- Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Hybrid Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £435 / €499
Since it first appeared, not a year has gone by that our test team doesn’t have a crack at the YES Hel Yes women’s snowboard. Our testers are drawn to Helen Schettini’s pro model like moths to a flame. Its reputation precedes it, but it never fails to live up to the hype.
One reason is that serious, freeride-focused snowboards for female riders are a lot harder to come by than their counterparts in the men’s market. That being said, even if a lot more brands were getting involved, the Hel Yes would probably still stand apart.
“The board is actually slightly narrower right at the bindings, splitting the edge into three zones of contact”
Naturally for a board that’s all about backcountry freestyle, this had a directional twin shape and a fast sintered base. It’s also got a mixture of camber and rocker in the profile (mostly the former), which is great for pop and not bad for powder float either.
With its biax glass and relatively mellow longitudinal flex, the YES Hel Yes is perhaps less aggressive than you would think, but it’s tough enough to be pushed hard as and when required.
As for edge hold on firmer snow, YES’ signature ‘Underbite’ takes care of that. The board is actually slightly narrower right at the bindings, splitting the edge into three zones of contact. As you initiate, ride through and exit each turn, they all play their own part for a seriously stable ride.
Looks like it’s going to be another banner year for the YES Hel Yes women’s snowboard.