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Yes Standard 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162, 167
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £439
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

A park inspired shape that rides in the powder is something that you’ll hear from a lot of brands. Some work; some don’t. The YES Standard makes such a claim but goes about achieving this a little differently.

Riding at low tide, the Standard behave like any park board worth its salt should. There’s enough camber underfoot to send it off the big features with equal rocker sections in the nose and tail to keep the ride a little more forgiving and catch-free.

“The directional volume shape adds a little more surface area into the nose than the tail, allowing the board to sit up in the fresh stuff more easily”

Found in their more traditional freestyle decks, like the Jackpot, the Midbite substantially pulls the sidecut in between the inserts for a twofold freestyle advantage. It makes the board more torsionally forgiving between the feet, while still giving a wider platform by the inserts for stability and edge hold.

Here’s where things get weird. Yes, it’s a true twin – but only for the running length of the effective edge. The directional volume shape adds a little more surface area into the nose than the tail, allowing the board to sit up in the fresh stuff more easily.

It won’t turn the Standard into a pow surfer from the first turn, but if you’re keeping the sintered base freshly waxed and making use of the Slamback inserts (which allow you to align yourself towards the back of the board), you’ll be surprised how well this freestyle deck can keep up with the big boys off piste.

YES added a 162 to the line last season and, this year, apparently made friends with Sultan Kösen so have jumped right up to a new 167 size.

Tester’s Verdict

Owain GeorgeTDC Snowboarding

“I hadn’t ridden a YES board for quite a few years but a bunch of my mates are really into them, making me super excited to give the Standard an outing.

Straight away I loved the flex, the Standard comes in on the stiffer side of things rating of 7. It feels solid and well made underfoot. The edge hold on the morning groomers is on point, making you dig in and see how far you can push it.

The Mid-Bite tech works really well. Under the bindings, the board feels rigid and gives a good foundation then when you come to change edge the board feels light and nippy.

The Standard gives great pop meaning you can really boost side hits, and I was surprised how easy it was to get into a press (considering it’s a stiffer setup).

“As soon as you hit the pow you the directional volume makes sense. Most true twins struggle to get that float in the deep stuff but the YES tech works”

As soon as you hit the pow you the directional volume makes sense. Most true twins struggle to get that float in the deep stuff but the YES tech works.

As a one-stop-shop shed stick for the more advanced rider, the Standard does the business and it does it with style. I think I’m gonna find this board in my locker next season.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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