The Yes 420 is weird. It’s not bad weird but just weird and very different. They said they took the surface area of a 161 and put it into a 148. The 420 is short, very wide and has a flat to rocker shape. It’s almost like taking a skim board and mounting bindings on it. None of us wanted to go out on the hill with a 29 cm waist but all of us were glad after we did. Every year there are little tweaks with the shape and set back that might appeal to you more than other years but the general ride is still the same.
The 2016 YES 420 has a set back of -15mm and it’s made by SWS in Dubai instead of GST in Austria but other than that a very similar ride compared to the older models.
Conditions: About 6″ of light fluffy Utah powder. 1 day on soft sierra snow but mainly a groomer day.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton Imperial
Bindings: Union SL, Union Contact Pro
Set Up: Centered, about 23″ wide 15 front -6 back
This is one of those boards that I didn’t want our crew to ride but the first time it was snowing and I knew that we were going to get lot’s of questions about it. So we we all reluctantly took it up the hill. This is not like Burton’s Raduction tech because the waist width is soo massive that the surface area is the same as 162. The 420 widens as it shortens. This is really it’s own powder board and there is nothing out there like it.
We aren’t going to break it down like we normally do here because this is soo specialized for powder.
On Snow Feel: It’s a strange thing to mount yourself on a 148 with a 28.6 cm waist and then to go out and think it will turn but it does and it feels pretty stable between the feet without being catchy. It’s going to feel a lot more normal than it’s specs but it still feels very much like a quiver board.
Powder: The set back seems to change every year. 2013 was centered, 2014 was -20 mm and 2015 is -10 mm but all years float really well. What little powder we had felt good. It floated well but its definitely a quiver powder board. To me it felt like a super short thick pod like fish mated with a skim board. It’s a fun ride but I’m not sure if I’d like to ride this every time it dumps.
Turn Initiation and Carving: it’s a lot easier edge to edge than you would think for a 28.6 cm waist. That’s the biggest waist Kyle and I have ever tried. I was actually scared that I wouldn’t be able to turn it but instead it felt like many easy turning mid/wide boards I rode and it was a lot easier than I expected to turn. Carving wasn’t special but you could lay into a decent carve without it washing out in good snow. It doesn’t really have a spring out of the turn. It would be fun to see a little camber in the tail but it might be hard to fit it in with such a small size.
Speed: Pretty fast and stable at speed. Even though this is a 148 you feel like you can really bomb. Even though I’d rather bomb on the PYL this is a good board for pointing it.
Uneven Terrain: There was a little bumpy terrain with emerging moguls and it really didn’t feel super easy.
Edge Hold: Not quite the grip we are accustomed to in the Yes line. You could feel it slip a little here and there over ice patches but it’s good enough for powder riding.
Flex: Pretty medium/stiff and not quite the butter board despite the
Switch: It’s doable but it’s not super comfortable