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Bataleon Global Warmer 2016-2017

  • Price: £400
  • Sizes: 148, 151, 154, 156W, 157
  • Flex: 3
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • BATALEON.COM

Hot stuff, and no mistake: the Bataleon Global Warmer first appeared a few years back, and since then has cemented its reputation as one of the finest freestyle decks on the planet. It’s no surprise to learn that it’s now Bataleon’s most popular high-end park board.

It’s a true twin, of course, and the profile offers everything that you’d want a from a trick stick. The camber bend isn’t too pronounced, so while you still get some pop it also has a fairly loose feel that isn’t too twitchy, and that lets you away with the occasional mistake. It’s a similar story where the Triple Base Technology is concerned; the Global Warmer’s version of Bataleon’s signature tech has side-sections of base that lift only a little, keeping the edges clear when you’re hammering the rails but offering plenty of stability. When you’re making those little adjustments on the way into a feature, this will react as quick as a flash.

“Extra edge-to-edge response comes from carbon stringers that run directly underneath the bindings”

Extra edge-to-edge response comes from carbon stringers that run directly underneath the bindings. These go from heel to toe, so there’s no unnecessary extra stiffness from nose to tail. Because they’re carbon, the extra weight is negligible.

The base is a high-density extruded version that Bataleon call ‘Super Slick X’. It’s designed to deliver the speed of a sintered base, but with extra toughness that can withstand continuous abuse on park features and handrails. While it’s always a good idea to maintain the condition of your base, the one on this will require less upkeep than most. It’s definitely quick, too; we saw this thing sail past the knuckles of the park’s XL line not long after it had been taken out of the wrapper.

Shaun Murphy uses the Bataleon Global Warmer to tear up the park and the streets alike, so if you’ve got an inkling to do the same then this is one worth checking out.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

The Bataleon Global Warmer is as surfy and buttery as you like, but still comes with plenty of pop, making it perfect for riders looking for a flowy freestyle whip. If Holy Bowly-style, tranny-packed snow setups are your dream, you could do a lot worse than having this under your feet.

“The carbon around the inserts stops this feeling like too much of a noodle”

While the give in the tip and tail definitely reflects its soft flex rating, the carbon around the inserts stops this feeling like too much of a noodle when going from edge to edge.

It sits nicely on all three flat areas of the base, making this a lot of fun as a playful but versatile resort rider too – ideal for mucking about on mellow runs, but still with enough oomph when you give it some speed.

Trade Secrets

Danny Kiebert – Creative Director, Bataleon

When we developed the Global Warmer, we envisioned a high-end park board made with all the materials you’d expect to find in a top all-mountain freeride board, only fine-tuned for park riding.

We wanted it light and strong, but at the same time to have a super fun flex pattern. This was kind of a challenging brief – making it light means more carbon, and carbon can quickly stiffen up a board and render it useless for having fun in the park. Thanks to a lot of prototyping and testing with the team, eventually we found the ideal layup and woodcore configuration.

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