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YES Greats UnInc 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

For the last couple of years, YES co-founders Romain de Marchi, JP Solberg and DCP have paid tribute to their UnInc super-team heyday with the graphic of this board. Now, however, it’s official; this freestyle weapon has been re-christened the YES Greats Uninc.

It’s not just for the old guard; pint-sized powerhouse Austen Sweetin is among the new generation of riders who appreciate the design of the YES Greats UnInc snowboard. That’s partly to do with the fact that it’s no noodle; to ride this, you’ve got to be prepared to give it some welly.

“It’s no noodle; to ride this, you’ve got to be prepared to give it some welly”

Rigid triax fibreglass – enhanced with carbon – make this a torsionally stiff board that will react with lightning speed, and the end-to-end stiffness is up there too. It’ll suit the bigger features, and the braver riders, although it stops short of closing the door on the improving intermediate.

The ‘CamRock’ profile has rocker sections at each end, which can be used to butter and press the piste without too much effort, and make turn initiation less twitchy too. The asymmetrical design means that there’s incredible edge hold when you want it, though, so don’t be afraid to carve up the piste between park sessions. The thinner waist plays its part too, and it stops short of each foot so you won’t get toe drag.

Now with paulownia wood in the core, the Yes Greats Uninc is also lighter than ever.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Aitkensnowboard-asylum.com

“The enduring ‘Greats’ series has been through a few iterations, and boy has YES come up with something special on this new version. Visually it looks like a total weapon; the angular asymmetrical nose and tail shape – along with this year’s addition of an asym version of the mid-bite sidecut – certainly stand out, and had me grabbing it out of the line-up straight away.

“Fun in the park, snappy off the lip on jumps, and a crazy carver on the piste”

Found on the freestyle-focused end of the YES range, the Greats has a super snappy flex and is a shade on the stiffer side for a park board. That suited me down to the ground as I’ve never really got on well with noodly soft boards.

It’s definitely going to be more suited to those that prefer to hang out on the jump line rather than lapping rails all day, but that only adds to how incredibly well the board works for blasting around the rest of the hill.

I’ll never be someone who spends more than half a day here or there in the park, but I do really like riding a true twin when seeking out feature-packed parts of the hill; drops, side hits, tree runs, anything away from busy skier-packed groomers. I’m therefore always drawn to this type of board, and I don’t think there are many better than the Greats.

It ticks every box; fun in the park, snappy off the lip on jumps, and a crazy carver on the piste. Definitely a winner if you want a true twin that doesn’t compromise that higher spec performance.”

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