YES. Basic 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £349 / $400
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Size: 143, 146,149, 152, 155, 156W, 158, 159W, 161, 163W
  • Flex: 5/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Base: Extruded

Backed by years of awards, the YES. Basic is a quality built directional twin snowboard that ensures you enjoy the whole mountain from first lifts to last at an attractive entry-level price. YES. started with the Basic, but have since made their name the world over with convention defying snowboard shapes and designs. The Basic, however, is their all-mountain quiver killer, that sticks to its humble origins. There’s some unique tech going on here, but it adopts a ‘less is more’ approach that encourages the rider do the talking.

The Basic features UnderBite technology to increase grip on the edge without the need to create the wavy, breadknife effect seen on some snowboard sidecuts. By pulling in the edge directly under the inserts, pressure is distributed out towards the contact points of the snowboard. The result is increased control from the initiation through to the end of the turn and will give riders the confidence to step up their riding on steeper, more challenging terrain.

“The Basic… is their all-mountain quiver killer, that sticks to its humble origins”

The full poplar core strikes the balance between being lightweight, durable and maintaining a playful flex, meaning you can match the enjoyment of jibbing around the mountain with the trust of sticking heavier landings. While the core and extruded base may be the baseline tech YES. provide, they still pack a punch and deliver on their cost-saving benefits.

Combined with a CamRock profile, the Basic delivers sufficient grip and pop with a mellow positive camber between the inserts. The versatility then comes from pockets of early rocker rise in the nose and tail – which provide both lift in powder and some freestyle forgiveness around the contact points.

It’s a go-to price-point snowboard for first timers and seasonaires alike, but the quality and performance that’s on offer here shouldn’t be sniffed at by stronger, intermediate riders. The Basic will boost confidence and progression no matter your ability; from those looking to refine their turns on the steeps, to those pushing looking to add an extra rotation or two on their spins.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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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