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Old 04-21-2009, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Signal Omni Review

Board: Signal Omni
Size: 153
Bindings: Flux Distorions
Boots: Rome Libertines
Stance: ~55 cm
Angles: +21, -21
Resort: Copper
Conditions: Sunny and soft with no new snow, to overcast and snowing in the afternoon
Weight: 145

Flex: Signal gives the omni a flex factor of 5. I felt that was accurate as this board was slightly stiffer than my noodle artifact, but still a nice flex. The three stage rocker really offers a diverse array of flexibility within the board. For example: the cambered area between your feet feels stiff(er) (flex of 5) than does the reverse cam'd portions outwards towards tip and tail from the front and back binding (softer than 5 feeling). So, when leaning into a press or buttering (soo easy) the board seems to have an even softer flex than you'd feel when carving down a steeper slope with all of your effective edge making contact. Additionally, with the stages of reversecam near tip and tail feeling softer, tail blocks are your friend (if you hated them before).

Ollies/Pop: This board's pop was fantastic, it didn't have the "soggy" feel that I found when riding skate banana's earlier in the season. The camber in between your feet allows the snowboard to really keep the pop of a typical cambered board, but with the added fun of having two areas beyond your feet with slight roll to a reversecam surface for increased press/butterability/ease in pow riding. No excessive weighing down your tail before you ollie on this stick.

Jibs: In the park this snowboard is SO fun (I would say I ride 65% park, 35% elsewhere), although I would definitely recommend detuning your edges as they will come razor sharp. The first thing I jibbed was a flat down flat box which was surprisingly easy to maintain a nose press throughout, as the snowboard does its job and rocks onto its reversecam surface toward the nose. The kinks were a lot less difficult to press through than on a regular cambered snowboard.

Butters: The omni is a real G. The rockered stages lock you in and rotating while switching from nose to tail is easier than it has ever been for me. And I really emphasize the phrase "lock in." Once you start a little bit of a spin with a knee bent in this thing will run with it and continue swinging around until you get riiildizzy.

Recommended for: Anybody that loves to snowboard. This snowboard functions anywhere on the mountain, jumping is great and not soggy, jibbing is oh so smooth and simple, buttering is like effortless and comfortable, and bombing steeps is solid without chatter. The omni really earns its name, as it can do it all and can do it all well. I snowboard 100 days during season, giving me lots of opportunities to try lots of new snowboards, and this is the dopest deck I've ever ridden. Quiver killer 100%

Short review, but I hope its enough to convince some skeptics out there.

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