Snowboard Iskola

Board: Bataleon Thunder

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Size: 159

Camber Option: High Camber. A lot of traditional camber with 3BT and Sidekick technology.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: 5 to 8 inches of fresh snow, gray skies, snow falling at times, low wind, cold temps, perfect corduroy, and some chop and chunder for good measure.

Flex: With an overall flex that comes in just past a middle of the road you have some key points where this board flexes more. Those key points would be right at the inserts both on the outside and inside. This changes the dynamic of how you drive it.

Stability: As I was riding the wide this added to the overall stability of this board. But one should take note that this board is relatively stable in the grand scheme of things. With it having an aggressive camber profile that helps it not get bucked around. You do get some chatter in the tips at real high speed when you’re in variable terrain and the snow is firmer.

Ollies: The camber rebounds aggressively and wants to pop up into the air. This board is easy to engage but quick to react which makes it super snappy. If you like popping and riding pow this is a great option. Never once did I find that there was any issue boosting a sidehit or sending a roller.

Pop On Jumps: I took it in the park and it handles jumps with ease. It just boosts off the lip. As this is a board with a good amount of carbon in it, I wouldn’t hesitate to send any sized jump.

Butterability: For being a bit more robust there’s a great flex point right outside the inserts that lets you leverage your weight out over the nose and tail. When you do this, it really locks into a press and you can just do whatever you want. The 3BT and Sidekick scoop out the tips and reduce the risk of catching an edge.

Jibbing: This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it can handle it. You really have to put your weight out on the nose and tail to get it to lock in and hold, when it does it wants to pop out of the press. Going sideways it basically balances on the feature.

Carving: This thing actually rails a turn. Granted the snow was soft. But on edge this board cuts through the corduroy with ease and lays a trench. The edge to edge power transmission is fluid and smooth, you notice that right away. With those key flex points and the carbon array in this board you can drive this board out of a carve with a ton of power. I will say if you ride sheet ice 3BT probably isn’t for you as the dynamic of the contact point is changed and that changes how you ride the board.

Rider in Mind: Resort charging powder guy that likes some power in their board.

Personal Thoughts: When they introduced this board I was instantly stoked on it. That hasn’t changed. This board just has power where you need it, a predictable flex pattern where you want it, and the ability to slay pow and still leave a trench on a soft groomer. At the end of the day it’s a fun ride for sure.

Comparable Boards:
Capita Kazu:
Nitro Suprateam:
Rome Ravine Select:

Binding Recommendations:
Bataleon Astro:
Ride A-9:
Union Atlas Pro: