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Bataleon Stallion 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £540
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 164W, 167W, 172W
  • Flex: 7.5/10
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM BATALEON

With many all-mountain freestyle snowboards stopping at around a 160cm, it’s rare for larger footed, taller and heavier riders to find an option that lends itself to performance in the park and as well as the pistes and in powder. The Bataleon Stallion might be the answer. It utilises the exact same construction as the Jam, but comes in extra-large sizes. Big toys for big boys!

It features 2 carbon stringers running down each sidewall and six hollow carbon tubes which work with increase the longitudinal flex and the board’s overall stability. It’s a similar configuration to the Goliath but when you factor in the Stallion’s more aggressive camber profile it requires a stronger rider to put the required effort in. The rewards will be greater, though.

“Directional twins rarely deliver this much float in powder and still come back onto the piste with a camber that bites into the groomers”

The Freestyle 3BT profile has it’s advantages for this kind of board, too. Directional twins rarely deliver this much float in powder and still come back onto the piste with a camber that bites into the groomers. When you take the Stallion through the park its uplifted contact points will limit the chance of hooking up on rails or catching an edge on landings. That said, it will take a little more effort to get the snowboard into a press.

It’s definitely a board that shows its best side once you get it up to speed – not surprising given it uses a rapid sintered base and Bataleon’s top-shelf wood core. New for this year, the Stallion utilises Air Ride, a composite material on the Triple Base crease lines which dampens out high-speed chatter.

You’ll still enjoy riding it on the days when you’re not giving it full beans, that’s the beauty of Bataleon snowboards, but this is definitely an all-mountain snowboard for the more confident riders out there.

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“As the team’s resident big dude, the job of taking the Bataleon Stallion out for a spin once again fell to me. While I certainly didn’t mind, after last year’s experience my cup of stoke wasn’t exactly overflowing either.

“It was fully co-operative in the less-than-stellar conditions, and even buttering – my regular go-to on whiteout days – was a lot of fun”

Well, it just goes to show that it’s always worth revisiting boards if you get the chance, even if you weren’t fully sold on them the first time out. I’m not sure it can be entirely down to the very subtle changes to the Stallion’s construction, but it felt lighter and better than I remembered.

It was fully co-operative in the less-than-stellar conditions, and even buttering – my regular go-to on whiteout days – was a lot of fun. The Stallion is now something I’d consider buying, which certainly wasn’t the case last year.”

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