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.
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.