Price US $399

Bataleon Camel Toe Review And Buying Advice

Bataleon Camel Toe 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

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The Bataleon Camel Toe is a new fun board for those that really like to surf the powder.  If you surf the Camel Toe is like a thick twin fin fish.  It’s short, wide and floats very well. This is somewhat similar to the Jones Hovercraft in terms of shape and float but with different lengths.

So the Bataleon Camel Toe is a very good idea marketing wise for Bataleon.  Everyone loves a Bataleon Camel Toe as long as it isn’t going in the Moose Knuckle direction and everyone loves powder. Thy have always had boards that were good or even great in powder but it’s always fun to have a pow specific ride. This hybrid camber is very different compared to your standard hybrid camber.   Bataleon has what they call TBT Pow aka Triple Base Tech Powder. This is a unique approach to hybrid camber and only Bataleon has this design.  If you look at the board from the side it seems like it’s a true hybrid camber board but if you look head on at the nose you will see the camber pointing back down in the middle. It’s kind of like looking at a big smile.

As you can see there is still something pointing back down but it’s a lot less than the bend up. Pow TBT also has a lot less camber than all of the other TBT models. The end result is there is a little less float than a board with 100% rocker in the nose or at the waist but it’s way better than a camber ride or even all the other TBT designs. Now if you look around for similar boards there aren’t many but one comes rather close to mind and that’s the Jones Hovercraft and the Signal Epic.  They both have that wide floaty hybrid camber shape.  The difference is a more mellow camber hybrid rocker with the Jones vs. a mellow camber with TBT that is almost like a hybrid camber board.  The nose and tail shape are very similar. Even better for us is the price is the same.  Both have a moderate setback for such a directional shape so it rides a little more like more like a double ender compared to many tapered fishy boards like this. They also have similar waist widths that suit a regular to mid wide rider.  Here are some of the differences.

    1. There is a 10mm taper with the Jones and a 20mm taper with the Bataleon Camel Toe. It makes the Bataleon Camel Toe a little easier edge to edge.
    2. The biggest difference is how washy the Camel Toe is when making a carving turn. It should be amazing but the lifted sides make the edge less easy to set when it’s all layed out into the snow and it wants to wash on you.  So you can’t really lay out into a carve on groomers the day after a pow day.

The side cut doesn’t have mellow magnetraction like the Hovercraft does and that same taper makes this a little less of a well rounded groomer board.

This is really all about powder and this is a very good pure powder quiver board.  So to us this is a very good low cost powder board and not a bad board to have in your quiver.  If you want something a little more slashy and a little bigger than the Hovercraft the Camel Toe is the call.




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Riding Style

Powder

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

China

Shape

Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber

Stance

Setback -20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Excellent

Carving

Good

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Good

Switch

Poor

Jumps

Average

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor