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This topic contains 6 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by evelynodoherty evelynodoherty 3 months, 1 week ago.

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  • #55146
    Standup Journal
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  • #55290
    Casi Rynkowski
    Casi Rynkowski
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    One of the biggest questions I hear from women is how am I going to get this board on the roof of my car and drag it to the water. Handles, straps, weight, construction all matter but then having the information or education on how to strap, pickup and carry for us vertically challenged is key!

  • #55319
    evelynodoherty
    evelynodoherty
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    I lug a lot of boards in my line of duty. I’ve gotten pretty good at managing different sizes and weights and even have a technique that I teach on how to ‘roll a board’ from your feet up overhead on your forearm to load it on top of your car. It’s pretty nifty. If I get a chance, I’ll create a video of it and post it on our website.

    Also, I’m a gear head. Love to talk about equipment and specs. I’m into it. But, I’ve learned that a lot of gals are intimidated by this conversation and even avoid going in to surf/SUP shops because they don’t know what to buy and are uncomfortable with asking questions. This is a topic I’d love to cover here:

    How can we educate our FEMALE population out there about gear, etc. so we can all make INFORMED purchases and not just get sold the barn when we walk into a surf shop? What would YOU like to know, ladies?

    I can research articles to HELP.

  • #56101

    lololove
    Participant

    I feel like there is very little knowledge or quick simple est to access knowledge to the “basic” super beginner paddler. We are missing/disconnected from a large not targeted audience. For example I get asked, emailed, messaged daily from my customers “what do I wear”
    It boggles my mind from mothers of campers to sup yogis, the first time paddler, The examples go on….. and on…..
    I hate to be super “girly” about this but….. there needs to be a beginner level clothing line. “The knock off” version of all our favorite brands perhaps? In this neck of the woods otherwise known as “marshalls”

    Many of us are sponsored, brand reps, ambassodors etc…. however how many of us represent a super grass roots local
    Line? A Nike verse and Everlast type line? Anyways I think of there was a knock off version of
    Products it would reach getting to more women
    To Really knowing and understanding good product.

    For example: At a lot of the races we attend there are many vendors that main steam people simple can’t get there hands on…. You don’t find theses vendors at a “mall” we need to connect those vendors to the main stream people who don’t really attend sup races….

    just a thought…..

    • #56421
      Casi Rynkowski
      Casi Rynkowski
      Participant

      Lololove – I hear ya! For everybeginner class I teach, there is at handful of women asking what to wear. I agree we need more info like this!

    • #56617

      vinospizza
      Participant

      As a beginner paddler who straddles Plus and not-Plus sizing – gear for people who are not perhaps the ultimate athlete! It is that much harder to get into the sport when you literally cannot buy what you need.

  • #57363
    evelynodoherty
    evelynodoherty
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    Love it. Love when we have REAL conversations about real life issues. I think that Carve Design has some great workout and paddle wear for real-sized women. I also like Athleta and some other brands. It’s important that we are comfortable in our paddling clothes so that we WANT to paddle! I love my fall running togs I use for paddling so much, I actually look FORWARD to the weather getting colder so I can wear them on the water! 😉

    What other brands make a decent paddle outfit?

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