Hello and welcome to my YES Greats snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Greats (or to use its full name, the YES The Greats Uninc!) as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Greats a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: YES The Greats Uninc 2018
Price: $549 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: 4/5 on YES’ flex scale
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 93.3/100
Compared to other Men’s All-mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 24 men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 81.3/100
- The highest score was 93.3/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 70.8/100
- The average price was $507
- The Greats ranked 1st= out of 24
Overview of the Greats’ Specs
Check out the tables for the Great’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (Camrock R4-C4-R4)||Shape||Asymmetrical True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||247||249||251||253|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-165||135-175||135-175||145-185|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57-75||61-80||61-80||66-84|
Who is the Greats Most Suited to?
The Greats is great for anyone who likes to ride the whole mountain, including the groomers, the park, trees and off-groomer but who want to ride freestyle, or at least have the option to ride freestyle (i.e. jumps, jibs natural hits, flat tricks etc) in all those areas.
It’s the kind of board you can use as an all-mountain board and as a park board or use the mountain as a park.
Probably the biggest weakness of the Greats is in powder – which is usually the case for all-mountain-freestyle decks.
So, if you ride a lot in deep powder and don’t have another board to do that on, then there are probably better options – but otherwise, if you want to shred in anyway that takes your fancy, whether that be carving, jumps, in the park, the trees, steeps, or bombing down or just cruising down the mountain, then this is a great option.
The Greats in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Greats is capable of.
Board: YES The Greats, 156cm (251mm waist width)
Date: March 9, 2017
Conditions: Plenty of fresh snow overnight! The norm for the season really – so much snow! The groomers were freshly groomed and there was a nice layer of fresh snow off piste. Visibility was decent but not perfect.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
You can definitely ride this board in powder – you can ride any board in powder – but it’s not ideally suited to it. It gets a bit sinky in deeper powder, I found. But that’s not completely unexpected given that it’s a twin with a centered stance.
There is a bit of rocker tip and tail, so that helps to make this board better in the powder than a similar board without that.
Carving & Turning
This board is super fun to carve on and for any kind of turning you want to do. It’s pretty forgiving for when you skid your turns but can get up on the edge nicely for when you want to really rail your turns.
When doing tight turns this board was amazing – and the edge-to-edge speed was super fast. It’s a very sharp and agile board to ride and that asymmetry really does help, IMO, getting those heel side turns sharper.
For wide arcing turns it wasn’t quite as good as it was for the sharper turns – more suited to resort riding and riding through trees and in the park. But in saying that you could definitely have fun with wider arcing turns – just not quite as good as it performs with sharper turns.
This was a really fun board in the trees. Really nimble.
This is the kind of board you can ride fast on and feel really stable on at speed. It’s not like a stiff, setback, tapered, big mountain board for speed – but as far as this type of board goes, it’s one of the better ones for speed.
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I found it to be a forgiving ride in bumpy areas and in crud.
This is basically as good as it gets for jumps. It’s great for the approach, a great spinner and has a solid landing base (could I use ‘great’ more in a review about a board called the Greats! 😊 )
It performs well on any kind of jumps too, be they small, medium, large or anything natural you find on or off the trails.
This was one of the most enjoyable and best boards I’ve ridden switch on. It’s ideal for it.
It’s no jibbing specialist. If you do a lot of jibbing, it’s a good idea to get different board for jibbing – but if you like to hit the occasional box, rail etc – then you can definitely do it pretty confidently on the Greats.
I haven’t ridden it in the pipe – but it’s fast, has a good edge-hold in hard conditions and has heaps of pop. It’s true twin and centered. I can’t see how a pipe rider wouldn’t love this thing in the pipe.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 model is essentially the same as the 2017 model, as far as I can tell. I think they narrowed the reference stance – but you can always widen that if you don’t want to go on the reference stance. I rode it with a slightly wider than reference stance because the reference seemed to narrow for me.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||93.3/100|
The first couple of runs I did on this board I had to get used to the response of the heelside turns – but once I did – and it didn’t take long – I loved the feel of it.
Overall this board had plenty of pop, was great for spins, amazing over jumps, basically as good as it gets for riding switch and was a good little carver – and did I mention how agile and nimble this thing felt? Holy!
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Greats, are ready to buy or want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to see how the Greats compared to other all-mountain-freestyle boards or want to check out other options, check out the next link.