Bataleon Boss 2016
It uses the version of the Park 3BT base shape, which has a tiny bit less of the flat centerbase section so it can make more aggressive turns.
If you haven’t looked into Bataleon boards before, they all have a unique design. They have a camber profile, but the corners of the board (white sections in the graphic below) are slightly raised, so that the contact points are out of the snow when you are riding with a flat base.
In general with camber boards you get great pop, edge hold and stability, but the tradeoff is they have a “catchy” feel and you can’t be lazy riding them. On the other side you have rocker boards, which are very easy to turn, easy to ride and are very forgiving for beginners. The downside is they have much less pop, stability and edge hold.
Bataleon try to get around this by making their 3BT. The ides is that when you are riding them with a flat base (just riding on a flat groomed run not turning), the contact points won’t be touching snow, so you will get the same loose and fun ride as you get from a rocker board.
As soon as you start to turn though, the whole edge will grip, just like on a camber board, so you get the strong edge hold and stability back.
They take a little while to get used to, but once you get used to the feeling, they are a very nice mix between the two camber styles.
The Core Core is a poplar wood core, with strips of beech wood running from the tip to the tail along the inserts (where you mount the bindings).
The core has the V-Core Profile, which means that the center of the core is milled out (between the bindings), so that you get a easy to move and natural feeling flex between your feet.
Just like the Evil Twin, the Boss has a sintered base, which is hard, fast and does a good job at soaking up wax.
Adding to the flex of the board, there is Triax or three layers of fiberglass. The more layers there are, the more responsive and stiff the board is.
The Boss also has carbon added in the shape of an X under both bindings, made to add strength and response to turns.
If you have big boots, that are size 11 or bigger, have a look at the 156 or 159cm wide versions. The wider waist width on those two boards will mean you will get less toe and heel drag compared to the regular width boards.
Features of the Bataleon Boss
- Park 3BT
- Core Core
- V-Core Profile
- Sintered Base
- Triax Laminates
- Carbon Enhanced
- 156cm Wide
- 159cm Wide
|Contact length (cm)||114||116||118||119||120|
|Waist width (mm)||249||251||264||255||266|
|Sidecut radius (m)||7.80||7.90||8.05||8.10||8.15|
|Stance width (mm)||500-620||505-625||510-630||510-630||520-640|