The Bataleon Disaster is a jib specific board which is no surprise. A lot of major companies have been using a variation of Bataleon’s Tripple Base Tech and we all know imitation is flattery. This style design will appeal to a wide variety of jibbers who want the technical poppy feel of camber but also want to have the catch free feel of many rocker boards.
Days: 1 (just a few runs)
Conditions: Soft snow with some firm to hard spots here and there. Generally really good.
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: Burton Restircted Malavita
Setup- Centered around 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
So the Bataleon Disaster takes the Bataleon Airobic, thickens the rails, softens the flex and shortens the ride to make this a very jib/street specific board. These short er jib boards are always a lot of fun to play around on and this is no exception. When it’s this short it just makes everything so easy. Most jib boards are flat or have some shape with rocker but the Bataleon Disaster has a different take with their Jib TBT Hybrid Camber profile. Even saying hybrid camber here is kind of a stretch because it’s so unique. It has some qualities of hybrid camber and some with camber so it’s tough to characterize. It’s got the feel of a small camber board but is a catch free ride as well. Jib TBT is different than other Bataleon TBT. It’s like Park TBT. When looking head on at the nose/tail there isn’t going to be much of a smile in the board compared to All Mountain, Powder or Freeride TBT. It also lets the edges turn up longer down the effective edge towards the waist.
On Snow Feel: One footing off the chair and flat basing is pretty easy. It’s almost like a camber board underfoot but with less consequence.
Powder: Nope. Not great. It would probably feel like a small flat board there and that’s better than camber but not as good as a board with real rocker.
Turn Initiation– It’s pretty easy to turn and the 24.8 waist width fit my size 9 boots very well. It didn’t really have a fun edge to edge ride but it’s not bad at all for a small board of this type. Just kind of middle ground.
Speed: Not fast at all but the sturdy little extruded base isn’t going to hinder your jib park acceleration.
Uneven Terrain: It holds up to end of the day snow pretty well. You can slow down and negotiate bumpy stuff well. Not that you would want to but it’s just a characteristic that a soft playful freestyle board often has.
Edge Hold: There isn’t much here but there is enough to control you from jib to jib. I’m not a strong jibber but I personally would like to be out on a board with more edge hold if conditions were harder. What little hard patches I hit I could feel the edge barely gripping.
Flex: Soft bordering on a noodle and I really prefer this compared to the stiffer jib boards I occasionally encounter. It’s very easy to butter and press and I had a lot of fun screwing around on my way to the jib park.
Switch: Super Easy
Rails/Jibs– This should be it’s best quality and it is. I didn’t have the super confidence expiring ride that I had with the Box Scratcher but it’s still didn’t scare me in any way either. I could see this being a great ride for a more advanced and confident jibber like Jimbo, Kyle or Peter. Still it’s easy to hit just about anything in the park you want to. I prefered this much better than many flat or mostly flat boards I came across.
Pipe: Not so much of a pipe board.
Jumps: Not amazing spring/pop but good enough to spring up onto a jib or large rail I liked buttering around better here but you can hit small to medium jumps with a good amount of fun. You can spin very with this small board rather well. I wasn’t spinning but could feel how easy it was to throw around.
All in all this is a well made jib board that could make many riders happy. It might not be a favorite on this site but I wouldn’t fault you for buying this.