There seems to be a serious lack of info out there for many of the Yes boards, so I figured I'd put up some first impressions after finally putting my new board to use...
Wet snow... They got a ton of snow up in Ontario over the past week and the weather got up to 2 or 3 degrees over night before I got there. I started snowboarding around noon, so the runs were very tracked up and far from ideal.
The board held up very well in the sloppy snow. On my old board, this kind of snow would feel sticky and heavy, but the Optimistic cut through the chop much better than I was used to. The ride was very damp and felt really solid. The base was very fast! I had no problem picking up speed in the wet stuff.
Pop felt nice... even though the park was closed, I was able to get a little air off of some natural features. It felt really lively and fun to play around with. I still need to adjust to the different shape of this board with the rockered tail, it seems to give it a different feel, but once I got used to it, the board had some really nice spring to it.
Edge hold was fantastic on the Optimistic... I have been snowboarding for 14 years on different traditional cambered boards, and I am really sold on the camrock profile. My old board was stiff as hell and had a very long effective edge, yet I felt like I was able to power out of turns even better on this profile. It never washed out on me and really felt nice when I would put my weight on my rear leg coming out of a carve.
The rockered tip and tail allowed for some incredible turn initiation too... you could really just press down over the toe edge of my board and the aggressive sidecut would take over. Laying out some really quick tight radius turns was a breeze for this board... pretty nice considering the conditions I had to deal with.
I came away pretty stoked from my first day out. I'd say this is an all mountain board, but from what I've read, it's bread and butter is freeride and powder. Still his board handled crappy conditions very nicely.
Fast, good edge hold, great turn initiation, nice and lively... I would recommend this board to any experienced rider looking for an all mountain deck.