The Bataleon Enemy is a great aggressive all mountain board that many might like. If this wasn’t for the triple base tech this board would be very similar in riding style to the Rome Anthem and Burton Burton Custom and in a lot of ways still is. It’s a good option for those that like a light aggressive board for mostly mountain riding.
Conditions: Mostly soft snow with some really wet sierra powder with a mix of rain. Never really got any hard snow.
Riders: James and a guy Named Rusty who is an old school camber rider that likes an aggressive directional all mountain snowboard. One of his favorite boards is the Rome Anthem.
Bindings Used- Burton C 60 and Burton Cartel
Setup- 23 inches Wide Set Back 18 front -6 back
The Bataleon Enemy was a really dynamic deck that was very fun for aggressive all mountain riding. We found it right there with the Burton Custom X and Rome Anthem. It has a very light snappy yet still aggressive feel to it that many aggressive all mountain riders might like over other boards in this category and it’s for sure the most catch free out of all of them.
On Snow Feel: If you only want to ride groomers in one direction and spend most of your day making good turns you will not be disappointed. There is a stable feel to it where it probably should have a locked in feel if this was a normal camber board. One footing and flat basing was pretty easy like it is on a camber board but we mainly had good conditions. In harder conditions its a little different but overall it’s almost like Bataleon says. It’s a camber ride without the threat of catching an edge.
Powder: The nose has a TBT smile kind of thing going on at the edges which goes back a lot longer than the tail. It helps balance out the fact that the middle part of the board is turning down towards the snow. It feels similar to or a little better than a flat camber board. It’s better than camber but not as good as many other hybrid shapes we have rode. An old schooler like Rusty thought this is great but I felt like it had a lot more work compared to many hybrid shapes I have rode before. I took the Never Summer Premier along with the Bataleon Enemy up on a powder day. It was very thick wet sierra cement not yet set and found the Premier effortless compared to the Bataleon Enemy. The Bataleon Enemy still felt like you had to put a lot more effort on your back foot like you do with the Custom X and Rome Anthem. It felt a little better than those boards but was still no where in the same league as the Premier or other hybrid rocker as well as many hybrid camber boards. If you ride in places like the middle US where the snow is really light it won’t be that bad but if you take on thicker snow it won’t be as good as most hybrid shapes out there.
Turn Initiation and Carving: This was the first triple base technology board that we rode. We thought it would be weird to get this board on edge but it felt almost like a normal board. Its side cut and stiffness make it fun to make high speed hard turns. It’s only fun if you are an advanced to expert snowboarder so when we say fun we don’t mean easy. It’s responsive for a camber board but nothing like a hybrid or rocker board. It takes some work but it responds if you are a rider who understands how to correctly transfer your weight. When laying into a carve the Bataleon Enemy springs out of a turn well and makes for a great board to lean into a nipple scratching turn. This is one of it’s better qualities. It was close to the Anthem and Custom X but both of us preferred the Anthem and Custom X better when it came to springing out of a carving turn. There was something about the TBT that made the sping out of the turn a little less than some of our more favorite carving boards but it’s still a lot of fun.
Speed: Very stable and very fast. The base is fast, the board is stiff and damp. You can straight line without any issues. It’s a bomber board.
Uneven Terrain: It rides well in the chewed up crap at the end of the day. We found only one weakness and that is sticky slush. It sucked up the slushy uneven terrain and slowed down considerably. It might get better with a different wax job. It’s pretty stiff so it’s great at speed but it wasn’t ideal dealing with bumpier groomers or of piste terrain as some boards can be.
Weight– very light and near the top of it’s class. It still feels well built.
Edge Hold: The edge holds pretty well for some of the contact points lifted. It’s not going to compete with side cuts that have a little extra something going on near the bindings but it’s more than you would think for this kind of design. It seems to border on being great and is right there with many camber boards with standard side cuts in it’s class.
Flex: There is a pretty light snappy flex going on here that makes he aggressive flex seem less than it is. This makes for great all mountain riding but only if you are a very strong rider. If you aren’t a technical or strong rider you might find yourself skidding your turns more than you would with a softer board so don’t think just because it feels softer than it is an intermediate rider can handle this board correctly. Not much for pressing or buttering but you would already know that.
Jibbing– This board isn’t made for the jib park. Stay out. Keep the rails sharp.
Switch: It’s a pretty directional board and not that twinish. Most people will probably ride this a little set back but not bad switch once you get a little use to it.
Pipe: If you are just getting out on each end and not planning on riding switch then we’d say this is pretty fun. It drives well between pipe walls and it isn’t terribly unforgiving for being such a stiff board thanks to the TBT. If you are someone who likes to take on the pipe from any direction there are better boards.
Jumps: This board has a lot of pop and a fast base. There are better twins and directional twins for those trying to land the bigger tricks but if you just want to grab a rail off natural terrain and occasional land switch then this is a good board.
All in all the Bataleon Enemy is an interesting alternative to boards like the Custom X, Arbor Element and Rome Anthem or even the Capita BSOD for those that want something unique when it comes to a camber profile.
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