Snowboard Review: 09-10 YES Asymmetric Rocker
11 May, 2009
This review was done at the Transworld Good Wood test as I tagged along with the test and tried out boards.
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the YES with my Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: It has a more freeride feel to how it rides. Not what you would expect from a rocker board.
Flex: It’s defined as a mid flex board but I’d have to say for me it felt a tad stiffer than mid flex but mostly from the torsional stiffness of the board. From the flex, it made for a very stable and smooth ride when charging. I can see this board being the ultimate backcountry board in how it handles. On groomers, it did fine but with a more freeride flex than I was expecting.
Turning: With the camber in between the bindings and rocker towards the tip and tail it rides like a consistent cambered board when turning. I can see how with the rocker it would help with better float in pow and it gives it a little extra freestyle focus on the tips and tail. Between the bindings, you have a full consistent edge to use in turning. It was stable on edge and it holds the edge throughout the entire turn. I noticed it was a bit slower edge to edge that took some adjustment but that was just from the stiffer torsional flex of the board.
Stable: This was the first board of the day for me when conditions were hardpacked and icy on the runs. I had no problems holding an edge on some really icy conditions including in the halfpipe where it was very stable. When trying to catch up to the other riders, it handled speed with no chatter. It never felt unstable with the runs I took on it.
Pop: I was feeling pretty ballsy on the YES, so much that I rode up onto the wall box that I hadn’t yet ridden all year and ate shit. It was my riding, not the board. When I took it into the halfpipe, it held an edge on the icy walls and I was able to get good pop. I didn’t play with the board on jumps or rails other than the box. Unlike the other rockers where the rocker is centered making it easy to press/butter this rocker is at the tip and tail so it raises them just a tad, making it less catchy.
Switch: I was trying to keep up with the testers and Annie so I didn’t try any switch riding with it. It’s a true twin so I wouldn’t expect any differences when riding it switch.
Overall Impression: I went into riding the YES completely blind on what features it had and what to expect from it. As soon as it hit snow, I knew it wasn’t a typical reverse camber…it wasn’t rocker in the center and it didn’t ride like it was. I also noticed how well it held an edge on icy conditions that morning, without feeling grippy like MTX. This was a little less freestyle focused than those because of where the rocker lies.
I felt like the 156 was actually longer than it was because of how it handled and definitely with a freestyle focus, it wouldn’t be hard to go down in size.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The YES has camber between the feet and rocker towards the tip and tail and reminded me of the Atomic prototype I rode last summer with how it handled and rode (different flex though). It makes it a bit less freestyle focus but at the same time it handles freeriding very well, stability and speeds very well. I liked riding the board, definitely was a board that needed more than just groomers.
*This Review was done in April 2009, please be aware that products may change.