Snowboard Review: 10-11 YES Great Dudes of History
07 Mar, 2010
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain, flat-light riding conditions.
Setup: I rode the YES Great Dudes with Union Flite bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Definitely the more playful YES board over the asym I rode last year from YES.
Flex: The great dudes took some adjustment because when I played with it on flat surface it seemed really soft but that was only the nose and tail where the rocker is. Between the bindings it was a tad stiffer with the camber but that made the ride down the mountain more able to handle freeriding. It was torsionally stiffer so it never felt out of control too soft when I rode with it. When I wanted to play around, the tail was easier to butter on and still had that playful feeling to it. The flex also changes with size, so I recognize the 154cm was going to be softer than the 156 I took out last year.
Turning: I found the board relatively easy to get on edge, the contact points were lifted up by the rocker on the nose/tail so that made catching them not likely in a turn. I preferred longer radius drawn out turns on the board but when I needed quick response, I just had to put a little more effort into it. The Great dudes is an asymmetrical board so the sidecut is deeper on the heelside edge making it a lot easier to get those heelside turns and carves down on the mountain.
Stable: I’ve become a fan of the ultimate grip, it definitely helps on the icy hardpacked days for holding an edge better on the snow. The YES boards are meant for all mountain, charging and even though they have a freestyle focus they still offer up stability on the mountain.
Pop: Definitely some pop and livelyhood to this board, it wasn’t difficult to get decent air with my ollies (and i’m not the best so some improvement). In the park, no problem on the boxes with not catching and on flat ground tricks, easier to butter and play around with.
Switch: Great dudes is a true twin asymmetrical board which I found rode like a true twin, whether I was riding regular or switch easy to maneuver on the snow and no adjustment in how it handled.
Overall Impression: The great dudes is meant for that all mountain freestyle board that you can take in the park or in the powder. The camrock gives it the camber stability but also the rocker playfulness and the mix of ultimate grip means never having to wash out on icy runs.
Shay’s Honesty Box: When I first stepped on the great dudes, it had a loose feeling that I had to get adjusted to and I wasn’t sure if I’d really like the board. Once I got used to it and enjoyed the playful feeling, it was a lot more comfortable in how it handled the mountain. It wasn’t as charging as the YES asym I rode last year but also size has a consideration, the 156 suited me better. Also with the graphics there is limitless possibility of dirty jokes depending who is on the topsheet (found that out quickly when I rode the Einstein model).
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YES Great Dudes description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.