Posted: 02 March 2010 07:40 AM
I have a pair of brand new size 11.5 (US) 2010 Burton Freestyle boots, and I really like the YES 162cm board. It is 25.5cm wide in the middle. Is that wide enough for my boots if I ride with a slight duck stance?
Please say yes (but only if you truly mean it).
Posted: 02 March 2010 05:25 PM
I ended up using the “Snowboard Selector” on Burton’s website, and they make you punch in your height, weight, and boot size. Each board they recommended for me was considered a “mid-wide” board, and each board had either a 25.5cm wide waist or smaller. I am therefore confident that the YES 162, which features a 25.5cm wide waist, will be fine with my boots, especially if I stand at a +15/-15.
Rich and Tom, will my 2005 Drake F60 bindings work with this snowboard?
Posted: 02 March 2010 06:42 PM
Haha will do! I ordered the board from Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop because they had both the lowest price and best reviews. Hopefully it gets here soon. I love the black and white colors of the board. As OutKast once said, it’s “So fresh and so clean, clean.”
Posted: 02 March 2010 11:40 PM
What are the advantages of the 4x6 hole pattern, which is featured on the YES, versus the traditional 4x4 hole pattern on my old K2?
Posted: 02 March 2010 11:51 PM
I guess the only real advantage is that you have a greater number of stance options. If there’s one thing that really makes a difference when I’m testing boards, other than board width, it’s whether I can find the correct stance width…..it’s one of those things that you can really feel. It also means that you can set-back your stance ever so slightly if you decide you want to ride powder. A movement of just 1 or 2 cm can make a noticeable difference.
Posted: 02 March 2010 11:55 PM
Maybe getting a new board will give me the opportunity to ride +15/-15. I am right-handed and I ride goofy, so my right foot is in front, and I currently ride +15/-5 (I don’t know if that is correct, but my back foot is slightly open and my front foot is more open).
Posted: 03 March 2010 12:12 AM
Yeah that is more of a directional set-up for those people that tend to ride in one direction. The bio-mechanics mean that this actually encourages back knee tuck which isn’t as stable for landings, carving or general riding. +15 and -15 is a much more natural position for you feet and legs to be in and will encourage you to bend your knees more…..it will also make switch riding and landings a lot easier. +15/-5 was ten years ago…...+15/-15 is what most riders use now.
Posted: 03 March 2010 12:46 AM
I would love to learn to ride switch. As of now, while riding switch, I can only turn left haha (the exact opposite of Zoolander).
I was born pigeon-toed, but after wearing corrective shoes as a toddler, my feet are now pretty straight. Walking duck-footed feels odd to me, so I wonder how long it will take me to get used to riding duck-footed.
I am really pumped up to get this snowboard. To think I almost purchased the K2 Parkstar!
The other boards I really wanted (mostly because of the graphics) were the K2 Turbo Dream, the Salomon Answer, and the Artec Nima Jalali.
Also, thanks for all of your help. Your website is a wonderful resource. I have already recommended it to two of my friends.
Posted: 03 March 2010 01:37 AM
Just looked on www.yesnowboard.com and it says the waist width of the 162 is 25.3cm. In the discussion following Rich’s review of the YES board, he said that he and Jeremy Sladen measured the width of the 162 at 25.5cm.
Which is correct? Should I be concerned if I plan on riding +15/-15?
Posted: 03 March 2010 11:03 AM
You’re more nervous about this purchase than a groom on his wedding day! I took a Volkl Cashew out a couple days ago and the width was 25.8 which was absolutely enormous, almost too big…...I’m sure Rich and Jeremy aren’t wrong but even if they are a couple of millimetres out I wouldn’t be worried in the slightest; 25.3m is pretty damn wide.
Posted: 03 March 2010 05:27 PM
Haha I am nervous! $320 is a lot of money for a law student who pays approximately $50,000 in tuition and rent, which is a combination of savings and loan money.
Your response is reassuring. Thanks, haha! I guess you and I fall into the “big feet” category. Frankly, I don’t know why snowboards aren’t wider. I feel like size 11.5 shoes are pretty common here in the U.S. They are always out of my size when I am shopping for shoes.