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Bataleon Jam 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £540
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 153, 156, 159, 161W
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Sintered
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It’d be fair to say Bataleon snowboards are most commonly found on the softer-flexing end of the scale. Their unique Triple Base Technology often lends itself to creative riding in the park or powder. Then, there’s the Jam. For the more aggressive riders who still want in on the 3BT action, this board ticks all the right boxes.

It features 2 carbon stringers running down each sidewall and six hollow carbon tubes which increase the longitudinal flex and the board’s overall stability. It’s a similar configuration to the Goliath but when you factor in the Jam’s more aggressive camber profile, it requires a stronger rider to put the required effort in. The rewards will be greater, though.

“When you factor in the Jam’s more aggressive camber profile, it requires a stronger rider to put the required effort in. The rewards will be greater, though”

The Freestyle 3BT profile has its advantages for this kind of board, too. Directional twins rarely deliver this much float in powder and still come back onto the piste with a camber that bites into the groomers. When you take the Jam through the park its uplifted contact points will limit the chance of hooking up on rails or catching an edge on landings, but it’s not the easiest snowboard for pressing.

It’s definitely a board that shows its best side once you get it up to speed – not surprising given it uses a rapid sintered base and Bataleon’s top-shelf wood core. New for this year, the Jam utilises Air Ride, a new composite material on the Triple Base crease points which dampen out high-speed chatter.

You’ll still enjoy riding it on the days when you’re not giving it full beans, that’s the beauty of Bataleon snowboards, but this is definitely an all-mountain snowboard for the more confident riders out there. For anyone seeking the same board in larger, wider sizes, the Stallion is the supersized version of the same snowboard.

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“As the team’s resident big dude, the job of taking the Bataleon Stallion out for a spin once again fell to me. While I certainly didn’t mind, after last year’s experience my cup of stoke wasn’t exactly overflowing either.

“It was fully co-operative in the less-than-stellar conditions, and even buttering – my regular go-to on whiteout days – was a lot of fun”

Well, it just goes to show that it’s always worth revisiting boards if you get the chance, even if you weren’t fully sold on them the first time out. I’m not sure it can be entirely down to the very subtle changes to the Stallion’s construction, but it felt lighter and better than I remembered.

It was fully co-operative in the less-than-stellar conditions, and even buttering – my regular go-to on whiteout days – was a lot of fun. The Stallion is now something I’d consider buying, which certainly wasn’t the case last year.”

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