The Signal Yup is a new late season edition in their line and it uses the Channel System from Burton. It looks almost like it’s a member of the Burton Family Tree line except it seems to be almost full camber from tip to tail instead of having a mellow rocker in the nose. On snow it has a little more of it’s own personality though. They are also doing a kind of lease thing when it comes to buying boards but check their site for more details.
Size: 153.5 so take this review with a grain of salt because we were riding the 153.5 instead of the 157.5 which would of been better for our specs.
Conditions: Mainly good Sierra Snow with some minor hard patches here and there.
Riders: James, Jimbo
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro
Set Up: 18 Front -6 back about 22.5″ 15 front -9 back about 23″
Approximate Weight: Felt normal as normal can be.
Flex: Kind of a mediumish flex for a freeride board that actually liked to butter pretty well. Overall Signal does pretty good things with the flex.
Sizing: The 153.5 felt too small for our specs and felt like I could barely fit into it with size 9 Tactical ADV’s. The 157.5 would of been ideal for 9-10 boots and still a little big for Jimbo.
On Snow Feel: Very stable and very much a camber board but still playful and dynamic. It’s not your typical super stiff freeride board and really felt like it wanted a little more of a surfy directional freestyle approach to the mountain. Even compared to one of our favorites, The Burton Skeleton Key, we felt the Yup held it’s own and if there was one difference between the two is the Yup felt a little more washy off the tail like many older school freeride boards and you had to keep more weight on that tail. Also that was a problem with having a smaller size.
Edge Hold: We really didn’t get to test it in super hard snow but it seemed like it didn’t have the grip that other Signal boards have.
Turn Initiation: Nice and quick edge to edge but not sure if it would have the same turn initiation in the 157.5. Still overall it’s quick. I’d say the 153.5 is very fast but maybe the 157.5 might be medium/fast to me and my specs. It’s all relative though.
Skidded Turns: Not to easy to skid turns and it’s not a board for intermediate riders even though the flex is mediumish.
Carving: As long as you keep pressure off the back foot The Signal Yup can lay it out pretty hard and there is good spring out of the turn. Full or almost completely full camber really makes a carvy turn fun.
Speed: Feels a bit more damp than it’s flex and we had no problem going pretty fast with this
Uneven Terrain: Really easy to weave in and out of the bumps at the end of a day.
Powder: We didn’t get a chance to get any deep stuff with the Yep but I’d rather be on a board with a good bit of rocker in the nose. Still there is a lot of directional float and a good bit of set back on board.
Switch: Here is the surprise. Despite the taper it was easier than we thought to ride switch. It was very doable and I don’t know why.
Pipe: I took one pass through the pipe and it was pretty fun. It was pretty soft though so not sure how it would hold in a mid/winter hard pipe though.
Jumps: Really good pop and a really lively pop underfoot for the flex. That’s the trade off with full/almost full camber vs. hybrid camber.
So all in all the Signal Yup is a pretty fun ride and even though it has the Burton Channel we still prefer Re:Flex bindings with this or Burton Channel Compatible bindings like you get with Union and many other brands. That way you can get more set back on board.