The Yes Pick Your Line has been redesigned for 2016 and has a more directional freeride feel to it even though it has less set back this year. It’s also more lively underfoot and not as stiff which isn’t bad because the old PYL was pretty stiff. The 2017 is the same as the 2016 model.
2016-2017 Yes Pick Your Line Snowboard Video Review
Here is a breakdown of what is different from the 2016 SWS made Yes Pick Your Line vs.the 2015 GST Yes PYL:
- There is a new softer flex that still is fast and aggressive but more dynamic and snappy
- The set back changed from -20 to -10 on the side cut but it’s still almost -70mm (-2.75″) back on the board which is pretty far back for even a freeride board.
- The nose seems bigger than the older models and the tail seems smaller.
- There is more taper in the tail
- The YES PYL has a new side cut that I think they call “Tapered Underbite”. It’s a series of mini side cuts/indention’s that improve edge hold as well as help the board hold better on the back end of the board.
So it’s only got a little bit of the old PYL personality. With the revived all mountain Optimistic in the line the PYL could go a little more freeride and be a little more directional in nature.
Conditions: Good snow to crappy varied spring conditions
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Bindings: Burton Diode, Union Atlas, Flux SF
Set Up: Centered and set all the way back. 23″ wide 15 front 0 back and 15 front -9 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt on the light side of normal.
On Snow Feel: There is a different feel this year with the newly designed SWS YES Pick Your Line compared to the older GST made models. At first we all were expecting the old Yes Pick Your Line that felt like it was almost a double ender all mountain ride but this year other than the reduced set back it’s got a more tapered surfy freeride feel to it. Most of our crew was not 100% comfortable with it on the first day we rode it but after I had a week with it on my own I started to get it and really like it. It’s just very different than the old ride I was very familiar with so it took some getting use to. It’s not catchy but has a great camber feel to it. It’s a nice amount of camber vs. rocker so it’s stable and less forgiving.
Powder: The Yes Pick Your Line is a slashy surfy Powder board and I finally got to give it a spin in 1.5 -2 feet of light Sierra Powder. The upgrades to the tech make this a better powder board than the old PYL and it’s got a more floaty surfy ride. With the addition of the Optimistic as a set back all mountain board the PYL got a little more directional and tapered making it an easier floating board. The additional taper tech they call Tapered Underbite, smaller tail and bigger nose will float well in just about any kind of deep snow including the thick Sierra Cement we see. Even though The Yes Pick Your Line only has a -10mm set back on the side cut but the setback on the board is almost -70mm. That means you can get way back on the tail and really surf this board. It’s a very slashy quick ride that excels in the trees or tight spots but it can still straight line a chute no problem or make wide turns on a big open face. I’m happiest riding this in steep chutes or tight tree lines but it’s pretty fun in wide open runs. If you surf it’s like having your favorite short board when it’s head high and good shape.
Turn Initiation and Carving: So the 2016 Yes Pick Your Line turns a little quicker and has a little more of a lively spring from edge to edge. If you enjoy making all kinds of turns then the Yes Pick Your Line is a solid choice. It’s not easy to skid turns but its really fun for those who turn correctly. Carving is fun and if you get a little more weight on the tail as you get more into the carve it really engages and feels good. Before I found that more responsive bindings were better for the PYL but now I’m feeling that the board turns so quickly that all you need is a good shock absorbent medium response binding.
Speed: Still fast and bomby but just a little bit less damp than the previous models. The base has a nice glide to it when waxed that holds it’s speed for a while.
Uneven Terrain: More improvement here than past models. Very good with riding all day at a resort and it weaves in and out of all kinds of messy snow very well.
Edge Hold: There is a noticeable difference in how the 2016 Yes Pick Your Line board grabs with the Tapered Underbite tech and it holds in hard snow without grabbing too much in softer snow. It grabs softer snow more than the older model but still doesn’t make it feel sticky.
Flex: Nice snappy medium stiff flex that is easier to butter/press than the older models. The old model use to be very stiff and now this feels more med/stiff which is good. The old board felt a bit too stiff.
Switch: Not as good switch with the more directional design. Even though the stance is more centered it’s not quite as easy switch as it use to be.
Jibbing: No thanks.
Pipe: The edge hold is there and if you are a directional pipe rider I think you might really like this board. It drives from wall to wall really well.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail and very good for everything but landing switch.
So all in all the Yes Pick Your Line’s factory change allowed them to change up the board a lot and even though we had a bit of a rough start but a really strong finish. It’s the kind of board I’d like to have in my quiver and hope to get some slashy surfy pow riding in the trees with it this year.
The 2015 to 2013 Yes Pick Your Line Review
Made in Austria by GST
The Yes Pick Your Line is a great board for anyone who lives for powder days but also loves to carve groomers as well and one of our favorites. It’s got a nice balance between freeride and aggressive all mountain and can make a wide variety of aggressive riders happy.
The newer Yes Pick Your Line models are better built, more expensive, stiffer, has more camber and is more aggressive than the previous models. The production model came from a new manufacturer (GST)and went exactly the opposite way. There camber in the 2013-2015 models extends further past the bindings than in the previous models. Not much has changed between the 2013 to 2015 models. The 2013 and 2015 models are a little bit stiffer than the 2014 but all are very close in terms of flex and ride.
Size: 159 and 161
Conditions: Everything from hard pack to 3+ feet of thick sierra snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Kyle, Jimbo,Mary and a few others,
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites, Burton Ruler, Salomon Synapse
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited, Burton Diode, Flux SF45, Burton Genesis, Now IPO, Now Drive
Set Up: Many stances but mostly set back 15-18 front and 0 to -9 on the back.
On Snow Feel: The new GST Yes Pick Your Line has more of a technical riders appeal. It’s now got a great bomber groomer carving board feel to it than the older models with less camber. It’s still pretty forgiving although not as forgiving as before and it makes a guy who loves powder but also carving up groomers very happy. Very stable and just a little bit catchy like a mellow camber board. Its the kind of board that still allows you to cruise, hit powder make great short radius to carving turns or pick it up to bomb a very steep groomer or chute.
Powder: The GST Yes Pick Your Line has a less pronounced rocker and more pronounced camber which makes it a little more work in powder than the older models. Still I had a few deep days and if it’s set all the way back you still get an easy float. It’s hard to say what is better. Some will appreciate the extra pop in pow and others will appreciate the extra float. To me this was such an excellent powder board it was worth loosing some float to get the more aggressive camber carving feeling when its not dumping. It makes this more of a balanced board for in and out of powder now.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The new GST made model offers a much more aggressive camber feel to it that gives you more spring out of your turn and it really wants to carve. Short radius to medium radius turns are still quick but they take a little more work to do so. There is a more springy reward out of the turn though due to the camber and it makes the ride a lot more fun all over the mountain.
Speed: The newer Model offers a different base that doesn’t seem to be as fast as the older models. It just doesn’t have that glide in the flats that it use to but the board is just as damp. The 2014 and 2015 is faster and has more of a glide to it but all are fast when waxed.
Uneven Terrain: This is a pretty stiff board so it’s not ideal for those that are use to softer all mountain or all mountain freestyle boards but if you are use to stiffer aggressive freeride boards then this will surprise you and negotiate big bumps you might find on the way to a powder stash very well.
Edge Hold: The edge hold is great for about any condition except for those that ride in hard to icy conditions all the time. It still holds in ice but just doesn’t have that deep grip that magnetraction does. That being said it’s so much easier to ride in powder than the more aggressive ice specialist Magnetraction side cuts because it doesn’t grab when it’s thick or softer snow. It’s got a “mellow magnetraction” side cut for 2013 and a disruptive” side cut for 2014. They are both a little different but the result is the same great edge hold.
Flex: The GST Yes PYL is more springy but not an easier flexing board. It’s got the kind of snappy feel you would expect for a board of this price range. It’s not really a butter or press kind of board but instead its an ollie on the mountain and bomb kind of flex. In other words it’s a pretty aggressive flex.
Switch: Not the easiest board to ride switch if you compare it to the Yes Jackpot but for a directional freeride board it’s got a good thing going. If you center up the stance it’s not bad but it’s definitely different. Most will ride this set back and most will not ride this switch but if you do set back it’s very different.
Jibbing: Not really a board we ever took in the jib park.
Pipe: This could be a great pipe board for those aren’t into riding in the pipe switch. It drives well wall to wall and it’s edge hold grips.
Jumps: The GST made Yes Pick Your Line has much more spring when it comes to an ollie and offers more pop off a natural feature on the mountain. It’s still ok if you center the stance but jumping requires you to be a little more on your game. All of would much rather be on the Greats in this situation. If you are a camber fan you will really like this but if you lean more towards mostly rocker boards you wont.
All in all the 2013-2015 Yes PYL are great rides but each year the ride keeps getting a little better. I think this years PYL is probably the call but it’s pretty close.
2012 and Below Yes Pick Your Line Review
Sizes Reviewed- 156, 159 and 161
This video review is of the 2013 Demo Model with less camber so it’s going to be more aggressive. This is more like the 2012 model than the 2013.
Conditions: Everything from deep powder to hard pack.
Riders: James (owned the 161) Jimbo, Peter, Mary, Kyle, Eli and a few others.
Boots: Burton SLX, DC Status, Nike Kaiju, Burton Ion, Burton Imperial, Nike Zoom Ites
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Diode, Union Force SL, Flux SF 45
Set Up- Most of the time we rode it set back some or all of the way. A few times we centered the stance. We have set the width from 21 inches to 23.5 inches wide and a few in between. Stance angles have been 15 front -12 back, 18 front -9 back 15 front -6 back 18 front -3 back and a few others as well.
On Snow Feel: The PYL is a powder board that could do well when it isn’t snowing. It’s stable between the feet and it’s easy to one foot off the chair or flat base.
Powder: The YES Pick Your Line is pretty much un-sinkable. Even this little 156 handled two heavy guys in over a foot of powder and kept up with people who were riding much bigger boards. Later on we had some powder time with the 159 and 161. The feeling was surfy but not soo off the tail surfy that it felt squirrely. If you surf it was like a surfing a short board compared to most boards being a skate board or wake board. We really liked the way the board was designed to handle powder. The huge nose could stay a float in almost any depth of powder but it has a very quick turning slashy way about it’s self. We have tested this in anything from trees to tight chutes to wide open faces and in every place it performed admirably.
Turn Initiation and Carving– Really fun to and easy to initiate quick turns. None of us felt uncomfortable making turns when riding through trees. Making big carving turns in the powder or on groomers is really fun as well. When it comes to carving the slight Taper is noticeable when making carving turns but not terrible compared to other tapered boards we have experienced.
Speed: A super fast base and super damp board made the Pick Your Line a very fast board. We had no problems with either boards at higher speeds. The fast base keeps the speed in the flats as well as picks up speed rather quickly when you want to start going. This is one of it’s better qualities and both years have it.
Uneven Terrain: All years handle chop extremely well and aren’t bad at the end of a crowded tracked up shitty rutted day. Especially for the flex.
Approximate Weight– It felt right in the middle. Nothing tugging on your knee on the chair but it’s not blowing with a light breeze either.
Edge Hold: Tapered boards like this have a tendancy to wash out on the tail some times when you need it. This taper is so minor that there is minimal to no wash out. The mellow magnetraction really increases edge hold and makes this do great in all but icy conditions. In most conditions you want to ride you never feel like it’s going to wash out and it’s a confidence inspiring ride.
Flex: The 2012 Pick Your Line had more of a heavier old school stiff flex like the YES Optimistic from 2011.
Switch: The nose and tail are pretty different so riding switch is not the same. Still you can ride switch if you need to. On a powder day with the stance set back it’s average but when the stance is centered or close to it on a groomer day it’s pretty good switch. It’s still different but you don’t feel like it’s a tapered ride. It feels closer to a double ender.
Pipe: If you center out the stance more and set it up more like an all mountain board the Pick Your line is a good amount of fun in the pipe. The edge Hold is pretty solid and it’s fun to ride the pipe with. Especially if you are a directional pipe rider.
Jumps: Of course this is great hitting a jump off natural terrain but if you center the stance and hit the park it’s not as bad as you would think. When it comes to ollie power the PYL isn’t super springy but it’s not completely dead either. We’d say it’s on the better side of average.
Overall we were very very impressed with the YES Pick Your Line and felt it’s probably one of the better boards in a freeride/powder category. It makes for one of our most recommendable freeride boards but it also has an all mountain after taste. For us the more aggressive 2013 model is the call.
A Womens Opinion on the Demo model as well. Treat this like a 2012 model review as well.
A Quick Look at the 2013 Demo Model that looks like the Production Model with DCP telling us about it.
A Quick Look at the 2012 Model.