|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|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 Park 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Signal Park is a soft but energetic ride that really has a good personality underfoot despite it’s catchy traditional camber nature. We all had a great time on it from jibbing as well as all over the park. We were all ok sacrificing a forgiving ride for all that flexy poppy energy under foot. Especially for the price. You can buy it straight out or go with a subscription service allowing you to upgrade.
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Conditions: Hard Sierra snow to soft snow ……mainly good spring conditions.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Matt,
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Rover, Burton AMB, Vans V-66, Vans Aura
Bindings: Union Superpro, Burton Genesis
Set Up: Centered and close to 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: The camber from tip to tail with a small tip/tail makes you think you wouldn’t be able to butter it but all of us could easily butter it. It’s a very playful flex even though the camber profile makes it catchy.
Sizing: The 154 felt great for Peter and me with Size 8.5-9 boots and that felt like the sweet spot. I’d say all but the 158 would be best for size 10ish boots and under. The 158 could work with a 10.5 to maybe an 11.5 but that’s just our take.
On Snow Feel: Yeah it’s traditional camber so it requires you to stay on your game but what a fun ride. It’s energetically flexy if that makes any sense. It feels like the board can load up to pop better than all hybrid shapes we tried.
Edge Hold: Really strong edge hold out of the wrapper and it’s got a grip for the halfpipe if that’s what you want it for.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge. There are so many park boards that fall apart when it comes to turning on the mountain. The Signal Park doesn’t. It’s a joy to turn. It rolls from edge to edge pretty quick and likes medium to wide radius turns equally well.
Skidded Turns: Not for those that skid turns. It will catch a lot for that type of rider and The Signal Park is for advanced to expert park riders.
Carving: Yeah the Disruptor was better mainly because of it’s stiffer flex but this is still really fun for the kind of board it is. As far as a park board goes this is a 10 and it allows you to lay out hard carves with massive spring out of each turn.
Speed: So the Signal Park is not a mountain bomber but its core seems to be better than you would think with keeping it damp at moderate mountain speeds. It’s mainly for the park but it’s still a pretty good mountain freestyle ride.
Uneven Terrain: I think we all would agree that we could hammer through bumps all day with the Signal Park. It’s great if you want to weave through but it’s not that great if you want to power over bumps.
Powder: This is about the last board we would all take out on a powder day and this combined with its catchy nature is the major standouts when it comes to this board. It’s a perfect ride if you have something else with rocker in it for powder days.
Switch: Almost perfect either way. The only thing better is an asymmetrical twin.
Jibbing: Even I felt semi-confident trying to jib but it really shined for Jimbo and Zobel who are much more accomplished jibbers. It’s softer flex really wraps around and doesn’t want to bonk you.
Pipe: If the edges are sharp this is a pretty fun pipe ride. I can’t find the footage but Jimbo was having a blast in there with the Signal Park. I was too and found it drove from wall to wall well.
Jumps: Such a fun board to jump with. It’s not for going as big as the Disruptor but we found it to be more than adequate for any kicker we want to hit. It’s mainly for medium jumps and below but it will really do well there. Its ollie power is exceptional and the board just wants to pop.
So all in all the Signal Park seems pretty boring on paper but on snow, it’s really got a unique personality underfoot. It’s a lively, buttery technical jib to freestyle ride that I think all of us wouldn’t mind having.
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