Board: Yes Basic Decade
Camber Option: 2-4-2 Camrock with less rocker than the regular Basic.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, moderate amounts of wind, warmer temperatures, snow that was firm in the morning and soft and slushy in the past.
Flex: This board is a bit stiffer than middle of the road all mountain flex. There’s a flex point right where the camber meets the rocker but you don’t over power it when you push into it. There’s a moderate amount of torsional give to it.
Stability: This board is very stable and damp yet lively. It’s a board you can charge into a chunder field and it’s not going to make your knees and ankles hate you. There’s next to no chatter in the rocker in the tips.
Ollies: You have to engage the camber zone to get this board to pop, but when you do it actuates the rocker zone and snaps. To say there’s an insane amount of pop from this board is a bit of an understatment, but you have to fully activate that rocker area to get it to springboard.
Pop On Jumps: This board is stable and snappy on jumps. Small to large it’s got you covered.
Butterability: You have to really push into the rocker zone to get this board to butter, you can’t be lazy. But I will say when you get over the hinge point and balance your weight it locks in and holds till you want to snap out.
Jibbing: If you don’t lock a press on the outside of the hinge point your presses will look soggy. But if you know where the sweet spot is, you’re going to lock in and feel super secure.
Carving: This board is better for tight quick carves than laying over a long drawn out Eurocarve. This board is quick and nimble on edge and slices through firm or icy snow.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to have one board that will do it all.
Personal Thoughts: It’s stiffer than the Basic, it’s more stable than the Basic, and as the name implies it’s an improvement over the staple board of the Yes lineup. This board has pop, it presses with ease once you find where the sweet spot is. This is a board that is a true quiver of one.