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Yes Hel 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • 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.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“Helen Schettini is an absolute ripper so you can see why her pro model board performs so well. If you like riding hard and fast and ripping from first to last lifts, then this is certainly a board you should keep in mind.

“The flex worked perfectly for the more aggressive nature of the board”

Underbite edges are crazy stable when you’re cranking turns and they keep the whole process super smooth. No snowboard is fantastic on ice, but the Hel handled those sketchy icy patches as well as any board I’ve ever ridden.

This is one board that you’re not going to get left behind on, even when the snow got thick and heavy the Hel was still fast and was able to smash through the crud.

It’s slightly stiffer than I would usually choose to ride but the flex worked perfectly for the more aggressive nature of the board. It handled really nicely, and I didn’t feel it was twitchy or scatty at all.

It’s ridiculously easy to ride in powder, the nose stays afloat without much effort, and I felt very manoeuvrable and nimble. You can slash, surf and stomp your way all over the mountain with this board, it’s a real heavy hitter.”

Tester’s Verdict

Corinne MayhewMayhew Snowboarding

“This board was a true performer around the mountain with plenty of flex and versatility. I only had access to the 152 which is slightly longer than I’d usually ride but I was appreciative of the extra couple of centimetres as it was a fluffy knee-deep kinda day with punters who could shred! I could really feel the ‘underbite’ feature, which gave added grip under the heel and toes areas of the edge.

“The perfect amount of pop from the nose and tail, along with ease of manoeuvrability”

This would definitely aid those riders who struggle to achieve grip through their heel edge on steeper terrain or in the bumpy, chopped up off-piste. Add in the perfect amount of pop from the nose and tail, along with ease of manoeuvrability and you’ve got a really playful board which almost butters for you! With the centred stance and camber-rocker profile, I loved feeling confident in creating big slashes in the powder throughout the morning before hitting the rails in the afternoon. I wouldn’t choose this board for macking it down the piste and carving all day, but if you’re looking for something fun in all conditions that will perform for any level of rider, then the Hel Yes is a good choice!”

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