Bataleon Carver 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • 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

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.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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 2019/20

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.”

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