Hello and welcome to my YES Standard Uninc review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Standard Uninc as an aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Standard Uninc a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: YES Standard Uninc
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain-Freestyle
Flex Rating: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium bordering on medium-stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 91.5/100
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 Standard Uninc’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Standard Uninc’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Twin (YES's "directional volume twin")
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Standard Uninc Most Suited To?
The Standard Uninc is essentially a traditional camber version of the Standard - though it is also a little stiffer. But that camber profile (as well as the stiffness) does change the personality of the board quite a bit. Essentially very similar to what the YES Ghost used to be before that was discontinued.
It's the kind of board that's best suited to someone looking for a board that's aggressive but not overly aggressive - you don't have to be on your game 100% of the time - you can get a little lazy on it. But it's more aggressive than average and when you want to ride it aggressively it complies.
Apart from powder and jibbing (both of which it's still not terrible at), it's a really well rounded board that can do a bit of everything and go anywhere. In powder, it wouldn't be great (we didn't have any to test in) but would hold its own in shallow powder.
Not for a beginner or lower intermediate rider, but good for solid intermediate rider's and up, IMO.
The Standard Uninc in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Standard Uninc is capable of.
Board: YES Standard Uninc 2023, 156cm (258mm 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: +15/-15
Stance width: 550mm (21.7″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 273mm (10.75")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 3140grams (6lb 15oz)
Weight per cm: 20.13 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. The Standard Uninc is one of the heavier boards on the scales that I've weighed, in terms of grams/cm. However, it is a wider than average board - and I don't calculate grams/surface area, which would be more ideal. And more importantly, it felt like a really normal weight on snow, which was surprising but welcomed.
We didn't have any powder to test in on the day but based on specs it wouldn't be amazing, but a little better than the average traditional camber board.
It's got a couple of things going for it for riding powder.
Firstly, the directional volume twin shape gives it just a little more powder performance versus a true twin shape. Secondly, it is a little wider than normal, giving it a bit more surface area to work with. Though, if you size down the length because of that width, like I did, this is largely cancelled out. And lastly, it has YES's "slamback" inserts, which is an extra set of holes behind the main insert pack, which allows you to set the board back further for powder days.
But it's pretty close to being a centered twin and it has a traditional camber shape, so never going to be amazing in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Really nice on a carve. You can get deep and it holds on to a carve really well. A good balance between nice long drawn out carves and shorter/sharper carves.
Turning: Turns with very little effort for its flex. Which impressed me, given the width at inserts is 273mm, which I'd typically find wide for turns. But there's something about that mid-bite that makes turning easier than you'd expect.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Again, impressively nimble when riding slow given its flex and width. Though, when I say given its flex, it's not super stiff - just a little stiffer than medium. But it is more agile than I was expecting all the same.
Skidded Turns: You can't get away with everything, but it's not super catchy or anything. There's quite a bit of forgiveness and allows you to skid or slash your turns most of the time.
Felt really nice and stable at speed. Could open it out to a really decent pace without getting the wobbles.
Was a really fast conditions day when I tested it, so it was hard to get a read on how good the glide is for flat sections - but felt really good on the day.
Crud/Chunder: Not a lot of it to test in, but doesn't feel like it would get easily bucked around (something that extra weight helps with) - and if it did get a little bucked, it would be pretty easy to correct.
Trees/Bumps: Quite nimble, so does well weaving between bumps and absorbs bumps well going over them as well.
So much fun to get air with this board. Just writing this makes me crave getting back out onto it.
Pop: There isn't oodles of pop but decent enough. And most of the pop is easy to access and it gives a little more when you wind it up, too.
Approach: A really good balance between being stable and also maneuverable enough to make necessary adjustments. Holds its line really well when you commit to a line, but you can speed check and adjust your take off point easily as well.
Landing: Can really stomp a landing. But at the same time it's quite forgiving of errors when you get it wrong. Strikes a great balance between those.
Side-hits: Super fun. Has everything you want for sidehits, IMO.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Medium to Large is it's sweet spot, IMO, but good for everything.
Rides switch really well, which wasn't really a surprise. Didn't feel catchy in transitions to switch or anything like that and felt really similar in each direction.
Apart from it's weight, which as I've said a couple of times, you don't really feel on snow, it's really well suited to spins. It's got decent, easy pop and takes off/lands switch well.
Not ideal for jibbing but also not terrible. Decent enough.
You've got to throw your weight into it a little to get it to press, but it's not super difficult to do - and it's got a really similar feel when pressing nose or tail.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Standard Uninc is a board that is capable everywhere and just utterly fun. Had such a blast riding this board and didn't let me down in any aspect.
It's biggest weakness is powder (and jibs) - and if you like you board super light, it's not that (though it doesn't feel heavier than normal on snow either), - but for everything else, assuming at least a solid intermediate skill level, this board can take it anyway and do everything well.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Standard Uninc, 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 aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Standard Uninc compares to other aggressive all-mountain-freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.