There aren’t many technologies in the snowboard industry that spark a debate, discussion or dispute quite like Bataleon’s 3BT (Triple Base Technology). What can’t be argued, though, is their increasing popularity over the brand’s seventeen-year history. Stand in any chairlift queue, apres bar or entrance to the park and you’re almost guaranteed to spot the distinct shape of a Bataleon snowboard in the vicinity.
That’s because Bataleon – and their legions of loyal followers – claim 3BT lends itself to virtually any style of riding. Less chance of hooking up on a rail or a butter? Yep. More float in powder compared to decks with the same traditional camber profile? Aye. The confidence to point it straight, flat base, down the mountain without feeling it twitch out? You betcha.
“The more exciting news, though, is the arrival of three new snowboards to the next season’s line”
However you feel about it, these days many brands have brought their own take on 3D profiling, base bevelling and spoon technologies to market. There’s clearly an appetite for it and it’s an area of snowboard technology that continues to evolve from one season to the next.
For the 2020/21 winter, Bataleon has made a tweak to the 3BT in a handful of their snowboards. A flexible composite material is now integrated into the wood core along the 3BT crease points. It’s designed to dampen vibrations at high speed and make your snowboard smoother in all conditions. Think of it as a top of the line suspension system for your snowboard. You’ll find it on the likes of the Surfer, Jam, and Stallion.
A flexible composite material is now integrated into the wood core along the 3BT crease points[…] You’ll find it on the likes of the Surfer, Jam, and Stallion”
The more exciting news, though, is the arrival of three new snowboards. The Party Wave + takes the crazy fun shape of its predecessor but is now built with higher-grade materials, a lighter woodcore, upgraded glassing and an ultra-fast base.
Next, the Camel 2 takes another classic from the line but has tweaked the shape and stiffened the flex to meet the demands of more aggressive all-mountain freeride chargers.
Lastly, the Thunder takes its inspiration from the super popular women’s model, the Storm, and is specced up for crazy fast, aggressive freeriding. Ride the lightning, baby!
Take a look below for a look at what’s to come, and stay tuned for more in-depth reviews dropping in our 2020-2021 Buyer’s Guide later this year.