TESTERS CHOICE – Best Snowboard Shapes 2015/16
YES have never been ones to shy away from experimenting with new snowboard shapes. The YES 420 kickstarted a ‘short and wide’ revolution upon its release, while the Clark invites riders to cut their own unique design from a blank template. They’ve stepped up another gear with the YES 20/20, one that they say is for ‘Early Adopters & Futurists’.
The YES 20/20 started life when the guys were looking to make a twin version of the 420. To compensate for the lack of taper, they took influence from wakeboarding and designed the ‘3D Powderhull’.
On firmer snow it’ll ride much the same as a normal stubby stick with a mostly flat base, but the concave sections at each end really come into play in the deep stuff.
Air is forced under the board at the nose, preventing you from going over the handlebars, and the snow is fired out at the tail which allows it to sink down. The result is a board that is incredibly easy to keep afloat, despite its lack of length.
That price is a little eye-watering, but this is a unique bit of kit that you simply have to try – and we’d be far from surprised if this technology isn’t seen in more boards in the near future. Ever had a rooster tail when riding in a straight line?