It’s been a long while since I was able to get on a Yes board. In that time a lot has changed with the construction dynamics in their boards and the company has grown. The Greats stands out to me as a culmination of amazing shape, sidecut, camber option, and of course the graphics since it honors those that helped get snowboarding where it is today.
Board: Yes The Greats
Camber Option: Twin Cam Rocker. Rockered tips, camber in the middle, and twinned up.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sun, clouds, rain, snow, hale, thunder snow, slush, warm temps, wind gusts, you know a day when weather doesn’t know what the fuck it’s doing.
Flex: Middle of the road true twin flex. Slightly softer in the tips, stiffening up under foot, with a fair amount of give torsionally.
Stability: There’s stability when charging into chunder and push mounds but it’s not over shadowed by being damp. This board is lively.
Ollies: There is snap if you load the tips up. The cam rocker can be loaded just like traditional camber which gives it the ability to have the snap just like that.
Pop On Jumps: This board can hit a jump and boost you if you want it to or you can take the lazy skate style approach and let the lip launch you with minimal effort to get pop from the deck.
Butterability: The slightly softer tips do allow for some ability to play around. This board would be more at home pow buttering though and the asymetrical tip shape is indicitive of that.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is optimal for all kinds of presses and really lets you lock in and ride it out. When you hit the end of the feature it gives you the snap you needed.
Carving: I’m still not sold on the asymetrical sidecut yet. Every now and then on a quick little heel side turn I would feel the edge catch and twitch while it tried to initiate. On the toes you could do both short and long carves drawing it out.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestylist that wants somethign to handle it all plus powder.
Personal Thoughts: Not going to lie this board wowed me big time. The flex is perfect for the way I ride and it just did what I wanted it to do. The downside is their ultimate grip. When looking at it the thinner grooves are just a lot less edge and after just a couple hours of jibbing on it I could tell that I would probably crack the edge or if I hit a rock it might blow out. I don’t think this adds anything to the board as well but just makes it compete with things like magnetraction, vario, and griptech. The pop is substantial enough that if you load it just right you’re boosting to the moon which is always fun for dirt mound, ropes, and gaper jumping.
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