|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Signal Disruptor 2018 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Signal Disruptor is a mean full camber aggressive mountain freestyle ride that’s not for everyone but will be amazing for those that can handle it. It’s got a ton of pop, carves really well for a twin, is great for kickers and pipe. It’s only issue is the float in powder and its old-school catchy camber. Signal has two options to buy this. You can buy it straight up or do a subscription kind of thing.
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Conditions: Good Sierra Powdered Sugar with the hard pack and perfect spring conditions
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Matt
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover, Vans V-66, Vans Aura
Bindings: Union Superpro, Burton Genesis,
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt medium bordering on light.
Flex: Medium to Medium stiff that’s stiffer than the Sierra or Park for sure. This combined with full on camber makes it pretty hard to butter unless you have old school camber butter strength.
Sizing: The 154 felt good for us and rode a little bigger than it’s the size and felt really good for my size 9 boot. It felt like that was the sweet spot. The 156 would be better for a size 10 and the 160 best for 11 boots but you could go maybe 11.5 to 12 with reduced footprint.
On Snow Feel: It’s all about old school camber. It’s explosively poppy, catchy and summarizes what we feel is aggressive mountain freestyle. It’s all about riding regular or switch hard all over the mountain.
Edge Hold: Really good edge hold. It grabs hard in porous snowment that we often see in the Sierras but doesn’t grab hard in soft snow at all. It’s got a good grip that can hang in ice but not excel.
Turn Initiation: Nice and quick edge to edge and we all felt this was just right rolling over edge to edge on quick turns as well as making medium to wide radius turns.
Skidded Turns: Not for those who skid turns and expert riders are what this board is best for. It’s even borderline for advanced riders. People just don’t use to this these days with all these hybrid shapes out there so there is a consequence if you fuck up.
Carving: This is probably the most fun I’ve had on a centered stance board since riding the Rome Agent Rocker. The Signal Disruptor rides switch better than the Agent though and it’s a very good board for people like me who love to lay into a hard turn but don’t want a super-directional freeride board.
Speed: Really good speed and it’s the fastest board we tried out of Signals line. The Disruptor has more than adequate speed for pointing it on the mountain.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good at hammering through uneven snow as well as weaving in and out of bumps. It’s not perfect but good for its flex and it has a touch of rubbery dampness under all that pop.
Powder: No fucking way. I’ve done this in the past and not going to do it again.
Switch: Almost perfect either way. The only thing that would be better is an asymmetrical twin.
Jibbing: Terrifying for me, semi-scary for Peter but Zobel and Jimbo could handle it pretty well.
Pipe: Great pipe board and I wish we could have just lapped the pipe all day with the Signal Disruptor. Just stay on your game because it’s easy to catch an edge.
Jumps: I haven’t felt pop like this for a long time It’s really got solid spring out of an ollie and can handle just about any kind of kicker.
So all in all the Signal Disruptor has a lot going for it and it’s a great choice for an aggressive rider who is willing to sacrifice a forgiving ride for performance. It would also help to have another board for powder.
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