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Yes Libre 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 152, 154, 156, 156W, 158, 159W, 161W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £329
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

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.

Tester’s Verdict

Al NasmythFreedom Snowboarding

“I found this similar to the Yes Basic, an all-rounder, with its mix of grip and float from the Cam-Rock shape.  Surprisingly, though, I actually found it a bit stiffer and more responsive. I rode this in some fairly shitty mixed conditions: ice, fresh snow and wet snow and all three at the same time, but it seemed to handle most of it fine.

“This would be a great board for a seasonaire or someone looking to the lower price range boards for a one stick quiver but who is just a tiny bit more freeride than freestyle”

Whatever magic they’ve done with the nose volume (it looks so much like a directional board but I measured it and its twin!) does seem to work but it still rides switch like a twin and has good pop. The base is the only drawback as it dried out quickly, but then you’re paying a price to match. This would be a great board for a seasonaire or someone looking to the lower price range boards for a one stick quiver that’s just a tiny bit more freeride than freestyle.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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