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Bataleon Carver 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 158
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £429 / €500
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Bataleon Carver Snowboard: Look at it. It’s like Guy Martin in a mankini. Life on the edge rarely comes as wild as this.

Bataleon made a name for themselves by creating a unique base profile that carved like nothing else on the market. Then, they built the Carver. This is the bump of cocaine on top of the cherry on top of the cake. It’s outrageously good.

The Carver is the purpose-built machine for followers of the tip n’ grip and turn n’ burn movement. Everything about this board is built for life on the edge. While you still get Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology, it’s been specced to handle lightning fast edge changes and deliver a much snappier ride than the smoother, rolling feeling between the edges that has often been associated with the brand.

“This is the bump of cocaine on top of the cherry on top of the cake. It’s outrageously good”

Freeride 3BT features a much narrower flat section in the middle and therefore wider, more stable sidebases to lock each turn into. Then, by opting for a medium uplift in the nose and low uplift in the tail, the edge finds its grip that little bit quicker.

The addition of DRST hollow carbon rods, milled into the core and positioned along the board’s sidecut help you transmit and store significantly more energy onto the edge before it pings you into the next turn. Whether you’re throwing yourself into the turn or getting sprung out the back of it, these carbon additives energise the response along the sidecut and help to keep the chatter at bay.

Any more cravings for carbon will be sufficiently met with the two stringers, which run directly down the length of the snowboard like train tracks. Puns fully intended and completely justified here: the Carver absolutely rails every turn.

 

For the reformed hard boot purists out there, you’ll be pleased to see a fully directional Dynamic Camber and with plenty aggression and response. When it’s un-pressured, you can just about fit your fist under the board’s bend, but once that compresses through the turn it’s dying to recoil and release.

“Clearly, it’s made for a pretty niche market and anyone less than a speed-addicted psychopath maybe need not apply”

Despite coming in with a 158 size only, the extra waist width means even the larger footed or heavier riders can still tip the Carver right over and have their boots stay contained within the board’s outline.

Look at this thing. I mean, really look at it. Clearly, it’s made for a pretty niche market and anyone less than a speed-addicted psychopath maybe need not apply. Then again, maybe the Carver will bring that side out in everyone.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“I like carving. I’m in my mid-30s and don’t bounce like I used to. My days of eating shit on the big line, and spot hunting, are over. I get up early and hunt fresh cords, call me a loser, a failure, whatever; I know my place. But screw you, I’m having more fun now than I ever did chasing glory in the park.

As most of you will have noticed, carving has had a bit of a renaissance recently and the boards are getting accustomed to it. We’ve seen some belters coming out of brands like Nidecker, Jones, and Korua. But I have to say I was shocked to see the freestyle, jib-kings, the triple-base pioneers, Bataleon, coming out with a carving model, and called the ‘carver’ no less – the audacity! I thought triple base was all about having a mellow edge to get away with super sketchy landings in the park?

Well, I was wrong, the Bataleon Carver means business and its business is shaking up the carving snowboard market. I got on a 158 Carver for two days and it blew me away. I’m 6,1ft with big feet, and rode the board with some medium spec bindings with a medium to stiff flex.

“I get up early and hunt fresh cords, call me a loser, a failure, whatever; I know my place. But screw you, I’m having more fun now than I ever did chasing glory in the park. “

In your hand, it is a posh-looking board. You can tell it has the appropriate stiffness about a 7/8 and it has a wide waist, tapered directional shape, with a mean sidecut. On the snow the first thing I noticed is its natural speed; it is quick and never seems to stop moving. There is clearly some fancy base technology that, once mixed with that stiffness and length, really gets this board roasting and charging.

The big stand out for me was the board’s confidence initiating turns; it felt less restrictive and more forthcoming than a board without the Sidekick tech. At a glance, it looks like a powder gimmick but Sidekick really does have an impact on your carving, from fresh groomers to the more common choppy slopes the nose guides you into every turn with ease. Once engaged, the contact points digs in and that edge locks tight for a controlled carve ready to handle some serious speeds.

The tail is definitely stiff and has some decent length and leverage to really pop you out and into your next turn. The camber is very apparent. I loved the wider base that eliminated toe drag on my big old feet. Meaning I could get low and lean those euro carves in (us UK guys got to get them in before Brexit).

Although a carving specialist, the Bataleon Carver is not a ‘one-trick pony’ by any means. This was a major stand out for me, feeling great in the Backcountry as well as the park. The stiffness is mild enough to work a surfy feel into powder-runs. Naturally, this is helped by the wider nose that lets you lean back with ease and rudder with your back foot. It is light with some great pop, it jumps very well; from kickers to sidehits, this thing will hit anything the mountain offers up.”

The aggressive camber is no joke, the edge is major and the pop is serious, this is not a board to be trifled with; beginners and noodlers beware. Other than the beginner warning, there are no major faults with the Carver. At a push, I’d say it is prone to a bit of chatter, but nothing that should come as a surprise, further I think this is due to the sidekick initiating turns in choppy areas that other boards can’t do so well.

Overall it is a great board for soft boot carving or an All-mountain board with a PHD in carving. It has major party/good-time credentials prime for livening up dull resorts, or crappy conditions. Nice work Bataleon, definitely an all-time favourite for me!

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

“I got to ride this thing in multiple conditions for a single day in February this year. Having not ridden a Bataleon in a long time, I have to say, I wasn’t not optimistic going in – I couldn’t quite see how that 3BT would hold up in aggressive carving. But I was very pleasantly surprised, this ticked all my carving boxes, and provided an epic ride that kept me smiling the whole time.

“This ticked all my carving boxes, and provided an epic ride that kept me smiling the whole time”

It’s got a stiff flex that offers a serious response. The sidecuts works with a high-performance edge that latched on to whatever the mountain offered. It was nice and wide for getting low and giving further stability across the hill.

Definitely a great carving board that is dexterous enough to handle sidecountry and more technical lines too. I would highly recommend.”

Trade Secrets

Ryan Scardigli – Marketing and Media Relations, Bataleon

“Most dedicated carving boards are not very fun unless you’re wearing hard boots and riding fresh groomers at 9 in the morning because they’re super narrow. 3BT makes it possible to build wider boards that corner like sports cars. The Carver is a balls to the wall carving board that is fun on the whole mountain.”

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