Yes is a brand that has some big names behind it and shows that there is life after Burton. Being backed by Nidecker this offers them use of some amazing technology. Here’s my look at what it was like to ride one of their decks.
Board: Yes The Dudes
Camber Option: CamRocker so camber in the middle out to rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Hurrithanes
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Winter Park
Conditions: Bluebird with a hint of crispness in the air. Absolutely perfect.
Preconceived Notions: These things have a lot of hype to live up to with all their marketing. Have a few friends on them that are somewhat stoked on them so we’ll see. Haven’t been on an Asym since the 90’s.
Flex: Middle of the road probably similar to my old Jibpan when it was brand new.
Stability: I could feel every little bump or crinkle in the corduroy that morning, it definitely isn’t a damp board by any means.
Ollies/Pop: Popped like a cambered board which meant you had to preload everything before hitting a roller or jump.
Butterability: The rocker in the tips definitely makes it easier to press it but the camber is so craptacular for getting really pressy.
Cruising: Asymetrical sidecuts are fucking awesome thats all I have to say about that. This deck on heel edge would just let you get way over to the point you could drag your ass on the snow. Then bring it over on your toes and lay a trench right down.
Jibbing: Was doable but not anything I’d say was super amazing about it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes to leave trenches in their wake and ride a stiffer flexing twin.
Personal Thoughts: Eh it was a snowboard it’ll get you down the hill, other than the sidecut this board did not live up to any hype. The fact I could feel the texture of the corduroy and every inconsistency in the snow leaves more to be desired.
What They Say: The design process just started as people I really wanted to see on snowboards, people that had to stand up and say YES. Yes we can, revolutionaries. Be a great dude of history. Stand up and make a change for the better. Chris
Binding Compatibility: Probably a bit too soft for this deck but otherwise it did the trick.
Binding Adjustability: On the fly heel and toe, easy adjust forward lean, quick pop toe ramps. Honestly it’s an easy binding to adjust if you just look at where everything is.
Straps: Did their job and I love that hinge on the heel strap it moves everything out of the way, say what you will but best feature in my opinion.
Highbacks: Tweak like mad and are super soft, think older Formula highbacks from like 3 or 4 years ago.
Binding Flex: Its made of Urethane what do you think the flex is like? It’s a jibbier binding that’s for sure.
Ratchets: Did the trick and didn’t falter.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to jib the shit out of these things.
Personal Thoughts: The binding is growing on me but its sadly no replacement to what the Formulas have been for the last few years.
What They Say: New for 2010, the Hurrithane is equipped with K2’s NEW TWEAKBACK Asym Highback. Made from a pliable urethane, the TWEAKBACK is designed for maximum freestyle flexibility: stable and supportive when engaged, loose and flexy when riders get their tweak on. A traditional strap feel built on the tested Pro-Fusion Chassis, Hurrithane is the perfect combination of a comfortable fit and performance for the park.