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Bataleon CT 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 148, 153, 158, 162
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £429 / €500
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Once known as the Camel Toe, the Bataleon CT may have been more aptly named the Moose Knuckle. That gaping wide, crescent-shaped cut out from the tail is prime for pushing into the powder. That said, the good times continue back on piste, too.

Bataleon’s POW 3BT is their most pronounced profile. With only a sliver of flat base, running for the length of the tip-to-tail camber, your time on the CT is best spent getting your lean on, whatever the terrain.

The maximum uplift in the nose side bases allows the snowboard to skim along the surface and spew all the snow out from underfoot. Ride it as centred at you like, the CT sticks its nose up to everything it comes into contact with.

 “Ride it as centred at you like, the CT sticks its nose up to everything it comes into contact with”

There is, however, a much less pronounced side base in the tail. This ensures the back end continues to drive through the arc without fishtailing underneath you. You also get the addition of Bataleon’s Dual Super Tubes: carbon rods milled along each sidewall in between the inserts. This provides some extra snap out of the turns, despite the board’s more playful flexing biax laminates.

It’s not fitted with the fastest base in Bataleon’s line. That said, as far as extruded bases go it’s one of the best. Besides, this isn’t a board built for balls-to-the-wall, Mach 10, warp speed freeriding. The CT is the one for those surfy, mellow, slashing, cruising days. And aren’t they the best, anyway?

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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