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Bataleon Love Powder Women’s 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £389 / $450
  • Category: Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 144, 148, 153
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Super Slick XC
  • BUY DIRECT FROM BATALEON

The Bataleon Love Powder is the snowboard you want with you when you look out the window and are met with a wall of snow. Whether it’s bluebird freshies, tracked out chutes, floodlit tree runs or pristine pillow drops, the Bataleon Love Powder is your VIP ticket to the white room. Unreal float on deep days, rock solid carves on corduroy and more fun than a barrel of snow monkeys.

Everything about the Love Powder is geared towards riding fast and hard. A directional shape, tapered outline and 3D bevels in the nose and tail are the magic ingredients to keeping you floating no matter how deep or choppy the snow. The uplifted nose funnells snow out to the sides while the cut out tail reduces surface area behind the back foot, sinking it down and forcing the nose to stay above the snowline with little to no effort.

“A directional shape, tapered outline and 3D bevels in the nose and tail are the magic ingredients to keeping you floating no matter how deep or choppy the snow”

Having an entire quiver of snowboards at your disposal is the dream of many riders, but in most scenarios it’s just not a practical or feasible option. Where the Bataleon Love Powder stands apart from the pack of powder specific models is its ability to absolutely tear things up on the piste too.

The pre-angling of the side base by the contact points means when you get this lil puppy up on its edges, it’s digging smooth trenches throughout the whole arc of the turn. You’re not skidding in and out of turns, you’re cranking down and dialling into them with precision and max control.

“The Love Powder is an absolute cannon, preloaded for fun, face shots and those sweet, sweet first tracks”

Under the hood Bataleon have kitted out the Love Powder with their Light Woodcore, blending Swiss Paulownia for weight reduction, and Poplar for durability and a dynamic, powerful feel. To this, they’ve added their Dual Super Tubes to really turn up the heat. These hollow carbon tubes are milled into the core and give the Love Powder a double dose of long lasting pop and life.

The Love Powder is an absolute cannon, preloaded for fun, face shots and those sweet, sweet first tracks. Loose and surfy in the powder, rock solid on piste and slicker than a snake in a barrel of butter. This is your drug, dealer, and addiction all wrapped up in one pretty package.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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.”

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