Snowboard Review: 10-11 Bataleon Riot
21 Jun, 2010
Location: Whistler, BC
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked and icy to new bumpy snow on the slopes.
Setup: I rode the Bataleon Riot with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: The Riot is always a favorite board to ride at the demo days…consistently great.
Flex: The riot is the middle of the road for flex, it’s not stiff except in the nose and tail of the board and it’s softer between the bindings that helps give it that all mountain capability. It required a bit more effort for presses/buttering but it definitely suits the stiffer side of park riding for pipe or jumps or just freeriding.
Turning: TBT is a totally different thing when it comes to turning, it puts you on edge quickly and really lets you rally through carves down the mountain. It’s amazing for carving on and especially for me I don’t always carve every turn but the riot made every turn feel so much smoother and see the line in the snow after some turns. It’s easy to get on edge from the TBT and holds short and longer radius turns without problems.
Stable: The riot had no problems handling the groomed conditions and charging, on the bumpy snow it charged through without feeling bumped around. Overall remained solid on stability for the mountain.
Pop: I definitely had to adjust to the riot but after I felt more comfortable on it popping ollies came easily and good pop from the board. The stiffer nose/tail make butters a bit harder but still capable just requires more effort.
Switch: Felt like a true twin when riding switch with no catchy or issues from the TBT. Really easy to manuever around into switch riding.
Overall Impression: For handling the whole mountain with a true twin, the riot will still charge and give you solid carves down the slopes. It’s a stable ride with good pop and some playfulness for butters but the stiffer flex keeps you freeriding the mountain like a dream.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The riot is hands down one of my favorite all mountain boards and every year I just like to ride it at the demo day because I know it’ll be a great solid ride that can carve and still have the playfulness for the mountain.
On Snow Photo
Bataleon Riot description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.