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YES. Ghost 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: $500
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162, 167
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional Volume Twin
  • Profile: Camber
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

It’s not all that hard to see where that name, the Ghost, comes from. There’s a hint of the supernatural about this staple from the YES. lineup. It deceives the eyes. It belongs in the park, yet it delivers in the powder. It rides like a true twin, but then seems to float it’s way along the surface as soon as it leaves the piste.

The Ghost is a fully cambered, all-mountain slayer. It blends age-old traditions in snowboarding with a unique approach to fulfilling the needs of the modern-day rider. Namely: pow laps for breakfast; groomers for elevenses; and park runs through to last lifts. Camber has been around for centuries (read: 40 years) and has seen phases come and go. Yet, for seasoned riders, it has stood the test of time. It delivers a responsive, reactive and snappy profile that may test less experienced rider’s techniques but reward those who get it right.

“The Ghost can float impressively well, yet leaves any sense of its directional volume behind as soon as you return to the pistes”

Asides from that, the Ghost is a very similar board to the Standard. The same outline, core, sizes and pricepoint either make the decision easy for those who know which camber profile they prefer, or near on impossible for those who don’t. Let’s try and break it down a little.

Some people argue that camber isn’t the right board for powder as the nose has a tendency to submarine. There’s some truth to this, and a rockered nose will often fair better in these conditions. But with the increased volume (although, crucially, not length) in the shovel of the nose, the Ghost can float impressively well, yet leaves any sense of its directional volume behind as soon as you return to the pistes. With the added advantage of the additional Slambacks inserts positioned much further back from the centred stance, it’s all too easy to make a quick adjustment in the gondola and have yourself a pow-primed snowboard underfoot.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s no ‘all-of-the-above’ solution to finding a snowboard that delivers a 10/10 performance everywhere on the mountain, but for riders looking for a solid dose of performance and a shape that’s not afraid to send it deep in the park or backcountry alike, the Ghost makes a mighty fine proposition as your next quiver killer.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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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