Bataleon Whatever 158w 2013 review
After spending a long time trawling through forums doing research for my new board I thought I would return the favour and post a review of my new purchase the 2013 Bataleon Whatever 158w.
A little about me. I am 6"2 about 200lbs with size 11.5 boots. I have been riding for probably around 10 years. Like probably 99% of the snowboarding population I would love to be able to ride fresh powder all day everyday but in reality I spend most of my time riding the broad variety of conditions that the Pacific Northwest provides me with. More recently I have taken more of an active interest in park riding. So based on this I was looking for a board that I can take anywhere and pretty much do anything with. And from what I have seen from this Bataleon it is brilliant at doing well 'whatever' you want it to do.
The TBT did take me a little while to get used but when you do it is so much fun to ride. It's turn initiation is super quick and butters and spins are an absolute joy. If like me you love the stability and feel that regular camber provides, but would like some of the catch free/ buttery benefits of a rocker, without the floppy looseness that I seem to find with rockered boards, then TBT is for you.
I have taken her out in all but deep powder conditions and I have been very very impressed with how it handles. The only issues I have is that as it is on the softer side of medium she can get a little feisty in choppy conditions and landings from the big kicker line can wash out a bit if you touch down too far back on the tail. You need to be on the ball a bit more than normal in these cases but if this is something that would put you off I would go for the stiffer Evil Twin. The wider nose and tail and the TBT help in powder and it performs well above my expectations here, especially considering I must be above the recommended height/ weight specs for the 158.
I also find it a light board and my park ability has gone through the roof since I have owned it, spinning is so much easier and it locks nicely onto boxes and rails too. The pop is great considering the flex and it feels so nice and so much fun to ride wherever I have been.
Overall I cannot recommend this board highly enough. This is my first Bataleon and it most definitely will not be my last. Great manufacturer, fantastic technology and the whole range has sick graphics. Basically you should probably buy one....
Hope this helps?