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2024 Bataleon ThunderStorm Snowboard Review

By: Mackensie Baer, Planner  |  Last Updated: July 24th, 2023

2024 Bataleon Thunderstorm Snowboard Review

The Lowdown

New to Bataleon’s genderless snowboard lineup for the 2023/2024 season is the ThunderStorm. The ThunderStorm is a cross between the Bataleon men’s Thunder Snowboard and the women’s Storm Snowboard – a union that is built for freeride rippers looking to shred the whole mountain with ease and stability. The ThunderStorm is identical in directional shape to the Thunder and Storm but don’t let the directional shape stray you away if you are looking for a board that does it all – the ThunderStorm can easily ride switch and can alternatively perform as a Freestyle board as well. Of course, as with every Bataleon snowboard, the ThunderStorm features a combination of the tried-and-true Triple Base Technology (3BT) and positive camber. 3BT helps mitigate the possibility of edge catch while still maintaining maximum power and performance. I had the fortune of testing the ThunderStorm in several locations and conditions. From icy, variable conditions to the blower pow days, the ThunderStorm exceeded my expectations. If I haven’t already sold you, I’ll dive a bit deeper into what makes the Bataleon ThunderStorm a force to be reckoned with.

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Technical Details

To start, let’s dig into the shape of the Bataleon ThunderStorm. As previously mentioned, this board is freeride in nature so a directional shape with a narrow center base, high uplift in the nose and,a medium uplift in the tail will not only provide ample float on the deeper days but also efficient edge-to-edge transitioning. Adding to the ThunderStorm’s versatility is the low camber profile. A low camber profile versus a high camber profile helps you charge the light, fluffy fun stuff with stability. Next, let’s dive a bit deeper into what makes the shape of the ThunderStorm unique and ridiculously innovative – Triple Base Technology (3BT). Bataleon pioneered 3BT over 20 years ago, so you can rest assured that they’ve got it dialed. The main attribute of 3BT is the 3D shape. The 3D shape of the Thunderstorm is created by dividing the nose and tail into three sections – each section plays a different role being flat base riding, turn initiation, and riding on edge. Why is this 3D shape advantageous? With fewer edges on the snow, there is less friction, and drag is reduced resulting in maintained speed and less chance of catching an edge. Building on 3BT is the concept of Sidekick. Sidekick refers to the increased sidebase uplift outside of the widest points of the nose and tail. Sidekick provides extra lift in powder without sacrificing your back leg as well as aiding in smooth turns.

Moving onto the construction of the ThunderStorm, this board is rated a 6 on the 1-10 flex scale meaning this deck has a medium-stiff flex – a flex that is ideal for an aggressive shredder looking for a board that can ride various terrain. Aiding in this flex pattern are the Tri-Ax Lamination and Carbon Stringers. Tri-Ax Lamination is a three-way fiberglass weave that is lightweight, durable, and ultra-responsive – a recipe resulting in ultimate power and precision yet still exudes playfulness. Carbon Stringers enhance pop and add stiffness while simultaneously keeping weight down. Adding to the lighter weight of the ThunderStorm is the core. This board uses a light wood core that is comprised of 50/50 paulownia and poplar – a core that is tough yet agile when you need it to be. Additionally, Bataleon inserts hollow carbon cylinders referred to as Supertubes into the core. Supertubes fortify the camber, significantly increase pop and reduce weight. Next in the construction of the ThunderStorm is the base. This board has the Ultra Glide S base - Bataleon’s high-end 7000-grade sintered base that is incredibly strong and will not slow you down. Lastly, the ThunderStorm has the ted ABS sidewalls aiding in the desired balance of strength and flex.
Sizes (cm)  144, [148], 152 N, 156, 156 W, 158, 159 W,162 W
Shape Directional
Wasit Width (mm) 240 @ 148 cm
Sidecut Radius (m) 7.8 @ 148 cm
Rocker/Camber Profile Low Camber
Flex Rating Mid-Stiff
Core Light Core
Laminates Tri-Ax Lamination + Carbon Stringers
Binding Compatibility 2 x 4 Insert Pattern (6)

Ride Impressions

On groomers, the ThunderStorm had killer control and stability. This is where 3BT really came into play and set the ThunderStorm apart from other boards I’ve ridden in the past. Due to fewer edges in contact with the snow, the ThunderStorm excelled and held speed when pointed straight, not only aiding in a faster ride along cat tracks but also gave me the confidence to charge down hills with ultimate stability. The extra uplift with the Sidekick feature aided tremendously while turning - even in sketchy, variable snow. When venturing off the groomers into the trees, I found that the ThunderStorm had unparalleled maneuverability thanks to the smooth, efficient edge-to-edge transitioning. Adding to the advantages of the 3D shape is the amplified pop - the ThunderStorm thrived on smaller jumps and side-hits, but also felt forgiving on the sloppier landings.

On the deeper days, the ThunderStorm crushed it. Don’t let the 3D shape deter you from ripping this board in powder. The directional shape and high sidebase uplift in the nose give you the float you’re craving without working too hard for it. Additionally, the ThunderStorm has two additional inserts allowing you to set back your stance when the snow report calls for it. Whether I was in the hot pow of the PNW or the extra-dry pow in Utah, the ThunderStorm absolutely annihilated with a fun, surfy feel.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


  • Seamless edge-to-edge transitioning – thanks to 3BT
  • Lightweight – lightweight core materials are tough yet playful
  • Versatile – thrives in powder but can also rip the whole mountain with ease


  • 3BT may take some time to get used to if you aren’t familiar
  • When base grinding a 3BT board, it is recommended that you find a knowledgeable technician with a machine that has three separate rollers to accommodate the three flat sections 

Who Is It For?

The Bataleon ThunderStorm is built for an aggressive rider who seeks versatile freeride capabilities. On the flip side, this rider also appreciates a board that can handle the terrain when conditions are less than desirable – a true one board quiver. They value the advanced technology that will undoubtfully amplify their riding experience without sacrificing one feature over another. Plus, given that this deck comes in a wide range of lengths, the ThunderStorm does not discriminate and can be ridden by riders of all sizes.

The Bottom Line

There’s a reason the ThunderStorm is a part of the unisex line-up. It’s just too good to limit the lengths and should be ripped by all. Although Bataleon meticulously crafted this board with powder dreams in mind, the ThunderStorm will thrive when mother nature decides not to deliver. Between the 3BT technology and top-notch construction, it is undeniable that this board will send you to new heights. If you’ve previously been a fan of the Bataleon Thunder or Storm snowboards, the ThunderStorm is a no-brainer. Alternatively, if you’re new to Bataleon snowboards or haven’t ridden the Thunder or Storm in the past, I can attest to the versatility of this board and that it will make your freeride dreams come true.

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About the Reviewer

Name: Mackensie Baer
Age: 30
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Reviewed: 148 cm
Location(s) & Conditions: Washington, Oregon, Utah / Anything from heavy, wet PNW snow to the extra-light fluff of Utah
Bindings: Bataleon Donna, Size S
Boots: Ride Cadence, Size 7.5
Riding Style & Ability Level: Fast and agile – I’m a major pow seeker but also love charging groomers, side hits, berm tracks, and weaving through trees any chance I get.