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YES Standard 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £435 / €499

A board that rides like a true twin in the resort, but offers an edge in powder? You’ll hear a lot of brands saying that they’ve nailed this, usually by tweaking the profile. However, YES has gone a different way, and the result is the YES Standard snowboard.

On firmer snow, the YES Standard behaves like a park board. Rocker sections at the nose and tail make for a more forgiving ride than true camber, but there’s still enough of the classic bend to help you blast off the lip.

“Once the powder arrives, you get increased flotation thanks to a slight increase to the surface area of the nose”

However, once the powder arrives, you get increased flotation thanks to a slight increase to the surface area of the nose. You can’t just switch off, of course, but holidng your line has been made that little bit easier. Should you require an extra helping hand, extra inserts behind the usual set allow you to set your stance right back.

A narrower section at the waist improves edge hold and reduces the energy needed for edge changes, making the YES Standard rock-solid on piste and super nimble. The high-quality sintered base brings the speed, too.

In previous years the YES Standard topped out at 159cm, but the new 162 version opens the door to more folks than ever. Oh, and the graphic remains absolutely on point.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Aitkensnowboard-asylum.com

“I should start with a disclaimer that this was my board of choice last winter, so I’m already a huge fan. Regardless, it speaks volumes that amongst so many great snowboards I still can’t think that I’d really want to replace it with anything else.

“The little bit of extra width and do-it-all mid flex gives it so much grip and stability on groomers”

I’ve always been keen on riding a board that’s a bit of a quiver killer, and perhaps with the exception those who want a dedicated park board, the Standard is capable of anything you could ask of it.

The little bit of extra width and do-it-all mid flex gives it so much grip and stability on groomers that you’ll be having a total blast even if you miss out on any big snowfalls. The shape and profile combine for incredible float in powder, especially for a twin. That’ll no doubt be down to the clever bit of extra surface area in the nose.

I really can’t speak highly enough of this board. The dudes at YES have some pretty forward-thinking tech in their line up, and much of that combines to make this a near-perfect board for me.”

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