The Park Series has been part of Signals lineup for a few years and seems to always make the people that ride it happy. For 2014 they’ve added a new blunt shape. Here’s what we had to say about it.
Board: Signal Park Series
Camber Option: Traditional Camber. Tried and true you know what you’re getting.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny with some clouds in the morning making the snow soft yet fast and then the nothing rolled in turning the skies gray and causing the temperatures to drop making the snow firm and exceptionally fast.
Flex: Middle of the road park flex. The tips have give in them till just in front of the insert pack then the board stiffens up a bit. The torsional flex is abundant which makes center flexing a breeze.
Stability: It’s semi stable in varying chopped out terrain. It did get a little scary when the washboard between features would freeze and firm up. The fact that this board is traditional camber definitely helps with it.
Ollies: Camber has snap and this board doesn’t disappoint. You just have to remember that you have to load the tail to get the boost you want otherwise you’re setting yourself up for disaster.
Pop On Jumps: This board can jump there’s no doubt in my mind. When you’re rolling into a lip that is engrossed in flat light and basically snowboarding by braille it’s nice to know you have something underneath you that can give you a boost.
Butterability: The new blunt shape really lets you get up on the tip you just have to be prepared to work for it. The traditional camber will fight you so don’t think you can just lean back or forward and be ‘buttering’.
Jibbing: That new blunt tip is amazing for locking into presses. You can just get right up on it and engage the board in ways you previously couldn’t. The flex is forgiving enough to let you press smoothly through a kink and not buck you or toss you over the handle bars.
Carving: The sidecut is OK for locking in a carve but don’t expect to be doing high speed tight arcs or insane Euro-carves. It’s enough to get you around the park and the rest of the mountain with ease but not enough for you to go enter a slalom contest.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that likes camber and will be hitting everything in the park equally.
Personal Thoughts: The new blunt shape is amazing and something that has been long overdue in my opinion for Signal. Camber is still the traditional profile that we all know and have probably ridden which makes it predictable. Those two features just make this a very fun and reliable park stick that’s versatile.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from Signal Snowboards marketing department.