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YES. 20/20 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £615 / $700
  • Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 156
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: Camber + Powder Hull
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

We often read about the state-of-the-art tech that’s gone into a snowboard’s design, but very rarely do we get to see it. At least, not quite as obvious and in your face as with the Yes 20/20. On first impressions, it looks like the 20/20 has been engineered to within an inch of its life. The translucent nose and tail need to be seen to be fully understood, and it needs to be ridden for you to be fully blown away.

The board’s profile is what YES. call Powderhull 2.0 + Camber. Delving into the thought process behind this shows you the passion that goes into making YES. boards. It doesn’t take too much to know that the vast majority of powder snow is actually air (try making a snowball in Japan) – in fact up to 90%. As a result, the two concave sections at the nose and tail take advantage of this to create a pow-primed construction unseen elsewhere in the snowboard world, let alone in a true twin.

“The two concave sections at the nose and tail… create a pow=primed construction unseen elsewhere in the snowboard world, let alone in a true twin”

The concave nose creates a pressure pocket of air between the board and terra firma as you ride over the surface, while the tail releases the air and is pulled towards the ground as it does so, creating downforce much like an F1 car. Pop it into switch and it the roles of the nose and tail swap over so the board deliver the same levels of float, whichever way you’re pointed.

The Powder Hull 2.0 isn’t possible without YE.S other pièce de résistance – the Weightless Core. Taking wood away from where it’s not needed and replacing it with resin, a more malleable substance which can be moulded into shape, allows the 20/20 to do its thing.

“This may not be on a rider’s radars a one-stop-shop, but there’s really no reason why it couldn’t be”

The final trick up the sleeve of the 20/20 is its aggressive MidBite. pulling the sidecut in between the feet creates a sharp, reactive edge change without comprising on float or stability where you still have the increased width underfoot. MidBite has proven itself as the winning sidecut design for the true twins in the YES. fleet and its advantages in the park and piste have been championed by many for multiple seasons. The benefits in the powder are apparent here, though. Pillows, drops and pops feel super floaty with that extra volume at the ends.

This may not be on a rider’s radars a one-stop-shop, but there’s really no reason why it couldn’t be. With an outline that’s primed for all-mountain freestyle and a profile that’s equipped for deep, powder fueled adventures, there aren’t many limits to this 20/20. After all, if RDM and Derek Livingston see fit to strap it to their feet, it’s unlikely the rest of us are going to feel short-changed from what’s on offer here. 

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Will HughesDragon Lodge

“This was by far my favourite board I tested. I ride the Greats 154 as my do everything board and this feels just like it. The waist width is about one centimetre wider so it was a little slower edge to edge with my little size sevens but the midbite between the bindings helped with edge hold when the snow was firmer.

 “The new coreless tech makes it so light and easy to throw around do things that virtually no other powder board out there can”

It’s all about the powder with this one. Perfect size for blasting around and sending it off every hit in the backcountry – regular or switch. The new coreless tech makes it so light and easy to throw around do things that virtually no other powder board out there can.

This, with the stiffish flex and camber profile, makes it perfect for charging around pistes getting your carve on but the all the new powder hull tip and tail make it primed for the deep stuff (adding float when off-piste). If it’s one board for powder, piste, and even a bit of park you’re after then you can’t go wrong with one of these. I want one.”

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“This thing is straight up from the future. What an absolutely MENTAL powder quiver board. I’d always eyed these things up at trade shows and around the mountain but never had the opportunity to take one out for a spin. My fortunes changes this year when one arrived at my door in Tignes.

First up, it’s a thing of beauty. The coreless powder hull is like nothing I’ve ever seen on a snowboard before. Initially, I thought it looked a little on the fragile side and I wondered how it might flex or handle heavy backseat landings. I’m glad to report there were no such issues. YES have strengthened the core around the concave profiles so it feels just as solid as any other snowboard, but a hell of a lot lighter.

As soon as the next snowfall landed, my bindings were screwed on the night before and I was frothing to get going. Straight off the chair and in 10cm of fresh snowfall on top of the pistes it rode like a dream. Light and floaty, just like you’d expect, and begging to be buttered and jibbed around the place. Switch powder isn’t a strong point in my riding (is it a strong point in anyone’s riding?), but it will never feel as easy and intuitive as it does on this snowboard. Totally balanced, and so short that the contact points don’t feel intimidatingly far away from you.

“Powderhull has to be the raddest invention in snowboard technology in the last three years, not just because of how it looks, but how insanely well it performs”

I made my way over to a couple of secret stashes of snow where I knew wouldn’t have been tracked out by the masses yet. As soon as I hopped off the pistes and into the trees, I was treated to some of the best turns of my season. That was partly thanks to the conditions, but about 80% down to the 20/20. However you ride it – centred, backfoot, switch – it feels totally unsinkable. Powderhull has to be the raddest invention in snowboard technology in the last three years, not just because of how it looks, but how insanely well it performs.

It’s not the snowboard I’d want under my feet if I was taking on 35°+ slopes, and certainly not a snowboard that makes me want to point and shoot down a couloir, but that’s not what it’s interested in. It’s still pretty stiff and felt stable at higher speeds, but this is a snowboard for riders who want to make the most of every run by eyeing up features, spinning of every single drop and pop and completely redefining their approach to riding powder. There are a million powder boards out there, but for 2020, the 20/20 offers something truly unique.

Having never ridden one before, I can’t comment on its improvements or changes from its predecessors. The MidBite seemed to work well back on piste, and by bringing the powder hull in just a fraction from the nose and tail, YES say it offers more stability on the limits of the board. That may be true – you’d have to ask someone else. What I will say is that, if this year’s upgrades give the snowboard more all-mountain versatility, that just makes it easier to take out every day and go hunt every stash of powder left on the mountain. The upgrades seem to have taken nothing away from its performance off-piste, but allow you to squeeze every last drop of fun out of your days, whatever the weather. Thank you YES. Abso-bloody-lutely nailed it.”

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