|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
YES Ghost 2019 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride
The Yes Ghost is pretty much the evolution of the TDF and parallels the Standard in shape but not in camber profile. It’s still hybrid camber but has a little more camber before going to rocker. The demo model didn’t have the slam backs like the 2018 model did but it’s still a great board for those that like to make good turns, want good edge hold, like to carve and want good float for a centered stance board.
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Conditions: Mainly good snow but some hard patches.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up: 22.5” Centered 12 front -12 back
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal for its volume which is a bit more than most 156’s.
Flex: On the medium/stiff side of medium.
Sizing: The 156 feels like it’s a little slow for my size 9’s but the rest of the board feels like it matches my weight well. I’d be curious to see if the 153 would be more suitable for my boot size and not feel too small/chattery. It might work with the extra volume but I’m not 100% sure.
On Snow Feel: Very stable and bordering on being semi-locked in. It’s definitely a little more locked in than the Yes Standard and there feels like there is more consequence to the Yes Ghost. It tracks well though without being as catchy as camber, one foots easy and flat bases like a champ. It’s very consistent underfoot in any kind of snow and never starts to feel loose or want to auto spin on you.
Edge Hold: The Mid-Bite tech helps it grip more than you would think and it feels almost on par with Underbite’s grip. The Yes Ghost also doesn’t grab too hard in softer snow making it a great all conditions ride.
Turn Initiation: Kind of slow and not very quick edge to edge for my specs. I couldn’t get the Yes Ghost and the Yes Standard where I wanted them when I wanted them to be there.
Turning Experience: Despite the slow edge to edge transitioning the overall turning experience is really fun once you have that side cut engaged and the Yes Ghost is more fun than the Standard here for sure.
Carving: The Yes Ghost is really fun to carve and springs well from edge to edge. It’s a super fun board to carve and really shines here over the Standard.
Speed: Same with speed and even though the flex is so similar the Ghost’s extra camber seems to dampen up the ride and reduce the clown shoe effect you often get in the tip/tail with hybrid shapes.
Uneven Terrain: Not quite fun for my size 9’s in uneven terrain and it was a lot of work in a bump line I went through. That being said it was great everywhere else like micro bumps on hard groomers or hammering over something bumpy or tracked was just fine. So it’s hard to be too critical on the Yes Ghost and if you have bigger boots it might turn well for you.
Powder: Now this is where the Yes Standard will pull way ahead over the Ghost because the 2019 Yes Ghost demo I received did not have slamback inserts anymore. It’s just 5×2 centered per binding which just isn’t that much back so plan on riding this centered to just a touch set back. Also, there is some rocker but not as much as the Standard so overall it’s gonna float better than if it was full camber but it’s just not going to hang with most one board quiver/all mountain rides.
Buttering: A bit more work than the Yes Standard and not as much fun but still doable if you have med/strong legs.
Switch: It seems like the Yes Ghost’s shape wouldn’t ride well switch but being a true twin on sidecut makes it pretty good. The different volume in the tip/tail feels a touch off but nothing you can’t get used to after a few turns.
Jumps: More pop than the Standard for sure and the Yes Ghost popped better for me for sure.
Jibbing: Like the Standard, better here and the Ghost feels a little more unfriendly.
Pipe: Maybe the 153 Yes Ghost would be a super fun pipe board but that wider, slower turning feel underfoot didn’t inspire confidence for me in the pipe. might be great with bigger feet but I’m not sure.
So all in all, the Yes Ghost is a super fun ride and even though the 156 feels better suited for larger boots it’s a well-made board.
YES Ghost Past Reviews
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.
YES Ghost Specs
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YES Ghost User Reviews
Yes TDF 2017
I ride a YES Jackpot and TDF.
I like the Yes TDF because it is very different to the Jackpot. It is lightning quick edge to edge, has good drive with solid snap while still giving enough to flow over terrain with authority. It is just a very clean sharp feeling that with Genesis reflex bindings (love the FUF). This is my daily driver. I don't like sometimes because it has this skinny needle feeling when I want to lean it over all the way on a hard carve and gives me caution due to how narrow it is (sizing up to the156 would solve this but I wanted a smaller size for freestyle around the mountain). Buttering feels difficult for me on it as I am weak and is a slightly catchier than the Jackpot. All in all it is a light snappy blade that is easy to throw around and feels comfortable everywhere especially on jumps and in the glades. Uneven terrain is oddly very fun with this board and Genesis bindings. I love end of day snow with this combo the way it flexes smoothly around bumps but has this energy coming out of it.
I have the version of this board from 2011 when it was referred to as the Handsign. This is a full cambered board that has a super fast base and is extra playful. This is a great board if you are looking for a cambered freestyle board. It is rock solid off of jumps, and with its narrow waist, it is quick to turn and alot of fun to play around the mountain with. Where this really shines for me is in the halfpipe, it feels locked in with the camber and there is no problem climbing the icy wall, and also has the pop to really pop off the lip. YES makes a stellar board and you can tell they are well designed.
Yes TDF 154 2011/2012
Hi JJ here, I'd like to contribute to a board that has hardly been reviewed on the web, the Yes TDF model, in 154, from the 2011/2012 season, in Camrock.
About myself; I'm 33yo, 5"8, 165lbs, athletic. Been riding 40days a year on average since 1997, mostly in Europe, and consider myself an advanced rider, with strong alpine skills, and good FS foundation. I'm doing a season in Colorado for 2012/2013.
About the board:
Groomers: very good edgehold, fast edge to edge and good grip on ice as well. Carving is fun with this board, and solid. The flex is pretty firm and it handles terrain very well. The board feeds on speed, and feels better bombing down than cruising.
Powder: a good surprise here. The board is extremely fast and floats very well. It wants to turn very sharply, so careful not to dig an edge. A bit too agressive when you want to be surfy. Took it one month to Niseko,Japan in knee deep snow and it did great.
Park: good pop, solid, and very stable on landings. It's made to go big and comes to life with a bit of amplitude. Switch is perfect but watch out the quick edge to edge that can throw you out if you don't pay attention. Probably not a problem for Tadashi, but when I'm trying new tricks I like my Salomon Drift better. Same goes for buttering and jibing; the board is ok but not super playful, and not very forgiving. It's also a bit heavy. Not a tank, but def not light either.
Pipe: a machine. Reminds me of my old Burton Balance. Grips the walls really well, pops great off the lip, and carries all the speed needed in transitions, even if your position is less than perfect. Not surprising with its alpine qualities mentioned above.
So all in all an agressive all mountain FS board, made to charge and go big, like Tadashi!