So for the second installment of ‘Snowboard Spotlight’, we’re focusing on another Yes snowboard, the Basic.
Yes Snowboards Basic in numbers
Available Lengths: 149, 154, 156, 158, 161
So basically, this board is aimed at riders who want to shred the whole mountain without buring a hole in their pocket. It’s aimed more at the park rat/rail kid end of the all mountain spectrum. The tech is (relatively) simple, keeping the price down so that indoor or dryslope shredders can afford this board.
Like the concept (and the name) Yes have kept the graphic uber-simple here. It’s the classic off-kilter three letter pattern that featured on their first ever board line last year. Given that those snowboards sold like hotcakes, its no surprise Yes decided to continue with the instantly recognisable graphic. As the boys from Yes say “these boards are sure to stand out no matter where you are at.”
Being aimed at the no-frills end of the market means this board doesn’t feature any weird Stealth-fighter style technology, but then that’s not what you’d buy it for. And actually, once you start to dig around under the bonnet, there’s a surprising amount going on here. It’s got a solid poplar and ash core, which, combined with the camber profile, gives it tons of pop. It’s also got tri-axial fibreglass layers wrapped around the core, which adds strength and helps dampen the vibrations you get from straight-lining it into kickers. Underneath all of this there’s a solid sintered base, meaning that it’s actually pretty quick when it comes to hooning it down the hill. The 162 is a little different, as it features Yes’ ‘Camrock’ profile – a combination of rocker and camber that helps keep this longer length floaty in powder.