Let me qualify this with the fact that I'm bored, and I like to talk about this stuff when I'm not riding. It's interesting to me I guess. I rode Titus, Whiteface, and Killington this weekend BTW, and it was awesome. Not quite bluebird conditions, but the sun was definitely out and it made for some beautiful riding, and there was a ton of freshies.
Anyhow, on to the story...
My buddy is a snowboard instructor and he jokingly called a Bataleon board a "cheater board" because it is shaped similarly to a Burton Learn 2 Ride board. The end result is that it's less catchy at the tip and tail and easier on turn initiation, and he said it sacrifices effective edge unless you really dig in. He mentioned when you're digging heel side or toe side with TBT your edge has to be at a greater angle than a traditional cambered board.
So after he said that, I asked, "So in actuality, pure carves are technically harder on a TBT board since you need to have the edge at a greater angle when initiating a turn?" He didn't say a word
I also proposed this question to him, if you can go just as big as any other board, but it makes you less likely to catch and edge on a landing or carving, isn't that a good thing? I wouldn't consider that "cheating". I'd consider it an advancement.
He does think they're cool boards though. Anyone want to weigh in on this?