Board: Yes Public
Camber Option: Flat camber. A complete lack of positive or negative camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny mid morning park laps under blue skies, mild winds, and snow that hadn’t yet turned to mashed potatoes.
Flex: While not a true middle of the road park flex it’s not a super soft jib noodle either. This board has a flex in the middle of super spongy and all around park. The tips and dead center are playful while under foot and slightly past the inserts are a bit stiffer.
Stability: For such a small board designed for hitting rails this board was stable in the push mounds, chunder, and frozen death cookies of the early spring conditions. It’s not overly damp, but for what this board is you could actually charge a bit through side hits and moguls while not feeling like you were going to die.
Ollies: This board has snap, like serious snap. You get two types of pop with this board the traditional load up the back foot and pop and the I’m going to just be super skatey and boost at the last minute pop. Regardless of which one you prefer this board will not let you down.
Pop On Jumps: Would I hit a jump over 20 feet on this? Well unless it’s to a wall ride redirect, probably not. This board isn’t a jump machine, but it did get the job done on the first hit in the medium line at Breck.
Butterability: Playful and responsive, those are the two words to describe the Public when playing around on the snow. The tips lock into ground presses but still have the snap you would want out of them. This makes it fun trying different variations of butters.
Jibbing: Here’s what this board was designed for. Pop onto the rail, lock into a press, and snap out. Those are the three things you want in any jib oriented deck. Whether going slow or fast this board just wanted to go for more.
Carving: Usually when you try to aggressively carve on a jib board you hit a point where it either washes out or it just won’t let you get super aggressive. At no point when riding this board did I ever encounter this. Would I want to rail hard Euro-carves on a firm groomer run all day? No, but I could. That’s the type of response this board has.
Rider in Mind: The jib kid that isn’t afraid to work their board to make it do what they want in and outside of the park. This deck would be highly versatile at a rope tow hill or small resort.
Personal Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with riding a deck this small. Sure it would be playful, but would it be responsive. Well the answer was it was very responsive and that added to the versatility of this deck. It’s not a board for everyone, but for the kid that knows they need more out of a jib deck it fits the bill nicely.
Check out the past review of the Public here.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Draft, Endeavor Vice, Rome Artifact Rocker
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This board was loaned to us for review by Yes Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change so we carried the 2016 review over.