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Bataleon Wallie 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

A true jib stick, the Bataleon Wallie snowboard is back for round two in 2018/19. It’s one of the few non-powder boards that you can instantly recognise from any distance thanks to its unique shape.

Those ‘Wallie Tips’ are flatter than your usual nose and rail, which doesn’t make any difference when you’re cruising but has the potential to really step up your freestyle game. All that extra surface area makes for unrivalled stability, so you can really hold those butters and poke out your presses.

“Those ‘Wallie Tips’ don’t make any difference when you’re cruising, but have the potential to really step up your freestyle game”

The poplar core makes it softer than most, but beech strips running under the binding inserts give it a bit more strength. New fore this year is a single hollow carbon tube that runs from one set of inserts to the other, providing a bit of extra pop without over-stiffening the board.

There’s more carbon running between the edges on either side of the bindings (upgraded from last year’s basalt stringers), ensuring there’s response when you need it. The new additives are there to strengthen the Bataleon Wallie and improve key performance criteria, without losing the fun, flexible ride that made it such a hit in its debut year.

The Bataleon Wallie is still only available in smaller sizes, but the new 156cm version opens it up to a few more riders.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“Disclaimer: I borrowed Bataleon Team Manager Larrogs’ 154 Wallie for a few laps. Larrogs is pencil thin; I am not. It was most definitely too short for me but nevertheless it was clear that this is geared firmly at park jibbers, street rats and fans of flatground butters.

“There’s more edge hold that you might expect from such an overtly loose flex”

It’s soft, but there’s still plenty of pop to get onto rails, and more edge hold that you might expect from such an overtly loose flex. Then there are the squared off, turned up tips to reduce hangups and look dope. I even took a pow lap on it and it worked… just.

But it’s obvious this isn’t for that – it’s for piste play or hardcore jibbing by riders who want a bit more performance than a straight-up noodle. And for that the Wallie is spot on.”

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