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Bataleon Camel Toe 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £400 / $470
  • Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate
  • Size: 148, 153, 158, 162
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Extruded

With this season’s arrival of the specced up Camel 2, Bateleon have taken things back to basics with the Camel Toe. The carbon additives are gone, but the surfy, powder specific shape remains. It’s a snowboard that lives for the deep days and still delivers back on the piste. It even stands up as a reliable daily driver for those who steer clear of the park.

Internally, a stripped-back core reveals the secret to the Camel Toe’s mellow personality. Bi-ax fibreglass sheets make for a smooth and forgiving flex pattern, without ever feeling lifeless underfoot. A wood core consisting of poplar and beech stringers gives the board sufficient energy and plenty of durability. The same goes for the extruded base which can take a beating on the mountain while being kind to your budget.

“It’s the directional nature of the Camel Toe’s Triple Base Tech that keeps it effortlessly afloat in powder”

The Camel Toe proves it’s worth in powder and piste alike thanks to Bataleon’s unique POW 3BT + Sidekick profile. There’s a full-length mellow camber running for the snowboard’s length, which bites into groomers and adds stability when you find yourself blasting through choppy snow.

It’s the directional nature of the Camel Toe’s Triple Base Tech that keeps it effortlessly afloat in powder. The nose has drastically uplifted sidebases which help it to skim along the surface, spewing out snow to the side rather than nosediving underneath it. The tail is slightly narrower to sink into deep snow, but the uplift is far less defined. Not quite flat, but close, and that prevents you from fishtailing or washing out the end of your turns.

That combination of a powerful and responsive full camber with the forgiveness in the uplifted contact points that makes the Camel Toe surprisingly adaptable for more than just powder days. You could comfortably lap the whole resort with this strapped to your feet – maybe even stick a few sidehit spins and flatland jibs if your switch is up to it. All the while you can rest assured you brought the right tool for the job as soon as you find an untracked corner of the resort.

For the 2020/21 season, the Camel Toe snowboard is also available with a matching set of Bataleon bindings. Available from select retailers.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“I fell off the Bataleon bandwagon a few years ago and hadn’t really made it back on board until now.

Although the 3BT and sidekicks have evolved over the years and seems to lend itself to almost every style of riding out there, I’d predominantly only ridden the more park and freestyle oriented boards from the Bataleon line.

While the CT is marketed as much towards groomers as freshies, taking this board off-piste was a life-affirming experience. There’s just a sliver of the flat base profile here, the uplifted side bases is the real star of the show. For all the sceptics out there who don’t like the looser feeling of triple base on the piste, in the park, or during icy conditions, get it into powder. That loose, surfy feel makes riding deeper snow so intuitive and fun.

“While the CT is marketed as much towards groomers as freshies, taking this board off-piste was a life-affirming experience”

By keeping the uplift of the side-bases a little less pronounced in the tail, the board still feels pretty grippy and powerful on exit, so you’re never really washing around at the back of the board.

That being said, it’s so agile and easy to steer through the back foot that you can kick up the snow and get properly loose with your turns when the conditions are primed.

It’s not a particularly demanding ride. With a mellow camber, bi-ax layup and a simple lightweight core, the CT leaves the Triple Base and shape to do most of the talking. And it’s got a hell of a story to tell.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Chris Sturgesssnowfit.co.uk

“Where to start with the CT? Well, the evolution of the 3BT and the added Sidekick tips offer fantastic edge control while never catching you out, breeding confidence on and off the piste.

“It just wants to float over the snow, no matter if it’s pow, slush or crud”

I love its clean, simple graphic, and the way the nose is shaped. It just wants to float over the snow, no matter if it’s pow, slush or crud. I don’t really leave the ground much these days (too old and broken) but for smashing it down the slopes and playing in the trees the CT is just perfect.

Whether you are an aspiring newcomer to snowboarding or a seasoned rider looking to add a powder stick to their quiver, the CT ticks so many boxes. I also think it easily outperforms many of its higher-priced rivals.”

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