Board: Yes Optimistic
Camber Option: Camrock 2-4-2. Camber underfoot with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Puking snow, cold blistery temps, and visibility that had me regulated to the lower mountain.
Flex: This board is on the stiffer side. You notice it the most in the torsional flex. The nose seems to have a bit more play than the tail as well due to the shape and rocker.
Stability: This board is short, wide, and stiff. It has the stability you crave when you’re charging around the mountain in variable conditions. While stable it’s still not one of those dead damp rides though.
Ollies/Pop: Load up the camber zone and be prepared to boost. This board has insane amounts of pop, mostly due to having more surface area to really load up on it.
Butterability: Unless you’re going fast and in deep snow I strongly urge you to reconsider trying to butter it. But if you are going to butter just do high speed skid wheelies, those were actually fun.
Carving: I’m a huge fan of Underbite and it works well with this board. I found myself laying down Euro-carves into the lift line when I wasn’t just ripping turns down an open face or getting from one little powder stash or another on the mountain.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes to ride a shorter wide board that can charge.
Personal Thoughts: I don’t think there’s enough good things to say about this revamp in the Optimistic. It needed it! I found myself jumping off everything I could as well as just trying to rail slalom turns through side hits and laying trenches all over the mountain.
Comparable Boards: K2 Party Platter, Marhar Lumberjack, Ride Warpig
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This board was loaned to us for review from Yes Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*