Get your Bitch on for $15.00?

17 Sep, 2008

Earlier this summer I was at work talking with a co-worker about my blog when she received an email that told her she gets a free snowboard, really surprised by it at the time. She told me she gets emails from Bitchboards and that’s who is giving her this snowboard. Needless to say, when I checked my own emails later I had the same “you get a free” snowboard email.

I can’t really turn down a free snowboard either…I mean it’s free. I figured even if I wouldn’t keep it or just ride it for review purposes that I’d take the board cause I know of a couple girls who might want it. In the end it wasn’t really free, it cost $15.00 to ship…so even still $15.00 for a snowboard, sure…send it my way.
Well it arrived yesterday in the size I requested which is a size smaller than I would normally ride, but I figure the smaller size is great cause Steve’s girlfriend who wants to learn to shred this year. I think I got a pretty good trade, Steve doing my artwork and designs for this blog for a whole setup for his girlfriend to ride with, basically my old bindings and boots.
This makes it the 2nd time I have received a Bitchboard for free or really cheap ($15.00). My first Bitchboard was sent to me and a couple others girls on to give feedback for the boards, how they rode. I wrote up a huge long thing about how it rode and sent it on the way to Alex the owner of the company. I actually prefer to return boards that I don’t plan to ride other than for reviews, I could have a stock of Never Summer’s sitting around but it takes up space and what I won’t ride all the time…someone else will. My biggest issue with the 06-07 board was it was stiffer than most of the Never Summer’s I’ve rode (that’s saying a lot) and the construction was off (too mixed up in how it was built). The board I just received looks better in construction than the previous model I had. In the end I could have kept the 06-07 model around as the smallest stiffest pipe board I’d ever be on…but I don’t like the name Bitch and I didn’t need the board. I ended up trading the snowboard for a Starbucks gift card.
What company gives away snowboards to people on the mailing list? Just the cost of shipping alone, you are spending money but not getting anything in return other than putting your boards out on snow to be seen. I know of a couple other girls that might have picked up the boards from the $15 shipping and it does put the boards on snow for others to see…but at what cost? I guess we’ll see what happens in the future and how Bitchboards are interpreted on snow…by women.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Lou G.
    September 17, 2008

    Haha that's funny.

    When I first saw this company the first thing I said was 'what kind of name is BitchBoards'.

    I just can't picture anyone riding a BitchBoard… and now going off of your review, it would seem that they picked an awful name and designed a piss-poor product.

    I'm guessing this will be the hello, and the goodbye for BitchBoards. It's too bad too, because lady shreds could certainly benefit from a snowboard company that did all of their R & D and product design specifically for girls.

  2. Shayboarder
    September 17, 2008

    The name definitely gets press for what the name is…good or bad. I wouldn’t wear anything that says bitch on it…even though some people might call me a bitch, just couldn’t do it.

    In terms of the construction, from the 06-07 board I rode to the board I have at home now…it’s better constructed for sure…the first one was done piss poorly, with the edge and you could see through the base and the core was actually off, like zig zagged. It’ll be interesting to ride this new one which does look better constructed. The base still looks weak…like a tree or stump would impact damage for sure…but I always wait to judge until I get on snow with it.

    I think lady shreds will continue to pump out products made for women…it’s just seeing how well they are interpreted and how long they last. The industry doesn’t need steps back in the women’s market. I switched to women’s boards because it was finally going somewhere good…that was 10 years in the making of getting to that point.

  3. Anonymous
    September 17, 2008

    Hi Shay!
    I think this is a way more critical post, but still objective, than previous ones you made. It’s good to have your opinion!

    But Dude, how the fuck can you return NS boards? It’s just so… Haaa you made me cry!

  4. Shayboarder
    September 17, 2008

    The edge gaps are gone and you can’t see the core through the base.

    Thanks anonymous, I have it I just don’t make it as easy to interpret…I’ll work on that for sure. Someone else will ride them than me having them sit around because of personal preferences.

  5. Odessa
    October 21, 2008

    I got the same email but in that email it stated that the offer was for ‘friends of bitchboards’ to try the new improved product. Guess you’re not one of them…

    I am however! I know Alex and she’s great and what she is doing for snowboarding is great too- bringing more women to the sport is always a good thing, no matter what method. I’ve known the company since the beginning and the shitty boards (i think they had water drops on them) were US made boards if you can believe it! Alex has smartened up and taken them overseas and that’s why the construction is so much better! With any company, you learn from the mistakes. I’ve ridden the boards and they are great and I would recommend trying it this season.

    Shey- i don’t know if you held the boards, but they are super lightweight. The very first thing I noticed! Which makes a mad diff for me on the mountain.

    Just thought I’d give a different perspective and shed some truth on the situation. Gotta give the girl props for what she’s doing!

  6. Shayboarder
    October 21, 2008

    Hey odessa,

    Good to hear your opinion. I have my opinion as well and have the board in my possession which I will pass onto a future female rider. It is good to see the quality become better because without it, in this market it wouldn’t last.

    I think there are better ways to increase women in the sport than calling them bitches. Just my personal opinion of the matter.

    Regardless if you consider me a friend or not, still offering a opinion of a product and a friend is someone who won’t be biased. Just giving my honest interpretation of what I have experienced so far.

    I have the board, have weighed it and definitely can ride it in the future before I pass it on. It’ll be reviewed this year.

  7. Odessa
    October 21, 2008

    hi shey,

    thanks… i get your apprehension with the name. its not for everyone. but i think us girls have to stick together in the industry and give everything a fair shot.

    love the blog and keep up the good work!