Hello and welcome to my Bataleon Thunder Bolt snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Thunder Bolt as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Thunder Bolt a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Bataleon Thunder Bolt 2023
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium bordering on mid-stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 89.6/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 38 men’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Thunder Bolt’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Thunder Bolt’s specs and available sizes.
Traditional Camber - but doesn't feel like it with Bataleon's 3BT base.
Setback 0.4" (10mm)
Sintered (Nano Speed Base)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Thunder Bolt Most Suited To?
The Thunder Bolt is a great option for someone who wants a one-board quiver that is fully capable of handling anything on the mountain.
The Thunder Bolt has the unique capability of being both almost both playful and aggressive a the same time. It can be ridden aggressive and fast, carving up the mountain with ease or you can slow it down and play around or be thrown into the park and utilize its pop on jumps or rails. It really lives up to the do-it-all, all-mountain title.
It isn't afraid of the powder either as the 3BT technology really helps give it the kind of float that most full camber boards are missing.
With all that being said, I wouldn't call the Thunderbolt a beginner friendly board but if you're an experienced intermediate-expert rider, the Thunder bolt is a really fun, capable board.
The Thunder Bolt in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Thunder Bolt is capable of.
Board: Bataleon Thunder Bolt 2023, 156cm (252mm waist width)
Date: March 16, 2022
Cloudy and foggy with bad visibility. Brief snow.
Temp -2°C (28°F) and warming up to 0°C (32°F) in the afternoon. Wind was gentle.
24hr snow: 3cm (1")
48hr snow: 31cm (12")
7 day snow: 51cm (20")
On groomer: Soft packed, well groomed. Got a little slushy later in the day.
Off groomer: Not icy or crunchy but a little sticky/lumpy. Soft but not epic or anything.
Bindings angles: +12/-9
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Setback 0.4" (10mm)
Width at Front Insert: 262mm (10.31")
Width at Back Insert: 263mm (10.35")
Rider Height: 6'1"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV
Bindings Used: Fix Yale: M
Weight: 2940grams (6lbs 8oz)
Weight per cm: 18.85 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.59 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 200 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 models. So pretty close to average weight - and felt that way on snow too.
While we did have a few centimeters of fresh snow the majority of it fell 48 hours prior to us testing so it was pretty tracked out but I was still able to get a pretty good feel for it regardless.
Spec wise the Thunderbolt is a full camber board which isn't ideal for powder but it does have a directional shape. It also has a small setback stance helping sink the tail in powder. On top of that Bataleon's 3BT (turned up edges) help give it more of a floaty feel in powder.
The backseat inserts also allow you to setback quite far, making it even better for powder float for powder days.
Certainly capable of laying out a decent carve. It held an edge really well carving at any speed.
Ease of Turning/Slashing: For a full camber board I found it turned fairly easy as you could release the tail and initiate a turn or slash with a normal amount of effort, which usually isn't the case with full camber. I imagine this is due, at least in part, to the 3BT technology.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Nice and quick edge-to-edge at slow speeds, allowing you to have good maneuverability.
Skidded Turns: Never catchy whatsoever. I believe the raised edges play a big part in this as well.
I didn't find it extremely fast or anything but it isn't slow either. Its not going to bomb a hill as well as some other full camber boards but it is nice and stable. I never felt it getting wobbly or chattery on me, when riding with some speed.
Crud: I found the raised edges and slightly larger nose allowed you to smash through crud pretty effortlessly. I never really got bucked around in it and even if I did, it's relatively easy maneuverability would allow it to correct fairly easily.
Bumps: With it being so quick edge-to-edge, I found it pretty easy to maneuver around or between bumps when required to. It was also quite capable of handling up and down terrain in the trees.
Had quite a enjoyable time hitting jumps/side hits on this board.
Pop: Felt like it had a good amount of pop. With that being said it took a bit of effort to access it. I found you needed to wind it up a bit.
Approach: Held an edge nicely on approach while also being quick enough edge-to-edge to allow those last second adjustments when needed.
Landing: Overall pretty smooth and forgiving as I found you had some wiggle room to land somewhat off and still ride away from it. And when you nailed it, it felt really solid.
Side-hits: Probably my favorite thing to do on this board as the maneuverability and pop really allow you to attack any side hit at any speed and with confidence.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Both as I liked it on any size jump.
It's quite directional in shape, but there's no taper and it's not setback a long way - so it actually felt pretty similar in both directions. And had no catchiness when initiating switch transitions either.
Felt good for landing/setting up switch and the solid amount of pop was noticeable and nice. Spun quite nicely once in the air making it enjoyable overall.
Really capable on almost anything you want to jib, particularly if you're an experience jibber. The raised edges make it feel smaller underfoot while also eliminating some catchiness you might get with jibbing a full camber board. The solid amount of pop made it good for popping onto features as well. Though more easy access pop would have made it a little easier. Overall, capable for any intermediate-advanced jibbers.
Requires some effort to press the nose and tail but not too much. The flex throughout feels consistent allowing you to really lock in your butters, once you do get the weight behind it.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, for the right rider the Thunder Bolt is a versatile board that can take you anywhere and do anything.
It's fun for jumps, spins, and slashing around on while still being capable of being ridden around aggressively laying out deep carves at high speeds when desired. In general, it has no real weaknesses making it super fun to ride anywhere.
A high quality board, but you do pay for it, that's for sure. Not the cheapest going around.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Thunder Bolt, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other all-mountain snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Thunder Bolt compares to other all-mountain snowboards, then check out the next link.
Your website is a great resource for reviews, especially all the work you put into boots and providing true width measurements on boards.
Can you help clarify strengths and weaknesses between the Alpha APX vs Thunderbolt as a direct comparison using your grading metrics as talking points?
These both seem to line up in the one board quiver for non-freestyle focus and tread that line between aggressive and technical, and somewhat relaxed riding. I have gleaned a bit between your reviews but since you have them placed in different categories I am not sure how translatable each rating is.
Thanks for your message.
I would say overall that the Thunderbolt is the more playful of the 2 boards. It’s the more relaxed ride, in my experience. You can still ride it somewhat aggressively but it’s not something that you have to ride aggressively. The Alpha APX requires a bit more user effort. The Thunderbolt is snappier for sure, with the Alpha APX being damper.
The Alpha APX, imo, handles higher speeds better and big high speed carves better (not to say the Thunderbolt is bad in either of those areas, as it’s still good, but the Alpha APX a little better). Same applies to crud/chunder. For shorter/sharper turns at slower speeds and riding in trees, the Thunderbolt has the legup. And for freestyle things, though it sounds like that’s not and important area for you.
Hope this gives you more to go off
Does the Thunder Bolt ride a lot different than the Thunder?
Kind of want to get your opinion on if it’s “worth” that price difference to you. Or if the better materials is noticeable.
Don’t think I say many/any Bataleon reviews mention their “Air Ride” dampeners inside the core… so not sure if it’s as effective as the marketing.
(I think your Bataleon preview says you guys will review both board)
But just wanted to ask, since it’s dumping snow…and am itching to ride!
Thanks for your message.
I would say that the main differences are:
– The Thunder Bolt you can carve a little harder on – it’s a little stiffer (6.5/10 flex vs 5.5/10 flex by our feel).
– The Thunder Bolt is a little more stable at speed
– The Thunder Bolt has a little more pop – a little more overall snap/liveliness
– The Thunder is a little easier to butter
Didn’t notice a big difference in dampness.
I think it’s the worth the difference, if you want that extra stability at speed and that little bit of extra liveliness.
Hope this gives you more to go off.