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Bataleon Goliath 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 156, 158W, 159, 161W, 164W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £469 / €550
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Bataleon Goliath Snowboard: It’s the all-mountain snowboard that puts the quiver sticks to shame.

The Bataleon Goliath is the Tom Hanks of snowboards: Award-winning; versatile; and respected within the industry and around the world. Also, despite being around for years, neither seem to have aged a single day since they first appeared on the scene. But that’s exactly why we love them. Less a sign of stagnation and more an indication that it has reached the apex of its evolution, the Goliath is a bona fide classic and an absolute workhorse.

What makes the best all-mountain boards stand out is, ironically, their ability to blend in. Even down to its understated graphics, the Goliath doesn’t pigeon hole itself. A medium flex, classic camber profile and ’99% Twin’ shape will appeal to park rats and carving addicts alike.

“The Goliath is a bona fide classic and an absolute workhorse”

The ‘Freestyle 3BT’ is their most versatile in the line. Each end of the board has an evenly proportioned three-step, spoon-like shape, with increased uplift in the widest parts of the board, known as ‘Sidekick’.

That translates as performance in all terrain and all conditions. Triple Base Technology offers more float in powder, increased grip on edge, less catch on rails, and rock-solid stability when straight-lining or ploughing through choppy snow. It’s the snowboard that breaks convention and stands out in Bataleon’s line as the master of all trades and jack of none.

Peel back the outer layer and what’s hiding underneath gives more indication of the board’s versatility. Triax laminates and a poplar and paulownia core keep the board torsionally stiff, responsive and light, without turning it into a barn door that needs quads of steel to make it bend.

Then there’s the addition of carbon stringers running down the length, in between the inserts. These stiffen the board up when you’re loading the most pressure into it at max speeds, or burning through a turn, whilst keeping the nose and tail a little more playful when you want to get creative with it.

“Despite not swearing allegiance to any particular camp on the mountain, it has deservedly picked up legions of loyal followers”

Those who rode Bataleon a few years ago and found the edge-to-edge transitions too sluggish might be won back with the latest tech injection from Bataleon – hollow carbon rods, milled into the core, running parallel down the sidewalls known as Dual Radial Super Tubes. These inject life and energy into every turn and crank the response rate up to 11.

Boards don’t come more capable of riding everything you stick in front of their noses than the Goliath. Despite not swearing allegiance to any particular camp on the mountain, it has deservedly picked up legions of loyal followers.

For those who don’t feel ready to size up to the Goliath, the Bataleon Whatever might be your more accessible option.

Tester’s Verdict

Ryan Van Kesteren – Creative Director, Whitelines

“What a board! The Goliath gets top marks as an all-mountain machine. A snowboarding warship, ready for anything.

I’ve got to be honest, before this past season I’ve not really been into Triple Base and Sidekick. Having tested Bataleon 4-5 years ago, I kind of found the boards to be a bit sluggish and slower than normal boards between the edges. Great for jibbing, freestyle, and park carry-on, but not for all-mountain or freeride activities.

I’m now eating my words. I’ve been on several of the 2020 line up, Carver, Lobster Sender, and the Omni, and I gotta say I’ve been blown away. Bataleon and Lobster have done something to completely change my thoughts on 3BT. I am now a convert.

A got to ride a Goliath for 3 days; one snowy, cloudy winter’s day, and two days in the spring sun. I rode the 158W and the 159, both boards accommodating my size 11 feet and 6,1ft build.

In your hand, you’ve got a nice piece of machinery – a solid and well made exterior hiding some impressive tech. The shape is Twin, or close to it, with a small amount of sidekick at the corners. I think it is a medium flex (check their scale to be sure), with pretty even distribution through the board. There is classic camber, not overly aggressive, with a mid-wide centre base. All in all, it screams “all-mountain”.

Strapping in on some medium flex bindings, I got a nice feeling, responsive board underfoot, not dull or distant. It’s quick, the base is exceptional, confounding my original impression of Bataleon boards – I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“A great choice for an intermediate wanting to progress with ease, or an advanced rider who wants to exert their dominance across the whole hill.”

On powder, the Goliath handles very well, up there with the power specific boards. It floats well and maintains speed without being too restrictive on turns. The directional volume shape with my stance a little setback facilitated a great time in the deep stuff. The board demands to go fast and charge into slashes and big turns.

On the piste, it doesn’t let you down. The medium camber comes into play, giving some great bite and snap from edge to edge. It is a relaxed board for carving, the camber isn’t overbearing and the Sidekick definitely helps to initiate turns. Its torsionally solid and it still handles fast, aggressive carves with grace. The edge digs in on hardpack and crud relatively well. I can’t say I noticed a big difference in the wide board, I possibly felt a bit more confident getting low on turns, but I didn’t experience any toe drag on the standard 159 either.

If the board was going to lean in any direction it would be freestyle, this board wants to party and get loose. It pops an ollie like a bucking bronco and pumps trannies to new levels. It takes a landing like a champ, with solid dampening and an accommodating edge when you get sketchy. I didn’t hit any rails or boxes, but I can tell you this board loves to jump and get air; from sidehits to the big line this board wants to boost.

This is a hugely versatile board, an exceptional all-rounder that is truly worthy of the all-mountain accolades. A great choice for an intermediate wanting to progress with ease, or an advanced rider who wants to exert their dominance across the whole hill. This board is for everyone, a true snowboard.”

Trade Secrets

L’Arrogs – Bataleon Team Manager, Bataleon

“Nearly forgotten by our team riders over the last few years, many of them began riding it again last season and it’s now Ethan Morgan’s go to board for most riding conditions.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk/

“The Bataleon Goliath, AKA ‘The Box Ticker’ – this board pretty much does whatever I want it to. If you like to get off the top of the lift and point and shoot to the bottom then the Goliath does not let you down.

“It holds an edge at speed really well without washing out”

It holds an edge at speed really well without washing out, and edge-to-edge transfers feel precise and predictable. Leaving you wanting to shred faster and harder. Regular camber paired with carbon inserts gives the Goliath great pop, so you can ollie higher than your buddies (always important).

The medium-ish flex lets it butter and jib pretty well, and the spoony nose holds up nicely in the fresh stuff too. All this with a fast-gliding base, and a banging graphic too.

Perfect for intermediate to advanced guys who want a new steed for all-mountain shredding, fast charging, side hits and park laps with your homies – there’s a reason it’s our best selling board!”

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