Yes Greats UnInc 2023 Review
The Yes Greats is a wider than normal, asymmetrical twin shaped board with a few weird things going on with the shape
How the Yes Greats 2023 Rides
Board size: 156cm
Boots: Vans Infuse
Bindings: Burton Cartel
I am 6 foot tall and weigh 155lbs – or 183cm tall and 70kg. My standard setup is with the old Burton Cartels (which are the equivalent in flex to the new Cartel X), with a fairly narrow stance.
It had been a while without fresh snow, and the temperatures were pretty cold, so the snow was pretty firm and fast all around, unless you went looking hard for something softer.
I had ridden the Greats in about 2017, so I did have a rough idea of what it was like, but it was only for a few laps which wasn’t enough to get a proper idea of all it could do.
In general I am a fan of asym boards, I figure that if you are going to ride a twin, you might as well have some extra help on the heelside turns.
If you haven’t ridden an asymmetrical board, they are designed so that the sidecut on heelside of the board has a smaller radius that the toeside. It is designed to help balance out the feel of toeside turns, so that less effort on your heels will make a tighter turn.
You are pretty much restricted to twin shaped boards that can be asymmetrical, so no matter whether you ride regular or goofy you need to have your heels on the side they are designed for.
You can’t really go wrong with a camrock style profile – rocker on the nose and tail and camber between the feet. There is a good reason that so many boards from quite a few brands use some variation of this profile.
You get the benefits of camber, which are a stable feel at speed, poppy or lively feel when you flex the board and good edge hold, though with a bit more forgiveness with the rocker sections when you don’t land everything perfectly.
Flex and Pop
I find that the Yes boards that I have ridden are rated stiffer than I think, so while the Greats it rated as a 7/10, to me it was maybe a medium flex, and I am not that heavy.
It doesn’t take a huge effort to press, and ollies were easy and the board wanted to push back nicely.
The conditions that I was riding if gave a good test for edges, especially on the groomed runs where the snow was pretty packed down. I felt fairly confident in most situations that I could count on the edges to grip when I needed them, so I would say that it does a pretty good job considering that the board isn’t that stiff overall.
I would be pretty sure that the MidBite jump in the edge between the feet does help add some extra grip at some point in the turn.
There are some unique things going on with the shape or outline of the board – which are that it is quite wide under the feet, then makes a decent step narrower between the feet. You would figure that a board that is that wide should feel a bit slower edge to edge but somehow the narrower section between the feet must be speeding it up, or at least hiding it somehow. I am not really sure how that happens though.
I don’t really ride any big features in the park, but for a wider board it was pretty good. It was stable enough to save me when I didn’t have my weight in the right spot for landings, and felt smooth and predictable on rails.
I wasn’t able to ride it in proper deep snow, but we were able to find a little tiny bit of fresh stuff to give it a little test. I would never expect a twin to do that well in deep snow anyway, but the one benefit would be the wider width giving you more surface area to float on.
I did wax the Greats just before riding it, and in the cold and fast conditions I had no problems at all keeping speed, I never felt like the board was slowing me down when I didn’t want it to.
What sort of rider is the Yes Greats good for?
The Greats would suit the sort of rider who wants a twin shaped board that they can ride everywhere, to do a little bit of everything. If you wanted a board that is similar in feel, but mainly ride park, then I would look at the Jackpot instead.
The difference with the Greats that make it a bit more useful outside the park would be the wider width when the snow gets soft, and the asym shape to help keep the turns easy.
Another asym twin shaped board, with a similar profile and medium flex. Not as wide as the Greats, so a little quicker turning edge to edge.
A simpler board in shape, the Jackpot has a similar feel – it is light and snappy, but in a regular width and shape.
Features of the Yes Greats
Same shape both directions.
A step up from the full poplar core, this one has 30% of the poplar swapped out with paulownia, with two strips of bamboo stringers down the middle.
Triax + Carbon Glass
Sintered True Base
This is a proper sintered base, so if you keep it waxed and maintained you will get the best speed out of it.
A step down on the sidecut in between your feet.
4mm of camber between your feet, and 2mm of rocker on the nose and tail of the board.
Die Cut Swap
This just means that the base alternates from model to model, so one will have a black base with a white logo, while the next will have a white base with a black logo.
Yes Greats 2023 Technical Specs
|Effective Edge (mm)
|Waist Width (mm)
|Sidecut (m – heel/toe)
|5.7 / 6.2
|5.9 / 6.4
|6.1 / 6.6
|6.3 / 6.8
|6.5 / 7.0