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YES. PYL 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: $600
  • Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 156, 159, 160W, 162, 164W, 165
  • Flex: 8/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

Like a shinkansen straight out of Tokyo central, this is a snowboard which has speed in spades and turns on rails, all whilst riding in luxury comfort. In a slightly different twist from the short, wide and super creative shapes many people associate with YES., the PYL appears to resemble your classic freeride snowboard outline. Look a little closer, though, and creativity and innovation are still very much at the heart of its identity.

With its directional shape and sintered true base, the PYL wants to be ridden hard, fast and confidently down anything steep and (preferably) deep. The more you twist the dial on the speedometer, the more the Ash Veneer Topsheet gets to work and dampens some of the speed chatter underfoot.

“The PYL appears to resemble your classic freeride snowboard outline. Look a little closer, though, and creativity and innovation are still very much at the heart of its identity”

The PYL was the birthplace of YES’ Tapered UnderBite technology which is now making its way into newer models like the Hybrid. Indulge us for a moment as we attempt to break it down. The sidecut on a directional snowboard traditionally tapers towards the tail to allow for the difference in volume between each end and, therefore, generates increased float in powder. However, that tapering off at the end can occasionally result in a loss of grip at the latter stages of the arc.

Tapered UnderBite, on the other hand, divides the edge into three, sections stepping each one inward in a distinct disruption to the sidecut. Instead of tapering (in the traditional sense), the sidecuts remain parallel to each other and create a “hook-like” effect that delivers genuinely impressive grip in all-terrain types.

“The sidecuts remain parallel to each other and create a “hook-like” effect that delivers genuinely impressive grip in all-terrain types”

The Weightless Core is the most self-explanatory (if a little exaggerated) construction process going on in the PYL. By removing the heavier wood from less stressed areas and replacing it with more lightweight wood, the PYL doesn’t just float, it feels floaty. Combined with the Directional CamRock profile really does make light work of staying on top of the snow without compensating or shifting your body weight to the tail.

From a distance, it doesn’t look like much. The understated top sheet, black and white base and seemingly normal outline don’t give much away. You need to strap in and push your riding to really break down the barriers of just what the PYL is capable of. If you’re liking the sound of the sidecut, but want to get involved with the volume-shifted hype, check out the Hybrid instead.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“This was the first board I tested last season and it set the bar mighty high. The PYL isn’t the most eye-catching board in the lineup – especially when its sat next to the likes of the 20/20 or 420PH. Don’t judge it by those understated graphics and seemingly conventional shape though, there’s a cocktail of radness oozing out the sides of this thing.

The Tapered UnderBite is the most obvious feature to talk about. I was blown away at how well it worked. We scored fresh snow on the first run of the day and you can close out every heelside turn almost to the point of tripping yourself up. As someone who loves the simple pleasures of a good old turn as much as anything, the PYL catered to my tastes down to a T.

“Don’t judge it by those understated graphics and seemingly conventional shape though, there’s a cocktail of radness oozing out the sides of this thing”

Fortunately, it’s got a great shape and a rock-solid core to back it all up. It’s incredibly stable and handles the worst of conditions better than most. I was pretty surprised at how soft the nose felt. By the time I was heading down to hand it back in I’d started buttering around and chucking in nose rolls over the powder bumps.

Every turn is a gift on the PYL. If you ride fast and don’t want to compromise between the pistes and powder., this is a great contender for your next deck.”

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