- Price: $700
- Category: Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 154
- Flex: 8/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: Camber + Powder Hull
- Base: Sintered
- BUY DIRECT FROM YES
Rather than re-write a classic hit, YES. snowboards have left their 420 relatively untouched and, instead, created a few remixes to keep the fans engaged. There’s an ever-growing fleet of new sizes for the ladies, a grom specific model, a new pro model and then there’s this one for the real powder aficionados out there – the 420PH.
Compared to the Granddaddy OG, the 420, this model has a narrower outline and comes in a larger 154 size. That’s not to suggest anything about this snowboard is conventional (more on that later), but the longer effective edge will provide more stability in a variety of conditions as – let’s face it – not everyday gifts us with 50cm of blower pow. The reduced waist width also makes the 420PH a little more agile from edge to edge, so even the smaller footed riders out there won’t have any issues darting lines through the people or the pinewoods.
“It’s no exaggeration to suggest that this is might just be the most unsinkable snowboard in the world”
Whichever way you look at this, the 3D Powder Hull will always be the attention-grabbing feature on this thing. Understanding the science of snow, aerodynamics and quite possibly the secrets of black magic, YES. have created a concave nose and tail design that generates float by pushing air under the nose of the board and keeps the tail punching down. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that this is might just be the most unsinkable snowboard in the world. Even more impressive when you consider its stumpy size.
Even without the Powder Hull tech, this has all the makings of a veritable pow quiver. A 12mm taper runs from the nose to tail, allowing the tail to sink back into the snowpack and keep the frontend lifted. Combined with the Weightless Core, which is stripped back to a poplar and paulownia blend, the 420PH doesn’t just help the board float but, as YES. say, “feel floaty”.
“A flex pattern that sits on the higher end of the scale means that the rider needs to be ready for a little bit more commitment to get the board really working”
A flex pattern that sits on the higher end of the scale means that the rider needs to be ready for a little bit more commitment to get the board really working. In exchange, you’ll get a board that will burn up the groomers, stick landings in the pow, and even inspire some confidence in cruddy conditions. The Sintered True Base ensures that all of the above is achieved as lightning speeds, too.
Obviously, this isn’t an entry-level board, far from it. Keep in mind, though, it’s also not just a powder board. Granted, it’s not going to feel great on a back lip on the flat down, but it’s going to feel pretty damn close to perfect almost everywhere else on the mountain.