- Sizes: 154
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Flat
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £619
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Over ten years in, YES Snowboards are well recognised as one of the most established and authentic brands in the industry. That’s in no small part down to the success of the stumpy, pow specific 420 and 20/20 decks. The 420 Powder Hull fuses the shape and technology from each and delivers a floater that just won’t flush.
If there was one downside to the 420 (there’s not, but if we had to pick one), it would be its limited edge to edge response, especially when the powder is no longer bottomless. This version has been elongated to an ever so slightly more conventional shape, allowing for less of a whopping waist width, without compromising any of its float. In fact, this one possibly has even more.
“This version has been elongated to an ever so slightly more conventional shape, allowing for less of a whopping waist width, without compromising any of its float. In fact, this one possibly has even more”
The concave Powder Hull design in the base works by pushing air into the nose and spewing snow out the back. Riders who are more familiar with seeing a good 3 feet of nose in front of them may take a while to get acquainted with the stumpy shape, but it will only take a handful of turns to reaffirm your trust in the technology.
This flex is a little stiffer than the 420, too, as you’ll be able to apply more torsional bend through the narrower waist. Obviously, it’s still not something you’ll be seeing on the Freeride World Tour any time soon, but it can be pushed in more challenging terrain than the OG.
This isn’t your one-stop-shop snowboard for riding everything the mountains throw at you. The 420PH takes a pretty unique look at riding powder. However, if that’s where you’ll be prioritising your time in the mountains this year, this could be the only friend you need.