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Bataleon Surfer 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 159
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £699 / €800
  • BUY ONLINE

The old adage ‘the best things in life are free’ is true up to a point. That point being the moment you’re about to part with most of your savings and purchase a Bataleon Surfer.

No, it doesn’t come cheap, and these days the market is abundant with more affordable powder and carving specific snowboards. But who brings a knife to a gunfight? This is the weapon you want to be wielding when it comes to slaying pow.

With a name like Surfer, there are no prizes for guessing how it’s designed to ride. And boy, does it deliver…

The shape has become instantly recognisable from every angle. With the Surfer, Triple Base Technology gets pushed to its limit. There’s just a sliver of the flat base in the nose, flanked on either side by that spoon-like bevel.

“With a name like Surfer, there are no prizes for guessing how it’s designed to ride. And boy, does it deliver…”

Additionally, the ‘Sidekick’ provides that extra bit of uplift oomph at the widest part of the board. Bataleon confidently claim this makes the board virtually unsinkable.

Obviously, a board like this is built with one environment in mind, but the Surfer keeps a few tricks up its sleeve for the pistes. Despite its relatively soft flex for a powder board, Bataleon utilises a full camber through its length and reduce the intensity of 3BT in the tail, so it still grips its way through the arc.

Even when the board’s getting worked in variable conditions, hollow carbon tubes running parallel to the sidecut and carbon stringers in the nose and tail keep the Surfer stable and responsive on edge. Don’t believe us? We’ll let Tyler Chorlton do the convincing.

Will it be the board you spend most days on this season? Probably not. Will it be the board you spend your most memorable days on this season? Almost definitely.

 

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“Is it wrong to be sexually attracted to an inanimate object? Of course it is. What’s the matter with you?  Even so, the Bataleon Surfer has to be the best looking snowboard I’ve ever seen.

I’d only briefly tested it once before. In a dome, no less. Needless to say, when we woke up in La Clusaz, to the first proper snowfall of the year, I made a B-line for the Surfer.

It’s sublime. The Muhammad Ali of snowboards – floats, stings, and will completely knock you off your feet. It’s every bit as good as you want it to be, and then some.

When you look down you get a sense of what you’re in for. That bulbous, hull shaped nose looks like some kind of futuristic device for collecting rainwater, while your back-foot sits right at the start of that huge swallowtail.

It’s actually a pretty dab hand on the piste. Anyone who’s ridden triple base before will recognise that really intuitive edge-to-edge motion that gives Bataleon’s boards such a unique feel. It’s also one of the few powder boards to essentially still feature a full-length camber, meaning you can commit to putting it over on edge and trust it will hold on.

“It’s every bit as good as you want it to be, and then some”

Regardless of how well it handles the pistes, you’ll constantly find yourself drawn towards the deep stuff with the Surfer. As soon as that base hits those cold freshies, the board completely transforms. With such an exaggerated shape, you expect to feel every inch of the board through the turn. In actual fact, you don’t feel a thing. It’s so effortless, agile, nimble and an absolute pleasure to ride powder.

Obviously sinking will never be an issue, but by keeping the swallowtail a little stiffer I never felt myself washing out the back of the board either (although I know some people have found that to be the case).

It’s a hell of an experience, but it comes in at a hell of a price tag too. This has the look and feel of a collector’s item. If you’re going off-piste, you’ll be double-checking the snow depth before you do.

Would I demo it again? Every time. Would I drop the big bucks on it? Ah, shit… I just might.”

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