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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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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.
What did you decide?

I'm super curious what reviews will be like for the signal tailgunner split and the new signal wow. They don't seem to be sending much around for reviews. Sort of a bummer. Would have loved to see angry review the yup and the omni a few years down the line.
 

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What did you decide?

I'm super curious what reviews will be like for the signal tailgunner split and the new signal wow. They don't seem to be sending much around for reviews. Sort of a bummer. Would have loved to see angry review the yup and the omni a few years down the line.
I went with the Orca.... more because there were more reviews on it than the Tailgunner. Dont want to risk spending $500 on a board I don't end up liking.
 

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To continue to be a shill....
I just realized that the old model tailgunner is 300 bucks right now and available in a 148 and 166.


What I'm trying to say is that if you want to make a DIY split kit, this is a pretty solid options. 300 for the board, 160 for the voile DIY kit.... profit? Probably the cheapest way to go outside of getting a steal on something used.

Editing this.... Signal2020 will get you 20% off right now. So... 240 before shipping. FML I'm so tempted.
 

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To continue to be a shill....
I just realized that the old model tailgunner is 300 bucks right now and available in a 148 and 166.


What I'm trying to say is that if you want to make a DIY split kit, this is a pretty solid options. 300 for the board, 160 for the voile DIY kit.... profit? Probably the cheapest way to go outside of getting a steal on something used.

Editing this.... Signal2020 will get you 20% off right now. So... 240 before shipping. FML I'm so tempted.
I would do it. 240 for a solid board.... Good deal.
 

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Yuck. Can you even snowboard this year??
Haha, what do you mean? I've already been out 11 times this year.

When I'm stuck at work there's an indoor place that just opened in jersey that I might hit up to keep working on technique and form etc. I'm a medical intern so schedule is a bit rough.

Hoping to get like 25-30 days this year.
 

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Hey folks, I just wanted to tack on a quick review since there isn't that much info about this board out there...

Summary: Love this thing! I picked up the 162 ahead of a 11 day trip out west. This board performed so well I didn't even bother to ride the other board I brought with me.

Comparable boards I own: Jones Mountain Twin, Billy Goat, Super 8

Other impressions:

  • The board is light and gives back a lot of energy when you flex it. That combined with the size and stiff-ish flex give a good balance of stability, feel of the snow, and pop.
  • It's a charger, loves to go fast and it gives the rider lot of confidence
  • At the same time it is very dynamic, you aren't locked into any particularly type of riding style. It charges hard when you get over the front foot and and surfs when you get over the back. I was surprised and pleased with how well it handled snaking through bumps/trees and just cruising around the resort. It was really remarkable how much the personality changed just by shifting your weight a little.
  • Fun to carve on hard pack. I felt like it could just throw all my weight over the edge and it would catch me. Pretty quick edge to edge as well, I never really struggled to get it to turn even at slower speeds.
  • Great in pow, floated me easily (205lbs) and performed well in both bottomless and tracked out snow. (This was the main trait I was looking for when I bought it, I wanted a board that worked well for an entire resort-style deep pow day.)
  • Landing jumps and drops felt good. While the board is pretty set back the there is a still a good amount of tail there to catch you.
 

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Also if anyone is looking at this board online, note that the main picture of the 2020 tailgunner on the signal site shows the inserts in the wrong place: Look at the split, 2019 model, or any of the alternate pictures of the 2020. Those will give you a more accurate depiction of how set back the board is.
 

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Hey, i am a big park rider but have recently been obsessed with pow. my park board is a 152, if i got the 148 tail gunner would i be fine?
 

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Yes, the Tailgunner can be sized down a little. It's wider than normal. You should be fine. It's not really volume shifted though.
 

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Hey, i am a big park rider but have recently been obsessed with pow. my park board is a 152, if i got the 148 tail gunner would i be fine?
What's your height, weight, and boot size? I'd reach out to the signal folks online and see what they suggest as well.
 

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Hey, i am a big park rider but have recently been obsessed with pow. my park board is a 152, if i got the 148 tail gunner would i be fine?
What's your height, weight, and boot size? I'd reach out to the signal folks online and see what they suggest as well.
5’10, 135 pounds and size 10 boot. i emailed signal and DMed mark but mood response
 
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