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Old 12-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I picked up a camel toe this season and it is my first time on a real powder board.
Stats: 6'3" 210 lbs, size 13/30.5 boot
Board: Camel Toe 162
Bindings: Union Contact megaultrasuperhero pro

Day 1: Conditions were about 18 inches on a very thin layer of old snow, it was pretty cold out and I had the wrong temp wax on the bottom, I thought the board was running slow and got caught up pretty easy, I was having issues adjusting to the nose shape and many other factors.

About midway through the day pulled my head out of my ass and stopped tiptoeing around trying to avoid invisible obstacles, still was getting caught up on flatter sections and losing speed very fast.

Notices that it did float (didn't nosedive) well for me but felt that the lack of speed was causing problems.

Went home that day and was not really convinced that I liked the board, when deciding on it getting it the finalists were Fish, Hovercraft, and the camel toe. Went with the camel toe because I like bataleon and it was the least expensive. Anyhow decided that I would take it out the next day when more runs were open and I had cold temp wax on it.

Day 2: The wax made a world of difference (Extruded base but i did a really weak scrap and then textured the wax and smoothed it out) The lack of speed disappeared and I stopped feeling like the snow was grabbing the board. It is a different ride then I am used to but it feels really awesome, I found that when I was at slow speeds I had to lean back a little, once I got moving I could center my wieght and the pow depth became irrelevant and it would just plan on top of the snow. Another thing I noticed is that the board traverses in pow really well, didnt get bogged down at all in those situations. I did ding up the base some but I dont care it was so much fun.

All in all after two days I am very happy with the choice, I dont love the extruded base but after waxing it, I felt the glide was there and didnt really have any issues the 2nd day. The short tail on the board gives you teh ability to scrub speed without turning, you can basically stop hard on the tail and it will drop a tad bit of speed, it was interesting.

For the price I think the board is definately worth it, I wouldnt use it on a day with less 9 inches or so but It was great fun and is a quality quiver board.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sick, i've been wanting to see a review on this deck for a while. thank you...

i've found that i like the bataleon extruded bases if: like you said, either kept waxed well, or kept hauling ass. once you slow down they are a bitch if you don't have a recent hot wax. when waxed though, i feel they are decently fast. or if you just ride fast the whole time. (i guess i'm just reiterating your point about the base lol)

we really don't get enough deep days up here for me to get a pow board, but perhaps if i decided to get one, daytripping wolf creek would be a more common thing for me!

did you ride it in any trees? how was the edge to edge and turning?
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I rode many trees, the board is super agile. I actually found myself hunting out tighter and tighter lines because it turns so quick that i had tons of confidence
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daaaaaaaaaamnn that sounds awesome. exactly what i wanted to hear, and exactly what my paypal account didn't want to hear..............
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Thanks for the review. I'm looking at getting a dedicated pow stick and have narrowed it down the the Charlie Slasher, cameltoe, and hovercraft. For the price (especially if you can catch a sale) the cameltoe is hard to pass up. Did you ride the hovercraft before getting the Toe?
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Nope, never rode a hovercraft. I compared the two side by side in the store.

The shapes are similar, the big difference being the bluntness of the hovey nose, hovey has sintered base and hovey has mellow magnatraction and is stiffer. Camel toe has more taper and TBT

If i was riding it backcountry I would definately pick the hovercraft. Resort riding in Utah it was a coin flip and since it was my first dedicated powder board went with the camel toe due to price difference.

Happy with the choice I made but when I trash the camel toe I will be getting a fish or hovercraft.
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Little offtopic, do you ride the Contact Pro's on all your Bataleons? How do you like it, I still have to decide between the Contacts and Now Ipos.
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I ride them on all of the bataleons EXCEPT the ET. I found them to be a little um, squishy? i dont know the word but I just felt like something was off with them on the evil twin. I am using a pair of malavitas on the ET and am much happier. I had IPO's on them at one point and found the combination to be too much, I felt very uncomfortable with the IPO's + TBT.

Which board are you using?
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