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YES 420 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

High times

UPDATE: See our review for the new 2016/2017 420 Powderhull version here.

 

The Details:

This one-time curio has now become a staple of the YES quiver – and indeed, trumped in weirdness by the arrival of the 20/20. It’s easy to see why the YES 420 has been so embraced by the snowboard community; it just works.

By shortening the length and increasing the width, YES have kept the surface area (and therefore float in powder) the same as a traditional board, but have made something far easier to turn. While it’s not the top choice for heli days in AK, it’s ideal for tree runs, pillow lines and corner-cutting.

If you’re concerned that riding such a short board means a higher risk of going over the handlebars, don’t be. As well as that slight point at the nose, there’s also a rocker rise that means you only need the a slightly setback stance to stay afloat.

The rest of the base is flat, which makes it stable without any twitchiness, and should you wish to spin this thing (and trust us, you really must give it a go) then riding away switch is no problem at all.

As short-and-stubby boards go, this might be the most versatile one around. Get one for the quiver if you can, but there are plenty of riders who would be happy with this as their only stick.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Matt Higson snowboard-asylum.com

“Until this year I’d only had the opportunity to test the 420 in spring conditions,and so was always sceptical of of how it would work in deep snow. This winter was a different story, as I managed to ride it in waist-deep tree runs in Mayrhofen – and I now know why its the leader of the pack in the pow board revolution.

At first i found it a little odd that i didn’t need to lean back to get this board to float; you can ride it totally neutral and the nose will not sink! That fills you with total confidence when you’re in the trees as you have zero worries about what your board is doing underneath your feet, meaning you can shift your concentration to what’s around you.

The 420 will go wherever you point it and will turn on a dime. Because it’s so short you can tuck yourself in and around anything which means you can get to those sought-after pockets of untouched fresh. When cruising between runs, the board is surprisingly fun and will put a smile on your face because it feels so nimble under your feet.

Wanting a powder specific board for your quiver? Planning a trip to Japow? Its 420 time…”

I now know why its the leader of the pack in the pow board revolution”

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