Two things people thought were dead pro models and camber. Well Signal is proving that wrong by giving Jake Olson-Elm his own version of the Freedom Machine for 2014. Will this make you ride a snowboard just like him?
Camber Option: Traditional Camber. Tried and true.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Well the on going joke today was that it was a great February park day in mid April. The temps were in the high teens/low 20’s making the snow firm and fast. The skies were gray bird but the sun shone through making it somewhat bright.
Flex: This has one of those unique park flexes where it’s beefed up under foot yet playful between the bindings and in the tips. The torsional give isn’t super abundant which adds some rigidity to how it rides.
Stability: This board is super stable regardless if you’re running over lost children in the park or slamming through push mounds at 100mphs trying to get to the next feature.
Ollies: Camber adds to the pop of a board and the fact that this is a traditional cambered deck it’s no surprise that an ollie is abundant on it. Unlike some cambered decks though you can skate pop this one due to the tip shape. By that I mean you don’t have to pre-load as much as on other decks.
Pop On Jumps: Jumping on this board comes with ease and you can just send it off a lip and not worry that you didn’t get the pop you wanted.
Butterability: For a board that’s cambered and has this flex pattern it was super easy to butter. That wide blunt tip shape allows you to get up on it without any effort and just slide around.
Jibbing: This board presses and slides so well. Never once did I not feel like it locked in on any of the features I hit.
Carving: The sidecut isn’t super aggressive so don’t expect to lay real deep tight trenches as you arc across the corduroy. It’s ample enough to carve on but not aggressively and provides great edge hold.
Rider in Mind: Well probably Jake Olson-Elm but that’s just a guess. Actually I would recommend this for a all around rider that wants a board that won’t be a push over in the park or hitting rails.
Personal Thoughts: The new shape on this board is awesome. It just lends itself to some serious versatility that you don’t often find in park boards. You can jib and know it’s solid yet still roll into a jump and just send it. Over all Signal is on to something here with their team inspired Freedom Machine series.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review by Signal Snowboards marketing department.