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YES Ghost 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

The YES Ghost snowboard is very similar to the better-known YES Standard – in fact, the only real difference between the two is the profile. YES may call it ‘Modern Camber’, but it’s essentially the classic bend. If you prefer this to the hybrid version that has a bit of rocker at each end, then the Ghost should be your pick.

Shape-wise it’s technically a directional twin; the nose and tail are different, but it’s very subtle. There’s slightly more surface area at the nose of the board than the tail, so you get a big of help in powder with what is otherwise a true twin. Riders who will benefit most from this are those who like a true twin snowboard that’s not limited to the park.

There’s slightly more surface area at the nose of the board than the tail, so you get a big of help in powder with what is otherwise a true twin

While the YES Ghost is a standard width at the inserts, it narrows slightly between the feet to allow for quicker edge changes. That makes the waist easier to manipulate, but the triax fibreglass ensures you still get plenty of response through the turns, as well as stability at speed.

For 2018/19 the core has been upgraded, with lightweight paulownia added to the previous combination of bamboo stringers and poplar. YES reckons that it’s a 10% weight saving overall – it might not sound like much, but it has the potential to make a real difference.

For some riders, only camber will do, in which case the YES Ghost will deliver. Now available as a 162, more folk than ever can give it a shot.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“Given all the high praise that I’d heard for the YES Standard, combined with the fact that I tend to prefer classic camber to any rocker-infused twist, I was pretty sure the YES Ghost was a safe bet. And in many ways, it was.

“The Ghost is a solid daily driver that seasonaires in particular should take a look at”

We had a mixed day at The Selection, from untouched powder to groomed pistes via heavy chop, and there wasn’t any one area where it faltered. It’s a stable ride that behaves exactly how you’d hope a well-built camber board would.

Unfortunately it didn’t have any kind of USP that would make me want to run out and get one. While edge changes were pretty quick, it wasn’t a game-changer, and the extra surface area in the nose doesn’t quite cancel out the fact that you’re still trying to ride a true twin in powder. There’s just not spark to this, sadly.

For that price you could do so much worse; the Ghost is a solid daily driver that seasonaires in particular should take a look at – especially if they prefer a stiffer flex. Be warned, though; you may eventually find yourself gazing at other decks in the lift line, wondering what might have been.”

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