Snowboard Review: 11-12 YES Pick Your Line

20 Feb, 2011

Location: Winter Park, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers to leftover powder

Setup: I rode the YES Pick Your Line with Union Milan bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 156cm.

First Impression: The Pick Your Line is as aggressive as the name, pick your line and it’ll hold it down the mountain.

Weight: Average

Flex: The PYL has a stiffer flex longitudinally with a tad softer torsional flex.  Overall it’s a stiffer snowboard with a softer nose and stiffer tail with a lot of response and snap to it.  Overall, it’s a quick board and the camrock gives you the stability of camber but with the added benefits of rocker so you get more float and a bit more forgiving on the contact points.  The PYL has directional camrock which means camber between the bindings then rocker after the bindings.  The directional camrock is setback to give more float in powder.

Turning: Very quick edge to edge on this board and aggressive into turns on the mountain.  Short turns felt just as comfortable as the longer radius turns, both were smooth and the edgehold gripped the hardpacked conditions of the day.

Stable: The PYL offers a stable ride for the mountain, handling speeds like a camber board and still holds a good edge on the

Pop: Great pop for the PYL and felt like it was a regular camber board with how it popped on ollies.  Really snappy on the ollies.  Buttering and presses were possible with the rocker towards the nose/tail but not as easy with the stiffer flex.

Switch: I found riding switch definitely a bit too aggressive for my taste and riding.  The Pick Your Line is directional so switch took some adjustment but I only could handle a couple turns before switching back.

Overall Impression: The Pick Your Line is DCP’s board for good reason, it’s aggressive and meant to rip the mountain apart.  The stiffer flex lets you really haul down the mountain but it also has quick responsive turns for the sharper turns.  It’s definitely a board to be ridden hard and fast.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Of all the boards at the on-snow demo, I believe this was the most aggressive board I rode in how it charged and handled the mountain.  Definitely DCP’s style of board.  I liked the board for how much it pushed my riding and that it definitely made me ride the mountain harder.

Ready to buy? Head over to evo for the YES Pick Your Line or shop their full line ofYes snowboards


On Snow Photo

YES Pick Your Line description

Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the SIA on-snow.  Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.

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  1. Pete
    May 19, 2011

    Hey Shay,

    How does this compare to the Yes Optimistic, and what changes did the board really have from Optimistic to Pick Your Line.


  2. Francis
    May 23, 2011

    Pick your Line 161 VS Rossignol Experience 163 VS Nidecker Platinum 161 (with Ultimate Traction)

    3 top snowboard with the same approach and attitude (Hearly rise tech with good traction) hard to decide here 😉