Prized Possessions is a space for riders – both pros and Joes – to wax lyrical about their favourite pieces of gear from over the years. We promise you these are genuine and in no way paid for by the brands behind them.
Third in our series of Prized Possessions is one of our own in-house writers, Stella Pentti, giving her honest opinion on her current beauty of a board.
Bataleon Wallie. One of the flexiest member of the Bataleon family. To be honest, at the time I got it, I was stuck between buying The Wallie and another board, and even if one should never admit to it, the design of this board kind of made the choice for me. I still remember my first turns on the thing – it was like when you first discovered ketchup as a kid, love at first try (and sight for that matter as well).
I’d never owned a men’s snowboard before, and the thought of getting one had never even really crossed my mind. Not that I would think any less of it, you understand, but as a girl I’d always just looked for girl’s boards to ride. After my good times with the Wallie however, I know it will be so much harder to find a new board to buy as I will forever be looking beyond the women’s lines from now on.
“I still remember my first turns on the thing – it was like when you first discovered ketchup as a kid”
I remember taking this Bataleon beauty out for her first laps, at an extremely sunny Kaunertal Opening a few seasons back, and maybe it was the weather, or the company I was in, but I never once thought about the fact I was riding a men’s board. The length was perfectly suited for a girl my size, and the board wasn’t too heavy for someone who doesn’t reach sky high numbers on the scale. And so off we went, and it didn’t take long for a very big smile to start forming between my ears.