YES. Hel Yes


Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Heather Hendricks

A directional freeride destroyer, the Hel Yes was redesigned this season with UnderBite sidecuts (envision reverse serrated edges), which our testers found created more arc and traction for grippy edge hold. The updated poplar and bamboo core made it light and easy to maneuver through narrow couloirs and tight trees while dodging ski patrollers. Camber between the feet and rocker in the tip and tail made it stiff yet snappy, and it felt floaty in pow. One Good Wooder said, “Awesome board that’s quick edge to edge, yet stable and dependable. Great to carve, fun to jump, and slashes smooth as butter!”

From the testers: “I knew from the start this board and I were going to be besties. It felt really stable but it was also playful and easy to butter. This board can handle it all. YES!”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

146 — 6.7 — 23.9
149 — 6.9 — 24.1
152 — 7.1 — 24.2
155 — 7.3 — 24.4

Flex: Medium-stiff

Camber: Hybrid (regular camber between inserts, reverse near tips)

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $499.00

146, 149, 152, 155

Good Wood 2017 Presented by

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.