Here is a little background about me. My name is Hank I have been snowboarding for 14 years. I weigh 140 pounds and 5’10 inches tall. With size 8.5 boots. I consider myself to be freestyle orientated rider regardless of terrain. Safe to say I was not looking for a wide specific board but wanted a decent waist width to work with. In love with riding powder on a reverse camber board but those powder days are too far and few in between. Looking for a true twin board and I don’t want to have multiple boards for powder days and another one for jibbing. The main thing I want back is height on jumping which is lacking regardless what they put in a reverse camber. Still like to go fast everywhere and get that last bit of powder in the trees too. Board should perform forgivingly for smooth progression in the park.
This season I am rocking a Bataleon Global Warmer 151cm. I got everything I wanted and more when I decided on this snowboard. Don’t know if this is true or not but I read somewhere that TBT (triple base technology) was designed by a biophysicist. Having studied biophysics and biomechanics when becoming a certified snowboard instructor, learning that a biophysicist was behind the design, gave me a sense of dependability on the design and reassurance on trying something new. TBT really works and it does everything Bataleon said it will do.
This board turns spins and floats like a reverse camber board, yet has the energy, pop and stability of a camber board. Still allows me to not worry so much on those spins off of jibs when I don’t quite make the rotation. Just like a reverse camber, it helps you stay centered and makes it almost impossible to catch your edge. The best part is that it gave me back stored energy from the camber which equates to more pop for less work.
Having a 3 tier flex pattern also gave me an advantage. It initiates every turn with little to no effort, regardless of terrain, due to the lifted effective edge and the tip and tail is tad bit softer having a flex rating of 3 while the middle has a bit stiffer rating of 4. With the carbon stringers running the length of the board, the board still managed to rip through any chunked up left over powder. The biax laminate also helps in that it takes little movement to initiate those quick turns through the trees or setting up for that next park feature. Don’t get me wrong, this is no wiggle stick. The finely tuned specs of the TBT still allows you to engage a mean edge hold as soon as you have the slightest edge angle with less energy wasted on trying to bend your board. Makes traversing that much easier and climbing pipe walls less strenuous.
The Bataleon Global Warmer Snowboard is a prime choice if you want that playful freestyle feel all over the mountain yet have a board that is ready to get serious on any feature or terrain when you want to.