- Price: £430 / $500
- Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 154, 158, 160
- Flex: 7/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: 3BT Camber
- Base: Sintered
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The Bataleon Carver snowboard turned up on the scene last year and simultaneously won our hearts and scared the bejesus out of us. A purpose-built carving machine with a Triple Base Profile fine-tuned for the best turning experience of your life, you say? Okay, we’re listening. No surprises it’s back for 2021 then, and this season there’s two new sizes to choose from.
The Carver ticks the four boxes that most carving-specific snowboards fulfil: an aggressive tip to tail camber to load up power through the turns; an extra-wide waist width to allow for super high edge angles, a directional shape with a subtle taper to progressively dial up the carve through the arc; and a sintered base to keep you charging all day.
“It’s called the Carver for a reason. Your time with this one is best spent getting your edge over and your elbow down”
Where it differs from the competition lies in Bataleon’s Freeride 3BT + Sidekick. Unlike the powder friendly snowboards in the line, the Carver has only a medium uplift in the sidebases of the nose, and a low uplift in the tail. It still retains that renowned stability, forgiveness and versatility to handle different snow conditions, but it’s less about time spent progressively rolling between the edges and more about locking you onto them.
Carbon additives are strategically placed in the core with one goal in mind: make every turn as responsive as possible. Six hollow carbon rods, known as Dual Radial Super Tubes, are placed parallel to the Carver’s sidewall to boost the power transfer to the edge.
The two stringers that ran parallel through the centre of the Carver last season have been reconfigured into a cross-brace that intersects at the centre of the board. Along with the tri-ax fibreglass, this ramps up the torsional rigidity of the board so it holds true to its line, even in the face of some serious G-force.
For sure, you’ll be able to enjoy cruisy laps when the legs aren’t firing, and switch or sidecountry is never a complete write off with any Bataleon snowboard. Don’t kid yourself though. It’s called the Carver for a reason. Your time with this one is best spent getting your edge over and your elbow down.