If you’re the type of rider who must have the most expensive bling board on the mountain, don’t bother reading on.
But if you want a board that is so cheap it leaves lots of spare change for beers and performs just as well as the board your friend broke the bank to buy, then a Signal OG is your dream ride.
Jack of all rides
The OG is a versatile board that performs beautifully all over the mountain. It’s just as comfortable kicking it in the park as slicing sine waves down a groomer or floating dreamily through backcountry powder.
Okay, it might not be quite as good at each as a top-end specialist stick, but the OG will handle it all very admirably.
Built for fun
The OG is about having fun. The owner of Signal, Dave Lee, is so passionate about snowboarding you worry for his sanity.
Lee knows how a board should ride because he was a pro snowboarder and knows how to build one because, unlike many manufacturers, he owns his own factory rather than farming out production to a company in the Far East. The result is a lovingly made, cheap board with top end spec.
The secret to the OG’s versatility is its combination of directional flex and twin shape.
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A step back stance adds to the powder prowess. The ride is smooth and stable, but never boring, with loads of response and ‘out on the edge’ control.
When you first pick it up the weight seems bizarre: this is one seriously lightweight board. If all that wasn’t enough, this delicious baby has a cherry on top: hand paint graphics. All this for a slither over 300 notes.
Of course, there are faster boards out there. The Nidecker Ultralight, for example, is a phenomenal board for hurtling at warp factor 8.
But the Ultralight it is too much board for many riders – while it has more in common with a Ferrari, the OG is like an Audi RS4. It’s almost half the price and no matter how good you can ride, the OG will do what you need it to do.