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List Price US $399
Bataleon Camel Toe 2013-2016 Snowboard Review
Overall Rating It´s OK
Riding Style Powder
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in China
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Camber
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Excellent
Turning Experience Average
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Poor
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Hard

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Bataleon Camel Toe 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride

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 it doesn’t shine when going out to make good turns on groomers. It’s best for powder and not really ideal when it’s time to mostly ride groomers.

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 specific design. there are some other boards out there with lifted sides but not quite like this.  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 like a reverse mohawk. 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.  The difference is the way the boards bend near the bindings.  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, combined with the lifted edges, less of a good groomer board as conditions get harder.

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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