Board: Signal Disruptor
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, moderate to high sustained winds, ice, chop, chunder, firm fast groomers, crunchy groomers, and hero snow groomers with some slush on the lower mountain.
Flex: The overall flex of this board comes in just past a middle of the road. That makes it a little stiffer. What you do get is a sweet spot in the tip and tail where it’s softer but it is a bit smaller and then just about midway back to the insert pack it stiffens up. The torsional flex is there but has a snappy rebound to it.
Stability: For the most part this board is stable. You do feel the microvibrations underfoot in really icy and firm snow when you charge. In choppy terrain it either plows through it or skips over the top. Can you get bucked around? Sure, but it’s not something you need to be overly aware of as this board is fairly stable.
Ollies: Having traditional camber this board has to be loaded up to get it to engage. If you’re more laid back you won’t get much pop out of this board, but if you’re more forceful and calculated you’ll get some solid snap. You want to be a bit on top of this board when you pop off anything.
Pop On Jumps: Don’t worry about it. Send it off the lip full speed and let this thing snap cause you’re going to boost. Small to large this decks got you covered.
Butterability: There’s a very tiny sweet spot just inside the contact points. This is where you want to be pressing and when you do you’ll feel the board abruptly flex and get up on the tips. While it’s doing this it will fight you the whole time so be aware of that.
Jibbing: A little speed helps with pressing on this board. You want to aim for those sweet spots in the tip and when you do feel them engage it will lock in. This won’t give you the deepest press but it’s still OK. The whole time the camber of the boards going to fight you so be aware of that. When you go sideways there’s just enough give in the middle of the board to feel it lock in around the feature.
Carving: There’s a predictable roll from edge to edge on this board. It’s not fluid or powerful, just predictable like you’ve ridden it a hundred times. Because of this you know that it’s going to be able to turn how you want. With a little ankle flexion it really does change the dynamic of how you steer it. When you drive this board aggressively it will lay a carve over within reason, that means you aren’t going to fully Euro-carve it all the time but you can when you need to. Short tight quick carves, medium mellow carves, and even long hard carves work out for this deck.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle guy with more emphasis on freestyle.
Personal Thoughts: The last time I rode this board was 4 years ago. In that time it’s had some changes, obviously. It’s still that all mountain freestyle board but I feel they’ve toned down the snap a little bit and made it a bit more approachable. At the end of the day I’ve ridden countless boards that this compares to it and it doesn’t stick out as being any worse or any better than them. It’s a solid middle of the pack deck.
Comparable Boards: Capita Super DOA, Rome Mod Stale, Ride Benchwarmer
Binding Recommendations: Union Strata, Rome Katana, Ride C-8