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Yes Greats UnInc 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 156, 159
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £489
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

Throwning it back to the glory years, the YES Greats UnInc pays heritage to the founders’ riding roots with one of the most original topsheets we saw all season. Fortunately, the radness don’t stop here. Following it’s redesign last year, the Greats UnInc is one of the most original true twins on the market, and one that more than lives up its name.

YES have stuck with the 2018/19 redesign of the sidecut. It retains its asymmetric shape, with the tighter heelside edge for railing carves, regardless of which way your turning (heels and toes, switch and regs, it’s all good), but the real magic lies in the MidBite technology.

“It’s a park board that knows no bounds”

By drastically pulling the sidecut in between the inserts, the Greats is able to perform with the nimble agility of a narrow waist width board, but still keeps plenty of volume in the nose and tail for high angle riding and stability on the landings.

It’s a park board that knows no bounds. If the kickers aren’t firing, the Greats isn’t just capable of slicing up groomers all day, it excels at it. The triple-density core is wrapped in carbon enhanced triax fibreglass – a pretty aggressive combination, but the camrock profile allows for it’s playful, forgiving side to just about still shine through.

YES are renowned for their original shapes, powder quivers and cutting edge (haha) technology, but the Greats still stands the test of time as their… well, greatest addition to the line. Whether it never leaves the park all day or doesn’t enter it once all season, there’s more than enough going on here for every confident rider to froth over.

Tester’s Verdict

Rhys JonesTDC Snowboarding

“This one was right up my street. Loved the throwback graphic to the UnInc days and loved how it rode even more!

There’s a bit of jargon to get your head around with the Asym MidBite Sidecut, but the execution is simply brilliant. The board performs as well on the piste as it does in the park, and you can fully commit to straight-up charging this thing along the edge. I’ve got slightly larger feet but felt like there was ample room underfoot, despite the sidecut drastically tightening up in at the waist.

“I wouldn’t make any claims of the Greats UnInc being a forgiving ride. It’s a board for big jumps, big turns and big balls!”

The stiffer, carbon-reinforced flex worked well for me, although even with the rocker in the nose and tail I wouldn’t make any claims of the Greats UnInc being a forgiving ride. It’s a board for big jumps, big turns and big balls!

It’s a board I could happily ride in most conditions and, in fact, I did. Even after scoring a pretty big overnight dump, I’d been getting on so well with the board I decided to keep the bindings on and give it a whirl in the freshies. It didn’t blow my mind, but it certainly didn’t disappoint either. Maybe not a standout area for the snowboard, but certainly another string to its bow that ticks off an impressive list of the board’s capabilities.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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