Snowboard Review: 11-12 Signal OG
19 May, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Signal OG with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The original series – it’s been around the block and camber knows how to keep on riding.
Flex: The OG had a stiffer flex longitudinally but also felt like the nose was softer than the tail of the board. Both were still on the stiffer end for flex, torsionally I thought it was stiffer as well. It’s still an all mountain freestyle board but definitely on the stiffer end of the spectrum. The OG is also traditional camber. For me I like going back to camber snowboards every now and then, they are consistent in how they ride and can keep you on your toes for not slacking off while riding.
Turning: I really liked the long radius turns with the OG, as wide and long as I wanted down the runs were perfect. The shorter radius turns I thought weren’t as quick to get into it mostly due to the stiffer flex and probably my boot size in relation. Being back on camber meant riding on my game but it also let me just rally into carves and really held an edge.
Stable: This board is built for high speeds and it shows when you take it to snow and point it. The stiffer all mountain flex can handle the hauling down the slopes without feeling out of control.
Pop: Good snap to the board and was fun with ollies. It was very comfortable on the jumps with and very stable on landings. It wasn’t the easiest board to press or butter with but it’s not that type of board anyway.
Switch: The OG is set back with a directional flex with a twin shape but I found it just as fun and comfortable switch as it is regular. It wasn’t too difficult to ride despite it not being a true twin, I was fine with how it handled switch.
Overall Impression: The OG is that signature signal snowboard that withstands time. The camber matches it completely and it gives you a board that you can haul with and just enjoy the ride. For all-mountain freestyle, on the stiffer side but definitely ideal for jump lines and freeriding.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I own a custom handpainted by myself-OG but it’s a 148 which is incredibly small and so I only rode it a couple times before retiring it to the wall as a piece of art collection. Finally riding the OG in my size was awesome to experience and definitely a huge difference from the 148 I rode!
On Snow Photo
Signal OG description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the WWSRA Mammoth on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.