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Yes Basic 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 143, 146, 149, 152, 155, 156W, 158, 159W, 161, 163W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £359
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

If you’ve been snowboarding anywhere within the last decade, chances are you’ve seen a YES Basic somewhere on the slopes. It’s a snowboard that genuinely embarrasses a lot of more costly boards out there. It performs like so many others claim to, but only at a fraction of the price. While ticking off all the basics, it still leaves a couple tricks up its sleeve for a slight edge in the mountains.

At first glance, the board looks pretty unremarkable. There’s a full poplar core, a biax fibreglass layup, and an extruded base. No bells and whistles here, but then what would you expect for that price point?

“No bells and whistles here, but then what would you expect for that price point?”

That said, those specs still offer a really lively, poppy board (especially having a section of camber underfoot, flanked by two rocker sections at either end), and for beginners or even more experienced riders, it will provide a confidence-inspiring ride to progress in loads of areas.

The true twin shape also keeps the Basic really versatile and balanced in a variety of conditions. But look along the sides and you’ll see where the magic lies. The Underbite edges pull short sections of sidecut in, towards the bindings, by a couple of millimetres. By reducing the edge’s contact (and therefore pressure) in this area, you gain a lot more in the front, centre and back of the sidecut, depending on where in the turn you are. The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts here. Boards of these kinds of dialled down specs should not perform as well as the Basic does when it’s carving through the arc.

It’s a tried and tested, winning combo. The Yes Basic isn’t going anywhere, so if not this season, they’ll be plenty more opportunities to buy one. No time like the present, though.

Tester’s Verdict

Al NasmythFreedom Snowboarding

“It’s been a while since I’d ridden a CamRock profile board and I soon remembered why I enjoyed this shape so much. Good grip from the camber and fun floaty feeling from the rockered tip and tail.

This board is a great value choice for a first-time seasonaire or someone looking for a one-stick quiver on a budget. Admittedly it’s not super responsive or got some clever technology to make you a better snowboarder (I didn’t notice the Underbite if I’m honest) but it’s a fun ride that rode well on piste, side hits and the limited soft stuff I could find.

“This board is a great value choice for a first-time seasonaire or someone looking for a one-stick quiver on a budget”

The extruded base is tough and will last a long time but I found mine dried out quite quickly along the edges so keep on top of waxing. Overall, it’s a bit like a Peroni. When you’re not sure what beer to get, you know it’s a safe choice.”

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