Snowboard Review: 11-12 YES Big City
29 Sep, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked morning snow to softpacked slushy afternoon snow.
Setup: I rode the YES Big City with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Don’t let the graphics or name fool you. This board is not meant for city riders, it’s an aggressive mountain board.
Flex: The Big City is described as a medium flex but it’s on the stiffer flex end compared to most boards. It’s a directional twin with a stiffer longitdinally and torsional flex. It has a softer nose to help with float in powder. It’s overall on the stiffer end for a freestyle board. The Big City has freeride camrock which means camber between the bindings then more rocker in the nose of the board for added float, less rocker in the tail of the board. The freeride camrock is also setback on the board.
Turning: This is an aggressive snowboard. It’s quick, unforgiving and needs a rider who knows how to ride. The sidecut is very snappy and will want quickness each time you lay it on edge. It was definitely a board that you can’t go easy on, it requires no lazyness and will buck you off if you aren’t riding it hard enough.
Stable: The Big City was a mix of stability. The first time I rode it, I held an edge through some rough patches of sloppy snow and found myself making out with the snow. It can handle slop but if you are on edge, it’ll likely dive into the snow and not bounce back. It’s a tough board, it can handle speed and it makes you want to go fast. But it’s not as forgiving if something happens.
Pop: Decent pop but I only played with it on the limited park features at the end of the season (mostly small jumps and a barrel bonk feature). The stiffer flex made it ideal for jumps, stability on landings and made pressing/buttering a lot of work.
Switch: Definitely an aggressive board so riding switch on it required more effort with the set back but it’s a directional twin so it can handle it.
Overall Impression: The Big City is described as a “freestyle charger with the ability to float.” It’s definitely a charging board, it’s aggressive and not meant for someone who wants a forgiving ride, this board is not forgiving.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I would have loved to get this board out in the winter conditions (maybe this year) and really get the best feel for the type of riding this board is meant for. It’s aggressive, fast and takes the whole mountain by storm.
On Snow Photo
YES Big City description
Review Disclosure: I received this board from YES Snowboards and at this point in time have no idea if I’m returning it or keeping it.