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Bataleon Love Powder 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 148, 153
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £429 / €500
  • BUY ONLINE

Why we chose the Bataleon Love Powder Snowboard: It’s virtually unsinkable.

The Love Powder came about when Bataleon answered the call for a super high-end women’s specific powder board, and boy did they answer loud and clear. The Love Powder sits with a directional tapered outline, with added volume in the nose keeping you centred more over the tail of the board – allowing you to float effortlessly in the powder even when it’s getting steep and deep.

The board gets marginally narrower towards the tail, this aids with powder riding and helps to give increased control on piste by making it easier to handle under your back foot (where you’ll be controlling your carves).

“The tail is still bevelled slightly to keep that easy going surfy feel the whole way down the board”

The slightly wider than average waist width is just icing on the cake in terms of helping the board float, with the increased surface area helping you to stay on top when you’re railing out freshies.

The board uses Pow 3BT which has higher uplifts in the nose compared to the tail. This will act like the hull of a boat and keep you skimming over the top of the snow rather than submarining into it. The tail is still bevelled slightly to keep that easy going surfy feel the whole way down the board.

Despite the name, the Love Powder isn’t a one trick pony- this is a board that will perform on the piste as well. The width will have your back if you’re getting into Eurocarve territory, with the bigger area underfoot putting paid to toe-verhang and drag as you’re cranking down. The camber profile allows the board to be responsive and aggressive on groomers, and you’re able to spring load the board for quick edge to edge response and a playful snap.

“You’re able to spring load the board for quick edge to edge response and a playful snap”

When you take it onto hardpack the uplifting of the edges outside the contact points makes for a super smooth carve, as the whole edge comes into play at the same time. The Super Slick X base will keep you flying along when the snow starts to get slushy and heavy, and will repair easily when those hidden rocks like to rear their ugly little heads.

For riders who love charging, stomping and slashing, the Love Powder will be a breath of fresh air and is more versatile than you’d think.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“There aren’t many female specific powder boards on the market at the moment, and even if there were, I’m confident the Love Powder would still stand out. It’s an absolute dream to ride, it handles beautifully. It’s aggressive and slashy when you want to push it, and when you take your foot off the gas it’s loose and surfy.

“It’s incredible in the deeper snow, it’s manoeuvrable through the turns and it floats with zero effort”

With the taper, the setback and the swallow tail it would be incredibly difficult to sink the nose of this snowboard. It’s incredible in the deeper snow, it’s manoeuvrable through the turns and it floats with zero effort.

Despite its domination in the deeper snow, on piste it was incredibly stable and could rail an edge with the best of them. 3BT kept everything feeling ultra-smooth and I felt like I could chomp through any crud with the spoon nose. It was stiff enough to really go full whack when you wanted to, without fear that you’d get bucked around, but it still retained its playful feel throughout.

Not the board I’d pick to ride park all day, but the camber profile meant that you could still get some spring off of sidehits or pillows. I thoroughly enjoyed this board, and would recommend it to a stronger rider who’s into charging piste and surfing powder.”

Trade Secrets

Ryan Scardigli – Marketing and Media Relations, Bataleon

“The Love Powder graphics are heavily Japanese inspired. Our Creative Director Danny Kiebert rides this board as well as the Storm disregarding their “women” tags.”

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