Board: Bataleon Fun.kink
Camber Option: Medium traditional camber with Twin 3BT and Sidekick.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, average temps, low to high winds, firm fast corduroy, hot pow off the run, some chop and chunder for good measure.
Flex: This has your standard run of the mill middle of the road all mountain flex. You have more play in the tips and stiffer through the mid section. There is a nice flex point right between the insert pack and the tip upkicks that you notice when you’re pressing.
Stability: With the mellow camber and flex pattern of this board you get a nice stable frame for park riding and general cruising around the mountain. When you get into uneven terrain that’s about the only time you notice that it’s feeling a little rough. Just bend your knees and you’ll be good to go.
Ollies: The camber profile is easy to load up which engages the flex point in the tail so you get some nice rebound out of it. Popping over, on, or off of everything in sight is easy. This is a board that wants to help you launch a sidehit, roller, or berm.
Pop On Jumps: Here’s where this thing shines in my opinion. It has snap and a non aggressive camber profile to load up so when you add to that the natural shape of the lip it gets you into the air. Small, medium, large, it’s not going to matter to you what size feature you’re hitting it’s going to get the job done.
Butterability: With the 3BT and Sidekick technology it spoons the nose out. Add to that a forgiving flex in the tips that lets you lock into sideways presses and you have a recipe for a board that lets you get buttery on the run. It’s easy to lock in and play around with and you never have to worry about the tips catching.
Jibbing: This board locks into presses but you do need to use a little extra muscle to keep it locked as it will slap down. This isn’t a bad thing just expect to put a little work into it. The nice thing is this board still has pop for the end of the feature to let you snap out of it. Going sideways you notice right away that it cradles the feature and feels secure but not clapped out. If you can jib, this board can jib, if you can’t it’s time to up your game.
Carving: So here’s the thing with Bataleon boards when the 3BT is on point with the camber profile you don’t have a bad time riding them and they will carve. If it’s too much 3Bt, camber, or a combination of both you end up with something that doesn’t engage properly. This isn’t one of those board. You do get the typical looser feeling at the tip contact points but that’s brought in a little more underfoot so if you’ve ridden some other kind of camber profile that steers underfoot think of it as riding one of those. This board held an edge and did medium and mellow carves with ease. Short tight quick set up turns were easy. It was the deep laid over ones that you had to limit yourself on. The tail would kick out and you couldn’t fully lay it over all the time. More or less pick and choose your battles. The edge hold in the snow I was riding was there, I’m sure on ice I would have had some issues.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle rider that does it all.
Personal Thoughts: I had a blast getting on this board. It had the right blend of flex, to camber, to shape to let you just ride the mountain like a skatepark. It has pop, it butters easily, and for the most part it turned when I needed it to. Wouldn’t be my first choice for a hard carver but that’s not what it’s for. This in my opinion is an underhyped gem.
Comparable Boards: Jones Mountain Twin, Capita Indoor Survival, Rome Agent
Binding Recommendations: Bataleon Astro, Ride C-8, Union Strata