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Yes Ghost 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162, 167
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £439
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

Like it’s namesake, the Ghost isn’t something you’d ever expect to see floating past you in the woods. It’s a true twin, full cambered snowboard, after all. However, if there’s one brand that knows how to fuse two opposing aspects of the sport into one daily driver, it’s the three amigos from YES.

The Ghost will appeal most to stronger, all-mountain riders who leave the house without a plan for the day.On the one hand, it takes the traditional bend of a full camber profile, making it capable of attacking the mountain with a penchant for slicing up morning corduroy. With triax fibreglass layers and a triple-density wood core, the Ghost has a lot more life inside it than its name suggests.

“It’s a little stroke of genius, but one that goes a long way out in the mountains”

Then again, the flex and shape right up to the contact points are that of a true twin. It also features YES’ renowned MidBite technology, saved for their premium park decks. This pulls the sidecut in narrower between the feet, whilst keeping the width in the nose and tail to strike a balance of agility with underfoot stability, perfect for setting up for rails and stomping bigger landings. Anybody who’s looking for a more aggressive park board this season will be well rewarded adding this to their quiver.

Finally, the directional volume shape gives the nose a subtle increase in volume compared to the tail. Not enough to overly affect the swing weight, but enough to tip the scales in favour a board that can handle its share of off-piste. Make use of the Slamback inserts too – which allow you to set your bindings way closer towards the tail – and you might have just found your first park and powder fusion snowboard.

It’s a little stroke of genius, but one that goes a long way out in the mountains. For rider’s who like the directional volume concept, but want a more forgiving ride overall, the Standard may be more to your liking.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

 

“I’m a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to snowboard shopping. I almost always favour a true twin over any other shape, and the more camber the better. I’m also extremely stubborn and refuse to accept such a shape and profile won’t lend itself to powder and freeriding.

Don’t quote me on this, but I think YES might have just solved the square-peg / round-hole conundrum.

True twin, camber, float… Mind. Blown.

I now have more snowboards than I do friends, but I find a use for all four of them (my boards, that is). I’m desperately trying to justify adding the Ghost to my quiver, but the main thing holding me back is that it’s possibly going to push three of my snowboards into forced redundancy. It’s a board I could happily ride just about every day of the season.

“Don’t quote me on this, but I think YES might have just solved the square-peg / round-hole conundrum”

The stiffer flex and traditional camber make it a really dynamic ride, and great for those who like to work the board a little more aggressively. For those who don’t, you’ve still got the YES Standard, which is pretty similar, though features nose and tail rockers.

This was my first experience of trying out the MidBite and it gets a solid two thumbs up from me. Anyone with larger feet will especially benefit from this. You keep the width underfoot to eliminate any boot drag, but have a much narrower waist to which makes the Ghost really nimble between the turns.

And then there’s the directional volume nose. On its own, it works; with the Slambacks it’s insanely effective. Shifting the bindings back and having that extra space around the tip makes the Ghost almost unrecognisable as a true twin shape.

It’s a quiver killer, no doubt about it. But true to YES’ form, it goes about it in a completely different way from the competition.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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