- Price: £500
- Category: Park/Jib, All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 151, 154, 156, 159
- Flex: 5/10
- Shape: True Twin
- Profile: 3BT Camber
- Base: Extruded
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The Magic Carpet is Bataleon’s antidote against the vociferations of mouth breathing troglodytes who continue to swear by the necessity that “a SnOwBoArD sHouLd CoMe Up tO yOuR nOsE aNd YoU CaN’t RiDe A tRuE tWiN In PoWdEr!” This might be the most underrated and misunderstood snowboard in Bataleon’s line – the ultimate resort powder deck.
The not-so-secret weapon here is Triple Base Technology. The Magic Carpet features a unique powder-specific variation of their three-step profile in the nose and tail. With only a narrow section of centre base, the main attraction is the long, uplifted sidebases that allow the snowboard to effortlessly plane along the snow’s surface.
“This is a snowboard with freestyle running through its veins, but it’s those epic resort powder days that really get its heart beating”
Combined with a wider than average waist width, the surface area of the Magic Carpet matches up to some of Bataleon’s bigger, directional chargers, but does so in a way that keeps the outline twin and the swing weight perfectly matched.
Spinning and chucking the board about is made easier this year with a lighter wood core, too. This is a snowboard with freestyle running through its veins, but it’s those epic resort powder days that really get its heart beating.
Where some volume shifted snowboards rely purely on a shape that works in powder, the Magic Carpet maintains a scrupulous eye for detail in its construction. Carbon stringers run from the inserts out to the nose and tail give the board a really balanced pop – be it regular or switch, and off pillows or sidehits – while the hollow carbon tubes that are milled into the sidewall give the camber a little more rebound.
Most snowboards fit neatly into one of three categories: freestyle, all-mountain, and freeride. The Magic Carpet technically ticks all three of these boxes, yet trying to stick a label on it feels like a disservice to what’s really on offer here. This is Bataleon’s rule-breaker, their curveball, their anomaly. It’s straight-up powder fueled, freestyle frenzied stoke that redefines what a resort snowboard can – and should – be.