Snowboard Review: 09-10 Bataleon Riot
26 May, 2009
Location: Whistler, BC
Snow Conditions: Bluebird to overcast on hardpacked snow and ice in spots. Most of the morning was icy spots.
Setup: I rode the Bataleon Riot with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: TBT is like a carvers dream
Flex: Stiffer nose and tail with just a tad softer between the bindings on the Riot, making it less easier to press and butter but overall more stable for all mountain riding. In the second picture below I showed how much I could tail press the Riot on flat ground and that was putting a lot of effort into, to getting that much off the ground. For a true twin park-all mountain board, it’s on the stiff side definitely a jump more suited to pipe, jumps and freeriding in between than jibbing or easy butters on the mountain.
Turning: I can’t deny how well this board excelled at turning and TBT really excels overall. The board has a mind of it’s own when it comes to turn and you can rally a carve on the mountain each turn without trying. I occasionally take photos of lines that a board will make after a carve and with the Riot I took a photo (see third one down) where it is a smooth carve with a thin line…I was impressed by the board cause I can tell you I don’t always make carves like that and the board played a huge part. Through the middle of the arc it made the widest footprint on the snow and as I came out of it, it was narrow again. It was really easy to get on edge and hold a carve.
Stable: The snow conditions were groomed and icy in spots but when going faster on it to get over flat spots I didn’t encounter any problems with it not handling well. I wasn’t able to take it through any cruddy or bumpy terrain though. On the ice no problems with holding an edge.
Pop: The riot has always been fun to pop ollies with only this time it was a bigger roller and I got more pop than I was expecting but I felt off in the air by my own accord, the second time around I did better. Just took some adjustment on my own.
Switch: The Riot is a true twin and rides like a true twin, not catchy into switch because of the TBT.
Overall Impression: I can look at that photo of the carve and tell you that’s where this board impresses the most. It’s stable for a true twin on riding the whole mountain and freeriding it does better than some freeride boards. I had a really good time on it and even though it’s stiffer than the last time I rode it, it handled better for freeriding than the last time. Bataleon continues to make good boards. I just wonder if they know that flower graphics are funny on men’s boards.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The last time I rode a Riot was a couple years ago and I really liked it at the time, fun board that was a mix between park and mountain. This time I rode it, I noticed it was a lot stiffer than last time and that was with the kevlar enhancement they added after I rode it the first time. Now it’s more all mountain handling, stiffer true twin.