Reviewed: Bataleon Riot 159
Years Snowboarding: 12
Skill level: Free Ride = 9. Park/freestyle = 4
Board: Bataleon Riot 159
Bindings: Union Airblaster Inverters
Boots: DC Allegience. Size: 10.5
Angles & Stance +15/-15, 24"
The Riot arrived at my house yesterday evening safe and sound on the UPS truck. I have to say that it looks awesome straight out of the box. Black & white striped top-sheet with a solid black base. Very classy IMHO. The TBT base is very subdued and unless I knew what to look for, I'd probably have missed it.
I had heard that waxing a TBT base was a challenge and I fully expected to curse my way through the process, but surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. It did add a new element to the scraping process, but it only took an additional 5 minutes to scrape all the wax off the base.
Took it out today to Keystone for the 1st test-run. This is, hands down, the fastest board I've ever ridden! I'm talking scary, piss your pants fast. I took the board way faster than I've ever ridden before (And I've ridden pretty damn fast prior to this board) and was too scared to take it to the limits...If there are any limits.
When I say fast, I mean, I routinely kicked my friend's ass who was riding a 163cm stiff as f*ck board. I didn't just win our races by an inch or a foot, I absolutely destroyed any chance of winning he had within the first 100 feet. This board straight up hauls ass! In fact, I found myself speed checking quite often just so my riding partner could remain in sight of me and the ski patrol wouldn't yell at me.
It's not only fast as f*ck, but it carves like a race board. Once I got used to the TBT, carving was a breeze. I was laying down fat carves like nobodies business and loving every minute of it. I could pop from toe to heel and back again without a 2nd thought. Once the board would rock past the flat base and onto the curved side, the board just locked into carve mode.
POP to the MAX! I swear I could ollie over small children with this board. This thing pops like no other! I was getting some crazy air off every bump/roller and mogul I went over. Load up the tail and boost yourself to the moon. None of my other boards come close to the ollie power that the Riot has.
I was having so much fun just hauling ass, jumping and carving my cares away that I almost forgot to do anything else. Toward the end of the day, I did try switch and like everything else, it was easy as pie. No fear of catching an edge or anything. I felt quite natural riding switch on the Riot. That meant that I could pop 180's off every side hit out there and land like a pro.
The Riot is decently stiff - which I expected seeing that it has a 7,5,7 flex (7 tip/tail and 5 between bindings). It's butterable, but just barely...And it's not exactly fun to try to manhandle it into buttering, so after a few minutes of messing around, I gave up on that.
Even though Bataleon says it's impossible to catch an edge on the TBT base, I did exactly that today. Granted, it was when I wasn't really paying attention and was manhandling it into a nose press backside 10...But I digress.
I can't wait for Saturday to throw this board around some more and see what else she's got in store for me!
Riding the Riot makes me want to try out one of their softer jib specific boards like the Airobic or even the Goliath. I think I'm hooked and will definitely be picking up another Bataleon in the future to add to my ever-growing quiver of boards.
I will ad to the review after I get a bit more time on the board.