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YES. Standard 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £439 / $500
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162, 167
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional Volume Twin
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

Everyone loves the idea of a quiver killer – one board that can do it all – as the lines between park and powder continue to erase. The Standard is the offering from YES. that fits right in the heart of this category but still manages to stamp its own unique identity on things.

Starting with a Directional Volume Twin, the board has the contact area and of a true twin and there’s no taper to speak of. As a result, riding park and groomers will feel perfectly balanced in switch. Where things change up is with the difference in volume between the nose and tail. The shovel length of each is the same, but the volume is slightly reduced in the tail, allowing it to sink into powder more easily and, on the other end, keep the nose afloat.

“Where things change up is with the difference in volume between the nose and tail”

The CamRock profile also strikes that balance of performance across the whole mountain. With a 3.4.3 shape, there’s 3mm of rocker in the nose and tail helping to create more float, and a catch-free experience, whilst the 4mm camber underfoot engages the edge more effectively to provide stability, grip and power.

In fairness, this kind of profile is nothing unusual for this category of board but, as we’ve seen with the nose and tail, the outline does most of the heavy lifting. The MidBite technology found in YES. freestyle decks brings in the waist width without affecting the width and surface area found underfoot. This results in the Standard feeling incredibly agile from edge to edge (a narrower waist equals more torsional bend) without affecting the overall stability or amount of boot overhang larger footed riders might normally experience.

“The Standard meets the needs for the broadest spectrum of riders”

A core combining a mixture of poplar’s lightweight, paulownia’s strength and bamboo’s rebounding and pop properties creates a platform that will inspire confidence across the entire mountain. Add in the Slambacks inserts (which open up the options for a pow-friendly setback stance) and the board is ready for those deep days as much as the groomers.

While the flex might leave the dedicated hard and fast chargers wanting a little more, or rail rats wanting a little less, the Standard meets the needs for the broadest spectrum of riders. For those who want just a little more snap (albeit at the slight trade off from the rockered nose) the fully cambered Ghost may be more to your liking.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/18

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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