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Bataleon Push Up 2020-2021 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Price: £399 / $480
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 138, 140, 143, 146, 149, 152
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Super Slick X
  • BUY DIRECT FROM BATALEON

The Push Up is Bataleon’s female specific mellow all-terrain vehicle, built to powder hunt in the morning, chomp sidehits on the way to the park, and then throw down on the metal for some afternoon top to bottoms.

As with all their offerings, the Push Up features Bataleon’s signature Triple Base Technology, lifting the sidebases outside of the inserts. A full camber runs the length of the board, with what is essentially a torsional rocker in the nose and tail. This blend of profiles offers insane amounts of float in deep snow, rock solid edge hold and one of the most forgiving profiles on the market.

“This blend of profiles offers insane amounts of float in deep snow, rock solid edge hold and one of the most forgiving profiles on the market”

Bataleon have used their Sidekick technology by the contact points in the nose and tail, increasing the amount of lift at the widest point of the snowboard. This further increases the easy handling of the board and make unintentional edge catches a thing of the past.

To add a bit more flavour into the mix carbon stringers run through the lower laminates in the centre of the board to beef it up slightly, without affecting the overall mellow flex. You’ve also got Bataleon’s Dual Super Tubes, which are hollow carbon rods placed in the core running between the feet on either side of the board to make the camber more dynamic and increase power through the edges. These additives dampen the board and ensure a rapid response time when you’re pushing it to the limit.

“Hollow carbon rods placed in the core running between the feet on either side of the board to make the camber more dynamic and increase power through the edges”

A lightweight wood core and a high molecular Super Slick X base finish off the board ensuring that it’s tough enough to take a beating, and won’t let you down when push comes to shove.

The Push Up is versatile, easy-going and a great sidekick for all-mountain exploration, you’ll be pushing yourself harder and faster than you’d think possible. If this jill of all trades doesn’t quite tick your boxes and you’re looking for something more specific, check out Bataleon’s freeride weapon the Love Powder, or for a park destroyer take a look at the Bataleon She-W.

Tester’s Verdict

Katie Hill – Manager at Tignes Spirit Rentals

“I took the Push Up out in slushy conditions up on the glacier in summer and really enjoyed riding it. I’d been looking forward to riding this one and it did not disappoint.

It was the first time for me riding Triple Base Tech, but I was pretty much converted straight away. It’s super easy to manoeuvre in all snow types and great for side hits along the piste. I imagine it would be great fun hitting kickers in the park and definitely the kind of board to boost confidence and push progression.

“It’s super easy to manoeuvre in all snow types and great for side hits along the piste”

The Push Up has a medium camber, which gave it a good amount of pop and felt quite stable in more chopped up conditions. I didn’t really notice the slightly longer nose than tail, but that’s a good thing for those who want to ride more switch.

It genuinely felt quite hard to catch an edge or get in trouble on this thing. The slushier conditions got, the more it became apparent that the Push Up can really smash through anything. That’s maybe down to the Sidekicks, maybe down to the Triple Base, I’m not too sure. I just know that it felt really smooth and stable compared to my own camrock profiled snowboard I rode the day before.

It’s not a powder snowboard, but I’m not someone who likes to switch my bindings onto a different snowboard at the first signs of fresh snow. Based on how well it help up in pretty slushy, heavy afternoon conditions, I imagine it would handle deep snow pretty well do – although I’d probably opt for the 146 instead of the 143 I rode this time.

It’s only a minor niggle, but it definitely didn’t feel good first thing on the glacier when conditions were still icy. Few boards feel good, in these conditions, obviously, but the looser sensation around the nose and tail made me question how much grip I really had it I needed to put the brakes on or change direction suddenly.”

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Joy DutchWhitelines

“I find the Push Up’s main strength to be its versatility, you can ride it anywhere on the mountain and not feel like you’re losing out. I especially enjoy riding it in powder as you’re able to ride in the deep with ease. I was riding super lazy and it was still pumping, turning and slashing exactly how I wanted it to. Riding switch wasn’t an issue, despite it being slightly directional and I never felt compelled to really lean back to keep it plaining.

“I find it allows you to get super smooth carves in, the whole edge feels like it engages simultaneously, and it locks in.”

The thinner flat section kept it feeling really nimble and manoeuvrable on piste and you’re able to get really fast, pumpy turns in. I’m a big 3BT fan in general, and I find it allows you to get super smooth carves in (the whole edge feels like it engages simultaneously, and it locks in).

It’s not a specific park board, and it did at times feel a bit sketchy on boxes, but for other features the uplifted edges really come into their own and the camber keeps it lively and snappy. It’s a fantastic all mountain option, that isn’t gonna let you down anywhere you go.”

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

Corinne MayhewMayhew Snowboarding

“If you’re looking for the ultimate in slush-slashin fun time jibbin then the Bataleon Push Up is your board! I was lucky to test this rip roarer in soft snow at the end of season and loved how easy it was to try out my standard bag of tricks while attempting a few new ones! Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology and ‘Sidekick Tips’ are innovative in assisting all manner of edge-catch scenarios.

“If you’re looking for a forgiving board that helps you build confidence all around the mountain, then the Push Up is a solid choice”

This, in conjunction with a mid-range flex and rocker in all the right places, will provide confidence to beginners learning their first turns right through to solid rail riders and advanced jibbers. Unfortunately the conditions didn’t allow for testing in the powder, however this board is so light, forgiving and manoeuvrable that I know anyone struggling in the deeper stuff would love the confidence that this stick provides all over the mountain, including the backcountry. On the flipside of this, I feel that more advanced riders might miss the grip that a flat base and longer edge contact (without the Sidekick Tips) would provide when riding firmer snow, on kickers or in icy conditions. If you’re looking for a forgiving board that helps you build confidence all around the mountain, then the Push Up is a solid choice!”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Jill McDonald@jill_islay

“Initially I wasn’t super sold on this board as it was a bit stiffer than I was used to, but when I got it into the powder I could see that this was where it was in its element.

“A board that was solid underfoot, but that would float and breeze through the deep stuff”

The strong and aggressive character I was hesitant about to begin with delivered a powerful ride that could blast through anything that was thrown at it. Combine that with the Triple Base Tech and it made a board that was solid underfoot but that would float and breeze through the deep stuff without a moment’s hesitation and with only minimal effort.

Once I got used to it it felt really powerful – I ended up really loving it!”

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