This fully redesigned staple in the YES. line certainly proved to be one of the "greats" among our testers at Carinthia. Building on its existing reputation as a park-focused asymmetrical board built for handling the demands of an all-mountain rider, this season's Greats UnInc. now features the new MidBite technology, which blends the response of a narrow waist with the stability – and increased float in pow – offered by a wider nose and tail. While the distinctive design made a few testers wary at first glance, any apprehensions were quickly dismissed. "At first I was skeptical looking at the edge," admitted one tester, "but it was so much fun to ride. It was great edge-to-edge and held a heelside carve very well.” The result is a board that our testers found to be among the quickest in the turning department, which not only helped when setting up into jumps or along the pipe walls, but also made for a smile-inducing ride when carving between features.
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
151 — 25.3
154 — 25.6
156 — 25.9
159 — 26.2
Camber: CamRock 2-4-2
Shape: True Twin
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "It was so much fun to ride. It was great edge-to-edge and held a heelside carve very well.”
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board’s performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.