Bataleon Snowboards manufacture their snowboards differently from pretty much anyone else on the market. Their Snowboards use regular camber rather than rocker along the length of the snowboard but they use more of a rockered profile across the width of the base. This is referred to as Triple Base Technology, TBT or 3BT. In the diagram below you can see the green sections that are in contact with the snow when you are riding in a straight line on the snowboard and the white sections are raised. This makes the snowboard virtually catch free!
There is no base uplift under or between the bindings so your Bataleon snowboard has a stable area of control underfoot.
Sidebase uplift gradually increases outside of the bindings to the contact points. The gradual rise creates smooth transition zones for turning and buttering, and the raised contact points makes the board less susceptible to edge catch.
The amount of base uplift reaches its maximum at the widest part of the board creating a planing surface that cuts through rough terrain and improves float in powder.
SideKick dramatically increases the sidebase uplift just outside the widest points of the nose and tail. This makes turn initiation smoother, increases float in powder and improves handling of the board in rough terrain.
Edges create friction, hold heat and don’t hold wax—all of which slow you down. 3BT† boards accelerate faster and maintain speed when pointed straight because the lifted sidebases have a shorter overall edge contact and reduce drag. This helps you coast along cat tracks faster, clear jumps and pass skiers on powder days.
The uplifted edges at the contact points reduces the chance of edge catch. The sidebase lift at the contact points disperses pressure evenly along the edge, therefore allowing for a smoother, more controlled ride. This also makes the tips more forgiving for butters and more lenient on less-than-perfect landings.
When laid on edge, the uplifted edge and base sections form a more cohesive arc and contact with the snow surface. A smooth and secure arc means more powerful turns. As the board is rolled side to side, the edge uplift offers a more fluid transition from edge to edge. This makes slower turns easier, faster turns more solid, and carving full circles on corduroy more complete.
The 3BT† tips and contact points are less likely to dig and catch on landings. Reduced edge bite at the tips allows the board to automatically track back to going straight, meaning you can ride away from not-so-perfect landings.
The shaped tips boost the pop power of positive camber. When the tail (or nose) is flexed and compressed for an ollie the forces are directed towards the centerbase of the tail (or nose) and amplified. This gives added spring to the board’s powerful camber backbone.
The hull-like tip shape has inherent floating, planing and plowing properties similar to a boat or progressive surfboard shape. The shape allows the front to rise out of soft snow, and while making it easier to sink the tail, offering a more comfortable riding position in deep snow.
The beveled tips have less drag and generate a smoother glide up and down transitions while still maintaining control. This means faster, smoother and more predictable takeoffs and landings.
3BT† shaping gives every board universal benefits. The hull-like shape of a jib board will still float better than a flat one in pow. All our boards profit from the increased edge hold of uplifted edges.