Board: Bataleon Omni
Camber Option: Dynamic Camber with 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: The day started out sunny but a storm rolled in with puking snow, low visibility, and cold winds. The groomers were perfect early in the morning then devolved to chunder and crap.
Flex: This board comes in at just past a middle of the road freeride flex making for an overall directional feel to it. You have a softer nose, stiffer mid section, and then an even stiffer tail. There’s a decent amount of torsional give to it. Overall it’s a board that feels like you’ve ridden it a 100 times.
Stability: There was a little bit of chatter in the nose on this board at high speeds in variable terrain. Overall though this is not a damp ride, but instead very lively. You end up feeling a lot of the micro vibrations, but it does a better job of absorbing rutted out terrain.
Ollies/Pop: This board has so much snap off the tail. You can load it up with a little bit of effort and just feel the rebound. This board is at home popping off rollers, sidehits, and cat track gaps.
Butterability: The nose is really the only thing you want to butter on and that scooped out shape from the 3BT and Sidekick works well. I would recommend finding some softer snow on slightly steeper terrain as that will really let you get the best performance.
Carving: This board engages right behind the front foot just like The One. The only difference is that this board has more flex than The One so you can really push into the center of the board and get it to spring out of any time of carve. Whether you’re doing long drawn hard carves or just doing a tight quick setup turn it doesn’t falter. When on edge this board feels locked in and wants to drive through most anything in its path.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to carve and chase powder but likes having flex in their board.
Personal Thoughts: This just felt like the little brother to The One, which made it far more fun to carve on. You could drastically drive into the turns on this board and push into them. The softer flex on it also made it more forgiving and pleasurable to play around with it. Basically while The One was a good ride, the Omni is a better ride.