Women are seeking ways to get in touch with not only their
bodies but their minds too. Sports require both a strong
body and mind. More than ever women are choosing more difficult
sports that are typically male dominated. It's not a burning-bra
issue, but a way for women to challenge themselves. The
movement has grown steadily achieving milestones like Title
equal funding for girls interscholastic and collegiate athletic
programs. However the majority of the equipment available
to women is still designed for men. If you're pushing your
sport to the limit, you need high performance equipment
that is designed for you.
SheGear's goal is to identify
the best women's equipment available for extreme sports.
SheGear achieves this by creating an online community
where women share their equipment experience and preferences.
On the web site you'll find a round up of equipment designed
for women and the top equipment manufacturers. In addition
to equipment, SheGear provides the basics of each sport:
what you need for your first time out, when should you
consider buying equipment, where to get lessons, associations,
travel information and women's events. By building a community
of active women, together we'll be able influence the
manufacturers to invest in the production of women's designs.
Keep in mind, just because
a product says it's for women, it doesn't mean it was
designed for all the physical differences between the
sexes. Female branded equipment has been around for a
while. Women's models are usually smaller, lighter and
"pink". This only makes it designed for small men. The
biggest difference between men and women is a woman's
lower center of gravity. On equipment like snowboards,
skis, and mountain bikes this can make a big difference.
SheGear is interested in
your opinion. If you know of equipment that has worked
well for you, or if you have ideas on other information
that should be covered, we'd like to hear about it. Please
send us your gear tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.