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Description

Boundary-transcending quiver-killer.

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.

  • Directional outline with twin contact shape
  • Freestyle TBT: regular camber with turned-up edges above inserts to tip and tail
  • Lightning edges: thin, lightweight edges
  • Core core: poplar with hardwood reinforcements
  • Bi-ax laminates
  • Extruded base

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1 5

Not well made

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this board during the middle of last season and had to return it like a week later. I never rode really hard with this board and still the top panelling of the board started to crack in between my bindings. I thought it may have just been that particular board so I sent it back, hoping a new one would be better. Wrong. After about 2 weeks the second board also started to crack in between the bindings. The exact same way the first board did. I wouldn't recommend this board to anyone unless you like dealing with returns and shoddy craftsmanship.

5 5

Pretty good for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It just fun to ride this board (I have prev version)! Make you more aggressive and fearless))) But you need steel balls to ride this board fast))) Wanna more stiffness for now.

1 5

Not very free ride

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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.

Responded on

Pretty much anything with any kind of rocker shape to it at all with anything less then a medium flex will get some speed wobbles going unfortunately. Despite it's "all mountain" purpose this board really is more suitable for the park! For an all mountain board that can handle some seriously high speeds stick to traditional or flat camber and a medium to stiff flex. Thanks for the input we appreciate it!

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The Gnu carbon credit kills it. Replaced this with that and couldnt be happier.