Board: 2017 Bataleon Magic Carpet
Type: All-Mountain/Freestyle/Powder – True Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber feat. Powder 3BT base shape
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Keystone Resort Colorado
Conditions: Groomed and crispy packed powder, standard Colorado conditions.
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The first thing I noticed when I picked up the Bataleon Magic carpet is how light it is! This snowboard has a very lightweight construction (mainly coming from the core materials used), which is a nice benefit. The side cut is really fun for carving with speed and also feels maneuverable at slow speeds. However, the biggest highlight on this snowboard is the 3BT three-dimensional base shape that impacts all aspects of the performance of this snowboard, in a good way.
Carving & Edge Hold: The side cut on the Magic Carpet is surprisingly aggressive; I would consider it an all-mountain side cut. Transitioning from edge to edge is very quick and feels like you’re rolling thanks to the 3BT base shape. Once the edge is activated it feels just like regular camber and the side cut wants to throw you into tight hard arcing carves. This board also has above average edge hold for its medium-soft flex and was ripping turns with speed.
Flex: Bataleon rates this snowboard at a 4/10 and I think it holds true to that rating. This medium-soft flex is consistent and predictable throughout the length of the snowboard, and I was able to figure out the balance zones for pressing on my first lap.
Stability: I found the Magic Carpet to have above average stability for the flex. On my last run of the day I pointed this guy straight down some steep groomers and enjoyed a responsive, stable feeling with minimal chatter. This is a great snowboard for exploring thanks to its versatility and stability that stems from its regular camber profile. This snowboard is also stable on jumps in the small to medium range.
Butters: Probably the biggest highlight for me on this snowboard. The Bataleon Magic Carpet features a powder 3BT, which has the smallest center-base and most uplift of the base and edge out of all the 3BT variations. This combined with the softer flex allowed for very easy and very catch free butter tricks of all kinds. Anything ranging from more technical butter tricks to swiveling pressed out 720’s felt great, and I was never worried about catching my edge. If you are looking for a board that is catch free and great for butters, look no further than the Bataleon/Lobster snowboards line-up; they are on top thanks to 3BT.
Jibbing: This is a great snowboard for jibbing, and reminded me a lot of the Bataleon Disaster. I was worried that the narrower center-base would make locking into features more difficult but I didn’t notice any major disadvantages during the test. I think the Disaster would make a better jib board, but if you like jibbing and you’re passing through the park the Magic Carpet is very capable on rail features.
Jumps: Very capable in the small to medium range, despite not being a jump-focused snowboard. This board is going to perform very similarly to other softer flexing true-twin boards like the Capita Ultrafear, but has the 3BT base shape as an advantage. I view the 3BT as an advantage on jumps because it eliminates the possibility of catching on the takeoff if you initiate your spin too early. The reassurance is nice.
Pop/Snap: Pretty average pop on this one. The regular camber profile works in its favor, and I didn’t have any trouble getting the pop I needed to hit features and ollie things in my path.
Recommendations: I would recommend the Bataleon Magic Carpet to the freestyle powder hound. This board is going to have superior float versus pretty much any other true-twin freestyle oriented board, and still rips around the mountain and in the park. From searching for powder filled trees in the morning to shredding park laps in the afternoon, and everything inbetween; the Magic Carpet has got you covered. I would recommend this snowboard to beginner riders and up.
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