The Bataleon Whitegold Shaka has a very similar shape and ride to the Camel Toe except it’s got higher end tech. We had mixed opinions about this and now that I see the price I’m not sure it’s worth it.
Conditions: No fucking powder but instead just good groomers.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD
Set Up: 23″ wide 15 front 0 back
On Snow Feel: What is interesting about the White Gold is there is camber from tip to tail in the middle but then there is a lot of the board lifted into almost a full on smile at the nose and then slowly tapering away towards the middle. At the tail it has some lift that then tapers away to the middle as well. So it’s very different from most boards when it comes to feel underfoot. When flat basing and making non committed quick turns the Bataleon White Gold feels like a normal camber board. However when laying into more committed carvy turns we found it to have that washy feel similar to rocker which can at first really catch you off guard. Same for skidding turns and slashing around.
Powder: Unfortunately no powder to speak of but you can see with the taper, set back on board and so much of the nose lifted it’s going to float very similar to a hybrid camber board.
Turn Initiation: Nothing slow but also not a speed demon edge to edge. Didn’t really feel a lot of spring from turn to turn but again that might be because the lifted sides could be detracting from the spring. It pops off the tail fine for an ollie like a camber board would but it’s missing the pop out of a turn that you would expect from a board with camber from tip to tail.
Carving: Really washy on a carve and it’s not ideal for those that want to lay it out. It’s got a fun surfy feel that seems like it would welcome a surfy carve but the lifted sides let go really quick and all of us kept washing out. I personally found that I had to dial back my turning and really try to keep the weight between the feet like with a rocker board to even get a moderate carve going.
Speed: Not a bomber but there was good speed going on.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good for messy crowded resort snow.
Edge Hold: Not much going on here since most of the effective edge is lifted off the snow and there is no additional side cut tech to compensate for it. It’s mainly for good snow riding.
Flex: Felt mediumish to med/stiff.
Pipe: Not that comfortable with the edge hold to try it unless the pipe was super soft.
Jumps: Good pop off the tail for an ollie as long as you hit it from the center. When trying to ollie if you are more on the lifted portion it isn’t ideal. It almost requires you to 100% flat base to pop off it without washing out.
So all in all we felt this would have a lot more going for it as a surfy powder board as well as a groomer board but to us it’s more for just powder riding. Also the TBT takes some getting use to. We haven’t had a ton of time on Bataleon TBT but enough to know it’s a very different ride than what many are use to with this style of board.