- Sizes: 148, 151, 154, 154W, 156
- Flex: 3
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: True Twin
- Price: £389 / €449
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.