UPDATE: Check out our review of the YES. Hel Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.
- Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155
- Flex: 7
- Profile: CamRock
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £439
- Buy Direct From YES
Helen Schettini is one of the gnarliest freeride athletes on the planet, she’s known for dropping cliffs, navigating couloirs and painting delicious lines. So it makes sense that her pro model from YES is able to handle anything Mother Nature can throw at it.
With a directional twin shape, the Hel has slightly more volume in the nose to keep it from submarining when you’re getting steep and deep. As well as the enlarged hooter, it has a rockered tip to stop you from getting the dreaded back leg burn when you’re surfing the white wave.
“It pulls the edge inwards towards the bindings and redistributes the energy to where you need it most during the initiation, hold and release of your turns”
A cambered section between the bindings keeps it poppy and dynamic through the turns, and helps you drive with your back leg when riding piste. Definitely not a board for beginner riders, it’ll take you for a ride if you’re not able to handle it properly. It’s got a mid-stiff and predictable flex so perfect for plowing through slush or crud but still soft enough in the nose and tail that you can have a little play around if you want to.
The Underbite sections disrupt the edge pattern, it pulls the edge inwards towards the bindings and redistributes the energy to where you need it most during the initiation, hold, and release of your turns. Basically, it grips better on the sketchy stuff and leaves you with a smoother carve.
With a Poplar, Bamboo and Paulownia core it’s light, strong and super snappy. It’ll keep your board durable, responsive and super quick edge to edge.
Not for the fainthearted the high-end sintered base will set you firmly at the front of the pack, and have you cranking along faster than you thought possible. If you’re looking for something a bit more easy-going, have a gander at the YES Emoticon.