- Sizes: 148, 154
- Flex: 4
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £349 / €399
Bataleon has form in the short ‘n’ stubby department – for the proof look no further than the Magic Carpet. The new Bataleon Party Wave snowboard, however, is an entirely different beast. Foregoing any kind of twin-shaped freestyle compromise, this one is all about freeride fun.
Given its mellow flex and relatively simple construction, you won’t see the Bataleon Party Wave at the drop-in for the Bec de Rosses – but then if you were expecting a board with that name to be all about serious, potentially deadly descents, then we suggest you get a carbon monoxide detector fitted pronto.
“It’s absolutely ideal for powder, and runs better than you’d think on groomers too”
This is unashamedly a fun-mobile, with a wide-as-hell directional shape that will float like nothing you’ve tried – especially once you consider the Triple Base Technology. As with all Bataleon powder boards, the 3BT on this one has been tweaked for maximum float.
The side-bases dominate, with only a sliver of flat base running down the length of the board. At the tail, the uplift is barely noticeable, which gives you a stable platform at the back, while the nose is positively boat-like. Combined with the shape, it’s absolutely ideal for powder, and runs better than you’d think on groomers too.
Indeed, you won’t need to stash this until the deep days arrive; The fully cambered profile means that you’ll be able to hold a strong edge on piste. The 3BT gives it a looser, surfier feel when you change edges, but that’s no bad thing on a board like this.