|Overall Rating||It´s OK|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Bataleon Airobic 2013 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Bataleon Airorbic has been designed to be almost as catch free as a hybrid board but has the pop of camber. It feels like camber underfoot but then starts to wash like continuous rocker when on edge. This isn’t a big deal for a park board but the strength here is the Bataleon is a pretty catch free jibber. Loading the edge near the tip and tail is kind of washy too and it takes some getting used to.
Conditions: Medium Hard to soft but firm snow.
Boots: Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Restricted Malavita
Set Up- Around 22.5″- 23″ Wide, Centered, 15 front -15 back
So let’s talk about triple base tech. There are many variations so what people say about one TBT board might not be the same with another. The Jib TBT and Park TBT are very similar. This is Park TBT. There are 2 differences between these two and the other TBT designs is there isn’t as much of the sides turned up near the tip/tail. That means you have less of a smile looking head on at the nose/tail and more of a stable feel when buttering and pressing. Another way it’s different from the other TBT’s is the TBT extends longer down the effective edge making it, even more, catch free. This has advantages for jibbing and disadvantages for turning and setting the edge before a kicker.
The 2012 and 2013 Bataleon Airobic shortened up the sizes but at the same time added more of an effective edge so you get about the same board for the size. So 2012 and 2013 is the call.
On Snow Feel: It felt stable just like a camber board without any catchy feel. If this was a regular old camber board it would feel semi-catchy but it sure didn’t. It’s pretty much like they describe in their marketing material except for one thing. It makes you feel like you are on a camber board but when you commit to an edge near the TBT area in the tip/tail it washes like a rocker board. With Rocker boards, you know the tip/tail isn’t there for you. With TBT you think it’s there until you try to use it and then you get a washy surprise.
Powder: No powder here but based on some of my other experiences with TBT boards in powder It’s probably not going to be very good. The turned up sides help a bit but there is still more camber in this Park TBT than turned up sides so it’s almost just like a camber board here. The All Mountain, Freeride and Powder TBT do a much better job keeping the board afloat where this is more like a slightly enhanced camber feel. I’d choose this over a camber board but if there was almost any other hybrid shape I’d pick that instead.
Turn Initiation– Pretty easy to turn and it feels more like a mellow hybrid camber board that has a lot of rocker in it. It’s fun on quick edge to edge turns as well as wider radius turns. Despite its soft flex and unique hybrid camber profile the Aerobic was easy to carve but not as much fun as you would think. The turned up sides seem to counteract the natural spring of camber and there isn’t much resistance into or spring out of a turn. It also washes out really easy. It doesn’t seem to like you committing to a hard carving turn and starts to wash.
Speed: The base isn’t terribly fast but it’s durable and fine for where most people will want to take this on the mountain or the park. It picks up speed ok and keeps it’s speed well enough but it’s nothing to write home about. Not bad for an extruded base though. They often get a bad rap but if you aren’t into consistent maintenance then you will like extruded.
Uneven Terrain: It’s softer flex and easy feel is great slowing down and negotiating all kinds of bumpy shitty end of the day snow.
Approximate Weight– I don’t scale things up because carrying a scale around will make me look like a drug dealer. Ok seriously it’s too much to have a scale with me and this is not that important. It felt the middle ground.
Edge Hold: It felt pretty good but not super stable. I hit a few hard patches and I wouldn’t want to take this out on really hard to snowment kind of snow. This feels like it is mainly for good snow. It’s not what I’d want for an all conditions board but if you can choose when you want to ride you should be ok.
Flex: This is a pretty flexy board. It was pretty easy to butter and press. I’ve felt better but tisn’tin’t bad. It’s forgiving and friendly and does what it’s supposed to….bend with little effort. Pretty easy to butter.
Switch: It’s a true twin so it’s super easy here.
Rails/Jibs– Feels like a good jib board and from what few little features I hit in the jib park I liked it. I could see my friends who are better riders doing very well here on anything from small to technical rails with this board. It feels like one of the strong sides of the Airorbic.
Pipe: not enough edge hold or true camber feel here to make this too fun in the pipe. Stick to jibs and some med to small kickers.
Jumps: I felt there was pop on this board but didn’t really feel like I knew how to use it. Hitting the jump park is a little different because the turned up sides of the tip and tail make taking off kickers a little different than some might be use to. It’s not as bad as all mountain TBT but it’s still different than camber. If you like to hit a kicker slightly on your rail then this could feel a little weird the first few times and especially if the conditions are harder If you are ok going off with a kind of flat base feel hitting a kicker and love to spin then you might prefer this over regular camber because it’s much less catchy.
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