Board 7: Bataleon The Jam

In a sea of choices, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to determine which snowboard is the right one for you strap into. That is why SNOWBOARDER Magazine created The Blackboard Experiment, to shine a light on some of the season's best freestyle snowboards in hopes that when you head to your local shop, you can find a deck that fits your riding, regardless of whether you're sending 50-footers or hotlapping the old guys' line.

Scotty James coming up 7’s at Mammoth Mountain. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

With nine boards to the test in the 2017 edition of The Blackboard Experiment, we tapped Aussie pipe phenom, Scotty James, to put the collection of blank snowboards through the paces. Just as Sage Kotsenburg before him, Scotty doesn't have a board sponsor, so he can ride anything he wants. The two-time Olympian has medaled at X Games and the US Open, and possesses an innate edge control honed from years riding transition and lapping his home parks of Perisher.

Once again partnering with Mammoth Mountain we had Scotty test out all nine anonymous park boards, rating them in four categories over five days. The scores were tallied at the end in jibbing, jumping, transition, and carving to determine which deck stood out in each category, as well as the overall park destroyer. Check back in the coming days as we announce the different winners as well as the ratings for each deck tested!

Bataleon The Jam Snowboard Review

Board 7: Bataleon The Jam
Model Length Tested: 159
Additional Lengths: 156, 159, 161w, 164w
Shape: Directional Twin
Camber: Traditional camber with Freestyle 3BT
Core: Reactor Light Core
Base: Ultra Glide S
MSRP: $629.00

Scotty James jamming on The Jam. PHOTO: Mike Yoshida

Brand Statement:

The Jam is the board in your quiver for next level freestyle performance. Meant to be ridden fast and hard, it's perfect for going big in the park. The Jam features Bataleon’s patented and unique Freestyle 3BT combined with positive tip to tail camber. The base is split into three separate areas in the nose and tail. Under the weight of the rider, the camber is loaded while the edges are lifted at the widest points. The directional twin shape of The Jam has one cm added to the nose while the sidecut and effective edge are twin, making it extremely capable in all conditions and riding situations. It also has a molecularly dense Ultra Glide S sintered base. More molecules means is can take a beating without compromising speed. – Ryan Scardigli, Marketing and Media Relations, Bataleon Snowboards

In the lab with Scotty James. p: Mike Yoshida

Scotty's First Impression:

It’s quite hard to control at low speeds—the board wants to go where it wants to go, you really have to force it to do what you want. At high speeds, it changes a bit because of the channel on the nose and tail. It seems like with more speed you’re able to kind of maneuver it a bit more.

Jib Score: 6

It has a mind of its own (on the in run and out run). I’m too scared to try pressing because there’s such a fine line on the rocker that if you go off that line, the board will just slip out.

Jump Score: 5

It felt like I had zero control approaching the jump. It just goes against the grain. You have to think about what the board’s going do.

Tranny Score: 5.5

It’s pretty tricky in the tranny because of the nose and tail. It’s pretty rolly, hard to get on a good edge.

Carve Score: 6

I feel like that channel or hull on the nose and tail makes turns a little harder to get in and out of, maybe because it’s risen a little higher so it’s less responsive. In the snakerun it was harder to control because it was lower speed. It’s like that nose and tail channel grips into the snow and goes its own way and is not as maneuverable. You can’t make quick adjustments as easy. When buttering, same thing–once that channel is in the snow it wants to go in a straight line instead of moving with your body. Probably pretty fun in the powder though.

Overall Score: 22.5

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