The Yes Jackpot got an overhaul in 2016 with some new tech but still didn’t loose the personality that made this such a strongly recommended board. The 2017 Yes Jackpot is the same as the 2016 and only the graphics changed. This year it’s a really strong park ride that still has some good mountain skills.
2017 Yes Jackpot Review– Nothings changed from 2016 other than the graphics
2016 Yes Jackpot Snowboard Review
So there are some major changes to the 2016 and 2017 Yes Jackpot made by SWS over the 2015 GST Model.
- The YES Jackpot is made at a new factory called SWS in Dubai. When GST closed down a lot of companies moved to SWS.
- It’s got a softer more playful but snappier/livelier flex than the GST model that makes this feel much more like a park board that also has a strong All Mountain Freestyle aftertaste where before with GST it was the other way around.
- New nose/tail design that at first glance looks like the old rounded nose we have seen for years. However you quickly notice it’s a little longer and it has a little point to it. Very unique look to it.
- It’s got a very new and unique side cut tech that is called “Middle Bite”. It’s a bump inward instead of out ward at the waste from the middle to the beginning of the bindings. It offers up a little extra edge hold but mainly improves the turn initiation.
Conditions: Bad spring conditions with hard snow in the morn, medium to sort of good snow mid day with slush at the end.
Riders: James, Jimbo and another guy who rides like Jimbo not on the site
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Fiend LTD,
Bindings: Now Select, Burton Genesis, Union Atlas
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 fron -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt medium bordering on light.
Sizing: Even the regular boards can fit a wider boot than you would think from the waist width because of the Middle Bite tech/AKA an indention of the waist to give it more of an hour glass figure. With the 154 that we own I have found that there is lot’s of space between the end of my medium bindings heel/toe and the edge. My guess is a size 10 would be the sweet spot but even Jimbo and Zobel with their size 11’s can work with this board too.
On Snow Feel: Same great stable ride very similar to camber but without the catch camber has. It’s very easy to one foot, flat base and ride down a long flat cat track. It’s got enough camber to make it feel like camber but enough rocker to make it forgiving and more difficult to catch an edge. I wouldn’t mind seeing a touch more camber but overall it’s a nice balance of camber under foot with rocker in the tip/tail.
Powder: No powder but it seems like it will have a very similar float to the 154 from GST YES Jackpot I owned.
Turn Initiation: Ok so I do feel the Middle bite tech and I think I agree with what YES’ marketing material says. It doesn’t totally change the ride but it’s a slight improvement over the older model. It’s faster edge to edge than you would think for how wide it is directly under foot. If you like a park board that can make really fun turns on the mountain this is a top contender. It’s not super quick but it is fun.
Skidded Turns: Super easy to skid turns and it’s a very forgiving ride.
Carving: Also laying into a carve is really fun for a freestyle twin.
Speed: Not as fast as the GST model but still can handle some moderate mountain speed with minimal chatter in the tip/tail. This isn’t a top mountain bomber but it’s really good out of the park for how good it’s in the park.
Uneven Terrain: We all played around in some bumpy but soft off piste to sloppy groomers and the softer flex did a very good job in dealing with uneven snow. It’s a little bump up from the old stiffer GST boards
Edge Hold: The Yes Jackpot’s edge hold is close to the GST model with a normal side cut but I’d say it feels like there is a little more grip with the middle bite side cut.It’s very close to the Underbite tech and borders on being a pretty solid ice board. The more I ride this in hard snow the more I feel it’s got a very confident grip. This could do well in ice and it’s only a bit behind full magnetraction. I’d say it’s on the border between being a hard and icy snow specialist for freestyle riders.
Flex: Nice improvement in the flex. It’s a little more soft and has a little more of a playful but snappy feel to it.
Switch: It’s a true twin and the other than Asymmetrical Twin’s it’s about as good as it gets.
Jibbing: Better than the GST model for jibbing and it’s newer softer flex seems to be a little more forgiving. We also didn’t feel any issues with the Middle Bite indention in the side cut. It’s not a primary jibber and it’s not the first board I’d choose but it is very doable and doesn’t sap your confidence coming up to a semi technical jib.
Pipe: Pretty fun pipe board and we really had a good time the few times we could get in the pipe late season.
Jumps: Very poppy ollie friendly board that can lap the jump park very well. This was probably the biggest improvement over the GST model. It’s new flex and overall more dynamic personality feels like it gives you more pop with a softer flex so it’s a nice trade out.
So overall the Yes Jackpot is one of those freestyle that really lives for hitting kickers, buttering and playing around the park. It’s one of those really fun boards that’s pretty fun out of the park too.
2015 Yes Jackpot Review
The YES Jackpot was a park specialist but with the enhanced camber upgrade it’s got a more of a fee that’s just as fun in the park as well as the mountain. We had a lot of fun on the Jackpot and felt it’s one of the better all mountain freestyle boards you can get. The one thing is the 2013 to 2015 models are not as soft as it’s marketed these days. It’s got a lot more mountain comfort.
The 2013 – 2015 Yes Jackpot models are made from a new factory (GST), have more camber, stiffer flex, pop and is a little more aggressive than the older models models. If this Jackpot’s camber were a woman she would of walked into the Dr’s office with an A cup and came out a playful voluptuous C cup. The 2015 is the same great Jackpot but without the mellow magnetraction in the side cut. It also comes in a Mid/Wide size for 2015.
2015 Yes Jackpot Review
Size: 156 and 154
Conditions: All spring conditions with it being hard in the morning then slowly transitioning to some moderate slush.
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro, Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal
On Snow Feel: Yes boards and their Camrock profile have a very consistent feel under foot in every condition which gives them an edge over most hybrid profies out there. From hard pack to soft snow you get the same predictable feel so there are no surprises. It’s stable in the flats and easy to one foot while not being catchy. The jackpot is much more than the freestyle board they say it is on their site. It’s got a pretty good mountain feel and has a pretty stiff core.
Turn Initiation: It’s not super quick but it’s quick and it’s really easy to make turns when you need it.
Flex: Now this is quite the opposite of the Yes Basic when it comes to flex in the tip/tail. It’s not super easy to butter but you can get the board to flex a little past the the natural bend of the camber. The 154 we tried was easier and fun to butter but the 156 felt a little bit on the stiff side and we would of liked to see it a little softer. Overall the board has a pretty medium flex going.
Edge Hold: So yeah the older Jackpot had a little better edge hold and we expected this traditional side cut to have less edge hold but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. It’s still in the same general category and held well in the hard morning snow we encountered. The 2013 was just a little better in hard to icy conditions.
Powder: No powder but it has the same camber profile as the 2014 and 2013 models and I’ve ridden that in powder a few times. It’s not a show stopper but it’s got decent float for a twin. I’d rather be on a more floaty board in deeper snow but the Jackpot was fine in under 2 feet of powder.
Carving: This was a fun board to make a hard carve. There is enough camber to give you a little spring out of a turn. It’s not going to own it but you can definitely get satisfaction on an uphill carve.
Speed: Pretty good speed for open mountain riding. We had no problem going down steep runs at pretty high speeds and the base keeps it’s speed rather well.
Uneven Terrain: We had no problem negotiating a mogul run and it turns through them well. Choppy tracked end of the day snow is pretty easy to deal with too.
Switch: It’s a true twin so it’s very easy either way.
Jumps: Nice pop here for an ollie and it’s got a nice stable take off in the park as well as an easy forgiving landing. It feels like a camber board here but without the catch of camber.
Jibbing: The older Nidecker made Jackpots were better jib boards and the 2015 to 2013 models aren’t really as jib friendly. If you are a good jibber you can make it work but I felt a little less confident in the jib park with it’s stiffer flex.
Pipe: Not a bad pipe board. The decent amount of camber between the feet as well as the solid edge hold drives well from pipe wall to pipe wall and I wouldn’t mind lapping the pipe with this. I liked the 2014 model a little better because of the extra edge hold but the 2015 is very close.
So all in all it’s still the same fun all mountain freestyle ride it’s been for a long time now. I think that over time the tip/tail will soften up a bit but I’d like to see just a little better buterability going on with the ride. It’s a great choice for those who like jumps, pipe and riding the mountain regular and swtich.
2013 and 2014 YES Jackpot Review
The 2013 and 2014 Yes Jackpot has a better build quality as well as a nice camber augmentation. The camber extends past the binding inserts and it’s much more pronounced. It feels more like a camber board compared to the older model where you felt a lot more rocker going on. Its less forgiving than the old board but still has a more forgiving playful ride than traditional camber. This makes the board much more poppy, more fun to turn, better to carve and a more of an all mountain freestyle ride.
Conditions: Everything from borderline icy conditions to 1.5 feet of powder.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Peter and Lee
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Ruler
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis
Weight: 5.8lbs Size 154
On Snow Feel: The new enhanced camber Yes Jackpot is a big improvement in terms of stability and really has much more of an all mountain freestyle feel to it due to the extra camber. It’s got a lot more of a ride the mountain or the park kind of feel and it also has a lot more spring in the feel of the board.
Powder: The newer Jackpot from 2013 and 2014 has a little less float in powder due to the extra camber so now it’s more on the average side of good but it still does better than a true camber board. There is still a bend up after the camber but it’s just not as pronounced. It doesn’t want to sink and isn’t bad for those that like an all mountain freestyle/centered stance approach to the mountain on a pow day.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The newer GST made/camber profile has a much better carve that makes for a lot more fun on the mountain. The extra camber makes the board spring out of short radius to carving turns better than the old minimal camber model. It’s not as easy to turn and feels more like a camber board than the old but most advanced to expert riders will appreciate this more than the older models. Short radius, meduim radius and wide radius turns aren’t as easy but quick and snappy but are more lively and springy if you are a more advanced rider you will really appreciate the extra camber and pop. It’s much more of a balanced board now where before it was a more jib/butter friendly board.
Speed: The 2013 and 2014 Yes Jackpot has a faster base that picks up speed and keeps speed a little better than the older model. It’s still not as damp as the Greats but it’s an improvement over the older models and it’s much more fun for mountain riding.
Uneven Terrain: Really easy to deal with shitty snow and bumpy conditions. It’s medium/soft flex and still easy turning ride handles bumpy end of the day snow very well. Emerging moguls are pretty easy to deal with.
Approximate Weight-This is right in the middle and doesn’t bother your foot on the chair. All years feel about the same.
Edge Hold: We felt the newer enhanced camber Jackpots had a little better edge hold but not by too much. It’s mellow magnetraction has enough bite for easy hard snow riding and doesn’t feel grabby in soft thicker snow. If you are going to hit the jib park a lot then your rails will obviously loose their bite.
Flex: The 2013 felt like the flex was a little more aggressive on the hill due to the extra camber but when you flex the board in a shop it feels the same as the 2012. There is also a little more snap with the 2013. The 2012 buttered and pressed easier but the 2013 still does a pretty good job with a little more effort.
Switch: Its a true twin so it’s fine switch.
Jibbing– The Newer Jackpot board has a little more camber and isn’t as forgiving in the jib park.The older models had a more mellow consequence free ride. The 2014 and 2013 Yes Jackpot still isn’t a catchy technical jib board but it’s got a little more going on to where it isn’t the easy smooth jib board it use to be. We find it a much better pipe and jump board these days.
Pipe: The Newer Yes Jackpots offer a great ride in the pipe and it feels more like a pipe/jump board now days. We all had a really good time riding the pipe with this board. The added camber gives a little more drive wall to wall and the extra edge hold keeps you comfortable in most hard/icy pipe walls.
Jumps: The newer Yes Jackpot is more springy and poppy making it a lot more fun finding stuff around the mountain or in the park to pop off. The extra camber makes the ride a little more technical but most will appreciate the extra spring. There is a really nice improvement here and it’s fun in the air where ever you go. It’s extra camber makes the landings feel like a camber board so you can land a little heavy on the tail and pull it off but at the same time it’s more forgiving than a camber board if you are closer to an edge. This is borderline excellent or could easily be called excellent when it comes to jumps. I’m hoping to ride this board a lot more this winter and will expand on this if
2012 Yes Jackpot Review
The 2012 YES Jackpot is more of a butter/press friendly beginner- expert friendly ride. The camber ended at the middle of the binding inserts and felt more like a rocker board with a very small camber between the feet. You could feel it turning and it provided stability between the feet but it had a very forgiving catch free ride. It’s shining point was how easy it was to butter and press. It took a lot less effort than most boards and took a little getting use to.
So this video is based on the 2013 DEMO model but the 2013 PRODUCTION MODEL increased the camber a lot so this review is actually much more accurate for the 2012 model. Usually production and demo models are the same but this year YES gave us a production model surprise with this and a few other models. We rode both and both have the same graphics. So all retailers should have the production model but if someone is selling a demo model on ebay or something it won’t be the same.
2012 and below YES Jackpot Review
Size: 154 and 156
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle Jimbo, and a few others not on the site
Conditions: A few days with about a foot of thick sierra powder to hard borderline icy snow and a lot of stuff in between.
Bindings: Burton Diode, Now IPO, Burton Malavita, Flux DS30, Burton Cartel Limited, Union Contact Pro
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Ion, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Stance- 22.5 inches wide 15 front -15 back. 23 inches wide 12 front -12 back and a few other stances.
On Snow Feel– The Jackpot is a pretty good all conditions ride and can It’s a little too soft to be an excellent mountain board but if you like to make mellow turns for a bit and then jib around on natural terrain this could be perfect. The hard pack day we had showed that it’s pretty loose but not squirrely. It was also easy one footing off the chair. The jib park is it’s best feature but it’s still fun in the pipe and hitting kickers.
Powder: The YES Jackpot is a really fun board for a twin with a centered stance. The hybrid camber is only a millimeter or 2 and the rocker is pretty pronounced so it rides in powder as good or better then a flat rocker board. It planes well and doesn’t want to sink. You will still have to put a lot of work on your back leg especially if you want to take a freestyle centered stance approach to the powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving– The Jackpot can turn very very easy and like the The Basic would be good for just about any level rider. It’s pretty loose between the feet for a hybrid camber snowboard and almost feels as catch free as a hybrid rocker board without the squirrely feel you get flat basing on hard pack or one footing. The little mini camber between the feet does a good job here stabilizing the ride. If you make short or wide turns the Jackpot will be predictable and easy. The Ultimate Traction also gives this a little more grip and therefore stability in the turn so this is a good choice for anyone who wants an easy ride off the chair, an easy turning board and something stable when you have to flat base. When carving the mini camber makes you feel like you are carving on a really small camber board board that is between your feet. It’s not an epic feeling but it performs better than many hybrid boards we have tried. There is more of a good feeling for short to wide radius turns there and then it kind of fades into average when you carve.
Speed: The Jackpot is a soft board but it has a fast base. It can handle moderate speeds and is good for a board that can jib like this. It’s a very balanced ride and accelerates quickly when it comes to picking up speed quickly in the park.
Uneven Terrain: The extra rocker and soft flex makes this and excellent board to negotiate or bounce over crappy/bumpy end of the day resort snow that you might encounter at the end of a Saturday.
Weight-This is right in the middle and doesn’t bother your foot on the chair. Both years feel about the same.
Edge Hold: We liked how this held in just about any condition you want to ride. It held well in the pipe, on hard pack and we think it will do pretty well when it comes to east coast ice but there might be better boards out there. We have to say this wasn’t as grippy as an aggressive magnetraction board but better than the Basic.
Flex: This is a pretty soft board it was smooth when it comes to buttering around the mountain or hitting the jib park. It’s not a noodle but it’s pretty soft in the tip and tail.
Switch: Its a true twin so it’s perfect switch. The only board that rides better is the Asymmetrical Yes Greats.
Rails/Jibbing: The camber between the feet on this board is not very high. It’s almost like it’s flat so combine that with the soft flex you have a really good rail and jib board. It almost feels like a flat/rocker board when sliding across a rail or box. We had a lot of fun in the park with this. The Ultimate Traction does not change the ride when it comes to the jib park.
Pipe: Usually a pipe board and a jib park board don’t do well together but the Jackpot was pretty fun in the pipe. The edges weren’t tainted from too much jib park play so it still held an edge well in the pipe.
Jumps: This is a moderately springy board when it came to generating your own air. It felt just like the basic.
A Quick Look at the YES Jackpot