Thursday, January 14, 2010

REVIEW: Bataleon Goliath 157

For this season I chose to sample one of the fine offerings from the line up over at Bataleon snowboards. Over the past few seasons I've heard a lot of talk about their Triple Base Technology (TBT) and I really wanted to find out first hand if it lived up to all the hype. Bataleon offer 3 different versions of TBT across their line; twin, freestyle, and freeride. TBT is a concave shape made up of 3 flat surfaces, starting under your bindings and moving outward towards the nose/tail of the board...between your bindings is your normal camber. The advantages of a board with TBT are numerous, initiate turns easier, float effortless in powder, catching edges is tougher to do, butter better...if you want all of the exact specs and more info about TBT head on over to the Bataleon site. So, what are my opinions on my Goliath 157?...I've been in love with it since the first run. I have it set up with Drake
Supersports and they complement the board extremely well. So far, the conditions I've been riding in have been quite ideal, powder (on the East Coast, weird)and groomers. Normally all I would have been riding this time of the years is ice and groomers. I'm actually looking forward to taking it out this weekend when the conditions are going to be less ideal to see how well it performs. I'm willing to bet I'm still as impressed as I am now though. This thing holds an edge really well, even at high speeds...edge to edge the board is a dream come true. I'm not much of a spinner so I can't tell you how well it helps me out on my double corks unfortunately. For what I do and how I ride (cruising groomers at high speeds, a few laps through the park, etc.) this board is everything I could ask for. I'm looking forward to Bataleon's 10/11 line up most definitely!

Monday, January 11, 2010

I got to go riding over the weekend...snowed the entire time, tree runs, powder...extremely good times. I'm getting the most out of my new Bataleon Goliath, this board effing rips! I'll be posting a full review before the week's end, keep your eyes peeled.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Well, I tried to go riding this morning and got poured on by that dark rain cloud that seems to always be lingering over my head.

I noticed my passenger side front tire was low on air and stopped at the nearest Sheetz to put some air in it. Apparently the pump was broken because it sucked the goddamn air out of my tire instead of putting air into it. So now I'm stuck inside a Sheetz waiting for my wife to come pick me up so I can go get a portable air compressor. (I attempted to remove the tire and put on the donut just to get me to another station with a working pump but the nuts wouldn't budge). Gotta love it.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

REVIEW: Absinthe Films NEVERLAND

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I always look forward to Absinthe's video offering every year more than any other film crew and this year's Neverland was not a disappointment. The soundtrack is top notch as always, opening with The Who and some awesome footage of Nicolas Muller, Kevin Pierce and Eero Ettala. Next up is the Yes team's section, I love this part! There's this one shot in DCP's part that fascinates me, it's the second trick after the thundering avalanche shot in his section (I think he's doing a switch backside 540 or 720). The trick is shot over his head and just looks phenomenal. You can see how he executes the trick extremely well and it tickles my fancy. The ladies are up next (Annie and Marie), siiiick parts by both of them...super chill music to boot as well. Ummm...I think Dan Brisse comes up next with an extremely gnarly part (check his gigantic roof to roof gap, ?!?!). (I'm going to forget a few rider's parts so please forgive me, I'm just writing what comes to mind after watching the video countless times, I'm sitting in my work car typing this on my phone)Travis Rice has a hilarious opening to his part, it's stuff like this that puts Trice high on my list of favorites. Within his part is Mark Carter's part, I love this guy. I wish he rode in cowboy boots though, that'd make his part that much better. Gigi's section in the vid is sick as aspected...riding to DK, normally it would bother me that the song was used in a past legendary video part (Ingemar) but I can let it slide because we're talking about Gigi here. Bode Merrill got the curtains and it's well deserved. This kid shreds everything and makes it look all too easy. Stand out parts for me in this release come from Annie Boulanger, Marie-France Roy, Gigi Ruf, Travis Rice, the Yes snowboards section (JPS, RDM, DCP), and newcomers Dan Brisse and Bode Merrill. Seriously, if you like a wide range of styles and want to see everything from back country kickers, to powder slashes, to street rail carnage, topped with a killer soundtrack then Absinthe is the way to go year after year. If you haven't seen it already then go check it out.