Board: Bataleon Goliath
Camber Option: Medium Camber. Traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, cooler temps, mild wind, and snow that had a little give to it but was still firm and fast.
Flex: This board is on the stiffer side. And I mean the STIFFER side. What you get is a little bit of play in the tips and then a whole lot of stiffness through the main center. The torsional flex is there but not highly abundant.
Stability: If you want stability, this board has you covered. Want to plow through chunder? Go for it this board won’t buckle at all. Whether you’re in a rutted out bowl or a firm groomer you won’t feel any chatter.
Ollies: This board has some serious snap. But there is one caveat, you have to engage it with more gusto than you would other boards. When you hit the sweet spot this board will launch off anything in its path.
Pop On Jumps: This board is more suited to the medium or large jump lines than the smaller stuff. As already mentioned you have to load it up to get this board to pop aggressively.
Butterability: The good thing with the 3BT and the new Sidekick profile allows you to not hang up. The tips do take a bit of effort to lock into presses and as such you will have to power through anything that you’re attempting.
Jibbing: Well you won’t hook up in the tips due to the TBT. The flex leaves more to be desired when you’re hitting a rail or box. My suggestion is go fast and press into it twice as hard.
Carving: Here is where this board shines. It rolls on edge effortlessly. You can transition from toe to heel without ever worrying about hanging up or not engaging. When on edge if you want to drive the board hard, center flex it, and it will plow through the snow. If you’re doing a deep hard carve, hold on, because you’re going on a ride.
Rider in Mind: The camber loving old school style rider that likes to drive a carve.
Personal Thoughts: Wow this board has changed. The TBT with Sidekick is amazing and you can feel its presence when you pop as well as swivel or butter around. On edge this board is a force to be reckoned with. If you like charging and camber, you need to look into this deck.
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