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Bataleon Magic Carpet 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 154, 156, 159
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £499 / €580
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What exactly is Bataleon’s Magic Carpet? A park board or a powder quiver? A freeride deck for directional charging or something that’s equally suited for switch? A poppy, responsive core, or a friendly forgiving ride? One for the expert riders out there, or an intermediate’s confidence booster?

Yes.

The Magic Carpet might just be Bataleon’s secret weapon for the last few out there remaining to convert Triple Base. It’s a bona fide beast for smashing powder laps around your home resort, though a quick glance at its spec could deceive the untrained eye.

Against all logic, the Magic Carpet takes on a true twin shape with a full, tip to tail camber. Bataleon are able to achieve this through two simple steps. Firstly, the board has a slightly wider waist width.  Even by downsizing between 3-6cm from your regular snowboard, you have all the surface area to stay up top in deeper conditions.

“It’s a bona fide beast for smashing powder laps around your home resort, though a quick glance at its spec could deceive the untrained eye”

Secondly, and more importantly, Bataleon’s one of a kind ‘Twin Pow’ triple base profile unlocks a secret level of powder performance that boards of this size and shape simply shouldn’t have. Asides from a very narrow centre base, the majority of the nose and tail are bevelled up to create a ‘wing’ like profile at the ends of the board which allow it to plane across deep stuff.

Where you take it from here is up to you. The Magic Carpet is primed for hucking and chucking it off every sidehit and side-country drop, whichever way you want to come into the take-off or landings. Carbon stringers placed from the inserts straight out to the ends of the nose and tail provide plenty of snap. Even for a shorter twin board, it has deceptively solid pop.

There’s some life along the edges, too. Hollow carbon tubes milled along the middle sections of each sidewall help inject some more precision through the turns, so it keeps performing once the resort’s all tracked out. It’s definitely a board for first lifts, not last, though.

Tester’s Verdict

Alex CheshireThe Snowboard Asylum

“3BT is like Ariana Grande. On paper, there is a lot to like but the reality is just annoying. 3BT has a lot of positives. More float in POW, a catch-free park experience, and smooth transition from edge to edge but it always feels washy to me on piste.

The Magic Carpet is a freestyle twin powder board! That, right there, is unusual enough to get me interested. I’ve actually loved this board since it was called the “prototype”. With its mid-flex and sweet pop anyone can ride this anywhere. I’d take this through the park, pop off the side or just butter the groomers all day long.

“The wide platform and spoon at each end give more float than you will ever need”

It really shines in the powder though. The wide platform and spoon at each end give more float than you will ever need. This board will suit anyone looking for a one board quiver with a powder bias. It hasn’t changed my mind on 3BT but I’m coming round to the idea.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk/

“It’s one of those days when you look out the window and it’s dumped a foot fresh overnight and you get super excited but it’s tinged with the dilemma of what board to take out. You want to take a powder board out, but you know a few runs in you’re gonna want to launch off into the powder and land switch – and your normal pow board, with its long nose and short tail is not gonna help.

“In wet snow, it basically felt like I forgot to take the handbrake off”

That’s when you want the Magic Carpet, a twin powder stick with a slightly wider waist that floats super well and allows you to downsize a little so it’s mega fun in the trees.

In wet snow (and it was literally raining) the Magic Carpet was not my friend. I guess it’s because the nose is such a spoon shape that the claggy snow had more base to cling onto, making the MC super slow and sticky. It basically felt like I forgot to take the handbrake off.

That said, on the flip side when the pow was fresh I had one of the best days shredding last season. (lesson to be learnt – stay at home when it rains).”

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