Yes Pyzel Snowboard Review

Yes. Pyzel Snowboard Limited Release 2024

Chris’ Review

  • Yes. Pyzel Size: 155(W)cm (waist width 25.8 cm)
  • MSRP: $599.95
  • Chris’ Bindings: Union Utra (Medium)
  • Chris’Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV size 9
  • Chris’ Stance: approximately 22.5″
  • Chris’ Rider Height: 5’9″
  • Chris’ Rider Weight: 175

Conditions/Terrain Tested: Colorado April 2023 – February 2024 on Groomers, park, all mountain, moguls, and some glorious pow.

Recommended for: The intermediate to expert rider looking for a camber profile board with a more stiff flex. This board loves powder and you can size down if you want, it will handle all mountain riding/freestyle it has slightly less playful attributes but can be a lot of fun exploring different terrain.

Chris’ Review

When I first saw that Yes was doing a collaboration with Pyzel, I was very intrigued! Pyzel has been shaping surfboards for decades and is a legend shaper (surfboards built by surfers), so the Yes collaboration with Jon Pyzel to make “snowboards built by surfers” is a really awesome cross sport collaboration, and it works! I chose the 155W to ride since I wanted a board I could take anywhere at the resort.

I wanted to rip pow, carve up groomers, and take the board through the park and pipe when possible. Pretty much I was looking for a do it all quiver killer. The Pyzel shape to me is really pleasing, it has a muted gloss/matte topsheet that allows you enough hold with your backfoot out while skating so you don’t slip. It has a tasteful abstract (airbrush influenced) colorful artwork between the inserts. The inserts have one extra hole pattern “slamback inserts” so on a really deep day you can get back on that tail for some extra float. I rode this board, even in a few feet of pow, with my normal centered stance (22.5″) most everywhere.

The base is not a 100% sintered base, and at this price point I’d like to see a full sintered base, it’s a “sintered spec” base (not as hard of a base). That’s just me, however it’s a very fast base and has held up great through the beatings I’ve but it through this winter. The base graphic really stands out to me, it’s art and makes this board fun to look at (especially if you kick out a method). The profile is camber, and it’s on the more stiff end, it is damp enough, in my opinion, for going fast and I didn’t have any issues with chatter at high speeds.

Turning on the Pyzel requires you to really be aggressive with the board, it will make quick turns, but it does feel a bit washy. Doing eurocarves/elbow carves is fine. The tapered mid-bite gives it a unique feel with the waist width becoming narrower and slightly adjusting toward the tail for taper. The pollar/paulownia core is lightweight and durable, I hit a few stumps early season riding pow, and the base and core have held up to the abuse.

Riding park on the Pyzel was fun, however it wouldn’t be my first choice if I was riding park all day. This isn’t an issue if you are taking on the whole mountain. The primary use for the Pyzel is ripping everywhere and it will handle rails and jumps but it’s camber profile is just a bit too stiff for what I want in the park. It’s also fine for carving up long turns on groomers and you can manage it through moguls if you want. It’s stable at high speeds and found it easy to just point it and let it go. Where I really enjoyed riding this board was in 1 to 2 feet of pow, the 155W was easy to maneuver and had great float, I really felt like I was surfing, and that’s where I feel this board excels!

Chris’ Overal Impressions

If you’re looking for a board that you can ride pretty much everywhere, you want a camber profile, and you primarily get some good powder days at your local mountain then the Pyzel would be a good option for you. It’s a beautiful board, has held up well and in my option.

Pros

  • Surfy ride in pow
  • Good edge hold
  • Durable base
  • Aesthetically gorgeous

Cons

  • Not as quick edge to edge as other boards
  • Both of us agree it was a bit too stiff

Dave’s Review

Snowboard Tested and Rider Specs:

  • Yes. Pyzel Size: 164(W)cm (waist width 26.5 cm)
  • Sidecut: 8
  • Dave’s Bindings: Union Falcor (Large)
  • Dave’s Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV size 11
  • Dave’s Stance: approximately 22.5″
  • Dave’s Rider Height: 5’11″
  • Dave’s Rider Weight: 195lbs

Conditions/Terrain Tested: Idaho, Wyoming and Utah April 2023 – March 2024 on groomers, park, all mountain, and pow.

This season, YES. dropped the Pyzel snowboard, an all-mountain weapon built with legendary surfers from PYZEL. Their collaboration crafted a high-performance board that rips anywhere on the mountain.

The Pyzel lives up to the hype. Its directional twin shape lets you stomp park tricks with confidence, while the tapered MidBite outline and Slam-Back inserts conquer powder days effortlessly. The camber profile delivers explosive pop and precision for attacking jumps and side hits, while also maintaining superior edge hold and stability for carving high-speed turns.

As a MidBite believer since reviewing the Warca last year, I can confirm it delivers exceptional edge hold on long, drawn-out carves. Although the 164W I tested wasn’t the quickest edge-to-edge, carving and turning remained a blast on the Pyzel.

The Pyzel floats effortlessly in powder, and for those truly deep days, the Slam Back inserts become your secret weapon. Setting you back slightly, they make floating easier and reduce leg fatigue.

The Weightless Core is a game-changer for a board of this size. It combines two types of wood (Poplar and Paulownia) to create a surprisingly lightweight core. This not only reduces weight but also allows for torsional flex, making turn initiation and exits a breeze. The lighter weight and added flex were a welcome surprise on the 164W.

The Pyzel’s strength lies in carving thanks to the MidBite’s incredible edge hold. It carves long, powerful turns like a dream. However, the stiffer flex makes playful maneuvers like butters and presses a bit more challenging, and it’s slightly less forgiving in the park.

Dave’s Overall Impressions

The YES. Pyzel carves like a champ, floats in powder like a dream, and offers impressive versatility across the mountain. If you’re an intermediate to advanced rider seeking an all-mountain board that excels in carving and powder riding, the Pyzel is a top contender. However, park enthusiasts or those who prioritize playful jibbing might find it a bit on the stiff side.

Pros:

  • Carving ability
  • Edge hold
  • Responsive
  • Excellent float

Cons:

  • On the stiffer side
Price:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Design:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Overall:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

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