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.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Matt,
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Rover, Vans V-66 and Vans Aura
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro,
Set Up: Centere
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 tortionally 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 side cut tech really makes this a fun board to lean into a hard carving turn. Its 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 handle bars with camber like this back in the day and it would always be left at home.
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.