Board: Yes 420 Powderhull
Camber Option: Directional 3D Powderfull. Flat between the feet with powderhull tip and tail contours. It’s a concave shape in the tips like adding side to side positive camber.
Bindings: Fix EPK
Stance: Goofy, 21in wide, 15/-3
Boots: Ride Fuse 8
My Weight: 155lbs
Conditions: Dumped about 18in overnight and still puking. Late season.
Flex: Middle flex for an all mountain pow deck. The powderfull being 3D shaped is pretty stiff itself but it softens up towards the feet with a responsive torsional flex between the feet.
Stability: It’s wide, above mid flex, and tapered, so it just crushes through just about anything. Through all the heavy chopped up crud it held it’s line really well. The powderfull really helps to keep it driving straight through crud as it sort of directs any uneven crud you run over towards the middle of the board and you just skip over it all.
Ollies/Pop: In deeper snow the powderhull in the tail actually kind of limits how much you can really snap. It’s like having extra rocker in the tail so you have to push through that before you can get into the board. Snapping through the contact points for snap was great as the torsional stiffness of the 3D tips is strong and snappy. Out on more firm snow you do loose a little bit to the 3D shaping, but since the contact points are more or less still on the same plane as the rest of the board you get a more traditional feel. It’s nothing to be super excited about but I always got what I needed.
Butterability: Deep snow is really all you’re gonna get buttering this. The 3D shape just makes buttering firm snow super weird and sketchy. When you do get up on the tips and lean into them in deep snow it’s awesome. The hulling gathers more snow under the board in the tips and gives you more snow to play with and push on. Super fun blend of surfy and powerful.
Carving: Out in deep snow there are kind of two key things that are going on with this. For starters it floats great, but pointing it straight I didn’t really feel like it had any better float than a traditional board of this shape. Carving through deep snow is where I noticed the hulling. I’ve never had quite so much power pushing through a pow carve keeping my weight centered than I have on this board. The 3D shape gathers more snow under the nose and give you more snow to push on. One of the cool things about that effect is that on a pow field traverse I found myself being able to stay way higher up with less effort than the other guys I was riding with. Now the hulling in the tail is a bit of a different story. Even on decks like this I like to power through my tail on pow carves and with the 3D shaping you loose a little bit of that power as the snow actually exits from under the board faster. On firm snow it’s still carveable but the 3D shaping has a bit of a weird flex when you really lean it over. Doable, but not the most precise.
Rider in Mind: Someone who needs a deep snow deck in their quiver, maybe riding a lot of trees.
Personal Thoughts: The powderhull on the nose was awesome and really made the board come alive carving and turning through deep snow, but I’d really like to see how much you’d lose, if anything, by eliminating the hulling in the tail. I really don’t think there’d be much lost and you gain back that power. It’s still a really good deck and something that should be on anybody’s list who’s deep snow riding is often in the trees or wants that extra power through the turns from the nose.
Comparable Boards: K2 Cool Bean, Salomon Derby, Rome Blur
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This board was loaned to us for review from Yes Snowboards marketing department.