- Sizes: 152, 154, 156, 156W, 158, 159W, 161W
- Flex: 5
- Profile: CamRock
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £329
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YES Snowboards aren’t known for doing things by half – unless, of course, it’s the size of their powder specific boards. The Libre, however, is the most resort friendly, easy-to-ride, price-point snowboard in the line. That said, it still has some of the brand’s tried and tested tech.
There’s a full, poplar core, biax fibreglass and extruded base making up the core in this one. No frills here, but all quality materials that will provide beginners, seasonaires and returnee snowboarders with a responsive and forgiving flex, that won’t need a lot of maintenance on the underside, either.
“There’s a full, poplar core, biax fibreglass and extruded base making up the core in this one. No frills here, but all quality materials”
The camrock profile (camber between the feet, with uplifted rocker sections in the nose and tail by the contact points) gives the Libre enough power and pop to tackle the whole mountain but will feel a little more forgiving at the ends. It’s also ideal for dipping your toes into freestyle and providing just a little extra float in powder.
There’s another trick up the Libre’s sleeve. Despite the snowboard’s twin flex and twin shape up to the contact points, there’s a directional volume shape in the nose (i.e more surface area than in the tail). Not enough to make the board feel directional or swing like a pendulum when you go for a couple rotations, but definitely enough to provide some extra riding satisfaction when you wake up to a fresh layer on the ground.
Obviously, the Libre won’t go down in the annals of YES’ history as their greatest triumph, but it’s definitely a winner for riders on a budget, looking for something to do a bit of everything on.