Gear For ‘Girls Only’ At Women’s Story Event

My flight landed early in New York City. I caught a shuttle to New Jersey, two hours away to a resort called Crystal Springs, where a women-specific event launched with a dozen brands and around 50 attendees.

Held last week, June 10 – 12, the “Women’s Story” was a media-focused event hosted by the organizers of Interbike and Outdoor Retailer, two of the largest outdoor-sports trade shows in the world.

SUP sessions at the “Women’s Story” event. Photo by Justin Gottlieb/Interbike

“We got the idea for the event after a meeting at Interbike,” said Pat Hus, a VP with Interbike. “We know that women represent a powerful force in the industry.”

The women’s outdoor industry has been steadily growing over the past few years. Many brands are catching up with women’s-specific gear.

Learning to fly fish. Photo by Justin Gottlieb/Interbike

At the event I rode mountain bikes from Cannondale and Novara, tested rainwear from Nau, tried on Giro’s latest women’s bike helmet, and got a look at next year’s long underwear from HotTotties.

All these products were made for women. They are not simply men’s gear shrunken down. Each brand has women on staff, including product designers, as well as female athletes they sponsor.

Getting ready to demo mountain bikes. Photo by Justin Gottlieb/Interbike

I loved the fit and function (and look) of the new Giro Road line, which includes tops, pants, jackets, and other pieces. I wore the pants on the plane, and they are versatile enough that I simply could hop on a bike at the event and not change.

Packaging and overall product aesthetics are made with women in mind. This does not mean pink and pastels dominate. In fact, Novara impressed me with its stealth, matte gray/black color schemes on a new line of bikes.

At the resort I also demo’d stand-up paddle boards from Hobie and learned to fly fish from the folks at Superfly.

There were break-out sessions and clinics. At lunch the topic was on trends on women in biking. People For Bikes and the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition gave presentations.

The author learning to stand-up paddle board. Photo by Justin Gottlieb/Interbike

In all, there were paddle, running, camping and cycling brands. They included Jaybird, Joovy, and Terramar Sports, among other brands.

According to Hus, the event will grow and diversify for next year. We look forward to the 2015 Women’s Story as well as watching the women’s outdoor industry continue to grow.

—Amy Oberbroeckling is an assistant editor at

Amy Oberbroeckling

Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.