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This is my first review, please bear with me. I love AngrySnowboarder, so I'm going to try to use his format. This isn't his review, so don't let my use of his format fool you into believing this review is as valid as his. It is not. BurtonAvenger, I've been hoping you'll get your hands on the new Signal gear for awhile. If you're reading this Signal, hook up Our Host yo!

Board: Signal TailGunner

Size: 166

Camber Option: Camber underfoot, Rocker at the tips

Bindings: Union Force, Flux TM

Stance: varied, often @ 21.5 Wide 21 Positive 3 Goofy

Boots: Ride Insano 12

My Weight: 210lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek

Conditions: Everything from deep pow to icy bombers to springtime slush

Flex: Fairly stiff directional all mountain flex. I felt there was enough torsional flex to be able to play with the sidecut and be nimble side to side and in the trees.

Stability: Very stable at high speeds and over varying snow conditions. Confidence inspiring for sure.

Ollies: The tail is short and rockered, but skate style ollies feel snappy. Plenty of pop to ollie over obstacles in the trees.

Pop On Jumps: I don't really hit park jumps, but rollers and side hits feel huge. Hardpack landings yield a satisfying slap with immediately good grip. Pow landings feel stable and centered. It's much easier to avoid going over the bars.

Butterability: This nose is huge and blunted....180 nose butters feel easy and stable. Not gonna do much with that tail but manual.

Jibbing: This board handled the few log jibs I threw at it. I'm not a big jibber, and I feel like the tail gunner might not be either, but what do I know. It's certainly on the stiffer side.

Carving: What a ripper! The 166 has a huge effective edge. Short or long carves, the tail gunner puts an edge down and keeps it there. Holding through serious G forces seems effortless. For how wide this board is, I felt like it was nimble side to side. I'm in love with this sidecut and flex pattern.

Rider in Mind: Me? lol. This is basically a Baldface pro deck. That's its target rider- back and slack country specialists. I was delighted by how well it carves and charges when there's no powder to be had. It made spread out resorts like Vail much more enjoyable than on my previous powder boards.

Personal Thoughts: This board is amazing. It charges harder than my charging deck, and it floats my weight better than my pow deck. They have been replaced! That nose won't sink, and it surfs through the Colorado trees all day. However, I wouldn't mind trying the 158 in the tighter trees. I think the split would be amazing as well. Signal had a subscription service that allowed me to buy this deck last season when I realized it wasn't going to stop snowing. Probably was the best choice I made all year. I don't even resent the payments now that summer's here. The construction is top notch, and the base is fast, hard and durable. Thanks Signal!
 

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Appreciate the review. Looking at picking this board up as my powder/tree board. What are you dimensions? Is am 6 5 and weigh about 220. Think I may go with the 162.
 

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I'm 6 3, and 220 pounds as well. I was torn between the 166 and the 158, and went with the larger. I was wishing it was made in a 162, and this year it is! I think you'll be fine on the 162, especially in the trees.
 

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would it also work for some freeride? I currently have a Lib Tech Orca and am thinking about switching it out for the Tailgunner. I like the fact that the Tailgunner has S-Camber as opposed to just straight RC like the Orca. I have a never summer i have owned for a while so pretty familiar with the RC profile. Kind of worried that RC isnt going to be able to do the things I am looking for. Going to Big Sky and Bridger Bowl in January so need something that can handle gnarly terrain, powder, and trees.
 

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I really appreciate the s camber. The camber under the tail gives more power and control when you need it. I feel more confident charging both steeps and trees on the Tailgunner than on my 166 Flagship. The float from that massive nose is really really good still.
 
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