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YES. The Y 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: $450
  • Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 151, 154, 157, 161
  • Flex: 8/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Base: Sintered Spec
  • BUY DIRECT FROM YES

You’ve seen the Optimistic. You’re intrigued. You’re also terrified. The solution? The Y. This is the scaled back version of Yes’ hard-charging, piste crushing, banked slaloming speed demon. Much of the construction remains the same, but The Y doesn’t require you to double-check your life insurance policy before strapping in. Instead, the flex eases off a touch and the powder performance kicks up a gear. Not a bad trade-off, especially when you combine it with the financial savings.

Keeping the same directional shape as its predecessor prioritizes riding with your front leg rather than wasting time getting to grips with your switch. There’s a tapered outline and the stance is substantially set back, so it’s already primed for setting your edge and railing a carve. That also lends itself to the deeper days, which is very much where The Y shows its best side.

“The Y doesn’t require you to double-check your life insurance policy before strapping in”

That’s helped with the CamRock profile which pushes the nose up to the surface without relying on the rider to shift their weight to the tail. It also plays a large part in creating the more forgiving feel of the snowboard as the contact points are brought in closer to the inserts and reduces the risk of any nasty edge catch surprises when trucking down the home run at the end of the day.

Compared with the Optimistic, YES. have used a more cost-effective assembly, equating to a less aggressive ride, and a smaller dent on your bank account. A sintered spec base offers an experience and feel close to the true sintered, but instead uses recycled materials from the factory in an extruded building process.

“With a tried and trusted shape and versatile all-mountain profile, The Y seems to have already established itself as a stalwart in the Yes lineup, despite this season being its second one so far”

The Y also drops the super reactive carbon stringers and triax laminates in favour of a full poplar wood core, sandwiched between less aggressive biax laminates. It still delivers well on lightweight response but does so without the intense snap in and out of turns. That may be a blessing in disguise, though, as The Y doesn’t demand your complete and undivided attention on every turn.

With a tried and trusted shape and versatile all-mountain profile, The Y seems to have already established itself as a stalwart in the Yes lineup, despite this season being its second one so far. If your mornings are spent waiting for the park to open, then it’s probably not the one for you. If, however, you’re lining up the empty pistes and sneaky sidecountry stashes from the chairlift, this has all the makings of a solid daily driver. 

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Paul WoolProfessor

“I rode the fantastic Yes Optimistic the season before, so I was keen to have a go on the new Y model, which is coined as a more affordable Optimistic.

At a glance the Y looks like a wide floaty powder board, and that it is. It floats like a dream in the powder, and its short and wide profile allows tight responsive turns without getting too out of control, making it great for tree runs. It has is rockered out the nose and tail keeping you afloat, allowing you to lean back with ease.

But it is not a one-hit-wonder. It is packed with good times across the whole mountain. I was particularly shocked by its ability to carve, and carve well. This was a stand out on the Optimisitc, and I gotta say the Y felt just as good in this department, in spite of having a less pronounced camber that rockers out more in the nose and tail.

It has got the Yes underbite profile going on in the edge which really dug in and held excellently, always initiating on cue – popping in and out of turns felt effortless. It felt solid charging and turning through choppy conditions and slush. On fresh groomers, the Yes Y facilitated some extremely powerful turns, the wide waist really came into its own covering up my big size 11 feet and allowed me to get super low on both heel and toe side. It would chatter a bit, but nothing to cause concern. Overall it was a super stable ride.

“I’ve not seen the specs, but it definitely has a softer flex than the Optimistic (which – I recall – is as stiff as a steel rod)”

I’ve not seen the specs, but it definitely has a softer flex than the Optimistic (which – I recall – is as stiff as a steel rod), which I really liked. It still handled speed really well with a more effortless vibe across the mountain.

The camber provided solid pop in and out of turn but worked super well with ollies and side hits. I hit a couple of kickers which the board boosted well, however, I think bigger jumps would take a bit of getting used to, I think the smaller size of the board sketched me out a few times, it just felt a bit less stable in the air, but whatever.

I don’t recall the Y being particularly good for buttering, but who cares, this thing wants to be ridden low and fast, both on the piste and in the backcountry.

I loved the wide short profile that doesn’t overdo it. It also pleasantly shocked me in the carving department. A great board for someone looking to step up to something more challenging, or looking to get a gnarlier 2nd board, without breaking the bank. What a pleasure, nice one YES!”

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