Snowboard Review: 09-10 Signal Park Rocker

02 Apr, 2009


This review was done through Board Insiders and will be featured on their site as a review with video of me explaining the board and riding it.  I’ll update this link to that when it goes live.

Location: Stevens Pass, Washington

Snow Conditions: Snowing with powder on runs, some groomed areas.

Setup: I rode the Signal Park Rocker with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: This is the most playful softest board I’ve ridden.

Size: 154cm

Weight: light

Flex: A picture is worth a 1,000 words so please see the 2nd picture down below. To say this board is soft is the truth. It’s a soft park specific board, it’s soft. It’s easy to tail and nose press, I’m still amazed by the flex of this board but it’s not a board that will remind you of bronco riding, it is still manageable when riding. Definitely for higher speeds, not as stable…but I also take into consideration I was riding a smaller size than normal.

Turning: In terms of turning, very easy ride to initiate. It was also very predictable with the sidecut, no surprises, no aggressive turns…very mellow turning and nothing to throw you off during a turn. It did hold an edge on some groomed runs. It is able to carve and the softer flex holds surprisingly but I wasn’t bombing carves with it either. It was difficult to catch an edge on it.

Stable: I was very careful the first time I tried a tail press, knowing fully that it would be easier than I needed to put effort into it. There’s a point where it’s no turning back, but if you can hold the press it’s seriously way off above the snow. I took the park rocker through some NW powder turns where it floated, the softer flex made me more aware of making sure it didn’t go under and I didn’t lose control. It wasn’t as stable as pow specific boards but this is a park rocker, it will float but the softer flex isn’t meant for all out pow riding either.

Pop: I played with the pop on the side of a mini pipe and off small rollers, its a poppy board but also I can see how you’d be cautious taking off jumps…which I didn’t do, just off rollers.

Switch: Easy to maneuver into switch and same flex, sidecut so easy to ride switch with.

Overall Impression: It’s soft, no surprise there. It has a lot of rocker making it very easy to butter/press and it does float in pow. The park rocker needed more help in pow cause it’s a softer board but even in the deep stuff it had float…just had to make sure the board didn’t buck you in the float. All around it’s a park rocker board, just like the name. If you can’t press or butter, this board is the easiest I have rode to do it. It could turn on groomers, but this is not a freeride board…it’s not as stable at high speeds and it will turn but it’s not a board you’d take in a boardercross. I can see why a lot of people might not like it, but man if you are up for a soft rocker…this is it.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I had been eyeing up the park rocker for a while, definitely a board that was built for fun. I was warned that people weren’t too stoked on it at the reviews, I found it to be a super fun board…insanely easy to butter and while I wouldn’t expect it to freeride and charge with…if you want fun, play around and not take the mountain seriously…this is the board. I rode a smaller size and felt fine on it, you could size up to have more stability or size down to have even more softness, easy to play with.

On a side note, I came away from the review wanting the board because it was fun. For me riding A-Basin or other early/late season mountains where you ride the same run all day…this is the board to make that run insanely fun. Doing the tail grab in the photo was too easy and it didn’t feel like the board would break on me doing it. I ended up getting the board, should be arriving soon and I’m looking forward to the fun it offers. I’ll update this review if I had any additions to make to it.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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20 Comments

  1. Seriosha
    April 02, 2009

    I saw a Vid on Youtube i think where some guy with this Board was playing around in the living room… AWESOME soft Flex it is! I i wouldnt get a NS Revolver-R… i would definitly think about this as a pure FUN toy!

  2. Huckleberry Hart
    April 04, 2009

    The Park Rocer is a party.

  3. charlie
    June 14, 2009

    is it any good on big jumps or will it snap or carck or sum shit

  4. June 15, 2009

    Hey Gnarly Charlie, the park rocker wont snap, crack, or break on big jumps. It does take a bit of getting used to because it pretty rocked out, the pop points are a bit different, and your landings need to be pretty flat based, landing in the backseat can result in falling on your arse. Just like any board its gonna take a few attempts to get the feel but its actually fun off jumps, good pop, and its really easy to spin with very little swing weight and rocker allows you to almost butter off the lip and start your spin a bit earlier. I only got to ride this board at A Basin at the end of the season and a few back country booters on loveland pass but I would totally give it the big jump stamp of approval not to mention its crazy fun on rails, boxes and its the easiest board to do tail/nose blocks on pretty much anything! Happy shredding Charlie

  5. gnarly charlie
    June 21, 2009

    so for next year this would be a perfect board for me because i hit the jumps and rails evenly and i want a super flexy board for rails but i want it to b good on jumps too.??…??

  6. June 22, 2009

    YO Gnar Dog,if you want a soft board that is still good off of jumps check out the capita horrorscope! that is a super fun all around board, its super soft but still good at high speeds and sick off jumps and its a amazing rail board! check it out if you can get your hands on one

  7. gnarly charlie
    June 26, 2009

    yo thanks mang

  8. gnarly charlie
    June 26, 2009

    oh and do you know of any new bindings coming out that would work really great with this board that has a toe strap

  9. June 26, 2009

    Thanks Adrian for answering the jump questions! I haven’t taken the park rocker on any jumps just playing around on the mountain with it.

    Gnarly, do you want the cap strap or just a regular strap?

  10. June 27, 2009

    Yo Yo Charlie, Get those Flux SON!!! If you want a sick freestyle binding get the titan rk and if you want something a bit stiffer maybe try the super titan, I rode these bindings and the milberys all season and I loved them, never had a more comfortable binding that isn’t too stiff. Perfect for rail kids and those who like to tweak what their momma gave em!

  11. gnarly charlie
    June 27, 2009

    yo adrian your the man..much luv for all the help is there anyother way i could communicate with u if i have any other questions without having to go back to these reviews

  12. gnarly charlie
    June 27, 2009

    and to SHAY i want a cap strap

  13. July 22, 2009

    Definitely flux would be a good choice, technine or burton for the cap straps.

    Adrian is a friend of mine, his email address is here

  14. laz167
    October 19, 2009

    Hey Shay, I read your review on the Park Rocker and this year I went ahead and bought one. It was on super sale so I could’nt pass it up. I haven’t got to ride it yet and was wondering if you’ve actually rode it after your review? I’ve been hearing bad reviews and how it sucks and runs and such, so now I’m a little skeptical on actually riding it. If you’ve riden it after you post, on grommers and such how well did it handle? I’m not gonna hit any jumps or anything, I guess I just want a reasuring opinion.

  15. October 26, 2009

    Laz, Awesome on the super sale and getting the park rocker. I picked one up for the later part of last season and ended up riding it the end of season, then handed it off to a friend to ride for a while. Definitely it’s a park board so if you are planning on freeriding with it, it won’t be as suitable as other boards. The rocker is intense on it…so I’d see if your riding style suits it and if it doesn’t, no loss since you got a great deal on it.

  16. jacob
    August 16, 2010

    hey im thinking of getting this board for park days. can it handel the medium jumps and can it be taken to the street?

  17. August 22, 2010

    Jacob, it’s the softest board I’ve ever ridden so might be squirrely on jumps. For park rails it’s a blast.

  18. Thane
    October 19, 2010

    Great bindings to go with this board are the forum Shaka Good Vibes

  19. KIT
    July 25, 2011

    Hey Guys.

    A Friend of mine is really interested in purchasing this board but we are unable to find any sellers. Anyone have any info I would be very grateful 🙂

    KIT

  20. July 31, 2011

    KIT, maybe search on ebay or post on snowboard forums to see if anyone is selling their park rocker. You’ll probably only find it used since it’s a couple years old.