The Bataleon Whatever Wide Snowboard is Bataleon's go-anywhere, do-anything ride for guys with big feet. The true twin shape, forgiving flex, and Freestyle TBT profile give the Whatever a fun, playful ride that will let you get away with murder while excelling on every type of terrain. Now you don't have to worry about your heel draggin or your toe grabbing and slowing you down (at best). Just close your eyes and drop in.
The Whatever's Freestyle TBT rocker provides plenty of stability when you need it, like when you're locking into presses. The profile mimics regular camber but with a 3D shape at the nose and tail, where the edges are turned up. This profile gives the board a playful feel, but also powerful edge control when the edges are weighted. Bataleon's Core core is poplar with hardwood reinforcements for a smooth medium flex and light weight. The Whatever's directional shape gives the board a smooth, predictable feel, and Bataleon's Lightning edges are thinner than most, so they reduce the board's weight. The wide waist makes the Whatever Wide big-foot friendly, so toe- and heel-drag are a thing of the past. Bataleon finished the board off with an easy-to-repair extruded base.
The Bataleon Whatever Snowboard doesn't like to be boxed into categories or told where to ride. Truth is, this board will perform admirably all over the mountain, and it really excels at providing a fun, freestyle-focused approach to shredding wherever and whatever you want. A medium-soft flex gives this board a forgiving and buttery feel, yet there's ample response for tearing apart groomers and sending park jumps.
The board's freestyle sensibilities come courtesy of a twin contact shape, yet a slightly directional outline provides enhanced powder floatation. Giving this board an extremely poppy feel, a Core core made of poplar wood has been reinforced along the insert rows with hardwood for increased strength. Bi-ax laminates placed under and over the wood core provide a mellow and forgiving feel, allowing you to feel terrain variations as you ride.
Designed with Triple Base Technology (TBT), this board features Freestyle TBT, which is Bataleon's most versatile shape. Retaining full-on camber, this board is like riding a regular camber board, but it has the catch-free feel of rocker at the nose and tail kicks. Running from above the inserts to the nose and tail kicks, three near-symmetric zones are used for turning left, going straight, and turning right. The left and right zones are lifted off the snow, giving you grip on when placed on edge and a catch-free feel when tracking straight. Ultimately, this combination of camber and lifted contact points gives you the power and pop you crave with the catch-free feel you need when taking a freestyle approach to the entire mountain—the best of both worlds, indeed.
|Core core:||poplar with hardwood reinforcements|
|Freestyle TBT:||regular camber with turned-up edges above inserts to tip and tail|
|Lightning edges:||thin, lightweight edges|
I got the 2012 model at the start of the year last year and i couldnt have been more disappointed with the ride quality, the boat shape on the tip and tail are a pain in the ass when you try to traverse anything as the nose catches the upslope and causes you to sketch out. It also felt super sketchy at high speeds and you couldnt ride flat on it ever without feeling like you were going to die. It was so unbearable that I sent it back. I could see it being an ok park board but thats about it.
I rode it reluctantly for a whole season at whistler and mt baker thinking i had to get used to the shape. After 25 rides still hate it.