Snowboard Review: 09-10 Bataleon Enemy

06 Mar, 2009

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Bluebird with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Bataleon Enemy with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: TBT is not anything close to reverse camber, two different technologies.

Size: 157cm

Weight: lighter than average

Flex: The overall flex for the enemy is stiff throughout the board, stiffer longitudinally and torsionally. It’s not as easy to manuever into shorter turns because of the stiffer flex but it makes it a really good aggressive board on the mountain with how it handles. Not as playful as some other TBT boards I’ve ridden. Because of the concave nose and tail, it’s still able to butter with the stiffer flex and you won’t catch the edge doing it.

Turning: Because of the lifted edges with the TBT, it’s really easy to be on edge before you even try. TBT boards because of how they are made have always been boards that go on edge, whether you like it or not. Once on edge, they really hold that edge in the turn and I’ve noticed that it’s harder to skid out a turn or wash out on a TBT board. The enemy was stiffer flex which made it more aggressive in the turning from controlling the board into each turn but because of the stiffer flex, it was stable in each turn.

Stable: On the groomed runs, it was stable but when I took it into some choppy, bumpy terrain the board didn’t feel as stable and as good of handling. Just for going fast, it handled but also if you aren’t used to the TBT you might have some adjustment for when you first ride it.

Pop: TBT has pop, super easy to load the tail and pop off a roller.
Switch: It took some turns to get used to how the enemy rode switch, definitely not as smoothe to transition into.

Overall Impression: The enemy is an aggressive board, it’s one of those boards that can ride you easily if you arent’ riding it. It’s a really good charger board, good handling and edging on the mountain. The lightness came into play over some really cruddy spots but over than that, it was a solid board that’s lightweight.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Ah TBT…what can I say, it’s one of the technologies that I definitely need to get used to and it’s hard to ride it for a couple runs when I know a couple days is always better with TBT. Later on I rode the evil twin, I liked the evil twin more than the enemy just for the playful factor.

*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 09, 2009

    hey shay,
    did you ride the 2009-2010 evil twin? if so, do you know if it has a sinthered base or an extruded base. thanks in advance.

  2. Shayboarder
    March 10, 2009

    Yep I rode the evil twin, review coming eventually. Still got more ahead of it I gotta crank on.

    The base is synthduded 2555 which says “a bit faster than our extruded version before waxing and still easy to fix”

  3. Anonymous
    March 11, 2009

    Hey, thanks for the fast answer and the n1 info.

    I want to get a good freestyle board for nice buttering and popping favorable with sinthered base.

    So actually I was very interested about the Riot, because it’s just a little bit stiffer than the ET and has the sinthered base, but got turned off because I have heard someone say that it isn’t great for buttering.

    Actually I’m a little bit confused now because the Enemy(9 througout) is fairly stiffer than the Riot(7-5-7) and you say it is able to butter. Hm…Really wanted the sinthered base but also wanted it to be able to butter, and i gotta learn that from ground up. Can you solve my dilemma?

  4. Shayboarder
    March 12, 2009

    Riot is a lot more playful than the enemy, enemy is still able to butter but it’s not easy and it’s not a soft board so if you are looking for more playful park, buttery…it’s definitely not that.

    You also got to talk into account the rider, boards like reverse camber are easy to butter but also the rider has a lot of play. I have no problem with tail pressing most boards. I went from a signal park rocker, super pressable to a gnu billy goat and was able to tail press the billy goat…the rider has a lot of say in butters. The riot is a fun board, I never had a problem with buttering that board and it was easier than the enemy.

  5. Shane
    September 02, 2009

    Have you had a chance to try out the fun.kink this season? I’d be interested to see how it stacks up against some of these stiffer boards, especially the ET and Riot.

  6. September 02, 2009

    Hey Shane,

    Unfortunately I almost had it mounted up to ride in Whistler but my screws were too long for it and I wasn’t able to take it out. Its on my list and I’m hoping to still demo it this year but it might take longer to get my hands on it.