|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Bataleon Surfer LTD 2020 Review by The Good Ride
So the Bataleon The Surfer LTD is a unique ride that comes with a learning curve. If you had less than a day on this, as we did, your experience might have similar frustrations. However, if you had a week as we did with some other Bataleon/Lobster boards after the Surfer LTD you might sing a different tune as we did later.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
How This Review Happened: We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: about 1-1.5 feet of pretty good PNW Powder.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Switchback Bindings.
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. Set all the way back.
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal.
Sizing: Felt right for both Peter and Me.
Flex/Buttering: Easy to butter off that swallowtail and there was good pop too. The Bataleon Surfer LTD has that SWS rubbery but poppy flex to it that we like. It really ollies high with not much effort and has easily accessible pop to it.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: It was hard to get a read on this in powder and it didn’t track like boards we are used to. It was incredibly forgiving though.
Turning: The Bataleon Surfer LTD, like the rep we talked to said, is the kind of board you need to get to know over a few days. After a few runs on this and not knowing how to ride it we gave it back. Even though it’s a demo we didn’t want to ruin our powder day learning how to turn it.
Powder: The Bataleon Surfer LTD for sure has an effortless float. The problem for us is that we didn’t know how to steer it. When Peter and I leaned into the turn in the deep stuff it didn’t track or turn like we are used to. That can be Now that I had a good amount of time on other Bataleon and Lobster boards I think I would have a fun time. It can be a lot to ask the average rider to deal with since powder days are so precious.
Uneven Terrain: If we had a better handle on how to turn this ride it would have done better turning through bumps. Knowing what we know now about TBT it would be much better.
So this is our report after a few runs. That was all we could take on a good powder day and our patience thin as manic ice. If you can take a few days getting used to the way TBT rides I think it’s going to be really fun. It was for us with the Aaron Schwartz (like the Bataleon Party Wave) on an extended demo.
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So Much Fun on So Much of Everything
The Surfer is so much fun. It wants to turn, but locks in great at speed. Loose when you want it to be, rock solid when you want it to be. Can be ridden switch, but you’ll get looks - it actually rides switch way better than you think it would if you can ride switch with much ability at all. Deep snow - great, of course. But it’s fun and locked in on firm snow, as well. All due respect, but I disagree with their ratings. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I’ll ride this when it’s deep, I’ll ride it when it’s firm, I’ll ride it in slush, I’ll ride this wherever. Unless you really ride park and switch a ton, this is a great turning, crazy fun, surf the mountain board that’s rad!
This is a specialty board for sure, but if you give it some time and have great pow there is nothing like it. The float in deep powder is crazy. Not a beginner board and not a quiver killer but in pow it is a 10! Buy one and get ready to rip. Love the good ride by the way.