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Bataleon Party Wave 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 148, 151, 154
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £349 / €400
  • BUY ONLINE

Last year’s 100 winner and unchanged for this season, the Bataleon Party Wave is viagra for the soul. This is the short ’n’ stubby that defies the odds and delivers riding pleasure all day long.

It’s designed to be ridden five to ten centimetres shorter than your normal all-mountain deck. Also for this year, there’s an additional 151 size available, so now everyone’s welcome to join the party.

What is lacks in length, however, it makes up for in girth. The Party Wave has a thumping 28 centimetres across the waist. This means it still has all the surface area of the bigger freeride decks and, as a result, floats effortlessly in powder, too.

“The Party Wave has a thumping 28 centimetres across the waist. This means is still has all the surface area of the bigger freeride decks and, as a result, floats effortlessly in powder, too”

That’s elevated with Bataleon’s freeride specific variant of triple base technology. There’s a small section of flat base running down the centre of the board, flanked by the substantially uplifted sidebases in the nose, and more subtle uplift in the tail. The Party Wave mimics the shape of a spoon – no, a ladle. It just slaps and wallops its way over the surface, forcing the snow every which way, without ever being dragged under.

Internally the board keeps things simple. A full poplar core with hardwood beech stringers is sandwiched by biax fibreglass layers. It’s pretty soft flexing underfoot, which helps offset it ever feeling cumbersome, given its pocket rocket shape. Tight carves, surfy turns and slush ruts are definitely the theme of the party.

On the underside, the board has been given the Super Slick extruded base treatment. While not the fastest out there, it helps keep the cost way down and gives even fewer reasons not to add this one to the quiver.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed LeighPresenter/Commentator

“I had a go on this on an icy January day and it was insanely good fun jibbing and carving at Mach 10. Then I got a powder day and it was even better, just pure soul glide and smiles.

 “I love this board so much I ended up doing a Victor Kiam and buying it!”

The final touch was a spring slush session where I was able to kick up more spray than a sperm whale’s tail slap. I love this board so much I ended up doing a Victor Kiam and buying it!”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Ed Blomfieldwhitelines.com

“OK, there’s some impressive 3D tech in this board, but the basic silhouette is brilliantly simple. It’s short, it’s fat, and the tail looks a bit like Pac-Man. It’s also brutally effective.

The mad amount of width allows you to just bully pillows and heavy landings, like smacking someone on the arse with a cricket bat. Woomph! Thwack! Wuppah! “Thou shalt not sink!”, it screams as you plough through the powder.

“Despite its diminutive length, it’s super stable at any speed”

Despite its diminutive length, it’s also super stable at any speed. The way it mowed over lumps and bumps reminded me of a Hawaiian longboard, cruising effortlessly down the line.

Like a surf log, though, it’s relatively slow edge to edge, so don’t jump on this expecting to perform lightning carves. But hey, with that little swallow tail you can wheelie it for days down big open faces – and at this width, there’s practically room for two. Party!”

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