It wasn't really that long ago that backcountry free riding was the sole preserve of the bearded big mountain charger. Over the last few seasons though we've seen a seismic shift in what riders are doing in the backcountry. It's now not only big lines and steep faces but it's also about big booters and technical spins.
That's all fine in itself, but the big problem is equipment. For what works in the powder is about as far away as you can get from what works for the freestyle rider. Have you ever tried spinning a fully directional freeride board? Well, if anyone was going to find a solution to this it was always going to be YES.
With a roster of riders that reads like the who's-who of big mountain freestyle snowboarding, they have both the knowledge and skill to make this work. And boy have they made it work. Creating one of the most innovative and groundbreaking boards ever to hit the market. The multi-award winning 20/20 has revolutionised backcountry snowboarding.
Built around a fully balanced wide platform twin tip shape YES have increased the surface area giving the board more float. But what makes the 20/20 really special, is the unique Powder Hull profile. This advanced 3-D concave profiling of the nose and tail shape channels snow down and under the board whilst the identical profile at the tail vents the snow out. This results in increased float in the nose with sink at the tail, giving the 20/20 the perfect riding characteristics in the pow without having to resort to a fully directional shape.
As with their 420, YES have given the 20/20 a super tight sidecut (6 m on the 150 and 6.6 m on the 154), so although this is predominantly a powder board, its performance on the piste is startling. As you would expect on a board like this, YES don't hold back when it comes to construction. The advanced Weightless Core is formed from a combination of regular poplar, low-density poplar and superlight paulownia creating both a lightweight yet durable board. Add to this Tri-Ax glass structural layers which step up torsional flex and a high-grade sintered base for a faster ride and what you have is a high-performance board that will totally change the way you look at powder days forever.
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