Board: 2017 Lobster Sender (same as Bataleon Whatever)
Type: All-Mountain Freestyle - Twin
Camber Option: Regular Camber with 3BT
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Keystone Resort, Colorado
Conditions: Groomed packed powder, standard Colorado conditions
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Highlights: The Lobster Sender snowboard is a board that is built for the whole mountain with regards to the flex and side cut, but also slays it in the park. It has carbon stringers added in the tip and tail of the board to add some rigidity and response, and also makes the snowboard more poppy. However, the coolest tech in this board is 3BT – Triple Base Technology. 3BT is found exclusively in Bataleon/Lobster snowboards and is a 3-dimensional base shape that lifts the base and edges up by about 3 degrees on both the nose and tail. This effectively creates a regular camber snowboard, that is even more catch free than rocker; really combining the best of both worlds.
Carving: The Sender has a deeper all-mountain oriented side cut compared to more freestyle focused snowboards. This changes the feel of the board when carving, it wants to take off on some tight turns once the edges are activated. The 3BT also creates a cool effect when carving that feels almost like you are rolling from edge to edge. This allows for quick transition from heel to toe and still maintains the supportive feeling camber provides when carving aggressively.
Flex: Lobster markets this board as having a medium-soft flex, but after riding it I would have to say it feels like more of a medium or even medium stiff flex. I would rate it right around a 5 or 6 out of 10 to put a number on it. I think this works well for this board and helps create an even better well-rounded ride.
Stability: Above average stability on this snowboard, it is more stable than the Capita DOA but not as stable as the Burton Custom Twin. This primarily comes down to flex. Whether you are hitting larger jumps or just finding yourself a little in the back seat on a landing, the Sender has the stability to stay strong and help you get back centered over your feet. I also think this board stays nice and stable at high speeds without producing much chatter.
Butters: This is one of the standouts on the Lobster Sender and it’s thanks to the 3BT. When you’re pressed out on the nose or tail doing a butter the catch free feeling is on a whole other level, even compared to a rocker snowboard. The fact that your base and edges are beveled off of the snow allows you to swivel and slide without a worry. This makes butter tricks a ton of fun, even with the medium flex.
Jibbing: I enjoyed jibbing on this snowboard but it’s definitely a bit rigid for rail tricks. The 3BT also provides a catch free feel on rails since most of the board’s edge is lifted, unless you are sliding right between the feet. This is reassuring and makes for a nice jibbing experience. The only thing with the Sender is the medium flex requires more effort to get into a press. If you’re looking for a snowboard for pressed out rail tricks it might be worth sacrificing the stability and looking at something else on the Lobster line like the Jib Board.
Jumps: I think this is a very capable snowboard for jumps of all sizes; it’s predictable, it’s poppy and it’s stable on landings. Also, if you’re the type to pre-spin as you’re coming of a takeoff and you sometimes worry about catching because of this, 3BT is your friend. Pre-spin is something I see a lot of riders (even pro’s) do on occasion and 3BT is going to make sure you don’t catch your edge and get sent onto your head even if you do pre-spin a bit.
Pop/Snap: All things point to good pop in this snowboard from the regular camber profile and medium flex to the carbon stringers in the nose and tail; and I’ve got to say the pop is pretty decent. The Sender holds tension well and is able to deliver some extra boost when popping off of a takeoff when loaded up properly.
Recommendations: The Lobster Sender is a great board for the rider looking for one snowboard to handle anything. Whether you want to explore, carve up the groomers, hunt for powder, or just take some park laps, the Sender has got you covered. If you are primarily an all mountain rider looking for something that’s somewhat playful and has a freestyle feel to it, you can’t go wrong with the Sender. I would also highly recommend this to a freestyle/park rider looking for a sturdy jump board. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
Thanks to Lobster Snowboards for loaning us this snowboard for review.
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