Test: Drake Battle Rusty

Test: Drake Battle Rusty

Peppino Stewart, Drake rider and founder of the Rusty Toothbrush crew wanted to pay homage to the “Toothbrushes” by offering an interesting hybrid board that reflects the crew’s DNA.

When it was presented at ISPO 2020 we were quite incredulous: we had never heard of a board that would put the backcountry and street worlds in agreement. But Alex “Peppino” Stewart has a fair amount of experience on both terrains and so he achieved it. At a quick first glance this Battle looks in all respects a classic freeride/all mountain directional with a decisive setback. Once under your feet, you can sense the intimate nature of the board: powder and groomers. The center of the board is wide and can be maneuvered well even on beaten snow. Drake and the good ol’ Alex have thought to combine this generous shape with a camber with rocker tips and a medium flex, so as to make the experience on groomers and in the park definitely fun. While remaining a shape born to float, the permissiveness given by the camber and the medium flex make it quite playful even on transitions, where it is stable and much more agile than you might expect. In conclusion it’s a nice one-board-quiver if you have an all mountain/freeride DNA but also like to tackle the park for a few runs, especially on transitions. Suitable for a more freestyle use to medium-tall riders and with fairly long feet, small physique people would struggle to maneuver it easily due to the generous width but could always enjoy it in the backcountry where it is universally very fun.

For: All mountain, Freestyle

We Like: Absolutely original, fun, easy and enjoyable board on all terrains.

 

General Info

Size: 155, 163
Camber: Easy Camber
Shape: Directional
Base: Sintra 8000
Flex: 6

Terrain

FREESTYLE 7/10 0
FREERIDE 8/10 0
ALL MTN 7/10 0
JIBBING 6/10 0

Riding Level

BEGINNER 6/10 0
INTERMEDIATE 7/ 10 0
ADVANCED 8/10 0
PRO 7/10 0

Performance

HANDLING 8/10 0
POP 8/ 10 0
TORSIONAL FLEX 7/10 0
DESIGN RATE 8/10 0