Since our world has now become concerned with there not being enough low fat options Signal has introduced the Omni Light for those that want a snowboard that isn’t as heavy on the hybrid camber. So how does the board from everyone’s favorite little snowboard webisode company?
Board: Signal Omni Light
Camber Option: Signal Wavelength. Which is a camber rocker hybrid. Camber under foot and rocker out in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Warm spring weather resulting in a mix of hard snow in the shade and soft slush in the sun.
Flex: Stiffness is not the name of the game with this board compared to the regular Omni. It’s substantially softer making it more park friendly. The tips have a lot of play and the torsional give is highly abundant. If you like jibbing or a floppy noodle this is the deck for you.
Stability: Throw the idea of a stable ride out the window, you can feel everything with this board and I mean everything. Doing a 50-50 through a down flat down I could actually feel the board flex around the kinks.
Ollies: There’s some snap but not enough to make it notable. It’s just enough to get the job done.
Pop On Jumps: If you like a soft deck on jumps you might like this but be prepared to land bolts otherwise you’re just going to flex the board and wash out.
Butterability: Now here is where the board shines the rocker in the tip and the soft core profile really let you get over the tips and play around.
Jibbing: The tips are a little too soft so you have to know when to call it good enough or you’re going into the back seat or over the handle bars when you do a press. Having camber between the feet is great for locking into slides and just feels so natural.
Carving: If you center flex this board to drive it hard through a carve it will buckle, there is just not enough meat to keep it from washing out. Small set up carves are prime on this but if you’re expecting the same edge hold of the Omni look elsewhere.
Rider in Mind: Hybrid camber loving jib person or someone that thinks the original Omni is too much board.
Personal Thoughts: This board was just so soft and squirrely it was all over the place. I couldn’t get it to lock into hard aggressive carves and in the park if I wasn’t jibbing it wasn’t happy. Over all I think if I was about 10 to 20 pounds lighter it would have been a better ride.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Signal Snowboards marketing department.