The Goliath’s been around as long as Bataleon itself, and is one of the better-known models in the range. Just as the Evil Twin is their standard bearer in the freestyle stakes, the Goliath – or rather the Bataleon Goliath+, as it’s now known – is the all-mountain equivalent.
That new name comes as a result of some serious upgrades to the board’s tech, with the addition of carbon and Kevlar (the high-strength material also found in drumheads and bulletproof vests) in the build. An evolution as opposed to a revolution, the intention is to give the board a bit of a performance boost while maintaining the things that so many folk have enjoyed all these years. Indeed, it’s much the same board as last year in every other sense: sintered base, Triax laminates, directional twin shape and the all-rounder-friendly Freestyle Triple Base profile. There are also two hardwood strips that run from nose to tail under the binding inserts, providing extra pop and response. If you’ve enjoyed the Goliath in the past, you’ll get on really well with this. If you’ve never tried one, then 2014/15 could be the season to change that.
“Despite the addition of the carbon and Kevlar, the Goliath still feels like a mid-flex board that’s not crazy stiff. At full ball-shrinking speed it always delivers, and it doesn’t seem to have lost any of the playfulness that it had before the upgrade. It’s so well rounded; fun in the park, great at speed and it even handles the powder well too. The price has gone up from last year, but it’s definitely worth the small increase when you consider the extra tech.” – Darren Williams