The Bataleon Disaster has long served as the brand’s premier jib stick. As such it’s often found under the feet of a couple of our favourite urban menaces, Jaeger Bailey and Gulli Gudmundsson. It’s also the answer you can give to anyone who says that a camber board isn’t much use in the streets.
Even without the presence of a rocker bend, this thing is definitely up for presses; not only is it the softest board in Bataleon’s range, it also boasts the variant of the company’s Triple Base Technology best suited to staying stable over the nose and tail.
The ‘Jib 3BT’ has a wider centre section, and the rise of the side sections begins closer to the middle of the board. You’re not immediately going to get great grip on a carve with this, as the contact points will be less easily engaged, but it also means you’ll get away with a whole lot more when hitting features and buttering on piste.
To really make the most of it, though, take it to stuff that will test its tough extruded base. Leave the chairlifts behind and go looking for handrails, ledges and even snow-covered skateparks. Disaster on a Disaster, anyone?
“When you first strap in to this one, you can instantly tell where its strengths lie. Pressing and spinning on a spot are as easy as it gets, and the Jib 3BT has nice wide and stable balance points at the nose and tail.
As it’s at the soft end of Bataleon’s spectrum, it’s also pretty obvious what the board is not intended for. That large flat surface area and pliable flex combine to make things difficult if you’re trying to power through choppy terrain, and holding course at high speed can be an issue – so it’s definitely not an all-rounder.
Nevertheless, if you take the Disaster as a jib specialist (as you should), you are unlikely to be disappointed. The price point is reasonable, hang-ups are non-existent, and trick control is handed to you on a plate."
"If you take the Disaster as a jib specialist (as you should), you are unlikely to be disappointed"