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Bataleon Storm 2020-2021 Women’s Snowboard Review

  • Price: £460
  • Category: Freeride/Powder
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 144, 148, 152, 156
  • Flex: 5/10
  • Shape: Directional
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Sintered
  • BUY DIRECT FROM BATALEON

The Bataleon Storm is a piste smashing, pow slaying, trench digging weapon built to blow minds and rip shit up. Rooted in the scientific thought process of a snowboard in motion, it’s now a staple in the women’s Bataleon line up and is one of the most exciting boards to strap into in years.

Freeride 3BT and Sidekick dramatically uplift the side base outside of the bindings, which translates to incredible amounts of effortless float when you’re off the beaten track. Like the hull of a boat the snow shoots out the sides and keeps you planeing above the snowline with little to no effort.

“When it comes to speed the Storm is a face melter, so make sure you buckle up”

Not just a board for the nipple deep powder days, the Storm is geared up for tipping and gripping with the best of them. The positive camber injects a huge dose of life and aggression into the board, keeping slashes and turns dynamic and powerful. The pre angling of the sidebases with 3BT open you up for super smooth turn initiation, and the pressure down the whole sidecut is solid through the full arc of your turn. When it comes to speed the Storm is a face melter, so make sure you buckle up.

The inserts are set back down the board to keep your weight over the tail, so throw up 2 middle fingers to that haggard back leg burn when surfing the white wave. The backseat inserts are there for the deepest days, giving it a nose to rival a proboscis monkey. A slight taper keeps the tail sunk down and power through the back leg, but it isn’t detrimental to the board, so you won’t be tomahawking when you want to land switch off that backcountry booter.

“The barrier for entry is high and for the right rider the Storm will let you charge the gnarliest lines”

What’s an industry leading board without a bit of carbon? Carbon stringers are strategically placed in the nose and tail. They add pop and power to the back of the board and stiffen up the nose for increased response and drive. Hollow carbon rods are milled into the core making the camber more snappy and dampening the ride when the snow is less than ideal.

Aggressive and punchy, this isn’t a board for a novice rider, the barrier for entry is high but the right rider will be able to harness the unfettered power of the storm, charging the gnarliest lines and sending it down anything and everything. Whether the storm’s just rolled through and you’re left with 2 feet of freshies on a bluebird, or it’s hardpack and windswept The Bataleon Storm is a board you can rely on to deliver the goods and to have your back.

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Joy Dutchsnowboard-asylum.com

“We were lucky enough to have a huge dump of snow the night before I rode the Storm, and it definitely did not disappoint.

Absolutely effortless float through the deep stuff, and putting in turns through the powder was a complete joy! No need for adjusting bindings to the tail and leaning on your back leg, the big old nose kept me surfing with no dramas.

“Even in heavier snow, the Storm powered through everything”

Coming back onto piste was delightful, as the board was super fast over the snow and carved with absolute precision. Even in heavier snow, the Storm powered through everything and constantly left me with a massive smile on my face.

This board storms up my to-buy list this season, and if we’re lucky enough to get a heavy snow season, I know that it will have my back no matter how deep things get.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Hannah Baileyneonstash.com

‘Who are you?’ is what I thought of asking this particular Bataleon model. I’d never tried it or seen it before, because it’s brand new to the Bataleon line up. The Storm is a directional freeride board, made for epic conditions and epic riding.

“Thanks to the Triple Base Technology, it never veers into edge-catch yard-sale territory”

The carbon tubes in its core make it quite sensitive to wobbles and movement, but if you play it right this translates as great responsiveness under your feet. Thanks to the Triple Base Technology, it never veers into edge-catch yard-sale territory.

I enjoyed the fast-paced aggressiveness of this board, especially in the powder, which I was lucky to test this board out in. On the groomers the stiffness didn’t mean a tough shred down to the bottom either – it still felt light and manageable.

The Storm suits a more experienced rider than the Feelbetter, someone who could ride out a storm, and doesn’t need to be assured before dropping in.”

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