|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Style||Jib / Street|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Bataleon Disaster 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Bataleon Disaster is a jib specific board with a lot of lifted tech going on. 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. I think TBT really shines when it comes to buttering and jibbing.
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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 Restricted 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 shorter 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 like a camber board until you get on edge and then it feels like a rocker board which can be surprising at first.
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: It 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 like this 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 still doesn’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 preferred 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. It does feel a bit weird loading the edge when it’s lifted and it doesn’t have the same kind of pop off the edge like camber.
All in all, this is a well-made jib board that could make many riders happy. If you can get past how TBT pops off an edge I think you would like this board.
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