The YES Basic Snowboard is one of the better low cost all mountain freestyle boards and it fit’s a wide variety of riders. This is a very fun board for an advanced to expert rider looking for a snappy but mellow ride on a budget or a beginner to intermediate rider who wants to progress. There have been lot’s of changes over the years to this board so make sure you read the review that corresponds to the year of the board you are interested in.
2015 and 2016 Yes Basic Snowboard Review
So the 2015 Yes Basic Snowboard went through a pretty big overhall from the 2014 model. Here are the major changes.
1. The snowboard is much softer than previous years. Where a lot of YES snowboards live on the stiffer more aggressive side the YES Basic has gone softer. It’s especially softer in the tip/tail.
2. The side cut has a new twist that has what they call under bite. Instead of the edges sticking out in little bumps like Grip Tech from Arbor or MTX from Mervin they actually have 4 indentions (2 on each side) at each binding. This creates extra grip without being grabby but also makes the turn initiation a little easier.
Size: 155 and 158
Conditions: Soft perfect sierra snow along with some spring days where its hard in the morning slowly transitioning to soft bordering on slushy by mid day.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo, Mike,
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendor,
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Salomon District, Union Force, Union Contact Pro
Set Up: Centered approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal for a 155
On Snow Feel: Like all Yes snowboards with their Camrock tech (hybrid camber) the YES Basic has a consistently stable feel that’s good in all conditions. Some boards change in softer or harder snow but you always get the same feeling underfoot in all conditions. It’s a forgiving un catchy ride that’s very versatile. It’s not a bomb the groomer kind of ride due to it’s flex but it’s more of a play all over the mountain and park kind of ride.
Turn Initiation: Very quick and easy edge to edge and it’s got a snappy turn to it.
Flex: A little too soft for my taste in the tip/tail when it comes to buttering but the flex between the feet is fine. I’d like to see them stiffen up the tip/tail a good amount. Still the YES Basic is a good board for those learning how to butter and you get use to the softer tip/tail pretty quick. It’s just a little shocking if you go from let’s say the Jackpot to this.
Edge Hold: Now this new edge hold technology really helps this soft board grip a lot better than it should. If the YES Basic snowboard was stiff and had this tech it would be a great ice snowboard but instead because of the softer flex its got great grip in hard snow and it’s on the bottom end of being a good ice board. It’s a nice grip that doesn’t grab in softer snow too. It’s good for almost all conditions you see on the mountain. This 2015 model with the under bite edge hold tech is definitely an improvement over the older models.
Powder: We didn’t have any real powder and the season we tested this board in was pretty shitty. I’m thinking that because the old YES Basic Snowboard had really good float for a directional twin that this is an improvement. The old YES Basic did have a little more length in the nose than and it seems like this does as well. It’s not as accentuated as some of Yes’ directional volume twins but from just eye balling it there seems to be a difference in height between the tip and tail.
Carving: So there is enough edge hold and camber to lay into a decent carve but it’s not going to feel like the Standard or other stiffer Yes snowboards. It’s a little to soft tortionally and longitudinally for good carvers to really enjoy it. Still it isn’t bad for such a mellow board.
Speed: For our crew the 155 was a pretty mellow snowboard that doesn’t really like to bomb. You can feel the board start to chatter underfoot when picking up speed on a moderate sized run. The base of the YES Basic keeps a decent glide going in the flats though. However the 158 had a much better fit to our specs and we felt it had a much better mountain presence when it came to speed. It wasn’t the chattery mess that the 155 was and although it wasn’t a bomber it could hold a line riding around the mountain. I’d get the 155 if I planed to ride mostly the park and the 158 if I planed to ride the mountain with some park mixed in. I felt that the 2014 model from GST had more of a stiffer damp ride.
Uneven Terrain: The YES Basic is very forgiving in soft bumpy slow speed end of the day runs. It can also turn through moguls really easy.
Switch: So if you ignore the differences between the shapes of the tip and tail you will find that when on the snow this board rides almost the same either way. I had no problem riding switch and it’s very close to feeling like a true twin.
Jumps: Nice snappy flex to it that likes to pop well on an ollie. It’s an easy snowboard to lap the park with or launch off some natural terrain.
Jibbing: The softer flex made the YES Basic more forgiving and easier to ride in the jib park and you can lap it all day if you want.
Pipe: If you keep the edges sharp and don’t jib much this is a pretty good pipe board that will allow you to really work on getting good in the pipe or just try new things. It’s not the best pipe board for advanced to expert riders but for those that don’t ride the pipe hard it’s a fun board.
So all in all the YES Basic Snowboard has improved nicely and my only complaint is the tip/tail are too soft when buttering. I’d like to see them stiffen them up a bit for next year. Other than that it’s a really fun board for those that want to treat the mountain like a park as well as stop in the park. It’s a great beginner/intermediate board as well as an affordable freestyle to all mountain freestyle board for those that are on a budget.
2014 Yes Basic Review
The 2014 Yes Basic changed up the camber profile. Last year Yes moved their flagship boards over to GST and they came back with a little more camber going on and better construction. For 2014 all Yes boards are coming out of the GST factory and that means that the Basic is now made there too. This has more camber going on and it totally changed up the ride for the better. You can tell immediately how the quality of construction changed up the ride.
Conditions: Hard Rockies snow and some practically perfect soft sierra snow as well.
Riders: James and Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited
Set Up:23″ wide 15 front -15 back centered.
On Snow Feel: So the old YES Basic felt like a rocker board with a little bit of camber between the feet but now the 2014 Yes basic is a camber board with a little bit of rocker between the feet. It’s still catch free but you get a lot more of a camber feel and spring. This is the kind of board that’s fun just about anywhere and it’s a solid all mountain freestyle board for the price.
Powder: The older Basic had easier float in powder because there was extra rocker but the extra camber Basic still floats well and wants to stay up in powder. Based on my experience with the YES Asym and the Jackpot the Basic will float similar to that. One of the problems with all mountain freestyle boards like this is they are true twins with a centered stance. This limits and can often eliminate your ability to set the board back for directional float. Most people will be able to set the stance back a little bit but those with narrow or wider stances probably wont be able to get much out of it. Let’s just say that if you prefer directional powder riding a board with a set back stance will do a far better job than the Basic with it’s centered stance. We do like the extra nose going on. What they did is make the nose on the board rise up a little more than the tail so there is more directional float. I’d love to see them add a -20mm set back so this would have more of an all mountain ride that has better directional float in powder for those who want to surf the white stuff but this is right there with most hybrid shape twins out there when it comes to float.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Before the Yes Basic could turn very easy and quick but with the extra camber it’s still somewhat easy but it’s more snappy and poppy edge to edge. It makes the ride a lot more fun to turn even though it’s a little bit more challenging edge to edge. Carving really improved. You can lay into a hard carve and get a nice spring out of it. This is great for a directional twin.
Speed: Stable but not a bomber board. You can get your mountain speed up pretty well and it can straight line but it’s not like the PYL when it comes to speed. The base is extruded but it does keep it’s speed rather well and it’s pretty maintenance free. The extra camber in the profile gives a little more stability and makes it a better ride.
Uneven Terrain: The narrow waist, forgiving flex make this board easy to deal with emerging moguls on a crowded groomer day and it has good shock absorption. Pair this up with a good shock absorbent binding and it’s going to handle most shitty slow speed conditions fine.
Edge Hold: Same great grip as before and maybe a touch better. It’s not an ice specialist but it’s also not grippy in soft snow so it makes for a good all conditions ride.
Flex: There is a little more mustard in the flex this year and it has more snap/pop/spring or what every you want to call it. It’s still on the medium side of soft but it’s just got more return when flexed on the snow. It’s not as easy to butter but the older basic’s camber profile made it almost too easy. Not it takes a little more effort but it’s totally doable. It’s a very playful hybrid camber ride.
Switch: Almost perfect either way as it’s a directional twin with a centered stance. Some might find a difference in the flex if they butter switch but otherwise it’s the same.
Jibbing: It’s very doable but on the average side of good. You sacrafice your edge hold but the flex and longer camber profile aren’t bad for hitting average rails and bonks.
Pipe: What a fun pipe board. It’s got great drive wall to wall and holds an edge well enough to be a dedicated pipe board and it’s still pretty forgiving.
Jumps: Big improvement here in the jump world. It pops well and it’s a lot more fun to ollie. This is equally fun jumping off natural features on the mountain or off kickers of all sizes in the park.
The new camber improvement as well as the boost in quality in the design is the major theme even though there were other minor improvements. The Basic will make a lot of riders happy and it’s a great all mountain freestyle ride.
2013 and Below Yes Basic Review
Size: 157 and 159
Conditions: Everything from 2′ of thick sierra powder to hard pack with some icy spots.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Kyle and a few others
Boots:Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, Burton SLX, Rome Libertine Pure Flex
Bindings: Union Contact, Burton Co2, Burton Cartel Re:Flex, Flux TT30, Union Contact Pro.
Set Up- Centered, 22.5 and 23″ wide, 15 front -15 back
The YES Basic is a top choice to learn on or satisfy a rider on a lower budget. It’s an all mountain freestyle ride but it’s even good for an aspiring all mountain rider as well. If they made this set back 15 mm it could be a perfect all mountain to all mountain freestyle ride.
For 2013 It seems like it’s only camrock. What is also cool about the 2012 and 2013 Basic is YES has a size for everyone this year from women to Wide. The 2012 YES Basic comes in two shapes. They offer camber like they did in 2011 and their hybrid camber shape that they call camrock for 2012. We found the 2012 Basic to have a faster base than the 2011 but the 2013 went to extruded. It’s not going to be slightly slower but more durable and require less wax. For an entry level board like this that isn’t a terrible thing but advanced to expert riders will probably prefer the 2012 sintered 6000 base if they like to wax a lot and keep it as fast as possible. Still the ride is pretty much the same as last year in terms of flex and all around performance. It’s still a favorite.
On Snow Feel: Its very forgiving and catch free but at the same time stable when it comes to one footing off the chair or flat basing through long almost flat slopes. Its got a do everything well confidence inspiring kind of feel for riders of all levels.
Powder: The YES Basic is a really fun board for a twin with a centered stance. We had a day with some powder and another day with some left over powder that was a little over a foot. The basic floated well and if riding switch in powder is your thing this will be a great board. If you like to set it back and get the most effortless float in powder we feel the Taipan has the advantage here.
Turn Initiation– The Basic can turn very very easy and would be good for just about any level rider. It’s pretty loose between the feet for a hybrid camber snowboard and almost feels as catch free as a hybrid rocker board without the squirrely feel you get flat basing on hard pack or one footing. If you make short or wide turns the Basic will be predictable and easy.
Carving– We were able to make a pretty serious carve without washing out and love hybrid camber for this. It does really well for a board of this flex.
Speed: The Basic is a soft board so this isn’t going to light the world on fire when it comes to fighting chatter at speed. Still this does a very good job for it’s flex. It can handle moderate speeds and is good for a board that can jib like this. It’s a very balanced ride.
Uneven Terrain: Very easy to go over or around bumpy end of the day snow.
Weight-This is right in the middle.
Edge Hold: We liked how this held in just about any condition you want to ride. It held well in the pipe, on hard pack and did well with just about everything but pure east coast ice. It’s not going to bite like many magnetraction boards but it does a good job.
Flex: This is a pretty soft board it was smooth when it comes to buttering around the mountain or hitting the jib park. It’s not a noodle but it’s pretty soft in the tip and tail. The reverse camber starting at the bindings makes for a very easy board to butter and press. If you come from a hybrid rocker board with camber at the tip/tail and try to butter this board you might slide right out on your ass at first because it’s so easy. Once you get use to it it’s really fun because it’s so much more effortless to butter than other boards.
Switch: Its a true twin so it’s perfect switch.
Jibbing– The camber between the feet on this board is not very high and ends at the bindings. It’s almost like it’s flat so combine that with the soft flex you have a really good rail and jib board. It almost feels like a flat/rocker board when sliding across a rail or box. We had a lot of fun in the park with this.
Pipe: Usually a pipe board and a jib park board don’t do well together but the basic was pretty fun in the pipe. The edges weren’t tainted from too much jib park play so it still held an edge well in the pipe.
Jumps: We had a lot of fun in the roller coaster line. It was also pretty springy when it came to generating your own air. In the park or out of the park you will have a good time on the Basic.
All in all we were really impressed with the Basics performance in and out of the park. It rides better than many $500 board we tried. Well done YES.
Jimbo taking the Basic Camrock throught the park
A quick look at the 2012 YES Basic
The YES Basic 2011 “How it Rides”
|How It Rides (2011 camber)
The Good Ride Take On YES Snowboards
Yes has been around now for a few years and has established itself as one of the better hybrid camber snowboards in the US. We are big fans of hybrid camber because it’s stable between the feet, has good edge hold and is very floaty in powder. The guys who designed these boards are from Burton and they had Nidecker make the boards. Nidecker has been around since 1984 and has an amazing reputation in Europe. They just haven’t found a way to correctly market themselves in the US which is a shame because they make great boards. YES did have some cosmetic issues with their boards but most of that is behind them now. Our biggest complaint is that we’d like to see Women’s boards and Wide boards from YES as well. Almost every board from YES is well thought out and usually won’t disappoint.