4 new boards grace the 2023 YES snowboards lineup, with 3 of them being Uninc models. 3 drop out (including 2 Uninc models). Plus plenty of retooling ant tweaks to returning models.
First I will take a look at any new boards for the 2022-23 season, and any 2021-22 boards that aren't returning with a 2023 model.
Then I'll place each board into the categories where I see them fitting best and then look at the changes for returning models.
New 2023 YES Snowboards
The new boards for 2022-23 are:
Exiting 2022 YES Snowboards
The 2022 boards that aren't returning with a 2023 model:
All 2023 YES Snowboards by Category
Below, I have categorized YES' 2022-23 lineup. This is according to the categories here at SnowboardingProfiles.com and not necessarily the same as how YES might label them.
Of course these are only broad categories as every board is different, but this is a rough guide.
YES BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS
YES PARK/FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
YES ALL-MOUNTAIN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
YES AGGRESSIVE ALL-MTN-FREESTYLE SNOWBOARDS
YES ALL-MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARDS
YES FREERIDE SNOWBOARDS
YES POWDER & SHORT/WIDE SNOWBOARDS
YES SPLIT BOARDS
YES YOUTH SNOWBOARDS
So there you have the 2023 YES snowboards.
Out with the Old
The most notable drop out is the The Y, which gets merged with the Optimistic now, so there's just one model (previously The Y was like a toned down version of the Optimistic).
The Hybrid Uninc DCP and 420 Uninc JPS are both also dropping out, but the Uninc models tend to change each year, so not a big surprise that they aren't returning with a 2023 model.
Note also that it looks like the Emoticon, Fun Inc and Pow Inc are gone, but they're just name changes - to Women's Basic, First Basic and First Pow respectively.
In with the New
4 new boards grace YES' 23 lineup, with 3 of them being Uninc models. The PYL and Standard both get Uninc models - and the new Warca is also an Uninc model.
The other new board, the 420, isn't really new, but returning. And you could argue that it never left with the 420 Uninc JPS model last year. However, the 420 has been retooled.
Differences between the 2023 420 and the 2022 420 Uninc JPS include: 7/10 flex rating versus 8/10 on the 22 Uninc version. Biax now (23 model) versus triax on 22 Uninc model. Camber on the 23 model vs blended rocker + camber on the 22 Uninc model
The 2021 model of the 420 was also quite different: It was an extruded base for start vs sintered on both 22 and 23. Plus it was 5/10 flex rating - full poplar core, blended rocker, biax glass.
Changes to Existing Models
In addition to the new models and the retiring models, YES have made a few tweaks to their returning models, including:
- Pick Your Line: 7/10 flex on the 23 model vs 8/10 flex on the 22. Poplar/Paulownia core on 23 vs "weightless" on 22. Triax + ash veneer on 22 vs just triax on 23 model.
- Hybrid: Camber looks to have changed from 1-4-1 to 1-4-2
- Optimistic: Is kind of a hybrid of the 22 Optimistic and the 22 The Y. Core changed from "carbon powerdrive 2.0" to "poplar/paulownia". Glass gone from triax + carbon on 22 model to Biax on 23 model. Flex down from 9/10 on 22 model to 8/10 on 23 model. Camber changed from full camber to Camrock 2-4-2.
- 20/20: Core changed from "weightless" to "poplar/Paulownia" but that could just be a name change?
- 420 Powder Hull: Core changed from "weightless" to "poplar/Paulownia" but that could just be a name change
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