- Price: £479 / $550
- Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 153, 157, 161
- Flex: 7/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: CamRock
- Base: Sintered
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Introduced last year with a name hinting at its slightly unconventional origins, the Hybrid is the amalgamation of the YES. 420 and PYL. It caught the eyes of the riding fraternity and won the hearts of the Whitelines test team in equal measure. Combining the shorter, volume shifted concept of the 420 with the Tapered UnderBite three-step sidecut of the PYL, the Hybrid delivers full-on all-mountain freeride performance with that unapologetically wild at heart, carefree personality that YES. snowboards are renowned for.
Starting with some good news for the smaller, lighter riders out there: the Hybrid now comes in an additional 153 size this season. With its increased surface area, the board can be a little downsized from conventional freeride sizes but will still continue to float and deliver back on the pistes.
“The Hybrid now comes in an additional 153 size this season”
It’s a directional snowboard which bears all the hallmarks of a vehicle that’ll see you through thick and thin (depths of snow). That bulbous nose makes light work of staying afloat in powder, whilst the subtle CamRock profile, with only a solitary 1mm of rocker entering the nose and tail, has near-identical levels of rebound and bite on groomers that you’d expect to find in a traditional positive camber.
That turning performance is then cranked up with a triple threat of sidecut radii known as Tapered Underbite. While traditional tapered snowboards pull the sidecut tighter towards the tail, the Hybrid creates three distinct sections that step horizontally inward. This creates a kind of “hook” effect, where your turn’s grip increases as you move around the arc. The precision on offer is unlike almost any other sidecut profile and truly steps up the performance of the Hybrid for those that aren’t just riding in the white room 24/7, but demanding accuracy and precision back on the piste, too.
“You can shove your Prius up your arse, this is the real pinnacle of hybrid engineering feats”
The Sintered True Base offers speed on tap, with a core that is there to support and give the rider confidence in any terrain. The combination of the lightweight poplar, strong paulownia and snappy bamboo sandwiched between more responsive triax fibreglas laminates means it’s not really one for the lower intermediates, but will suit riders chasing fast lines, big drops and deeper bootpacks.
The opening line in the YES. catalogue reads: “Wait, they made a good-looking hybrid?!” While the graphics won’t be to everyone’s taste (it was certainly a talking point among our team last season) there’s undoubtedly widespread, universal love for the performance and pure stoke-inducing fun that’s offered by the YES Hybrid. You can shove your Prius up your arse, this is the real pinnacle of hybrid engineering feats.