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The 2020 Yes Jackpot Snowboard Review

Board: Yes Jackpot

Camber Option: 2-4-2 Camrock. Camber under foot rocker in the tips.

Bindings: K2 Indy

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 195lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Mix of overcast skies, flat light, sun poking through, sometimes a cloud break, firm fast snow, firm deadly snow, ice, slush, and groomers.

Flex: This board has a middle of the road park flex to it. You have play in the tips that’s highly abundant and a slightly stiffer area under foot. There’s a lot of torsional flex to this and you can really drive and twist it from the center of the board.

Stability: This board has a wider platform which gives it a bit more stability. You will feel some chatter in the tips but not a lot. When you’re in variable terrain and chop it does a great job of driving through it without getting bucked around.

Ollies: The snap on this board is superb. You don’t have to aggressively load it up to get a nice amount of rebound from it. This makes sending cat track gaps, side hits, and rollers fun.

Pop On Jumps: This board has the perfect flex to pop ratio to amplify your jump game. It does a great job of boosting off lips. It’s perfectly at home hitting small to large-ish jumps.

Butterability: That wider platform and rocker in the tips gives you such a big platform to get on top of and butter around. You can really get your weight way out in the tips and just swivel and sizzle.

Jibbing: This board locks into rails with ease. There’s a little fight from the camber zone but not enough you can’t muscle through it with minimal effort. Getting sideways on a feature this board hugs it with ease and just feels secure.

Carving: Here’s where this board shines the most in my opinion. You can drive through a carve on this board and it just stays locked in. It feels like it wants to hold on for dear life and let you crush anything in your path. It’s easy to engage and even easier to load up the tail to push off of. Long drawn out carves or short tight quick ones, it’s got you covered.

Rider in Mind: Park guy that will crush the whole resort.

Personal Thoughts: I always forget how underrated the Jackpot truthfully is. It’s such a solid board and that wider platform just adds stability to it. You can ride this board across the whole mountain and not have any issues.

Check out the past reviews of the 2013, 2016, and 2017 Jackpot.

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YES Jackpot Review: Freestyle Snowboard Review

Last Updated: September 14, 2020 by Nate 67 Comments

Hello and welcome to my YES Jackpot review.

In this review, I will take a look at the Jackpot as a freestyle snowboard.

As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Jackpot a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.

Overall Rating

Board: YES Jackpot 2021

Price: $479 (USD recommended retail)

Style: Freestyle

Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (7/10 on YES’s flex scale)

Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)

Rating Score: 90.7/100

Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards

Out of the 37 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:

Overview of the Jackpot’s Specs

Check out the tables for the Jackpot’s specs and available sizes.

Specs

Style:

Price:

Ability Level:

Flex:

Feel:

Turn Initiation:

Edge-hold:

Camber Profile:

Shape:

Setback Stance:

Base:

Weight:

Sizing

LENGTH (cm)

Waist Width (mm)

Rec Rider Weight (lb)

Rec Rider Weight (kg)

152

154

156

158

Who is the Jackpot Most Suited To?

The Jackpot is a freestyle board, bordering on all-mountain-freestyle. Perfect for anyone who likes to spend a lot of time in the park but who also likes to leave the park, lay down some carves and pick up some speed.

The 2021 model got an overhaul and is now traditional camber (or what YES call “modern camber”), where it was hybrid rocker last year. It feels marginally stiffer too, though still not as stiff as what YES rates it, IMO.

Not really suitable as a beginner board – but for intermediate and up it’s a great option.

It’s also great in hard and icy snow conditions, so if you encounter those a lot, then this is a great option.

The Jackpot in More Detail

O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Jackpot is capable of.

Demo Info

Board: YES Jackpot 2021, 156cm (254mm waist width)

Date: March 5, 2020

Conditions: Rather windy, especially at first and that wind was super cold. -1°C (30.2°F) and -8°C (17.6°F) with wind.

No fresh snow, initially but off groomer was still OK. Medium. Then it started snowing half way through testing.

On groomer quite hard for the most part without being icy. But also medium in places.

Overcast but vis pretty good. It was high clouds. 90% vis.

Bindings angles: +15/-15

Stance width: 585mm (23″)

Stance Setback: Centered

Width at Inserts: 271mm (10.67″)

Rider Height: 6’0″

Rider Weight: 175lbs

Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi

Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M

Weight: 2820grams (6lb 3oz)

Weight per cm: 18.08 grams/cm

Average Weight per cm: 18.36 grams/cm*

*based on a small sample size of around 80 boards that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020 & 2021 models. So, bang on average for actual weight and felt about average weight on snow.

Other Testing Notes

I tested the 2020 model of this board – so usually I wouldn’t retest the very next year. But if there are significant changes to a board then I do try to retest. The Jackpot changed enough, so I retested the 2021 model. See the end of this section for the specific changes.

I tested the 2021 model alongside the new YES Dicey, which is a very similar board, but a little softer and with the same camber profile as the 2020 YES Jackpot (R2-C4-R2).

Damp or Chattery?

Pretty much in the middle of the scale here. Just a hair more damp feeling than the Dicey.

Smooth or Snappy?

Snappy for sure! A fair way up the snappy scale. Just a hair less snappy than the Dicey.

Powder

Was fine in the small amount of powder that had accumulated while I was riding, but didn’t get heaps to test it in. Based on specs and how past models felt in powder, it wouldn’t be amazing in anything too deep.

Carving & Turning

Regular Turns: snappy and fun like on dicey but maybe just a hair less snappy than dicey

Skidding Turns: Was actually OK for a traditional camber board but not quite as easy as dicey

Carves: Just that little bit more on a carve vs Dicey, in terms of getting it lower and longer and how it held it’s edge. For a predominantly freestyle board a very good carver, IMO.

Maneuverability at slower speeds: just a 1/4 step less nimble than dicey but still super nimble

Speed

Like with carving, the Jackpot performs really well at speed for a predominantly park board.

Uneven Terrain

Really good in bumps. It’s nimble enough to weave well and powerful enough to charge through.

Could feel the chatter a bit in crud, but overall very good at negotiating both bumpy terrain and crud.

Let’s Break up this text with a Video

Jumps

The Jackpot was a good jumper before, but with the upgrades for the 2020 model, it got even better. And now for the 2021 model it somehow got better again. This is a jumping machine – fun, snappy, poppy and a stomper on landings.

Pop: Great pop – feels dynamic and snappy. Has just that little bit more pop vs the Dicey and just that little bit more effort needed to extract it – but overall the pop is really easy to extract.

Approach: A great balance between being nimble and stable and the approach just feels perfect for all sized jumps.

Landing: Can really stomp your landing on this board. But it’s also not so unforgiving that it destroys when you don’t stomp it. So basically ideal. Also because it’s a little wider, has that nice wide landing platform.

Side-hits: Super fun! Nimble, with easy pop and forgiving on rougher landings.

Small Jumps/Big Jumps: If I had to say, then I’d say medium jumps are the sweet spot, but it performs well on all sized jumps.

Switch

Really really good riding switch.

Spins

Nice and easy to get the spin around – the 2021 Jackpot is a good bit lighter than the 2020 model, so that certainly helps. That plus nice pop, which is pretty easy to access, and great for taking off and landing switch, make this board a great spinner.

Jibbing

It’s not a jibbing master, but it’s above average there. I’m not a strong jibber but I still felt fairly comfortable jibbing on the Jackpot.

Butters

Not as buttery as the likes of the Basic and Typo. But still nice and buttery as YES boards tend to be. The 2021 model didn’t seem to loose any of it’s buttery-ness (that’s a word right?!) – despite overall feeling a little stiffer, and having no rocker tip and tail.

Changes from the 2020 Model

The main change for the 2021 model was the camber profile it went from a rocker-camber-rocker (2-4-2) to all camber (4mm). As far as I can tell that’s the main difference vs the 2020 model.

Changes from the 2019 Model

The 2020 model underwent a couple of major changes, namely:

1. It is wider overall. From waist to inserts to tip/tail. E.g the 2019 156 has waist, inserts, tip/tail of 252mm, 264mm, 297mm and the 2020 156 has 254mm, 270mm, 305mm. So whilst the waist width is only 2mm wider, the width at inserts is 6mm wider and the width tip and tail is 8mm wider. Quite significant overall.

2. They adjusted the midbite and sidecut radius. E.g. 2019 156 had a 8.10m sidecut radius vs the 2020 156 with a 7.2m sidecut radius.

Changes from the 2018 Model

The main change for the 2019 model, compared to the 2018 model is that it now has a 2-4-2 (rocker-camber-rocker) set up for its camber profile. Previously it was 4-4-4, So, there is less rocker there now. This gives the board a slightly different, more camber dominant feel – but certainly still notice those rocker sections so certainly nothing like trad camber.

So, overall it has a slightly more aggressive, slightly more all-mountain-freestyle, less jibby feel to it. But still butters just as well.

Changes from the 2017 Model

The 2018 model is virtually identical to the 2017 model, except that the stance width options have been narrowed (and the graphic has changed).

Hello and welcome to my YES Jackpot review. In this review, I will take a look at the Jackpot as a freestyle snowboard. As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Jackpot a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.Overall RatingBoard: YES Jackpot 2021 Price: $479 (USD […] ]]>