|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
Signal John Jackson Sierra 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Signal John Jackson Sierra is a very unique board. You would think it’s going to be this super aggressive camber bomber but it’s actually got a mellow freestyle flex that really gives this board an extra dimension. Signal allows you to buy it straight up or pay monthly to ride it and exchange it for a newer ride down the line kind of like a car lease.
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Approximate Weight: Felt Light
Flex: Very soft and buttery for a camber board of this shape and style. Really surprising how easy the Signal John Jackson Sierra is to butter.
On Snow Feel: Really catchy like camber and despite it’s softer flex it’s really easy to butter and it’s got a soft but poppy personality that likes to carve, butter, even hit some jibs and kickers. If you know what you are doing it’s an interesting board.
Edge Hold: Really strong edge hold that can handle hard to icy snow but not grab in softer snow. There is some side cut disruption that makes the Signal John Jackson Sierra hold almost as well as full on Magnetraction from Mervin and about the same as Underbite tech from YES. It also doesn’t seem to change the ride.
Turn Initiation: Medium quick and the 156 felt like a great fit for us. It has good spring from edge to edge but also seems to like a straight line. I wouldn’t like to be in the trees or super tight spots but I could easily make it turn for size 9 boots.
Skidded Turns: Not for those who skid their turns. If you do you will catch an edge. It’s a board you definitely want to de-tune near the tip/tail.
Carving: Something this soft torsionally and longitudinally would seem like it’s not going to be a great carver but the full-on massive camber, as well as the added sidecut tech, really makes this a fun board to lean into a hard carving turn. It’s not as blow away hard carving as some other camber boards of this shape with a stiffer flex but it’s still really fun.
Speed: We all really thought this would be a chattery mess with this park flex in a directional mountain flex but it wasn’t as bad as we thought. It doesn’t bomb but it can straight line very well.
Uneven Terrain: As long as you can turn well this can weave in and out of bumpy terrain pretty well.
Powder: Full camber has pop and snap but this board would be one of the last I would pick for a powder day. I remember all too well what it was like to go over the handlebars with camber like this back in the day and it would always be left at home if it was in my quiver. If you are an old school full camber rider that knows how to keep camber boards floating well then this will be fine and ride as most did back in the day.
Switch: Not perfect but pretty doable and we had no problem doing so.
Jibbing: We were all really surprised how well the Signal John Jackson Sierra jibs. Jimbo, Peter, and Zobel liked the Signal Park better but found the Sierra to have an easier flex on semi-technical jibs.
Pipe: Really fun pipe board and we all found it climbed the pipe wall well. Great edge hold too.
Jumps: There is good spring off the tip/tail and it really snaps well.
So, all in all, it’s catchy and lacking in powder but man the rest of this ride is pretty fun. If you have a good powder board and like a very flexy popy all mountain type of ride with great edge hold the John Jackson Sierra Could work.
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JJ Sierra 160
I have to dispute your powder rating. You were on a short board for powder, where my 160 just rails it all day.
Otherwise, your review, I think, is pretty much accurate. For such a mellow seeming flex, the pow is an easy-peasy thing, and the carving is good, once you unweight the back foot.
The Signal Sierra is different than any board I've ridden. The flex of the 156 is really poppy and dynamic, allowing me to slap the board from edge to edge quickly. It holds an edge well on midwest hardpack too, which surprises me due to the soft flex. I would say it's best features are its poppy, fun feel under foot and it's edge hold for carving. If I had something I could change I would probably make it a little less catchy and move up to the 158 to maybe get a little stiffer flex for pinning it. I haven't ridden it in powder but for groomers and bumpy end of the day snow it's good fun.