The 2023 Bataleon Cruiser Snowboard Review
Board: Bataleon Cruiser
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Camber Option: Medium camber with freeride 3BT and sidekick.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, warm temps, perfect hero snow in most spots, a little ice, some chop and chunder, and perfect corduroy.
Flex: This is your full blown freeride carver flex meaning it’s stiffer but not a full plank. It’s fully directional in nature with a softer nose that progressively gets stiffer towards the tail. The torsional flex is there which lets you twist and steer the board.
Stability: The width of this board really adds to the stability. The nose as expected does get some chatter and you slightly feel that under the front foot. But from inside the front foot back through the tail this board is a power house that plows through everything in its path. What’s nice about this board is that it’s remotely lively but still damp where it counts.
Ollies/Pop: The camber profile has to be loaded up and the short abrupt tail kick gives you some snap. Is it the snappiest deck out there? No, but it can handle its own when you need it to.
Carving: Well here we are with what this board is designed for. It’s a softer more approachable Carver model meaning it has less stiffness and response. The 3BT adds to the edge to edge power transmission and it rolls from toe to heel with ease. This board steers and slightly drives from outside the front foot but gains all its power from inside the front and back foot. This means that you power through everything from the middle of the board where the apex of the camber is. When on edge this board just cuts through everything in its path and when you lay it over you notice how effortlessly it transitions into a deeper carve. One thing I will note is that sometimes the tail would kick out on firmer or icier snow, this is that low uplift in the freeride 3bt in action. It just doesn’t have that locked in feel from the tail when you power out of it. Now what stands out to me is how smooth this board feels on edge it just wants to make swooping turns. It’s only when you give it full gas that you start to see where it needs more power and that’s where the Carver would come in.
Rider in Mind: Mellow resort carver.
Personal Thoughts: It is a laid back Carver that’s for sure. There’s things I liked about it which include how effortlessly it transitions from edge to edge, but then there’s things I wasn’t stoked on which was the lack of edge bite on straight sheet ice. It just reminded me of riding a park board with detuned contact points because I couldn’t get it to sink in. Overall this board has its place and I think there’s people that will enjoy it as much as I did, but those are the same people that will probably never push it to its absolute limits.
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Would this or the party wave+ be better for a tree pow board?
first of all thank you for your work. I intend to purchase a Bataleon Cruiser and found size 151 on offer. I’m an intermediate snowboarder progressing into carving and charging. I’m 176cm (5’9″) tall and weigh 77kg. I’m good with that or it’s too border line?