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Bataleon Disaster 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 144, 148, 151, 153W, 154, 156W, 157
  • Flex: 3
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £349 / €400
  • BUY ONLINE

Strapping into a board called the Disaster may not inspire too much confidence. Even less so, once you look between your feet to see a drawing of a skull and the words “Good Luck” written alongside.  That said, the Disaster has deservedly been a long-standing staple in Bataleon’s line as a jibber’s go-to blunt-ended butter knife.

It’s been stripped down to the bare essentials, which also keeps the costs pretty minimal too. Compared to the Wallie, which has the addition of carbon additives around the centre and insert points on the board, the Disaster goes back to basics.

“The Disaster has been a long-standing staple in Bataleon’s line as a jibber’s go-to blunt-ended butter knife”

The low camber profile adds enough snap to the board to give it some life underfoot, but it’s by no means something that rebounds out of turns – not that you’d want that in this kind of a board anyway.

Compared to traditional, more catchy, full camber profiles, however, the Disaster features Bataleon’s ‘Jib 3BT’. The nose and tail sections of the board are made up of a wide, flat, centre base, with just a slight lick of uplift on the side-bases. These increase more drastically at the contact points with the Sidekick. You can take on every feature in the park knowing it’s a board that has got your back – and won’t just put you onto it.

Asides from that, the Disaster is brilliantly simplistic. A combination of biax fibreglass laminates with poplar and harder beechwood stringers keeps the board durable and easy to manipulate, with an extruded base that’s ripe to take a beating off the features.

All of this comes wrapped up in a bad to the bone black and white graphic, headed up by KORUA’s own Aaron Schwartz, who designed the base typeface. Who knew a recipe for Disaster could be this good?

Tester’s Verdict

Al NasmythFreedom Snowboarding

“A super fun, noodle of a snowboard. It feels like they’ve made the core by glueing together millions of elastic bands – it’s that bendy. 

This board is a delight for buttering and jibbing. It has a really loose feel, thanks to the combination of the flex and large TBT zone at the nose and tail, something that makes it fun for riding around in the end of season slush.

 “It feels like they’ve made the core by glueing together millions of elastic bands – it’s that bendy”

The downside of that bendiness is that it can get flappy at speed so I’d think about sizing up which is not what you might normally think of doing when buying a jibby board like this. It’s not a bad choice either for someone taking their first steps in freestyle as it’s so easy to press and spin on the nose and tail. The flex of the board makes it easy to bend for ollies too, although, as ever with less stiffness, there’s usually less pop. This feature would also perhaps make it better suited to lighter shredders.”

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