- Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 161
- Flex: 8
- Profile: CamRock
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £399
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Why, oh why, has The Y not been a staple in YES snowboard’s line since day one? Drawing its inspiration from the Optimistic, this newcomer takes that resort freeriding versatility and opens it up to the masses – both in its construction and price point.
Crucially, the shape remains the same. This gives the Y most of the same characteristics as its big brother. You get the same voluminous nose and pointed tail, with all the extra waist width to keep things floaty in powder.
“Where a more aggressive camber is used in the Optimistic, the Y turns the dial down a little”
Around the edges, the UnderBite sidecut construction features again, too. This concept, unique to YES, pulls the edge in around the binding inserts and redirects increased pressure out to the ends of the board for more grip with less effort. Whichever phase of the arc you find yourself in, the Y loads up the right portion of the edge to deliver grip that a conventional sidecut would struggle to match.
Where a more aggressive camber is used in the Optimistic, the Y turns the dial down a little. By placing rocker sections in the nose and tail, it not only makes the Y a much more forgiving option, it also increases its versatility outside of its carving domain. You’ll gain a little extra uplift in powder, and have less chance of hookups when you take a couple turns in reverse gear or, for the braver riders out there, attempt to lock in a couple switch landings.
Where things take a significant shift towards the mellow is in the board’s flex. The multi-wood, carbon-infused core has been substituted out for a full poplar build, sandwiched with easier going biax fibreglass layers. While this takes some of the bite out of the Y, it’s still chomping at the bit for the same big slashes, wide-open turns and fully railed carves as the Optimistic, just with less of a that no compromise, all or nothing nature from its predecessor.