This is something new that I don't usually do, but since I rode this two boards together one day and because of their similarities, I thought it would be interesting to do a head to head of the Yes Greats vs Capita Asymulator.
The two boards certainly aren't the same, but they do have some common traits that makes them worth comparing, namely:
There are of course some differences too, like:
OVERVIEW OF THE SPECS
Check out the tables for the specs of both the Greats and Asymulator
Hybrid Camber (2-4-2)
True Twin Asymmetrical
True Twin Asymmetrical
Board 1: YES Greats, 156cm (259mm waist width)
Board 2: Capita Asymulator 154 (252mm waist width)
Date: April 1, 2019
Bindings angles: +15/-15 on both
Greats - 540mm (21.3”)
Asymulator - 580mm (22.8″)
Stance Setback: Both Centered
Width at Inserts:
Greats - 273mm (10.75“)
Asymulator - 262mm (10.32")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Greats - 2920grams (6lb 7oz)
Asymulator - 2560 grams (5lb 10oz)
Weight per cm:
Greats - 18.72grams/cm
Asymulator - 16.62 grams/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 Greats is slightly heavier than normal but pretty close to normal, especially considering the extra width. The Asymulator is considerably lighter than normal.
These are the main things that I found to be different between the two boards:
The Greats feels a little more stable at speed. Part of that was down to size differences, but overall the Greats just has that little bit more stability
The Greats felt a little better in crud and uneven terrain
The Asymulator was more maneuverable at slower speeds and quicker edge-to-edge, which is saying something as the Greats is no slug in this department
They are equally as poppy but the Asymulator has a more "snappy feel". Again this is saying something as I would describe the Greats as more snappy than smooth. That's how snappy that I felt the Asymulator.
For spins, the Asymulator was a little better. It was a little shorter, but I think it would be better anyway. Part of that I think comes down to how light it is. Again though, the Greats is a good spinnner, so it really just highlights how easy the Asymulator was to spin.
The Asymulator is lighter. The Greats isn't heavy - it's normal weight, just that the Asymulator is particularly light.
They are both really close in terms of how buttery they are but if I had to pick a winner it would be the Asymulator. Though in the same size, I suspect they would be very equal
For jumps I preferred the Greats overall. Both are very very good for jumps, but the Greats just has that slightly stronger landing platform. So you can stomp those landing a little more. But both very fun for jumps.
The Greats is better in hard/icy conditions
SCORE BREAKDOWN COMPARISONS
Check out the breakdown of the scores for each board in the table below.
Overall I would say that the Greats just has it over the Asymulator as an all-rounder but both are very good boards. But of course it also depends on what you're looking for.
If you want the most nimble, snappy, spinny, light asym all-mountain-freestyle board going around, then the Asymulator has a good claim on that.
But if you want something that is still quite snappy/nimble and spinny, but has a little bit more for speed, carving and is better in hard/icy conditions, then the Greats is the call.