2013 and 2014 YES Jackpot Review
The 2013 and 2014 Yes Jackpot has a better build quality as well as a nice camber augmentation. The camber extends past the binding inserts and it’s much more pronounced. It feels more like a camber board compared to the older model where you felt a lot more rocker going on. Its less forgiving than the old board but still has a more forgiving playful ride than traditional camber. This makes the board much more poppy, more fun to turn, better to carve and a more of an all mountain freestyle ride.
Conditions: Everything from borderline icy conditions to 1.5 feet of powder.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Peter and Lee
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Ruler
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis
Weight: 5.8lbs Size 154
On Snow Feel: The new enhanced camber Yes Jackpot is a big improvement in terms of stability and really has much more of an all mountain freestyle feel to it due to the extra camber. It’s got a lot more of a ride the mountain or the park kind of feel and it also has a lot more spring in the feel of the board.
Powder: The newer Jackpot from 2013 and 2014 has a little less float in powder due to the extra camber so now it’s more on the average side of good but it still does better than a true camber board. There is still a bend up after the camber but it’s just not as pronounced. It doesn’t want to sink and isn’t bad for those that like an all mountain freestyle/centered stance approach to the mountain on a pow day.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The newer GST made/camber profile has a much better carve that makes for a lot more fun on the mountain. The extra camber makes the board spring out of short radius to carving turns better than the old minimal camber model. It’s not as easy to turn and feels more like a camber board than the old but most advanced to expert riders will appreciate this more than the older models. Short radius, meduim radius and wide radius turns aren’t as easy but quick and snappy but are more lively and springy if you are a more advanced rider you will really appreciate the extra camber and pop. It’s much more of a balanced board now where before it was a more jib/butter friendly board.
Speed: The 2013 and 2014 Yes Jackpot has a faster base that picks up speed and keeps speed a little better than the older model. It’s still not as damp as the Greats but it’s an improvement over the older models and it’s much more fun for mountain riding.
Uneven Terrain: Really easy to deal with shitty snow and bumpy conditions. It’s medium/soft flex and still easy turning ride handles bumpy end of the day snow very well. Emerging moguls are pretty easy to deal with.
Approximate Weight-This is right in the middle and doesn’t bother your foot on the chair. All years feel about the same.
Edge Hold: We felt the newer enhanced camber Jackpots had a little better edge hold but not by too much. It’s mellow magnetraction has enough bite for easy hard snow riding and doesn’t feel grabby in soft thicker snow. If you are going to hit the jib park a lot then your rails will obviously loose their bite.
Flex: The 2013 felt like the flex was a little more aggressive on the hill due to the extra camber but when you flex the board in a shop it feels the same as the 2012. There is also a little more snap with the 2013. The 2012 buttered and pressed easier but the 2013 still does a pretty good job with a little more effort.
Switch: Its a true twin so it’s fine switch.
Jibbing– The Newer Jackpot board has a little more camber and isn’t as forgiving in the jib park.The older models had a more mellow consequence free ride. The 2014 and 2013 Yes Jackpot still isn’t a catchy technical jib board but it’s got a little more going on to where it isn’t the easy smooth jib board it use to be. We find it a much better pipe and jump board these days.
Pipe: The Newer Yes Jackpots offer a great ride in the pipe and it feels more like a pipe/jump board now days. We all had a really good time riding the pipe with this board. The added camber gives a little more drive wall to wall and the extra edge hold keeps you comfortable in most hard/icy pipe walls.
Jumps: The newer Yes Jackpot is more springy and poppy making it a lot more fun finding stuff around the mountain or in the park to pop off. The extra camber makes the ride a little more technical but most will appreciate the extra spring. There is a really nice improvement here and it’s fun in the air where ever you go. It’s extra camber makes the landings feel like a camber board so you can land a little heavy on the tail and pull it off but at the same time it’s more forgiving than a camber board if you are closer to an edge. This is borderline excellent or could easily be called excellent when it comes to jumps. I’m hoping to ride this board a lot more this winter and will expand on this if
2012 Yes Jackpot Review
The 2012 YES Jackpot is more of a butter/press friendly beginner- expert friendly ride. The camber ended at the middle of the binding inserts and felt more like a rocker board with a very small camber between the feet. You could feel it turning and it provided stability between the feet but it had a very forgiving catch free ride. It’s shining point was how easy it was to butter and press. It took a lot less effort than most boards and took a little getting use to.
So this video is based on the 2013 DEMO model but the 2013 PRODUCTION MODEL increased the camber a lot so this review is actually much more accurate for the 2012 model. Usually production and demo models are the same but this year YES gave us a production model surprise with this and a few other models. We rode both and both have the same graphics. So all retailers should have the production model but if someone is selling a demo model on ebay or something it won’t be the same.
2012 and below YES Jackpot Review
Size: 154 and 156
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle Jimbo, and a few others not on the site
Conditions: A few days with about a foot of thick sierra powder to hard borderline icy snow and a lot of stuff in between.
Bindings: Burton Diode, Now IPO, Burton Malavita, Flux DS30, Burton Cartel Limited, Union Contact Pro
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Ion, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Stance- 22.5 inches wide 15 front -15 back. 23 inches wide 12 front -12 back and a few other stances.
On Snow Feel– The Jackpot is a pretty good all conditions ride and can It’s a little too soft to be an excellent mountain board but if you like to make mellow turns for a bit and then jib around on natural terrain this could be perfect. The hard pack day we had showed that it’s pretty loose but not squirrely. It was also easy one footing off the chair. The jib park is it’s best feature but it’s still fun in the pipe and hitting kickers.
Powder: The YES Jackpot is a really fun board for a twin with a centered stance. The hybrid camber is only a millimeter or 2 and the rocker is pretty pronounced so it rides in powder as good or better then a flat rocker board. It planes well and doesn’t want to sink. You will still have to put a lot of work on your back leg especially if you want to take a freestyle centered stance approach to the powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Jackpot can turn very very easy and like the The Basic 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. The little mini camber between the feet does a good job here stabilizing the ride. If you make short or wide turns the Jackpot will be predictable and easy. The Ultimate Traction also gives this a little more grip and therefore stability in the turn so this is a good choice for anyone who wants an easy ride off the chair, an easy turning board and something stable when you have to flat base. When carving the mini camber makes you feel like you are carving on a really small camber board board that is between your feet. It’s not an epic feeling but it performs better than many hybrid boards we have tried. There is more of a good feeling for short to wide radius turns there and then it kind of fades into average when you carve.
Speed: The Jackpot is a soft board but it has a fast base. It can handle moderate speeds and is good for a board that can jib like this. It’s a very balanced ride and accelerates quickly when it comes to picking up speed quickly in the park.
Uneven Terrain: The extra rocker and soft flex makes this and excellent board to negotiate or bounce over crappy/bumpy end of the day resort snow that you might encounter at the end of a Saturday.
Weight-This is right in the middle and doesn’t bother your foot on the chair. Both years feel about the same.
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 we think it will do pretty well when it comes to east coast ice but there might be better boards out there. We have to say this wasn’t as grippy as an aggressive magnetraction board but better than the Basic.
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.
Switch: Its a true twin so it’s perfect switch. The only board that rides better is the Asymmetrical Yes Greats.
Rails/Jibbing: The camber between the feet on this board is not very high. 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. The Ultimate Traction does not change the ride when it comes to the jib park.
Pipe: Usually a pipe board and a jib park board don’t do well together but the Jackpot 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: This is a moderately springy board when it came to generating your own air. It felt just like the basic.
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