Snowboard Review: 11-12 Bataleon Goliath
15 Mar, 2011
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Bataleon Goliath with Flux RK30 bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Ride everything and ride it good, that’s the goliath. It was one of my top 3 boards of the demos.
Flex: The goliath was on the mid range for flex, not the softest bataleon but not stiff like the enemy. It was the perfect flex for all mountain, still pressable on the nose and tail but tad stiffer between the bindings and underneath the bindings.
Turning: In my notes I spoke of how amazing the S turns were on this board and I remember exactly how the lines were looking back uphill, just clean and smooth narrow lines. It was one of the best boards on carving and especially on my heelside turns which always aren’t so clean but the goliath was so good on edge. Easy to intiate into each turn and once on edge, it was just locked into the carve holding you into the perfect line. It required more effort for me getting from edge to edge but only because of the width, waist flex and my boot size.
Stable: TBT definitely has a handle on stability for carving and edgehold. I didn’t get the board in too much bumpy terrain just groomed runs where it handled nicely on the slopes.
Pop: Handled good on the pop, fun board to play with and ollie on. Buttering was easier, could press and butter up whenever you wanted. Definitely one of the more playful TBT boards I’ve been on but without sacrificing good riding.
Switch: The goliath is a true twin with shape and flex, I didn’t notice anything different on how it handled switch and it was the same ride both ways.
Overall Impression: The goliath is that do-everything, ride-everything board that handles it all. It was a perfect board for the cruisers, playfulness and stability. Just all around held up through the riding and made it a blast with the TBT.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Sorry Riot love you but when it came time to tell Snowboarder Magazine what my top 3 boards were at the on-snow. The first board that came to mind was the goliath. TBT has always been a favorite technology for its adaptability from carving to playfulness and the goliath was the ultimate all mountain freestyle board at the demos.
On Snow Photo
Bataleon Goliath description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at the SIA on-snow. Please be aware boards may change, this review was done in February 2011.