- Sizes: 148, 151, 153W, 154, 156W, 157, 159
- Flex: 3
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: True Twin
- Price: £429 / €549
We could probably count on one hand the number of high-quality, high-spec park boards out there with a mellow flex – and we’d save the biggest finger for the Bataleon Global Warmer snowboard. Proving yet again that stiffer doesn’t always mean better, it’s back in the Whitelines 100 for 2018/19.
The most noticeable difference from previous years is the shape of the nose and tail. Will they make much difference to your riding? Nope, but they suit the GW’s twin destroyer personality down to the ground.
“Buttering is a piece of cake thanks to the easy-going flex”
As for what you can’t see, there’s a hollow carbon tube running from one set of inserts to the other. While not making a big difference to the board’s end-to-end flex, it nevertheless releases a bit more energy when it’s pop time.
The usual carbon stringers between the two edges are still there, concentrated on either side of the bindings to give each foot a rigid platform. Edge changes are quicker and more stable, which is ideal when you’re staring down the XL booter line.
The Bataleon Global Warmer isn’t just for the big stuff though. Buttering is a piece of cake thanks to the easy-going flex, and the unique properties of Triple Base Technology play their part too. The width of the centre section delivers a fairly conventional ride, but the slight bevel on each side at the nose and tail make edge catches unlikely, and rail hang-ups even less so.