Hello and welcome to my Yes Basic Snowboard Review. This review will assess Yes’s Basic board as a beginner board.
In other words it will decide how good the Yes Basic is for aiding the progression for a beginner snowboarder.
Product: Yes Basic Snowboard
Price: $399.00 (USD) recommended retail
My rating: 96.5/100
What Does the Review Look At
There are a number of factors in a snowboard that will either help a new snowboarder learn faster or be a barrier to speedy progression.
In my opinion the beginner board should be stable, make turn initiation easy and be easy to manoeuvre. Makes sense right. In addition it should preferably not cost too much.
Check out the following article for a more detailed discussion on what makes a good beginner deck.
O.k. let’s get into the details.
Stability and Turn Initiation
The basic felt very stable to ride and is really catch free. It’s super-easy to initiate turns and there’s no loose feeling. Nice and easy to ride for the beginner.
The Basic has a Hybrid Camber profile (or what Yes calls Camrock). The Camber underfoot and between the feet helps with that stability and the Rocker towards the tip and tail makes for the easier turning.
Stability score = 5/5
Turn Initiation = 5/5
A flex on the softer side is best for beginners as it makes the board easy to control, more forgiving of errors and easier to maneuver and initiate turns.
YES’s flex ratings are confusing to me. This following is the rating on YES’s website.
In my head a 3.5/5 is like a 7/10 – which would be very stiff for a beginner board. Yet in the graph above the slider looks like it’s where a 3.5/10 would be. I’m not sure why they make there’s out of 5 and I don’t get how they make a medium soft 3.5/5.
Nevermind that though – in reality I found the YES Basic is around a 3.5/10 or maybe a 4/10. This medium-soft flex helps to make board nice and easy to maneuver and forgiving of errors – but without being so soft that it affected edge-hold or stability.
Flex score = 5/5
Check out the video below to learn more about the Yes
The more sizes a board has, the more likely it will come in your size.
It’s really important for any rider, but even more so for the beginner, to get a snowboard that is the right size.
The Basic has a great range of sizes with 9 different lengths and 3 wide options. See the table below for the Basic’s sizing.
|Waist Width (mm)||247||248||250||251||259||253||261||254||263|
|Weight Range (lbs)||105-145||110-150||125-165||135-175||145-185||150-190||160-200||170-210||180-220+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||48-66||50-68||57-75||61-79||66-84||68-86||73-91||77-95||81-100+|
At $399 (USD MSRP) the YES Basic is a really reasonable price for a snowboard in general. It’s a bit more pricey than some other beginner snowboards but still below the average price. Out of 44 boards I looked at as beginner boards the average price was $451.
Price score = 4.5/5
Stance & Shape
The Basic has a true twin shape and a centered stance. These are the perfect fit for a beginner as that symmetrical feel and centered stance make it easier to find and keep your balance in the beginner and makes it easier to progress into riding switch later.
Stance score = 5/5
Shape score = 5/5
The Basic has an Extruded base. This is perfect for the beginner because it has slower acceleration than other base types (actually a good thing for a beginner), is easier to maintain and reduces the cost of the board.
Base score = 5/5
The Final Score
O.k. let’s add up the scores and see how the Basic scored.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
Pretty darn well I’d say!
The Basic is a great board for beginners – and even made my Top 5 Beginner Snowboards list.
This board also made my Top 5 All-Mountain-Freestyle snowboards. So it’s definitely one of those boards that you can not only start out on – but it will also be a board you can keep for a long time and keep progressing on well past that beginner phase.
The Yes Basic’s Specs at a Glance
If you are interested in the Basic and would like to know more about it check out the additional specs in the table below.
One thing of note is the Basic’s edge-hold. It has great edge-hold (largely due to the under-bite tech – see video above), especially for a softer flexing board, making this one of the best choices out there for the beginner who has to ride in hard snow or icy conditions often.
|Style||Beginner/All Mountain Freestyle||Flex||Medium-Soft (4 out of 10)|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (Camrock)||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Hard-to-Icy Snow|
More Info, Where to Buy and Current Prices
If you’re interested in the YES Basic, check out the links below to learn more/research current prices and availability.
- YES Basic at Blue-Tomato (Europe)