Hello and welcome to my YES Basic snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Basic as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Basic a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: YES Basic 2020
Flex Rating: Medium (5/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 84.6/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 38 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
I have previously included the Basic in the all-mtn-freestyle category, and whilst it's a good board in that category, I feel it is better suited to this category. It's softer/more buttery, a better jibber, and not as suited for speed/carving for the all-mtn freestyle category.
Overview of the Basic’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Basic’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber 4-4-4
On the heavier side
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Basic Most Suited To?
The Basic is a great board for anyone looking for a really good, buttery but otherwise stable feeling, freestyle board at a great price.
Also a great option for beginners - especially those who see park riding in their future - it's a board you can start out with as a beginner and keep it as your park board, basically for as long as you wanted.
Suitable as an all-mountain-freestyle board, just don't expect it to be a bomber or an aggressive carver or anything like that.
The Basic in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Basic is capable of.
Board: YES Basic 2020, 158cm (253mm waist width)
Date: March 20, 2019
Conditions: Perfect sunshine (as I'm sure you can see in the pic there!) and perfect visibility.
Crunchy/icy off groomer - and in some spots in the shade on groomer. But softened up a little as I rode the Basic - especially parts in the sun. But never got slow/sticky at any point.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 572mm (22.5″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 262mm (10.32")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 3040g (6lbs, 11oz)
Weight per cm: 19.24g/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.45 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of 51 boards that I've weighed in 2019 and 2020 models. So the basic is heavier than normal, but it felt normal on snow to ride, maybe very slightly on the heavier side, but pretty much normal.
There wasn't any the day I rode it - but from riding previous models and based on the specs, it's not going to be a great powder option - fine in shallow stuff, but when it gets deeper, it will get sinky.
Carving & Turning
Carving: It's not the kind of board that drives aggressive carves at speed that well, but..
Turning: It's super agile at slow speeds - edge to edge is lightning.
S turns at slow to medium speeds are nice on this board too - really easy and smooth. Prefers to turn at medium and slow speeds and not so much at high speeds.
Previously I've rated this board a little less for speed. But getting on the 2020 model, it actually surprised me a little bit. Still not like a bomber at speed or anything, but better than I was expecting and better than I remember it being.
Not something you lay down carves on at high speeds - I found you're more holding on, but it held on better than I expected.
For weaving through bumps it's really good - being as numble as it is. But it certainly does feel the chop and the bumps. Not super damp.
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Overall a very competent jumping board, more suited to small jumps.
Pop: Not oodles of it, but what's there is super easy to access. It pops quickly and easily. Load it up and you don't get anything extra - so what's there is easy to extract.
Approach: The approach for trickier sidehits is great, and for small jumps - but not as suited to larger jumps where you need to get more speed.
Landing: Solid enough, but again, more suited to smaller jumps. Forgiving landings for those learning jumps.
Side-hits: Great for side hits - especially anything that's not that straight forward to line up. It's nice and nimble and has that super easy to extract pop - is great for spins and forgiving on landings.
Small jumps: This is where this board shines for jumps - I'd say 5/5 for small jumps.
Big jumps: Not as suited to big jumps.
It's a true twin with a centered reference stance. Enough said.
The Basic was easy to get around, and has decent pop. It's also great landing and taking off switch. For bigger tricks not that suited but for flat-land spins and spins off small jumps it's awesome.
Conditions weren't great for when I was hitting the jibs - conditions were a bit icy. But I still felt fairly confident hitting them on the Basic. It holds well in icy conditions and is really nimble, which made the approach even in those conditions good.
And it felt good on the jib too. Would be interesting to get it on a softer day and be able to compare it to looser, jib friendly boards - it might be the case that I would give it 3.5/5 instead of 4/5. But since I was confident jibbing even in those conditions, I think it warranted 4/5.
This board is really easy to butter. YES boards typically are - even some of the stiffer flexing ones, I've found. But the Basic is a step better - that softer overall flex obviously making it even easier to butter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Basic is a great option for park riding and riding the groomers like a park. It's something also goes well in trees - so long as the powder isn't too deep in there - with some great agility at slow speeds.
Also a great option for beginners who want a board that is still quality and that they can transition easily into freestyle riding on but that still won't break the bank.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Basic compares to other freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.