Board: Yes. Basic
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber under foot and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Early morning groomers that were a mix of firm and icy to soft and chundery, bluebird skies, minimal wind, and slightly warmer spring temps.
Flex: This board has a smooth even consistent middle of the road flex. More play in the tips, a hinged flex point where the camber meets the rocker zone, stable and slightly stiffer under foot, and then more play in the middle. The torsional flex matches up to the lateral flex.
Stability: You can feel a lot of the vibrations in the snow due to the the rocker in the tips not being fully engaged when the board is weighted. These vibrations resonate back towards the binding where the board has a more stable area due to the camber. Over all this board is a middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex that is more on the side of lively than damp.
Ollies: Much like the Typo from Yes. this board has a hinged flex point. It adds to the snap out of the camber zone. If you want to pop you can pop. It’s all about how much you put into the board to get out of it.
Pop On Jumps: Jumping was a breeze on this board and while it will excel at small to medium jumps if you’re a more confident rider don’t hesitate hitting a larger jump. It does what it needs to do and won’t let you down. The snap off the lip is much like an ollie, you get what you put into it.
Butterability: The rocker zones in the tip are playful and have a snap out of them due to the camber zone where they meet. If you put your weight over the board it stays locked with minimal effort, this makes it fun for all sorts of butter variations.
Jibbing: Slow or fast speeds don’t matter with this board. It wants to jib, it locks into presses, and it still has the snap to pop back out.
Carving: Underbite 101 adds to the ability to get this board on edge. The profiling makes sense you have less in the tips and more in the middle, but underfoot you don’t have a bump out, you have a bump in so as to make the rider not feel a loss of contact when on edge. Railing turns is easy and the board locks in through a deep carve with ease. Short quick turns are where this board excels.
Rider in Mind: The rider that wants a board they can play around with but still do it all.
Personal Thoughts: The Basic is one of the longest running decks in the Yes. lineup. It’s been a staple board that has undergone a few changes over the last five years. Over all this board is a versatile deck that for the person that can only have a quiver of one I wouldn’t hesitate to look at.
Check out the past review of the Yes Basic.
Comparable Boards: Ride Machete, Rome Agent, DC Ply
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This snowboard was loaned to us for review by Yes Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.