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YES Libre 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 152, 154, 156, 156W, 158, 159W, 161W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile:
  • Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: €369

Not including kids’ board, this is by the lowest-priced deck in YES’ range – in fact, only two other boards (the Basic and the Emoticon) come close. The YES Libre snowboard is a deliberate attempt to apply some of the brand’s tried-and-tested features to a more affordable model.

With its 100% poplar core, biaxial fibreglass and extruded base, lots of the tech in the YES Libre has been pulled from the bottom shelf. It’s not without merit – biax glass, for example, is way more playful than the triax alternative – although anyone looking for a high-speed, ultralight charger should blow right past this.

“Its twin shape and ‘CamRock’ profile are both great for freestyle”

Instead, it’s the more laid-back funseekers that will get on best with the YES Libre. Its twin shape and ‘CamRock’ profile (that’s camber between the feet, rocker at each end) are both great for freestyle, and it’s flexible enough to butter with ease.

One neat trick is the ‘Directional Volume Twin’ design, which provides 15% more surface area in the nose than in the tail, without compromising the twin shape. It’s not noticeable on piste, but it gives the Libre a helping hand in the powder.

That’s just one reason why the YES Libre snowboard would be a great choice for seasonaires who want one board to do it all, and would rather grab it and go than eat up time with a waxing iron and edge tool.

Tester’s Verdict

Danny Burrowsonboardmag.com

“The day’s snow conditions were good, if a little shallower than previous days, so rode more groomed runs and side-country. Riding a happy-go-lucky all-mountain directional twin like the YES Libre made for a fun day on the hill.

“A good run-around that you can ride as hard or as lazily as you like”

Basically the Libre is an everyman’s board, with enough trickle-down technology and gubbins to make it feel fun and responsive across the mountain’s varied terrains, but at a price that is going to leave you some pennies for the trimmings of life.

All in all, the Libre is a good run-around that you can ride as hard or as lazily as you like – a board that makes you smile, if not maniacally grin.”

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