The name of this board is the answer to the question "what style of riding does this board suit?" FREESTYLE TBT guarantees a twin contact shape on the snow. The stance is centred with respect to this contact shape, so the WHATEVER feels generally just like a twin. Until you find yourself riding deep snow, tracked powder or touching down on a bombed out landing. Then a 1 cm longer nose, with transitioned TBT will feel a whole lot longer, making the landing feel more solid and carrying you through. It also helps when taking on drops in the backcountry.
FREESTYLE TBT makes the board agile at carving and buttering. BI AX laminate layers keep the board soft. Hardwood reinforcements along the insert rows of the CORE CORE give the WHATEVER mad pop. Overall the WHATEVER has a mid soft flex: Playful, but no noodle!
This board can handle anything: rails, park jumps, groomers, trashed powder fields, open faces, cliffs. WHATEVER!
FREESTYLE TBT is the most all around TBT version in the line. A good for everything shape with fast edge to edge, freestyle looseness and overall stability.
FEATURED ON: Fun.Kink, Feelbetter,
Whatever & whatever
The 4x2/22 Inserts pack offers maximum precision in your stance width with 22 inserts for a large range.
Poplar core with hardwood enforcements along the insert rows. This increses the core strength of your board and channels all energy into more pop.
bi ax laminate
Bi-ax laminates over and under the woodcore creates an easy flex with lots of feel.
Easy to repair and can take a good beating. Low maintenance, still slides well with irregular waxing (but waxing is always recommended of course!).
Thinner Lightning Edges enable you to carve with more feeling and precision.
2013 Bataleon Team Edit
**STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING**
Make yourself a drink, sit down comfortably and watch this awesome team re-edit by Tim Schiphorst / Postland. Featuring all the boy's bangers from their big video parts, it is the best six minutes you can pass with your pants on. Seriously!
The WHATEVER shreds ... whatever!
At Bataleon HQ we are fond of telling you just how versatile TBT boards are, but this video from Whistler Blackcomb demonstrates it perfectly! Featuring a snowboarder putting down some sick tree lines on a WHATEVER, it shows that as well as being great in the park, on rails and for cruising, it also destroys powder! The board lives up to its name -
"What's it good for riding?"
Welcome Mike Morley!
We are very pleased to announce a new addition to the Bataleon family for 2013: Mr. Mike Morley of the UK.
Snowboarding is a youth dominated sport. With heavy coverage of brutal urban, massive park and insane backcountry riding, an outsider could be forgiven for believing that this is what all snowboarding is like. At the same time, it is unusual for magazines and videos to feature riders past 30. When they do, it is also often under a banner of “legend”, “veteran” or the like.
This is not the same as the demographic that I see on the hill these days. The last ten years has seen a dramatic rise in the number of ‘mature’ riders and these guys aren’t limiting themselves to a few piste runs followed by a long lunch. No sir, they are venturing into powder and even parks!
This got us thinking at Bataleon HQ; How old is too old? Does that question even make sense? We heard of Mike through his son Robert who dropped us a line to say that at 77, his dad didn’t like having to constantly clip in and out at his local (UK) snowdome. 77?!! I immediately needed more info: What does he ride? (Piste and a bit of powder as well as indoor for warm ups). How often does he get away to the mountains? (At least twice a year). At what age did he learn? (70)!
Mike is the oldest rider to regularly take trips that I have come across. He is a shining light to all the 35 year olds who hang up their boots because they decide that they are too old and all the forty- or fifty-something dads who refuse to even try snowboarding for the same reason.
We are happy to welcome Mike to the family. He has agreed to send us some pictures when he is away shredding his WHATEVER 156, hopefully to get you guys stoked and inspire you to get your older family and friends to give shredding a try! Here is the first! Show some love if you still want to be riding at 77 and are down for Mike!
Brendan Keenan 2012 Full Part
Brendan Keenan slays everything put in front of him in this awesome edit that was also featured on TWS. Street, backcountry and massive jumps, this man does it all. And makes it a pleasure to watch!