- Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 161
- Flex: 9
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £589
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There’s not much to be optimistic about in today’s world. But at soon as you strap into to YES’ hard-charging freeride snowboard, all your troubles will soon be left behind.
The Optimistic nearly maxes out the flex rating scale and delivers a pretty aggressive ride, tailored to stronger, more powerful riders. That’s primarily down to the Carbon Powerdrive 2.0 core. YES have taken the same lightweight core found in the likes of the Ghost and Standard, but rallied the reinforcements and integrated two stringers, comprised of carbon wrapped bamboo, running parallel to the sidecut. The Optimistic is all about railing through the carve, and the upgrades in the core deliver rock-solid initiation, grip and rebound out the back.
“The Optimistic nearly maxes out the flex rating scale and delivers a pretty aggressive ride, tailored to stronger, more powerful riders”
Any extra grip will be down to the Underbite edge profile, which creates two indentations on each sidecut, directly in line with the inserts. This pushes the pressure out to the nose and tail of the board, to help you maximise the grip through every phase of the turn.
YES claim that the Optimistic. “floats better than anything this side of the 420”. A bold claim, for sure, but thanks to its taper and reduced volume in the tail, the board stays up top on the surface with the shortest, fattest powder quivers in the family. Thanks to it’s increased surface area, the board can also be ridden a few centimetres shorter than your usual all-mountain size, which keeps it from ever feeling too cumbersome when you opt for a detour through the trees.
It’s a beast, no doubt about it, and it’s a board requires to be ridden and shown who’s boss. Nonetheless, come slush, powder or piste, the Optimistic will put a smile on even the most pessimistic of snowboarder’s faces.