Hello and welcome to my YES Basic Uninc RDM review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Basic Uninc as an aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Basic Uninc a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: YES Basic Uninc RDM 2023
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Medium-stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium bordering on medium-stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 86.4/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 14 men’s aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Basic Uninc’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Basic Uninc’s specs and available sizes.
Sintered (YES's "Sintered True")
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Basic Uninc Most Suited To?
The Yes Basic UNinc RDM is ideally for anyone who is looking for that do it all one-board-quiver style board but in a more aggressive manor. It is for a riding style that prefers to spend the day ripping around the mountain carving up groomers, rather than cruising around slashing things.
It's only real weakness is riding powder and if you don't plan on doing that (or have a different board for that), then this is going to be a really enjoyable board for the right rider. You can essentially take it anywhere from jumps to carving and expect it to perform well at all of them.
I would not recommend this board to any beginner riders. It's a little too aggressive for them. But anyone who's a intermediate-expert rider can have a great time on it.
The Basic Uninc in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Basic Uninc is capable of.
Board: YES Basic Uninc 2023, 158cm (253mm waist width)
Date: February 23, 2022
Sunny with cloudy periods. 100% visibility.
Temperature was pretty cold, ranging from -10°C (14°F) to -12°C (10°F) through the day. -13°C (9°F) with wind. Wind pretty much non existent though.
24 hour snow: 0cm (0")
48 hour snow: 0cm (0")
7 day snow: 8cm (3")
On groomer: Hard pack with icy patches for the most part. But mostly hard pack until we got lower down the mountain and then it was really icy.
Off groomer: Crunchy and icy for the most part. But still doable higher up the mountain.
Bindings angles: +12/-9
Stance width: 22.4″ (570mm)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 10.32" (262mm) at both inserts.
Rider Height: 6'1"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV
Bindings Used: Fix Yale: M
Weight: 6lbs 9oz (2980grams)
Weight per cm: 18.86 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.59 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 200 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 models. So the Basic Uninc is very much an average weight and felt like a normal weight on snow.
Unfortunately we had no powder to test in on the day but taking a look at the specs and getting a feel for the board, it's not going to be great in powder.
The Basic Uninc RDM doesn't have a lot going for it when it comes to riding powder because it's a true twin, centered stance board with a traditional camber profile. I'm sure it can handle smaller amounts of powder with no issues, like any board, but it isn't ideal for deeper snow.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Capable of laying out nice carves due to the traditional camber profile, I did however prefer it for shorter, deeper carves. I found the underbite technology really grabbed ahold, making that style of carve most enjoyable.
Turning: Turns felt smooth and predictable and never felt washy or catchy. It also felt pretty quick edge-to-edge. I enjoyed it most when turning at moderate-higher speeds, as this is when the camber and underbite really felt like they were working cohesively.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: The traditional camber profile will require you to always be on top of your edges at slower speeds. I wouldn't say it's incredibly quick from edge-to-edge at slow speeds but I wouldn't call slow either - overall felt pretty average.
Skidded Turns: Handled them decently most of the time but could be punishing at times.
Definitely capable of bombing hills whenever desired. The camber mixed with the stiffer flex really allows you to rip down the mountain with a stable damp feeling. On top of that, I found it held an edge extremely well and didn't get chattery at these higher speeds.
Not the best for smashing through crud/chunder but not terrible either. It can definitely get bucked around at times but is still maneuverable enough to correct your line when necessary.
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Overall performed quite nicely.
Pop: Only had a average amount of pop overall, but it was pretty easy to access.
Approach: Felt smooth and stable on approaches. Could be a bit quicker edge-to-edge for adjustments on smaller jumps that didn't require a ton of speed.
Landing: Absorbed landings nicely. Even when you landed a bit off center, it was forgiving and allowed you to ride away, even when not getting it quite right.
Side-hits: The overall capabilities of the board made side-hits really enjoyable, especially if they were bigger and required some speed.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Totally capable of being taken off any size jump but preferred it for bigger jumps.
Felt pretty identical riding switch, which wasn't much of a surprise as it has all the tools to succeed, like the centered stance and true twin shape. In transition from regular stance to switch, the board felt uncatchy and smooth, which for a camber board was a welcomed surprise.
Again the shape and stance made any spin feel smooth and effortless. You can set-up or land switch without too many issues or catchiness. My only critique would be a bit more pop for doing spins on smaller features, to help get that extra air for bigger spins.
Quite capable and enjoyable if you're an experienced jibber but not as much if your newer because it requires more effort for things like butters and presses due to the stiffness. And the traditional camber isn't the most forgiving when on a rail feature as it can be more catchy than a board with some rocker.
Performing butters/presses on the Yes Basic Uninc RDM takes a bit more effort than your average park board - you have to lean into them a bit more than normal to hold them into place.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Basic Uninc RDM is a board that will make you put in some extra work due to it's more aggressive nature but that work is quite rewarding, as you get a one-board-quiver style board that is seriously fun for things like big air or carving.
While it may not do any one thing extremely well, this board is really well rounded and capable of doing almost anything you ask of it.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
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