The Bataleon Omni is an interesting freeride snowboard. It has a very similar shape and riding style as the Bataleon Undisputed but just not all the high end tech or aggressive flex. The TBT isn’t really that necessary for a freeride board but it does make the edges at the tip and tail a little more catch free. There use to be a lot of boards that had a similar ride and feel to it but most have disappeared. If you liked the old Burton Supermodel you might like the Bataleon Omni. It’s the Supermodel with a TBT twist.
Conditions: Nice soft groomers with some 2 day old soft powder here and there.
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: Flux SF45’s
Set Up- 23″ wide set back 18 front and 0 Back
Tripple Base Tech has been going on for a while and there are various types. Bataleon has many imitators in the park world but none in the Freeride world. Still it’s TBT application can help and this board makes for a good intermediate freeride board or a mellow board for advanced to expert riders that want something forgiving.
For 2012 and 2013 the Bataleon Omni changed up the sizing and effective edge. There is also a little more nose going on which was a necessary addition to keep up with the hybrid camber freeride boards out there. You still have the pop that a lot of people enjoy in powder and a little more float than the older models.
On Snow Feel: It’s no Undisputed or Enemy but it is a really fun mellow yet stable cruising the groomers kind of board. One footing and flat basing is almost as good as camber. It’s a fun board to enjoy the mountain on and it’s very catch free for a freeride board. If this didn’t have TBT it would have some consequences to it if you went off your game but instead it feels like just a mellow catch free board. TBT marketing is pretty accurate when it comes to the catch free feel.
Powder: This TBT has more of the nose turned up than the tail to help with directional powder float as well. It’s definitely an improvement in float over traditional camber. However the middle of the board still points down making the ride feel more like a flat camber ride in the powder than some of the hybrid camber or other hybrid boards that have mostly rocker going on. The Omni’s have a tapered tail. It’s a very small taper but its a taper that helps the board float better in powder but it does take more work on the rear leg because this is pretty much a camber board
Turn Initiation and Carving: Pretty easy edge to edge and really fun to lay into a carve. In a little harder snow it feels like you have to lean just a little bit further to get into a harder turn. That could be in my mind but I that’s what I felt. Carving is really fun without as much effort as you would have to put into boards like the Undisputed.
Speed: It’s a softer freeride board that can hold up pretty well at speed. With a good wax it keeps it’s speed well in the flats and can carry you along an almost flat cat track for a while. It’s missing the dampness that you would expect from a bomber board like the Enemy or Undisputed.
Uneven Terrain: This mid flexing board does really well here for a bigger freeride board. It’s not to hard to deal with end of a crowded day kind of snow.
Also the Bataleon Omni has a moderate flex for a freeride board so that combined with the freeride TBT will make for a pretty forgiving ride in the Freeride world. It’s not bad for an intermediate looking to develop their freeride skills. Edge to edge is a little bit different than camber but you can get use to it. It’s a little less fun in hard pack than a traditional camber board but it still works well.
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