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YES Hel Yes 2015-2016 Women’s Snowboard Review

The absolute Schettini

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 YES Hel Yes here

This remains the only board that YES make for women – but it’s not a catch-all model designed to tick all the boxes for the female market. Designed with input from freerider Helen Schettini, this is for those who want to go places with their riding; specifically, into the steep and deep.

The YES Hel Yes has had a bit of an overhaul for 2015/16. Gone is the ‘Overbite’ design of past years – where the short sections of edge underneath the bindings protrude outwards and act as extra contact points – and in its place comes ‘Underbite’.

As the name suggests, it has the opposite effect; the edge retreats under the feet, instead concentrating the pressure where you most need it for entering and exiting turns. The result is better grip on the tough stuff, and an improved turning experience.

Of course, if you stick to groomers you’re missing the point of this. With its mostly-camber profile with rocker at the nose and tail – slightly more at the former – it can handle aggressive powder riding and backcountry freestyle. Bamboo stringers running tip to tail add to the pop of the camber, meaning you should really be launching this when you can.

It’s a handful, but confident riders should find what they’ve been looking for in the YES Hel Yes.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Tammy Estenmintsnowboarding.com

“This is one hell of a board, but not for the faint-hearted. I loved it, however it’s safe to say that not everyone will!

If you’re a strong rider who can step onboard and take control, you’ll enjoy this high-performance, solid and responsive board.

This aggressive all-mountain charger is perfect for slaying the off-piste, flying off natural hits and burning down the pipe. Hel Yes I say, Hel Yes!” 

If you’re a strong rider who can step onboard and take control, you’ll enjoy this high-performance, solid and responsive board”

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