Board: Bataleon Goliath
Camber Option: Medium Camber with Freestyle 3BT and Sidekick
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Puking snow, cold temps, high wind, low visibility, icy spots, chunder spots, and perfectly groomed runs.
Flex: While they claim this board is on the stiffer side of all mountain I felt it was a perfectly balanced middle of the road flex. It had play in the tips but stiffer under foot with a moderate amount of torsional give to it. This made the board playful yet powerful when you needed it.
Stability: This was a lively board that wasn’t overly damp so you would feel chatter and bumps under foot. In really rutted out terrain it would get bucked around a bit but wouldn’t wash out. On groomers while hard charging you could see the tip flap and some of that vibration would resonate back towards the bindings.
Ollies: This board has to be loaded up to pop, but it’s got great rebound in it, which makes it fun for snapping off sidehits, cat track gaps, or just over things in your way. It’s not the hardest board to load up which makes it great for quick on the fly adjustments. The overall pop is ample and gets the job done.
Pop On Jumps: This board is fully at home on jumps. There’s minimal set up to get pop off the lip of anything and it does the job. Small to large features this board will have you covered, granted I only hit some micro jumps with it but you can see how it reacts from just those.
Butterability: That scooped tip really lets you swivel and sizzle. You can press, play, twist, and spin however you want. There’s an immense sweet spot in the tips that you can manipulate however you want.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses with ease and the same can be said about getting sideways. That camber profile hugs rails and boxes.
Carving: The initiation is a bit looser on this board due to the Freestyle 3BT but once you learn where you need to engage it, you’ll notice that it transitions smoothly. I will say that on ice or really firm snow you end up skidding more than carving. The flex of this board lets you really steer it from the middle to the back foot and slingshot out of carves as needed. I would say that tight quick set up turns are more suited to this board than long drawn out carves.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain guy that wants a playful yet precise board.
Personal Thoughts: I owned one of these eons ago when they were on the first generation of 3BT called TBT. It’s a completely different ride now. The board feels more lively and playful. This is a board where if you wanted to charge you could but you can also be laid back and take your time doing things.
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