The YES Public It has a flat profile that has all the characteristics that flat boards have so it makes for a great jib to street focused boards. It ollies well and it’s almost happier on metal than it is on snow. Yes makes a lot of boards out there that seem to have a wider scope than their intended purpose. With the Yes Public they ended this and made a board that really only does one thing. It’s not really a jib board that you can take other places. It’s just a jib to street board.
The 2013 – 2015 Yes Public hasn’t changed much in design except the manufacturer for 2014 up is GST so the quality had a nice bump up from last years model.
On Snow Feel: The public has a camber profile that is flat from tip to tail and has that same feel that most flat camber boards have. Its stable between the feet and it’s easy to flat base. It also isn’t very catchy. This is a jib park board and we didn’t expect a dynamic mountain ride on the way to the park and we weren’t surprised. It’s an all jib to street kind of board.
Powder: This is a flat camber board. It’s not pointing down or pointing up so it’s more work on the back leg to stay afloat compared to a board with some or a lot of rocker. It’s not the Yes board we would choose for powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving– Almost all flat camber boards turn pretty quickly and easily edge to edge and this is no difference. Short radius turns are very easy. Medium radius turns don’t have an arc in it and that usually isn’t liked. Carving is worthless but that’s expected. There is no spring out of any turn.
Speed: Not made for speed but the base is sturdy and good for the urban thing.
Flex: It’s soft but not terribly soft. It has a sturdy heavy feel to it compared to the other yes boards. The pro it’s made for is a bigger guy so this might explain why it feels thicker and stiffer than other jib boards we have come across. It’s still pretty easy to butter and press around the mountain.
Edge Hold: Usually even the boards without a special side cut like the Yes basic still have borderline great edge hold but the Public’s edge hold is poor. It feels like it doesn’t’ want to grip at all which is good for it’s intended purpose.
Jibbing: What makes this board rather lousy on the mountain and other elements of the park helps it do well in the jib park. It’s smaller, completely hook free and slides like the edges are made of brass. You have a lot of freedom to take on just about any bonk, rail or any kind of obstacle you encounter out in the streets, public parks and park on the mountain. Sliding on a rail you suddenly get this boards intended purpose. It’s sweet spot seems to be for bigger guys or really strong riders as it’s flex seems to handle a lot more wait than the size would suggest.
Pipe: Don’t bother.
Jumps: Flat Camber boards have a design that makes it pretty easy to Ollie and the Public is no exception. It’s got a decent spring to it but we wouldn’t say it’s the best flat camber board we came across when it came to spring.
The Yes Public is a good jib board for big boned guys with normal to mid sized feet. If all you do is jib and take on urban terrain then this could work for you.