The Top 40 Snowboards of 2013/2014 – Reviewed by the Whitelines Team

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Signal is one of the best-loved companies in snowboarding. Set up by ex-pro Dave Lee in 2004, the brand builds all its boards at its own factory in Huntington Beach, California, making it one of only a handful of manufacturers to make everything in the US. While this obviously wins them patriotic points with the American market, it also means every Signal board is built by genuine snowboard enthusiasts. Keeping things in house has also allowed them to create one of the most popular webisode series’ in snowboarding – Every Third Thursday. Once a month the ever-smiling Dave Lee and his factory crew dream up a crazy concept board and build it – highlights so far have included one made entirely of glass, a board with an iPad embedded and one with a paintball gun on the nose. They even built a special darts themed board for UK Signal rider Jonny Russell.

The Omni (so called because it’s designed to ride everything) has been part of Signal’s range for a long time. It was in fact one of the first boards ever to feature a combination of rocker and camber in the profile. This combination of camber between the bindings and rocker at the tip and tail is called ‘wavelength technology’. Combined with the mid-stiff flex, it gives the board a healthy amount of pop, but means the edges are more difficult to catch than on a conventional camber board. So while this is no noodle, it has a forgiving feel which makes this a good option for intermediate riders. We were impressed with how it handled on the piste and on kickers. As one of our test team put it “this is a perfect all terrain board for progressing riders.”




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