List Price US $599
YES Warca 2023 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Dubai by SWS
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Mostly Camber
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Average
Base Glide Great
Carving Great
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Semi-Hard

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

YES Warca 2023 Review by The Good Ride

 

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Feels very centered/non-tapered ride. Nice pop on an ollie and carve.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not great directional float.

Summary

The YES Warca is a very unique short/wide ride.This rides more like a tapered aggressive mtn freestyle twin than a set back directional short/wide.

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YES Warca 2023 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

YES Warca Review

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened:

Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Size: 150 (James) 155 (Davey)
Days: 10+
Conditions: Everything from hard to pretty hard, firm but fair, to soft and carvy, to 6+ inches of pow to knee to thigh high pow.
Riders:
 James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Davey (Size 12, 240lbs, 6’4”)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Ion
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Force
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom Guide Jacket, Burton Gore-Tex 3L Treeline Jacket, Jones Peak Bagger Jacket.
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt, Drop Web Glove,

Similar Boards (but not the same): Not really any boards like it.

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide(James) 23” wide (Davey). Sance Angles +18/-3 in pow, +18/-9 on groomers. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.

How It Was Tested

I rode this same day with the YES Hybrid, YES Standard Uninc, YES PYL Uninc and many other boards.

Approximate Weight

The YES Warca feels pretty normal. Not heavy or not too light for its Length/width. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 150 YES Warca worked really well for my 9 boots and not bad for my 185-190lbs. Same goes for my 5’10” frame.  Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the YES Warca.

You can of course go bigger or smaller but these sizes work really well.
148: 8.5-9.5
150: 9-10
153: 9.5-10.5
155: 10-11

For weight I would stay close to YES’ recommended weight ranges. If it comes down to boot size or weight, I would make sure it fits your boot first and then your weight a close second.

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

 

 

 

 

 

The YES Warca had a pretty true twin/double ender feel even though it has about 4mm of taper. It rides very centered and prefers a rider that likes driving off his front foot more than centered or back footed. This is mainly because of the Bi-Polar Mid-Bite tech that has a more aggressive disruption on the front foot vs. the back foot of the sidecut.

YES Warca Camber

 

 

 

 

The mostly camber profile of the YES Warca has a pretty consistent feel in all conditions. It does feel pretty locked in though and it’s not the easiest to skid a turn. It’s way easier than full camber though.

Flex Personality

YES Warca Flex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a medium stiff feel between the feet but the little bit of early rise makes the tip/tail feel more medium. The YES Warca is pretty easy to butter for it’s flex. There is really good pop while still having some rubbery dampness to it.

Uneven Terrain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The YES Warca did incredibly well for both Davey and I in all kinds of uneven terrain. It did much better than you would thing for such a short/wide ride and it handled everything from hard microbumpy to soft messy snow equally well. It is still a short/wide but I thought it would be way more bucky and bouncy.

Speed

The YES Warca could point it pretty well for such a short/wide ride and it handled moderate straight lines pretty well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The base glide is above average but not as fast as some boards in this price point. If well waxed there should be no complaints.

Edge Hold

YES Warca Edge Hold

 

 

 

 

 

If you lean into that more pronounced Mid-Bite disruption on the front foot it grips pretty well but if you lean back it lets go easier. Still the YES Warca is almost there with symmetrical Mid-Bite, Underbite or even full Magnetraction. It is a pretty solid hard snow ride.

Turning Experience/Carving

YES Warca Carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The YES Warca had a very fun turning experience that is a little on the turny side of balanced but it can make all kinds of turns. It favors a more front foot weighted turn but in good conditions it can ride center weighted or even back foot weighted. There is lots of camber, a lively flex, and a very satisfying spring out of the turn.

Powder

YES Warca In Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I think a lot of readers might be disappointed here if you want to set your board back in powder and get easy directional float. With the 155 you can get 1.5” back from center of board at a 23” stance width. With the 150 you can get 1.5” back from center of board at a 21.5” stance width. That isn’t much…less than the YES Standard Uninc and many other all mountain boards. Massively less than most Alt Freeride boards.. For me, I like a set back directional ride in pow so I was struggling with this coming off the YES PYL Uninc and YES Standard Uninc. Even my Basic Uninc blew doors on this as a directional pow ride. It couldn’t hang with my Spring Break Twin or the YES 20/20 either though. Those float better. Now if you like to ride centered and are used to a camber twin this is going to be great.

YES Warca Pow Set Back

Switch/Pipe/Jumps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The YES Warca rides switch very well. I kept forgetting there is 4mm of taper. If you want to send it off big kickers this will perform well. But it also loved going small with me and Davey too. Mini Pipe was fun and I liked it much more than I thought I would. Usually not that into short/wide’s in the pipe but this was fun.

Conclusion

So overall, the YES Warca does cool things and is a very unique ride. I can’t think of another board like it. This would be a “no overlap” quiver addition or a great daily driver for those who like more centered camber dominant rides.

 
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