UPDATE: Check out our review of the Bataleon Whatever Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.
- Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159W, 162W
- Flex: 5
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £399 / €460
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Goliath, Surfer, Carver – most of the names in Bataleon’s snowboard line give you a pretty clear idea of how they’ll ride. None more so than the Whatever. Like the latest member to join your crew, it’s just happy to be along for the ride. Park? Whatever. Pow? Whatever. A couple of hot laps in the morning followed by an afternoon necking Stiegl’s in the sun? Umm, sure, whatever.
With a flex pattern slap bang in the middle, Bataleon’s Twin 3BT and sidekick profile, and a 99% twin outline (yeah, you read that correctly, there’s just a fraction of extra length in the nose, beyond the contact points) the Whatever knows how to ride just about everything.
A mellow camber running from tip to tail and a carbon stringer running between the inserts gives the board plenty of snap and rebound when you want to push it, but still leaves that silky smooth edge to edge transition Bataleon are known for. Rolling the board onto an edge feels like the closing latch on your front door: Easy does it and then ‘click’ – you’re locked in.
“A mellow camber running from tip to tail and a carbon stringer running between the inserts gives the board plenty of snap and rebound when you want to push it”
The addition of the Dual Super Tube carbon rods that run down either side, between the inserts, help to inject a little more sting into the board and really comes to life you want to find some rebound out of more aggressive or dynamic turns.
That said, the lightweight core and biax laminates keep the board pretty playful in the nose and tail as well as torsionally forgiving.
There’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re building confidence across the whole mountain or building up your bag of tricks in the park, it’s one that every rider should keep on their radar when searching for their next board. Or not. Whatever.