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Old 01-22-2009, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215lbs
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"

Review:

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.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yess ive been looking forward to this thread sir

i would imagine tbt adds some pop like it does on a skateboard. you are really making me want a airobic...

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I agree that it's reasonably stiff. I really can't hold a wheelie with it, and def have to force a butter. It does seem to have more pop than my TRS BTX, and more stable when bombing. Because of the TBT, I really haven't caught an edge with it and seems to be less strain on my legs when traversing. I really haven't found a downside to it. In fact, now I really want to get a Jam, but not sure what size to choose.
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you are really making me want a airobic...
Me too! I am really reconsidering my plan to get a Capita Horrorscope for my jib stick now that I rode a board with TBT. If the Fun Kink had a bigger WW, I'd pick one up no questions asked...I still may. In 2 weeks, I will absolutely be getting another board though. Am really thinking about a 155/159 Airobic or a 157 Fun.kink.

I wish I had a $1,500 drop on boards...I'd get a Goliath, Fun.kink, Airobic and a Horrorscope. Heck, maybe over the course of this season and next, I can get most of the TBT lineup. lol

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does anyone know how soft the airobic really is? or the evil twin. how much softer is the airobic then the stairmaster you think or is it like an artifact wet noodle soft? i feel like a brand new stairmaster is pretty stiff but i think they break in..
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does anyone know how soft the airobic really is? or the evil twin. how much softer is the airobic then the stairmaster you think or is it like an artifact wet noodle soft? i feel like a brand new stairmaster is pretty stiff but i think they break in..
The Stairmaster has a nice all mountain flex. It's not a noodle, but it's not overly stiff either. I'd say it's probably a 5 in stiffness. I haven't noticed it getting any softer either and I've ridden my Stairmaster 10 - 12x the last 2 seasons.

Bataleon's site rates the Airobic a 4-3-4, the Fun.kink a 3.5 and the ET a 6-4-6. Based on my experience on the Riot, I'd say the ET should be a lot like the Stairmaster flex wise (which IMO is a tad too stiff for my riding style) could be pressed and nose/tail wheelied, but it's not meant exclusively for that.

Just based on the flex patterns and the boards I've ridden, I think the Airobic would be exactly my kind of board.

Riot = big air
ET = all around freestyle
Airobic = jib/butters
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I have a Goliath 149. I've only had 4 runs with it so far, but it's really fast edge to edge. I didn't wax my board, so it has the factory wax. That's probably why I didn't notice it to be screaming fast. Then again, I didn't try to bomb the mountain since I was mostly teaching my girlfriend how to snowboard. The mid flex was fine for me and still had great pop because I'm a light-weight. True to its description, it really is an everything board from what I felt from my few runs. I'll do a good review after I get back from Colorado.

There was one weird part for me that I'd like some other riders to address. It took ZERO getting used to by me. First time down the mountain and it felt like a snowboard should. I keep hearing people say that it took a few runs to get used to. I rode it like I'd ride a regular snowboard, but just noticed better edge to edge response.

I am mostly a freerider (who wants to get into more park stuff as of late) and I never really caught an edge no matter what board I rode or what conditions I was in. And I live on the ice coast. And I'm a light-weight... so you'd think I couldn't grab an edge on ice So what I'm saying is, it's hard for me to comment on catching an edge since I rarely do that anyhow. I think if I get into doing more park stuff this year, I could better comment on that since trying to do 180s/360s and not coming fully around usually results in catching an edge.
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The Stairmaster has a nice all mountain flex. It's not a noodle, but it's not overly stiff either. I'd say it's probably a 5 in stiffness. I haven't noticed it getting any softer either and I've ridden my Stairmaster 10 - 12x the last 2 seasons.

Bataleon's site rates the Airobic a 4-3-4, the Fun.kink a 3.5 and the ET a 6-4-6. Based on my experience on the Riot, I'd say the ET should be a lot like the Stairmaster flex wise (which IMO is a tad too stiff for my riding style) could be pressed and nose/tail wheelied, but it's not meant exclusively for that.

Just based on the flex patterns and the boards I've ridden, I think the Airobic would be exactly my kind of board.

Riot = big air
ET = all around freestyle
Airobic = jib/butters
i agree on the stairmaster, to stiff for me. the airobic is also what i want probably then if the flex is like the stairmaster on the ET. now i gotta pickk the hero or airobicc, rocker or tbt, all mt or park..............
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I forgot to add that the base on the Riot goes through wax like crazy. After 10 runs yesterday, the toe and heel edges were dry as a bone. Will break out the iron tomorrow night and wax the edges again for my Saturday trek up the mtn (thinking Beaver Creek this time). Hopefully it only takes a couple times of waxing before it gets saturated and holds wax for a few days.

Supposedly it's going to snow tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, so maybe I'll get in some pow runs on it too. If I can hitch a ride on Sunday, I'll head up then too (the wife will kill me, but it's worth it).
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wooowww thanks for the review!!!

I originally wanted an Evil Twin, but after reading this thread I think I'll go with an Airobic seeing as I already have a Jibpan for the whole all-mountain/freestyle type ride.

Oh and you didn't have to size up/down due to TBT at all?.
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