2013 Bataleon Disaster First Impressions
Just got my Disaster in the mail. Haven't had a chance to use it yet.
Build quality 10/10
-Bataleon always seems to have a really high build quality. No flaws anywhere and it feels sturdy in hand.
-Seems perfect for park riding. It isn't as noodley as everyone makes it out to be, but it is definitely soft. It seems to flex fairly easily, but still feels somewhat poppy. Almost like a toned down airobic, which I thought was slightly too sift for straight up jibs.
-I can't really say much about how the profile affects its riding yet, but the tip/tail are super wide and blunted. Presses look like they will be easy to hold due to the width and how wide the actual TBT is.
-This is where this board falls short. For a 153, this thing is pretty heavy. It's nothing horrendous, but for being a straight up jib/park board, bataleon should have shaved off some weight. It's weight is comparable to that of a lib tech board. My old airobic was much lighter.
I'll update this thread later once I get to give it some use.
Got some use on this thing in the past few days. All I can say is, Yeah for it! This board kills it in the park. I was completely wrong about the flex before. When actually strapped in on the hill, it feels great to be able to hold out huge presses. The flex locks out at a certain point and if you try to muscle it past that spot, your're going to slip out. The tip/tail are stiff compared to the center, giving it surprisingly great pop. It's lively on the hill with quick turns and great edge to edge response. The Jib TBT works well. Multiple times I didn't finish my spin off the rail and would have caught on my gnu. Just land flat and the board will spin out the rest for you. In comparison to my old airobic, the TBT is much wider and feels much more stable on flat base. This thing just locks down on rails, there is no other way to describe it. It also feels light and nimble on foot, which makes spins a breeze.
The board falls short in a few areas. Edge hold and stability. It seems to wash out on ice (haven't detuned it yet either) and gets chattery at higher speeds. This is to be expected with a board this flexible though. It never folded in at high speeds, just felt unstable.
Overall, 10/10 for Bataleon and their disaster so far. It's a huge improvement over my older airobic and puts my park pickle to shame in the park. Bataleon has come a long way in the past few years with perfecting their boards. Do NOT hesitate to try out/purchase one of their boards.
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