2015 YES. Hel Yes
So we hit up Breckenridge this morning and I got a few nice laps on my new Hel Yes. I was going to wait with a review until I'd ridden a few times, but I decided to get my first impressions down and I can always add more later.
Height 5' 9"
Weight 120 lbs
Stance width 21 1/2"
Binding angles +18/-12
The full setup included 2014 Burton Felix boots (size 9 US) with 2014 Lexa Reflex Restricted bindings. They're the boots/bindings I use with my other boards too, but I think they pair really well with a freeride board like the Hel Yes. The board is straight out of the plastic, factory waxed and not detuned at all.
Conditions were a mix of about 4 inches of fresh snow on mostly groomed runs, and some runs that had been groomed after the snow stopped.
First off, coming from two older boards with extruded bases, I figured the Hel Yes would be somewhat faster, but it picked up speed so quickly it caught me off guard on the first run.
The second thing I noticed was an ever-so-slight catchiness on the back foot. After two runs it went away, so I think going from flat and rocker profile boards to one with camber between the feet forced me to stop being sloppy/lazy with my turns.
With only 4 inches of snow, I won't say too much about pow riding just yet, aside from the fact that at no point did I need to lean back at all like I have done with both of my other boards. We got some first tracks on the piste before too many people showed up, and it was smooth and surfy fun.
On the freshly groomed runs, I got some nice carves going, and loved the feeling of locking into a turn. The edge hold on fairly hard snow was great, and compared to the full mag on my rocker board, it felt just as solid and a bit less catchy. I didn't run into any bad hardpack or ice, so I'll keep an eye out for that later on.
Overall it was really stable, and aside from a few small moguls I accidentally went over the top of, it cut through the ungroomed bumpy bits just fine. My husband was riding a PYL, and it sounds like that board is a bit more damp, whereas the Hel Yes has a slightly softer flex maybe? It was easier for me to press etc, although it's obviously more work than with my jib stick.
Popping off rollers or ollie-ing on the flats was a lot of fun, and I was getting a nice bit of air with solid landings. I also did a little switch riding without any trouble, even with the slight forward angles on my bindings (I've always used +15/-15 before today).
I'm really stoked on this board, and it's going to be my go-to ride unless I really want to practice flatland progression or head onto easy park features.