Expert Review: Yes. Greats Uninc Snowboard · 2022Published on 02/13/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for 2 days in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Tyese Messerman
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for 2 days in December of 2022.
The Yes. Greats Uninc is an all-mountain freestyle deck that would be great for any intermediate to advanced rider looking to treat the whole mountain like a playground. It is an asymmetrical true twin board that can carve well and is great for hitting jumps in the park.
About the gear I tested
- Model: 2022 Yes. Greats Uninc Collab
- Size: 149cm
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 130lbs
- Experience: 23+ years
- When I tested this: December 2022
- Days tested: 2
- Mount position: +15/-12
- Boots: 2022 Ride Sage
- Boot Size: 9
- Bindings: 2023 NOW Conda
- Where I’ve used it: Brighton, Utah
- Terrain: Groomers, off-piste, trees, jumps
How it performs
What I was looking for
Most of my boards are geared toward freeride riding, so I was hunting for an all-mountain freestyle deck. I like powder, but when spring conditions roll in, and I’m riding groomed corduroy runs and lapping the park, I need a board that can keep up.
Why I chose to test this gear
To be honest, I didn’t end up buying this board. I liked it, but I decided the asym design wasn’t for me. I can see the benefits of having an asym board, but I didn’t feel I needed the extra help making heelside turns for my style of riding. I looked at the CAPiTA Asymulator, the GNU Rider’s Choice, and the Yes. Rival. Due to my decision not to go with an asym design, I enjoyed riding the Yes. Rival the best.
What I love about it
- Speed: The Greats board is fairly stiff, so it was able to hold speed pretty well. It isn’t a hard-charging freeride board, but I felt like I could still maintain speed. It got a little chattery in the tip when I got going very fast, but overall, I enjoyed the wider waist width to feel stable at higher speeds.
- Edge hold: The edge hold was very good on this board. Even on slightly icy groomers, I never felt like I was losing control or going to skid out. I did a few longer traverses as well, and it could hold on. It uses the “midbite” technology from Yes. that helps to disturb the edges just enough to dig in without feeling catchy like Magne-Traction sometimes can. To me, it has the perfect amount of edge hold.
- Turns: I felt like turns were very easy on this board. The sidecut radius on the heelside is 6.5, which allowed for very tight turns, and 7.0 on the toeside, which still accommodated tighter turns. As I mentioned, turning with the asym design felt different than a regular board, so every time I made a heelside turn, it felt like it wanted to keep going or turn tighter than I wanted to.
- Groomers: For being more freestyle focused, this board ripped on groomers. The slightly stiffer design and the great edge hold made this a blast for groomers.
- Trees: The fact that this board can make tight turns lends itself to being good in the trees. Once one gets used to the asym design and feels in control, this board can weave through tight trees pretty well. It isn’t my favorite over uneven terrain, though, which is what I find in trees, so I would say overall, it is just so-so for tree riding.
- Moguls: As I mentioned, this board is good at making tighter turns which is great for moguls. It’s a bit wide, so a thinner waist-width board would probably be even easier in moguls, but this board can handle it. It is also pretty lightweight and agile to throw around between tight moguls.
- Park: I would say this is predominantly a park board. It felt very stable in the air on jumps, and the wider waist width created a solid and stable landing. It isn’t overly flexy, so it wasn’t the best at jibbing and rails, but the CamRock design provided great pop for jumps and side hits.
- Durability: I have no reason to think this board would not be durable. Yes. makes very durable products, and this seems like no exception. The topsheet is fairly smooth, the core is predominantly wood, and it uses a sintered base. Nothing about the components of this board stood out as exceptional, but it felt durable nonetheless.
- Weight: This board felt pretty lightweight, hanging off my foot on the lift, and it was easy to get air and ride playfully.
- Switch riding: Being a true twin, this board is great for someone who rides switch a lot. If someone’s stance is set to the same degrees front and back, there would be no difference in feel riding switch vs. regular.
- Stability: This board doesn’t feel very damp to me. It had a bit of chatter as I got to higher speeds. It has a good amount of pop and is on the stiffer side to butter easily, but if someone puts some muscle into it, they can definitely butter.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Powder: I didn’t have much powder to try this in, just a few inches. It plowed through a few inches pretty easily, probably due to its wider design, but its true twin design doesn’t lead me to think it would be awesome in deep powder.
- Backcountry: This wouldn’t be my go-to backcountry board. It isn’t the best at uneven terrain or powder, so I would say this board is best in bounds on groomers and in the park.
Favorite moment with this gear
Brighton Resort has a park towards the bottom that has some really nice medium-sized jumps. One particular day, it was really fun just to keep lapping the park with friends and unlock all of the pop this board offers. I was able to work on some new grabs and feel more confident in the park. We ended by going into the cool A-Frame lodge for some grub and chatting about our epic day.
Value for the money vs. other options
In looking at the other boards I was checking out, the CAPiTA Asymulator comes in at about $100 cheaper than this board, while the GNU Rider’s Choice is about $50 more. This puts the Greats at a pretty average price point for what it is. Personally, it seems a little overpriced for an all-mountain freestyle board, but comparing it to others, it is average.
This board could be a great choice for an intermediate or advanced rider looking for an all-mountain freestyle board that can carve well and keep up in the park. I would just tell someone to make sure they like the asymmetrical sidecut before jumping into a board that features that design. The rocker at the tip and tail provides a great platform to power into jumps and unlock all of the pop this board has to offer, making it exceptionally fun in the park.