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Yes Optimistic 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 161
  • Flex: 9
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £589
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

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.

Tester’s Verdict

Alex CheshireThe Snowboard Asylum

“I use to like the optimistic but it has been superseded by the softer Y in my opinion. It still does what it was built for but I’m loving the Y more.

It’s a modern camber volume shifted 9/10 directional “free carve” board. Catchy title! If you want to hike big lines, make the piste bleed and destroy skiers this is your baby. Good inter to advanced riders only. You need to wake up in beast mode for this bad boi.

 “You need to wake up in beast mode for this bad boi”

Like a lot of high powered free ride boards, it doesn’t work until you are at warp. You need to put the effort in to get the performance out. If that’s your bag, I highly recommend it. Personally, I’m getting too old and too lazy for weeks on a board like this. I’ll get a Y.”

Tester’s Verdict

Stephen MacLeanThe Snowboard Asylum

“This short and fat board goes as fast as the fattest kid at fat camp when there is real bacon for breakfast rather than that shit turkey bacon. I tried my best to boot out on this board while carving down the slopes and didn’t even come close. An absolute hard charge board built to bomb down the piste and plow through and crud or death cookies in its way.

 “I tried my best to boot out on this board while carving down the slopes and didn’t even come close”

And don’t let me forget about the powder. Being so short and fat this board lets you float like you’re smelling pie in a Saturday morning cartoon. I can see why they called it the optimistic because once you start riding this board you are going to see any type of terrain in front of you and have the feeling and power to be able to slay it.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“Sometimes the stars just align, so a huge thanks to whatever celestial foreplay occured to let the YES Optimistic fall into my hands on the first day of The Whitelines Selection, with two feet of fresh spread over an uncharacteristically quiet Avoriaz. Perfect conditions to take out my favourite kind of snowboard (pow boards that are big on width, short on length), so from the off it was already more than the double positive promised by the name.

It didn’t disappoint. The big nose gives an absolute shitload of float, making it one of those boards where you can actively lean on the front foot in deep snow, creating a solid platform for sticking drops and absolutely railing turns. It’s so big in fact that I quickly moved the bindings all the way forward bar one hole to get more from the tail without sacrificing a jot of control up front.

“One of those boards where you can actively lean on the front foot in deep snow, creating a solid platform for sticking drops and absolutely railing turns”

The ‘Underbite’ works too. I’ve ridden a few boards (which shall go unnamed) where the opposite tech was trialled – bumps in the edge on the contacts points – and they were a total shit-fight on piste, putting me off anything other than smooth radii. My faith has been restored – having that extra drive between your feet really helps set an edge and makes transitioning from powder to piste and back again an experience in its own right. Face shot, blam, back to hardpack, then arc back around again without losing speed to pop that next side hit.

Admittedly the conditions were perfect that week, but there have been few boards that have simply shined quite as much as the Optimistic. I wasn’t alone in my assessment – during that test week, it was one of only a few boards that were out every single day. If you’ve lusted after a 420 for years but held back because you wanted something a bit more versatile, here’s your answer.”

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