Signal Park Rocker Review:
Snowboard: Signal Park Rocker 152
Bindings: Union Force L/XL
Conditions: Spring Conditions
Experience: 8 years
The first thing I noticed besides the extreme rocker was how light this board felt. The board weighed in at 10.2 pounds with the Union Force bindings attached. For a comparison a Burton custom 156 with Burton P1ís weights in at 10.8, and a Rome 158 with 390ís weights in at 12.8 pounds. For some, it may not matter, but for those who do, there you have it.
When I first took it down the hill I noticed how easy it was to flick around, for a comparison I was not able to get the Capita horrorscope out, I knowÖ that would have been a better comparison but I will use a Rome Agent as a reference. Different beasts but a good reference from a traditional camber to an extreme reverse camber. Now when I say ďflickĒ yes I mean super super easy to maneuver, I could flick this board around to switch and back in a heart beat. Best of all with no edge catch, catch and care free this board was. Much easier from a traditional camber in my opinion.
well as any review will tell you, yes this board does press how everyone says it does. I was strapped in leaned back and the nose was 6 inches off the ground.
Tail press: effortless, fun, however, lean too far and it will fold on you. For this reason maybe go up two inches in size from your original consideration if considering. I was tail pressing down the hill, with the nose a foot in the sky (no joke) passing other boarders. Kind of funny, super fun.
With out a doubt this is the boardís forte. It thrives for pressing, no joke, I was able to spin this board on its nose for so long, after a few runs a had to sit down in the snow and restrain my self from puking, true story. By the end of the day I felt like I just came out of NASAís gyrator.
What OllieÖ well, the park rocker can ollie, itís most defiantly not itís strong suit, but with a lot of loading and a strong pop you can get it off the snow with some height, but donít expect to be reaching for Neil Armstrong and Buz aldrin with this thing.
Even though it was spring conditions, there still was some deep snow. I really was surprised how this board did. It propelled itís self on top and pushed through the deep stuff when coming of a groomer. I can defiantly see how the ďrockerĒ benefits in this area.
I have read a lot of reviews saying this board is no good for charging. Well, itís not its designed intention, however; it really didnít do too badly. It was a bit sketch when going down at full throttle, but it handled it. Really though, I thought it was kind of fun because it was super easy to flick around. For a beginner thoughÖ you may be eating it. It is a little loose with edge hold, youíre not going to be doing deep, powerful carves, but thatís expected.
You wonít be doing any 40-50 footers with this board in my opinion. At least I wonít be thatís for sure. I took it off a kicker, landed slightly on the tail first to absorb some impact and it folded on me. Iím done with that. For grounds tricks and smaller stuff your fine.
Itís designed intention, and does well at it. It also spins really easy when flat, no edge catch. I donít know if the edges are detuned, but to me it seems like it.
This board has the personality of a kid with a.d.d thatís on a sugar high playing in play round. Itís fun to watch, fun to ride, catch & care free, but you canít do much with it. You can press it/butter it, jib it, and thatís what itís for. You can have some fun with ground tricks, but it may fold on you if youíre not careful. I would recommend this board to someone looking for an extra board to throw around on the hills. If all you want from it is to do butters, then look no farther.
After riding a ďrockerĒ board, I would not buy a traditional camber board again. If you want one board and just one board, look for something a bit stiffer. In my opinion ďrockerĒ boards seem easier to flick around, press, and ride in Pow.
As for the Union Force Bindings, great bindings, like everyoneís complaints the nose strap does slide if not super snug. They are a little stiffer binding then the Rome 390ís. With the Rome 390ís I could tweak it out a bit more. Thatís my take on it.