List Price US $549
YES Hybrid 2020 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style Alternative Freeride
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Great
Turning Experience Good
Carving Good
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Average
Jumps Good
Jibbing Average
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Slow

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

YES Hybrid 2020 Review by The Good Ride

The YES Hybrid is new for 2020 and as they say, it’s a combo between the Optimistic and 420.  It takes the mellower camber profile (Camrock) of the Y and the sidecut (Tapered Underbite) of the PYL to even further the tech diversity of the ride. The result is a somewhat wide, cruisy board with a lot of surface area for an easy float that seems to be best for mid/wide footed riders but could also work for a few sizes down.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size: 161
Days:  4
Conditions: Pretty good mid-winter groomers, some powder and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor

Similar (but not the same) Boards, We Like That We Compared This To:  Capita Spring Break 161 Tree Hunter, Gentemstick Mantaray  Korua Dart,  Rome Pow Division MT,  Yes Optimistic, YES Y, Yes 420 PH and Yes 420.

Set-Up: 21.5″22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.

Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal for how wide it is for its size.

Sizing: The 161 felt too big for me with my size 9’s and it was a very slow turner. The 157 is shorter but not much narrower but it could be more fun. For Grant, with his size 11’s, it felt great. It was still somewhat big, wide and cruisy but it was more fun for Grant than it was myself.

Flex/Buttering: Take all YES’s flex ratings with a grain of salt and dial it back a bit. You can butter pretty easy for this flex and it’s got a good flex that is damp but not stiff or dead. It feels a little rubbery like it can flex more than you would think for how stiff it is without breaking.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Yes Hybrid has a big wide platform that feels wider than the Yes Y or Yes Optimistic and feels like the 420 was lengthened but given a different top. It is a big cruisy board and if you surf, Grant said it best when he called it a Fun Board.  It’s got that big, thick 7’6″ to 8′ super thick/wide kind of feel that makes it super easy to just cruise around the mountain. One footing and flat basing are super easy. So is skidding turns if you get off your game as long as you have bigger feet. For someone with size 9’s, like myself, you will find it’s a little slow but there isn’t an unforgiving super augmented camber profile that would make the edges catch when you get off your game and need to skid out. You can feel some of the 420’s fatter personality in the ride but not as much with the Optimistic or Y. It really has a unique personality in comparison to the rest of the line.

Edge Hold: The tapered underbite offers up a pretty solid grip similar to what you get in the PYL. The Yes hybrid can for sure hold an edge in hard to icy snow and is there with mellower magnetraction that you find from Lib-Tech/Gnu and some other companies.

Turn Initiation: Really slow for me edge to edge with size 9 boots and this would be a nightmare for me if I went down a long bump line or had to get through some tight trees with lots of quick turns. It felt wider than 26.4cm in the waist and I would have guessed in the 27’s or 28’s. For Grant, it felt slow overall but much faster in comparison to me with his size 11’s.

Turning Experience/Carving: When the edge is set and the turn begins there isn’t that acceleration you get into the turn like you do with the Y or Optimistic but it is a slow but fun cruisy turn. You can carve pretty hard but if that’s what you want then go for the Y or Optimistic. Those are a little more rewarding. What was interesting is I didn’t feel the 12mm of taper as much turning and I didn’t feel like I had to put as much back foot weight as I did with boards like the PYL that have less taper (approx 6mm) but the same tapered underbite sidecut. It didn’t have an overall turn like the Optimistic or Y but it did have that not so tapered feel for sure.

Powder: Even though the Optimistic and Y have a little more set back on board the Hybrid felt like it wasn’t even trying in the powder we had. It felt like the whole board like’s to sit on top of the snow more than boards that let the tail sink and nose rise. When comparing the set back on board to the Optimistic it sits more centered even though the setback on sidecut is much more with the Hybrid.  There is a 6.75″ difference between nose and tail making it  3.375″ back from the center of the board when set all the way back at almost 23.5″.  The Optimistic is a 9.25″ difference between nose and tail and 4.625″ back on board. Even the Y with the same amount of inserts as the Hybrid has a 7.75″ difference between nose and tail, or 3.875″ back from the center of the board. So it just shows setback on board is super different than setback on sidecut when it comes to directional float. The bottom line is this floats well while giving the feel of a little more centered ride in pow than the Y and definitely more than the Optimistic that only have 6.5mm of taper.

Speed: Damp and pretty fast but not the super bomber. The base isn’t super fast but on the better side of the glide spectrum for sure.

Uneven Terrain: The Yes Hybrid was great at powering over chunder on a powder day and I felt like was inside a car with amazing shocks on a bumpy road in the sense that you knew it was bumpy below but you just didn’t feel much of it. So amazing powering over chunder but not easy for smaller footed guys when weaving through bumps.

Overall, the Yes Hybrid, takes a lot of fun aspects from many boards in the line and

 
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