Featured Review byMr.BishoponFeb 19, 2015 @ 11:14 PM
The reaper is a park charger, which is best served when you're looking for something ultra durable and that is going to be stable as fuck hitting big jumps, pipe and holding up to Rail damage.
Durability - these things are bomber as fuck. Now that comes with stiffness, so you have to be wary of that.
They have an insane warranty policy (so they'll basically just replace your shit no matter why you fucked 'em up) and they stand behind it. Again, it comes with stiffness... so if you're looking for something really jibby and flexy this isn't going to make you happy. I'm a big fan of Line skis (and J skis) because they have that soft springy flex.... and these aren't that. However, those skis trade some of the durability for the flex, and when you're hitting pipe/big jumps they're not going to be as stable as something with a stiffer flex.
They have life to them, and a wicked carving radius so they rail on groomers... if you've got the sauce to load them up. Stability at speed, carving up a pipe wall and hitting the real big dick shit jump they're fucking fantastic. Durability is outstanding, rails don't even blink an eye at these things.
They've got a nice mix of rocker/camber so you can get the butters out of the rocker if you can commit to getting past the stiff flex. Again, not going to satiate that super buttery Max-hill style... but they're going to hold up when you need it and carve like a bitch when you want it.
Batalla is new, but I highly recommend to people to give them a chance. I've been blown away by their product - and that is honest. I was very skeptical when I first tried it, because admittedly they bought a big ad package with us and I've tried some new brands that have sucked hard on first impression. These guys totally blew me away with how rad their skis are - as long as you're into trading stiffness for durability.
There are other brands that are lighter and more playful. These are tanks that are going to blast through shit and keep you locked down while not blowing up.
Again - Batalla really stands behind their product, and their manufacturing process is extremely solid. So if you have a problem, they're a great company to deal with which will take your park/street concerns into account. They know what they built them for, and will warranty issues that you have given the conditions these were intended for.
TL:DR - Super fun ski. Very bomber. Stiff, which if its what you want is perfect.