Hello and welcome to my YES Dicey review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Dicey as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Dicey a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: YES Dicey 2021
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 88.5/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 37 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Dicey’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Dicey’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber YES's "CamRock 2-4-2"
Felt very slightly lighter than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Dicey Best Suited To?
The Dicey is a great option for those looking for a reasonably priced board for riding the park or treating the rest of the mountain like a park.
It's for those looking for a snappy, light, easy going yet more powerful than you'd think, buttery, spinny, lively ride, that doesn't break the bank.
Not quite for beginners, but fine for low intermediate and up.
The Dicey in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Dicey is capable of.
Board: YES Dicey 2021, 156cm (254mm waist width)
Date: March 5, 2020
Conditions: Rather windy, especially at first and that wind was super cold. -1°C (30.2°F) and -8°C (17.6°F) with wind.
No fresh snow, initially but off groomer was still OK. Medium. Then it started snowing half way through testing.
On groomer quite hard for the most part without being icy. But also medium in places.
Overcast but vis pretty good. It was high clouds. 90% vis.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 585mm (23″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 271mm (10.67")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2860grams (6lb 5oz)
Weight per cm: 18.33 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.36 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of around 80 boards that I've weighed in 2019, 2020 & 2021 models. So, bang on average for actual weight but felt a little lighter than average on snow.
Damp or Chattery?
Just on chattery side but very close to the middle of the scale.
Smooth or Snappy?
Snappy for sure!
It had started snowing while I was testing the Dicey, but not enough had accumulated to test it in pow. But based on specs, I think it's just slightly better than the average twin centered board. It's got rocker in the tip and tail and it has a slightly wider than average base for more surface area. Not a powder hound by any means though.
Carving & Turning
Carving: For what it is it lays down a pretty good carve. Not ultra aggressive or a carving machine, but pretty decent laying down a carve for the flex.
Turning: Felt comfortable (and excited) turning on this board right away. Very snappy and lively with minimal effort.
Maneuverability at Slow Speeds: Really nimble at slow speeds. Super fun to slow down and play around on and fun weaving through trees too.
Skidded Turns: Nice and easy. Not beginner easy but still pretty easy.
Not amazing, not a bomber as such, but not bad either. A little better than it's flex feel would suggest.
It's snappy and nimble for weaving between bumps and it's easy to correct if you get thrown around a bit by crud. You do feel the chatter a bit but otherwise it works well around bumps over bumps and through crud.
Really nice and poppy and just super fun overall.
Pop: Nice and poppy and that pop is super easy to access.
Approach: Stable enough and nice and nimble
Landing: Solid for landings but with just the right amount of forgivness too.
Side-hits: Super fun - nice and nimble and just that nice easy pop
Small jumps/Big Jumps: Equally as good for small and medium - you can get a lot of snap off those and just approach, pop and landings work really well. Not quite as good for larger jumps but certainly doable.
Awesome for riding switch.
Really good - easy to get the spin around. Felt light and snappy and great for landing and setting up switch.
Good on jibs too. I'm not a strong jibber by any means, but I was comfortable hitting them with my limited repertoire.
Nice and easy to butter and with good spring off the tip and tail.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
For a board of this price, you should be expecting less than what you get. In terms of bang for buck, this board is right up there. But this review and score doesn't take price into account so it's all of this regardless of price.
It does have an extruded base and that's probably a large reason why it's priced so well, so if you can live with an extruded base for the kind of freestyle performance you get out of this board, then it's an amazing buy, IMO.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Dicey, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Dicey compares to other freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.