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Bataleon Boss 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £520
  • Category: Park/Jib, All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 154, 156W, 157, 159, 159W
  • Flex: 6/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Sintered
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  • With a name like the Boss, it’s pretty apparent who’s calling the shots here. This is Bataleon’s highest specced true twin snowboard – a purpose-built park powerhouse. However, for those who know their way around the jump and rail line, you’re not entirely at the mercy of the Boss’s orders. Show this one who’s really in charge and you’ll find yourself director of the board.

    Take the performance you’d find in a run-of-the-mill freestyle deck, then add 20% to it. Then 5% more. Rather than settle for a regular tip to tail camber, the Boss features the most aggressive bend available in Bataleon’s line and enhances its pop further with the addition of a hollow carbon tube, milled into the core, between the inserts.

    “Take the performance you’d find in a run-of-the-mill freestyle deck, then add 20% to it. Then 5% more”

    The second dose of carbon is found directly under the feet, where stringers have been laid out in a X-brace formation. Rather than affecting the snowboard’s torsional flex, these act as underfoot dampening and provide additional response on edge when you’re carving into your setup turn.

    Naturally, the shape is twin, as is the 3BT Profile. Bataleon’s trademarked construction divides the nose and tail of the snowboard into a section of flat base, flanked on either side by uplifted sidebase sections, most notably around the contact areas, known as Sidekicks. In the park, this limits the risk of hooking up or catching an edge on features. Beyond that, it makes the Boss a deceptively versatile carving, powder and crud blasting true twin snowboard.

    For 2020/2021, there’s a couple of upgrades under the hood. Firstly, the Super Ultra Light core is (go figure) Bataleon’s lightest 80:20 paulownia and poplar wood blend. It’s still extremely tough and durable but feels incredibly nimble in the air.

    What’s lighter than Super Ultra Light, you say? Air. That’s what. AirRide is a polyurethane composite, built into the 3BT crease points, to dampen out chatter and vibrations. The benefits of this will be felt over the whole mountain, but most noticeably when you’re going full tilt on the run-in to the jumps and need to hold your pre-flight line… and nerves.

Tester’s Verdict

Rhys Jones – Independent Snowboard Coach

“I really enjoyed riding this board. It’s got tonnes of life and I instantly felt at home on it – probably down to how easy and intuitive 3BT feels to ride. I took out the 159w and rode it on the summer glacier in Tignes in firm snow and afternoon slush and it performed really well in both conditions. Triple Base gets some bad press for how it handles in firm conditions, but maybe having the more aggressive camber on the Boss made the difference.

Bataleon say it’s a park and freestyle orientated board but I would feel happy tacking it anywhere on the mountain in any condition. Obviously, a true twin isn’t going to float like a powder specific snowboard, but if there’s one thing Bataleon do well, it’s a snowboard profile that performs just about anywhere.

“Bataleon say it’s a park and freestyle orientated board but I would feel happy tacking it anywhere on the mountain in any condition”

It’s loaded up with plenty of snap and pop with a 6/10 stiffness rating. It really comes into its own on side hits and would be super good off jumps, transitions and rails. I was a big fan of the more aggressive camber. For a true twin, park focused board it carves super well and had so much stability at higher speeds. I guess the kind of park riding it’s designed with is big features, so it makes sense it hold and edge at speed this well.

It was surprisingly good for butters and jibs as it’s not super stiff and felt softer at the tip and tail, the TBT also gives it a loose fun feel. I’m not into the graphics, personally. But Bataleon I’ve been wearing a black jacket and black pants since the dawn of time, so maybe I’m the wrong target demographic for it!

It really didn’t matter in the end, though, I still loved this board.”

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

James Blogg Ultimate Snowsports

“I’ve never been much of a fan of triple base tech but this board might have just changed my mind…
The Boss was mega fun to ride all over the mountain. With its true twin shape and a slightly aggressive flex it was a pleasure to send this thing over everything from side hits to carving piste laps – it just delivered!

“Bataleon have really smashed it with this board. It should be right up there on the list if you’re looking for a versatile true twin setup”

The TBT felt nice on this board. You get that slightly looser, more forgiving feel but it still holds an edge really well. It doesn’t feel washed out like I’ve experienced 3BT to feel like in the past.

The flex felt in such a nice middle ground it meant the board was stable at speed but also playful too and with so much pop.
Bataleon have really smashed it with this board. It should be right up there on the list if you’re looking for a versatile true twin setup. Definitely a real ‘quiver killer!’

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