Bataleon Whatever 2016
The Bataleon Whatever is made to ride anything, probably why they chose the name whatever. It is a medium flexing board with a twinnish shape.
If you haven’t looked into Bataleon boards before, they all have a unique design. They have a camber profile, but the corners of the board (white sections in the graphic below) are slightly raised, so that the contact points are out of the snow when you are riding with a flat base.
In general with camber boards you get great pop, edge hold and stability, but the tradeoff is they have a “catchy” feel and you can’t be lazy riding them. On the other side you have rocker boards, which are very easy to turn, easy to ride and are very forgiving for beginners. The downside is they have much less pop, stability and edge hold.
Bataleon try to get around this by making their 3BT. The ides is that when you are riding them with a flat base (just riding on a flat groomed run not turning), the contact points won’t be touching snow, so you will get the same loose and fun ride as you get from a rocker board.
As soon as you start to turn though, the whole edge will grip, just like on a camber board, so you get the strong edge hold and stability back.
The Whatever has the Freestyle 3BT, which has a medium width centerbase, and a twinnish shape. It isn’t a true twin, because the nose is 1cm longer than the nose.
The Core Core is made of poplar wood, with beech strips running from the nose to the tail along the inserts (where you mount the bindings).
The extruded base is durable, easy to repair and don’t need much wax to keep them going.
There are two layers of fiberglass (biax), and kevlar stringers to give the Whatever some more response.
Features of the Bataleon Whatever
- Freestyle 3BT
- Core Core
- Extruded Base
- Biax Laminates
- Kevlar Enhanced
- 157cm Wide
|Contact length (cm)||114||117||118||120||121|
|Waist width (mm)||248||251||253||266||256|
|Sidecut radius (m)||7.60||7.75||7.85||7.95||8.00|
|Stance width (mm)||525-605||540-620||555-635||560-640||560-640|