The Yes Emoticon took the Yes Basic and shrunk it down for women. It’s got that same design as the Basic that gives you a lot of all mountain to freestyle versatility at an affordable entry level price. Not much changed from the 2017 to 2018 Yes Emoticon except the reference stance width was narrowed a bit across the line. Other than that it rides the same.
Yes Emoticon 2015-2018 Snowboard Review
The Yes Emoticon’s camber profile allows the board to ride the same way in every condition out there without changing it’s stability or overall personalty on you. That’s an intangible bonus that not many boards out there have in the hybrid rocker or rocker world.
Approximate Weight: Feels Normal to bordering on light.
On Snow Feel: The Yes Emoticon is stable like a camber board but catch free. It’s an easy board to one foot off the chair and an easy board to get through long flat runs or cat tracks.
Turn Initiation: Quick and easy edge to edge. It’s a very easy board to turn.
Flex: Kind of medium between the feet but pretty soft in the tip/tail. It makes for buttering that is incredibly easy. It’s so easy that some might not like it and others will take a little while to get use to. It’s probably the only thing I wish they could fix. It would be great if it was a little stiffer.
Edge Hold: The side cut is unique. It’s got 2 disruptions at each binding so 4 waves per edge that grips really well for it’s flex. At the same time it’s not to grabby either in softer snow.
Powder: There is more volume in the nose and less volume in the tail so when you are in powder it has a better directional float.
Carving: So if it wasn’t for the softer flex this would be a great carver but it can still lay into a really fun carve that will take you back up hill.
Speed: It’s not a bomber board and get’s chattery. For an extruded base it keeps it’s speed well and doesn’t have to be waxed too much which is a plus for an entry level board. Extruded bases are slower than sintered bases but extruded bases are tougher and don’t have to be waxed as much.
Uneven Terrain: Very easy to deal with end of the day crowded resort snow.
Switch: Pretty easy either way.
Jumps: Nice springy ollies and it’s fun hitting kickers in the park or finding things to launch off on the mountain.
Jibbing: Very easy jib board and it’s confidence inspiring.
Pipe: If you keep the edges sharp and don’t jib the Emoticon is a pretty fun pipe board. It’s really forgiving and has enough edge hold to for sure ride pipe.
All in all this is a very fun all mountain freestyle to freestyle board that has a soft and playful ride without being loose between the feet.