We didn’t ride the 2018 Yes TDF and it had some big changes to the width and overall design of the board that are very similar to the Yes Standard 2018 except it has more camber. Can’t really say for sure how the new TDF rides though but it’s probably a more aggressive version of the Standandard.
The YES TDF is for an accomplished rider that still likes the traditional feel of camber for an aggressive all mountain freestyle feel. In addition, the quality of the 2013 and 2015 line is much better than 2012. It doesn’t come in many sizes and it’s mainly made for the smaller aggressive rider. Instead of regular and wide it comes in regular and narrow waist widths that allow women and smaller footed guys the ability to ride this board too.
The 2015 Yes TDF Ghost changed to a directional volume twin. It’s still got the same ride between the feet but it’s just a little better in powder because of more nose in the tip and less nose in the tail. The tip and tail still point down because it’s traditional camber and it still has a traditional camber float. It’s just now on the better side for a camber twin. Switch is almost the same but we felt that most directional volume twins we rode feel a tiny bit different than a true twin. It’s probably just in our head because the contact is a true twin but who knows for sure. Other than that the ride is very similar to the 2014 model. It’s still a poppy traditional camber board for those that like an aggressive all mountain freestyle ride.
2014 and 2013 Yes TDF Ghost Review
Conditions: 1 day of perfect sierra snow and one day where it was more on the hard side with some ocasional snowment areas.
Riders: James, Peter and Ginger.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju,
Bindings: Union Contact Pro, Flux DS
Set Up: Approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back centered.
On Snow Feel: Camber is stable one footing and flat basing but also can be catchy compared to the hybrid shapes out there these days. It’s an aggressive all mountain freestyle kind of ride that likes to carve, regular or switch from the peak until you get to the big jumps in the park. It also doesn’t mind stopping in the pipe.
Powder: It’s old school 100% camber technology will make you work to stay afloat in powder so you better keep your speed and make sure you know what you are doing here.
Turn Initiation and Carving– If you know how to turn its very quick edge to edge but it takes some work compared to the many different hybrid shapes that are out there these days. Short radius turns are fun and it just gets better with medium to wider radius turns. When it’s time to lay into a hard nipple scratching carve it’s got a lot of life in it and there is a good spring out of each turn.
Speed: It’s a well made fast twin that allows you to handle pretty decent mountain speed. It has a decent glide in the flats and a pretty damp build and it feels like many all mountain boards here.
Uneven Terrain: Handles bumpy situations well for a board with this kind of flex. It’s fine negotiating crowded end of the day snow.
Edge Hold: It doesn’t seem right but this doesn’t have the edge hold of the hybrid camber Yes boards. In my opinion I’d love to see a little mellow magnetraction going on here. It would make it an amazing pipe board and grip harder snow better.
Flex: Pretty easy to butter for an aggressive camber twin but it takes a lot more work compared to many of their hybrid camber twins like the Jackpot.
Switch: It’s a true twin so its the same either direction.
Jibbing– It’s decent here but it’s not what you would call a jib specialist. It’s much more at home in the pipe or jump area of the park.
Pipe: Very competent pipe board and if it had a little more edge hold it would be a perfect solution for the technical advanced to expert pipe ridier.
Jumps: The TDF has pop and springs very well when it comes to an ollie. It also is a great jump board for the advanced to expert rider. It’s the kind of board that makes you want to find things to spring off of all over the mountain and makes you want to stop at the roller coaster line that is the jump park every run you take.
All in all this board isn’t for everyone but many aggressive all mountain freestyle riders could find them selves having a great time on this board.
2013 and below
The YES TDF and older model called the Hand Sign are pretty much the same boards but the TDF has a few changes. First off the 2012 board has a completely new design that looks very similar to the 2012 Jones All Mountain Twin. Second off the TDF has a slightly faster base and is a bit lighter. This is a solid, high performance, technical springy snowboard made for going big all over the mountain. The TDF has a lot of similarities to the old Burton Uninc from the early to mid 2000’s. Burton must be kicking themselves after dropping the YES guys because they are making some well liked boards. If you are looking for a camber all mountain freestyle board then this might be a good choice.