The Yes Hel Yes is the first true women’s specific model in their line. Before the Hel Yes, there were smaller narrow mostly men’s boards but this is the first Women’s only board. It’s an aggressive all mountain board with a strong freeride aftertaste that at first seems like the very well liked Men’s Pick Your Line without taper but has it’s own personality as well.
The 2016-2018 Yes Hel Yes comes from SWS out of Dubai instead of GST from Austria because GST closed down. It’s got a livelier core that’s a little more snappy and a little less stiff than before giving it a slightly mellowed ride that many will like. Now it borders on not being called an Aggressive Mtn ride and appeals to a wider variety of riders. The 2018 Yes Hel Yes didn’t change much or at all from the 2016-2017 models except the reference stance width narrowed a bit.
Conditions: Hard to good condition rockies snow and softer sierra snow with some harder snow at the top.
Riders: Ginger and Mary
Boots: Salomon Synapse and I forgot what Ginger had.
Bindings: Now IPO
On Snow Feel: The Yes Hel Yes is a very stable and a tiny bit catchy like a camber board and it’s got an aggressive feel for those that like to carve hard when there is no powder and then surf powder when it dumps. It’s a fast fun frreeride board that the women’s world could use.
Powder: Mary and Gninger had no pow but with the big ass shovel nose combined with some set back and camber the board should float very well. It should have a slashy quick feel and when centered wouldn’t be too bad switch if you like mixing it up here and there. It’s going to be pretty easy in the trees, able to straight line chutes and make surfy slashes in steep wide open terrain. We are surprised that it only has a -10 mm set back but that is setback on sidecut. When looking to how the stance is set on the board you can see the set back on board is much more and more in line with most directional boards. The 2016 model has a bigger shovel nose than before and a little less volume in the tail so it floats a little better.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Yes Hel Yes has a lot of camber going on between the feet to a little past the bindings and it makes for a fun snappy ride edge to edge. It’s not going to be easy on you if you skid your turns but if you know how to carve you might love this board. The 2016 Hel Yes upped the turn initiation with the evolution of the Disrupted Side Cut to the Underbite side cut. It’s still very similar to the older model but
Speed: This is a bomber board with almost man’s board type of speed. It’s a little more playful and less damp than the Jones Mothership but it’s also more friendly in uneven snow. The 2016 model is a touch softer and a little less damp at higher speeds but not too much. It still really bombs and the base glides just as well as it use to.
Uneven Terrain: The Hel Yes is a stiffer aggressive board but the flex does allow for someone who has to deal or likes to deal with bumps or end of the day crowded groomers with emerging moguls. The 16 version is better here than the 15.
Edge Hold: The Disrupted side cut is pretty new and does a little better job as the mellow magnetraction with other Yes boards. It feels great in thicker snow and does not grab like aggressive Magnetraction. So great for most conditions you want to ride and even some you don’t. The Disrupted Sidecut evolved to the Underbite sidecut for the 2016 Yes Hel Yes but the edge hold is the same.
Flex: The 15 was Very aggressive but snappy flex that likes to pop and carve but it’s no butter board. However the 16 Yes Hel Yes has a little more butterability and playfulness in the tip/tail than before. It’s still no butter board but it’s a little easier to lean back on the tail on a powder day.
Switch: This directional board isn’t bad switch when it’s centered up and you would think it would be a lot worse but it isn’t.
Jibbing: Not a jib board and wouldn’t eve try it.
Pipe: Could be a great pipe board. It’s got a camber drive from wall to wall as well as stong edge hold so it’s a fun pipe board.
Jumps: Super fun launching off a natural feature and it can spin a bit. It’s not terrible landing switch either. As far as the park it’s not a top choice but it’s very doable.