YES Greats 158. Awesome Board. Awful Durability.
I purchased a YES greats 158 this season.
The board is excellent. I ride mainly trees and powder in Japan. I rode it about 20 times. It`s a very agile, smooth, poppy and fun board. The flex is perfect, and it allowed my to both charge and butter. Edge hold is solid. I like to ride switch and jump off stuff in the pow. The board was perfect for that. The only minor complaint was that sometimes on landings, if I landed too far on the rockered tail the board would wash out. This was probably due to my skill level more than anything else.
I`ve tried K2, Rossignol, DC, Gentem Stick (a Japanese powder board brand), Arbor and Rome. This board was my favorite so far.
NOW on to the bad part. While riding up a natural half pipe, I ollied up to tap a tree. The base struck the tree, maybe a little harder than normal, but nothing ridiculous, I have done much worse to boards before. I sprained my foot a little, so I rode back to the parking lot. When I got to the bottom, my board was nearly snapped in half. The top sheet area had cracked completely and seperated from the board. See attached pictures. Sad.
I`ve ridden boards through parking lots, over rocks, straight into trees and over all sorts of rails, and never busted one. But this board`s base taps a tree and it splits. It performed amazing, no problem there. I liked this board so much that I wanted to purchase a new one, but I ride hard and can`t in good mind purchase a board with questionable durability.
If you`re an aggressive rider, freestyle or freeride, I can`t reccomend this board. But if you`re an intermediate or ride slow, then you`ll probably be fine.
If the toughness of their boards improves, I would consider buying another YES board. But for now I`m going board shopping for something different.