Expert Review: 2024 YES. Typo Snowboard [with Video]Published on 11/07/2023 · 5 min readSnowboarding Expert Everett Pelkey tested the 2024 YES. Typo Snowboard in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Snowboarding Expert Everett Pelkey got his hands on the 2024 YES. Typo Snowboard this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every rider is different; if you have any questions about the Typo or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboarding Expert here on Curated.
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What does YES. claim about this board? [Everett] The brand claims that this is that custom board for someone who likes the basics but wants to up their game and get higher-end specs. That’s where the Typo comes into play: boost all the best features of the basic.
What is your overall impression of this board? [Everett] This all-mountain ripper is going to give you a stiffer flex, a little bit more pop and snap, and maximize the nice build quality and shape that this is built for. It’s a great intermediate-style board that is going to be fun to play around with but still has the extra features of a sintered base that can go faster and has a little bit of a stiffer profile so you can feel like you can push into it more and somewhat get an extra kickback. It’s totally worth every penny for that upgrade once you get accustomed to these.
How does it turn? [Everett] So, a lot of the fun features about YES. boards are the underbite that they have. That’s really going to help catch and hold an edge when you’re trying to initiate turns and really get those carves in a little bit smoother, tighter, and feel locked in. That’s where that comes into play. And it’s a beautiful benefit.
What is the edge hold like? [Everett] With the rocker and tip and tail, I did feel a little bit more loose on this board. It wasn’t the most stable edge-holding board, but that could also be because of the conditions I was riding. It was warm. It was slushy. It’s not the most ideal, but I was still feeling sluggish on this thing when we ran to spots. But as soon as it warmed — I wouldn’t say warmed up, but as soon as we got to better conditions — it did really improve its riding experience.
How does it perform at speed? [Everett] That sintered base — you can go fast if you really want to start cruising at much higher speeds and still feel good on it. A sintered base is the way to go.
How is its energy/acceleration? [Everett] And you see in YES. boards, the underbite is going to kick in, and you see it protrude out in the shape of the board, which is such a fun feature. It’s going to give you that extra stability and hold in some of the icier and more unforgiving conditions, and something that’s still playful and fun. It ups your game and ups your confidence as you’re riding around.
How is it for freestyle snowboarding? [Everett] If you’re going more park riding, you can really start pushing your limits there, and that’s where Typo is going to excel the most.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? [Everett] It’s a do-it-all board that is a little higher caliber than the basic. But I wouldn’t say you’re gonna maximize your potential with a board like this. This is the one for when you’re unlocking new features and new terrain as you try to figure out where you’re going with this board.
Is it good for riding switch? [Everett] This is a directional twin shape, giving you a slightly longer nose and tail, but still trying to give you that camber profile for stability in the rocker and the tip and tail for the fun play-around feel, while still being super stable wherever you go.
How is it for freeride snowboarding? [Everett] I wouldn’t recommend it for the more aggressive high-end free rider.
How is it in powder? [Everett] You know, it can do powder. It can do it all. We even got some fresh snow to play on with this. I wouldn’t say it was the best that I’ve ridden, but it can handle better than you expect. It is definitely, again, a step up from the basics, so you’re getting those key features but still being able to do even more with this.
How is it riding in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Everett] It wasn’t the most quick through the trees.
What terrain is this board good for? [Everett] If** **you want to go on the rest of the mound and you like how YES. produces their boards, it’s a great profile to be kind of a one-board quiver do-it-all at a more mellow feel without trying to exhaust yourself and have it overpower you.
Who would you recommend this board to? [Everett] I would totally recommend this board for that intermediate rider who has stepped up their game after their first board and really wants to start opening up new terrain and new experiences on a snowboard.
Who should avoid this board, are there other better options out there for them? [Everett] There are pro riders who will still throw down on something like this, but that’s for their style and not always the best for someone like you. Although, if you’re someone who really wants a mellow, effortless feel and wants something that you can play around with but still have higher-end specs, the YES. Typo is where it’s at.
Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for you, reach out to Everett or any other Snowboarding Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best board for you.