The Yes Pick Your Line (PYL) and Burton Flight Attendant are solid hybrid camber, directional all-mountain chargers. They will tear up a variety of terrain and conditions and are crafted for the rider who commits to steep and deep lines.
The PYL is a high-performance backcountry board, designed for riders who cruise steep top-to-bottom lines at speed. While the Flight Attendant impresses in backcountry too, it’s better-suited for hard and long carves on softer snow.
As two of the most recommended all-mountain freeride boards on the shelf, let’s take a look at how these boards stack up against one another:
Key features Yes PYL Burton Flight Attendant Style All-mountain, freeride, powder. Directional All-mountain, freeride. Directional Price $600 $550 Stiffness Stiff flex Medium/stiff flex Profile Hybrid camber Hybrid camber Rider level Advanced-expert Intermediate-expert Size 156, 159, 160W, 162, 164W, 165 152, 156, 159, 159W, 162, 162W, 168
Yes PYL vs Burton Flight Attendant: who are these snowboards for?
The Yes Pick Your Line is created for the advanced high-performance backcountry snowboarder who missiles down double black diamonds on their way to the powder.
It’s ideal for confident riders able to pick a line and commit, regardless of the conditions or terrain.
This board is for the ‘go-big’ rider who drives hard and fast. It’s for those looking for a board that carves well, floats easily and is quick from rail to rail.
With a directional hybrid camber profile, the PYL has camber underfoot, rocker in the tail and a raised rocker towards the nose for extra float.
With a tapered underbite, the PYL combines the float and drive of a tapered board with the unparalleled edgehold of a cambered profile.
Burton Flight Attendant
The Flight Attendant was designed with a mix of big-mountain carving and all-mountain aggression in mind, and is ideal for upper-intermediate to expert riders.
This board is for the all-mountain enthusiast with a passion for powder. It feels best when bombing down steep hills and leaning into low riding carves, yet cuts through hard-pack with precision and pace.
The Flight Attendant has a directional camber underfoot for the stability of a traditional camber, and a rockered nose and taper for lift and float in powder. With a setback stance and long floaty nose, it can even feel like a freestyle twin.
The directional flex (stiffer nose than tail) gives it increased pop in the tail and resilience in the nose, and the ability to plough through most conditions with confidence.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: riding in powder
The PYL is up there with some of the best freeride powder boards of our time. With a poplar and paulownia light wood core, longer nose than tail and tapered underbite, it shines in powder.
The tail naturally sinks while the nose lifts effortlessly. It combines surfy and cruisy with agility for a slashier powder ride.
With a slight 10mm setback and a long nose, the right amount of weight on the back foot will float the PYL through deep Colorado powder to Sierra sludge.
Flight Attendant: although not as floaty as the PYL, a generous rockered nose, taper and setback set the Flight Attendant up for take-off.
What’s most impressive with this board is how nimble and quick it is in powder. It balances float and maneuverability well and performs nicely in powder tree lines, avoiding obstacles with ease.
Overall, the PYL is a better powder board and will float you effortlessly through deep, soft, slushy and shallow snow. The Flight Attendant requires more effort, and is more likely to catch an edge if you don’t have enough weight on your back foot.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: carving
The Yes Pick Your Line is a fast and aggressive carving machine. It’s made for riding horizontally and has a solid balance between strong edgehold and nimble maneuverability for easy short-radius S-turns.
It’s surprisingly agile from rail to rail for a board with such a pronounced nose and has so much spring in a carve that it almost feels like you get airborne on hard and fast carves.
The PYL shines across the spectrum, from soft snow to hard-pack and even icy conditions. Because of its tapered rails, the board’s grip with the snow feels second to none as long as you have enough power and control in your back foot.
At the same time, it glides through powder carves without feeling too locked-in, giving you confidence to lay low in steeper and deeper conditions.
The Flight Attendant is a great example of classic camber edge precision. Scoring almost perfectly in the edgehold department, it carves like a dream and has plenty of spring in the camber without feeling too stiff.
This board carves best in softer snow and the camber underfoot feels springy from one carve to the next.
While both boards have excellent edgehold, we’d pick the PYL as the better carver. The Flight Attendant feels easier to lose control on hard and icy patches and doesn’t have the same grip intensity as the PYL.
Yes PYL vs Burton Flight Attendant: turning
As with carving, the PYL is a great turner and has fast turn initiation and precise response. With its tapered shape, it requires a bit more back foot weight on groomers, and a lot less in powder.
The forgiving nature of the camber under your bindings make skidded turns a breeze, ideal if you lose control or slide out.
The Flight Attendant is equally fast when it comes to turn initiation and feels even more nimble on edge-to-edge transitions. It has a springy feel and drives a bit more off the front foot than other tapered boards do, making it a more versatile freeride option.
It can be a bit unforgiving with skidded turns, and feels a lot more stable on its rails than on the base. This makes it slightly more difficult to do controlled slow turns.
Overall, the PYL is a better option for nimble and skidded turns, while the Flight Attendant fares better on fast edge to edge turns in softer snow.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: trees & slow sections
The PYL is swift and lively when riding slow, making it a great board for unpredictable tree lines scattered with obstacles.
With a narrow waist, the Flight Attendant has a great combination between solid edgehold and playfulness, and can also be agile at slow speeds when riding on your rails.
While it prefers to go fast, it doesn’t feel locked-in when riding through tight spaces.
Because the PYL wins for skidded turns, it might be the safer board to take into the trees as it will give you more confidence should you slide out.
Yes PYL vs Burton Flight Attendant: fast riding
The PYL has a sintered base and tapered sidewalls which make for a smooth ride with low risk of catching an edge on groomers. If you’re looking for a board that will bomb hills at speed, whether powder, hard-pack or ice, this sled is your guy.
With a damp base underfoot and a stiff flex, it maintains speed in most conditions and feels stable and comfortable to fully open up on steep and unpredictable backcountry lines.
The Flight Attendant also has a damp base with extra absorbent pores. This, combined with a high density sintered material make it durable, fast and stable in most conditions.
Whether you’re tracking on the base of the board or riding edge to edge down a steep hill, the Burton is a speed machine that will dominate and glide through chatter at speed.
Overall, the Flight Attendant is the more stable speed-racer.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: rugged terrain
The PYL has a stiff flex and large nose which dismantles rugged terrain. If you make a wrong turn, this board does well to get through moguls, bumps and tracks without throwing you around too much.
While stiff boards can be chattery, the PYL glides over uneven terrain leaving knife cuts in its wake. As with speed and carving, it will give you the confidence to commit to a line without hesitation.
Yes designed the PYL with a triax-flex base, which gives it a robust torsional flex to effortlessly lift your front foot when ploughing through rugged terrain.
The Flight Attendant strikes a good balance between agile and forgiving. It’s nimble enough to weave around bumps and damp enough to be forgiving when you ride over rugged terrain.
Ultimately, both boards will push through moguls and ice patches with ease.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: jumps and tricks
The PYL is surprisingly fun in the park for a freeride board with a long nose, but is even better for popping off natural terrain such as cliffs, tree stumps and snow banks.
While not made for jumps, the long and wide nose of the board gives it a stable approach and landing.
It’s maneuverable enough to correct an approach at the last minute and to hit side-hits, which are usually unplayable on stiff boards. If you load the board up with enough energy, it releases a good amount of pop.
It’s not ideal for spins and landing switch because of the directional setback stance. However, it’s easier than expected when it comes to butters because of the rocker nose profile.
As expected with a camber profile, the Flight Attendant has great pop. It fares better on bigger jumps than small ones and is ideal for straight airs rather than spins and switch landings.
Ideally, you’d do better with a double-ended soft board, but for what it is, it’s a fun and forgiving park sled.
The Flight Attendant is a better freestyle park board while the PYL wins for popping off natural mountain features.
PYL vs Flight Attendant: switch riding
With tapered directional camber profiles, setback stances and larger noses than tails, neither of these boards are ideal for riding switch.
On the Flight Attendant especially, you can feel the nose of the board dragging behind you when going fakey.
Both boards are great options for advanced to expert big-mountain snowboarders. The PYL strikes a great balance between being a hard charging and aggressive carver of an all-mountain board with the nimble characteristics of a freeride board.
The Flight Attendant is for those who carve low on groomers but also love exploring backcountry. It’s a more flexible and forgiving alternative for advanced riders who might balance backcountry with a bit of freestyle action.