The Yes 2020 has a unique design and it’s one of the few powder twins we came across. For those looking to ride powder switch/fakie as much as they ride good foot forward this is a great choice. It’s also not bad on groomers either. Not much changed from 2016 to 2018 except it seems the reference stance is a little more narrow with the 2018 compared to the 2016-2017 models.
2016 Yes 2020 Review
Conditions: about 1.5-2 feet of thick heavy powder with rain only a few hundred feet down below. Other days were more groomer and left over powder days.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD,
Bindings: Salomon Defender
Set Up: Something like 22.5″ Wide 15 front -15 centered.
Approximate Weight: Felt light but it’s also really small.
On Snow Feel: So most unique hybrid camber boards lift the sides but this lifted Hybrid camber lifts the middle like a catamaran. It’s a very different small skate like freestyle watercraft approach to riding powder. So it’s got all of the effective edge contacting snow like a camber board but this lifted powder hull tech in the center really changes the ride. Also the max stance width is like 23″ and it prefers a more narrow stance width. It’s all about riding switch a lot. Not sure on the sizing but I’d like to size up a bit and see how it rides.
Powder: With the ugly thick stormy powder we were able to find some fresh stashes mid day. The center lifted tech really does float well for a small wide twin.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very quick edge to edge even for it’s wider width. Having full camber along the edges makes carving pretty good on softer snow but it’s not quite like normal camber. Hard to put a finger on but it does turn different.
Speed: Not too sure here because we didn’t really have the terrain to let us open it up but it seemed good in the uneven snow and tree runs we had.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy although it did seem to buck me around a little bit in uneven bumpy steep tree runs and it flipped me around to switch which was a surprise for me. It rides switch practically perfect so it wasn’t a night mare but it was a surprise.
Edge Hold: Seems kind of normal but we had almost all soft snow and very little hard spots to test it. It held on the few we did hit rather well. I don’t think it has the same grip that under bite tech does but it’s fine for what you will ride this in.
Flex: It’s so small but you could butter it well with the center lifted tech.
Switch: Practically perfect in every way because this is a centered twin.
Jibbing: Didn’t jib but not real sure how this will play out.
Pipe: No pipe but it might be ok. Wouldn’t be my first choice.
Jumps: It’s got a nice snappy pop and it loves to spin.
So all in all I’d be interested in spending more time on the Yes 2020 and get to know it a little better. I’d also like to try it closer to the reference stance of 20.5 or even play around with the 150.