- Price: £690 / $800
- Category: Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 138, 149, 154, 159, 162
- Flex: 4/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: 3BT Camber
- Base: Sintered
Why we chose the Bataleon Surfer Snowboard: One of the all time powder classics gets a new core and unisex sizing.
Anybody in the market for an ultra-fun powder gun has surely bookmarked the Bataleon Surfer on their internet browser countless times. But with three additional sizes and an upgraded core for the 2021 season, there’s never been so many reasons for so many riders to add this iconic snowboard to their quiver.
The Surfer’s chip-fork outline will always be the main talking point. Bataleon aren’t ones to shy away from creative freeride shapes, probably best exemplified here. Thanks to that oversize spoon nose and a swallow tail so deep you could park your bike in it, the Surfer is virtually unsinkable. It also means you can ride it substantially shorter than a traditional deck and, this year, the three new sizes make the Surfer available to female shredders and larger guys, too.
“With three additional sizes and an upgraded core for the 2021 season, there’s never been so many reasons for so many riders to add this iconic snowboard to their quiver”
However, it’s Bataleon’s trademarked Triple Base Technology with Sidekick that helps to (literally) elevate this snowboard above its pow-specific rivals. The POW 3BT profile is their most pronounced, featuring a drastic uplift in the side bases of the nose, but just a sliver in the tail. This enables the Surfer to plane along the surface while still limiting your chances of washing out on the exit of a turn.
And yet, despite the Surfer’s obvious calling, it manages to deliver back on the corduroy. With its extra-wide waist there’s little danger of boot drag, even at near-vertical edge angles. Additionally, the full-length mellow camber generates impressive grip and rebound between turns. Granted, it won’t turn like the Carver, but when you’re railing an arc and sitting over your back binding you’ll find yourself forgetting there’s a traffic cone sized portion of the tail missing.