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|Contact Length||114,3 cm||116,7 cm||118,3 cm||120,4 cm||123 cm|
|Effective Edge||116,3 cm||118,7 cm||120,3 cm||122,4 cm||125 cm|
|Waist Width||25,4 cm||25,7 cm||25,9 cm||27,1 cm||27,4 cm|
|Tip/Tail Width||29.7/29.7 cm||30.1/30.1 cm||30.4/30.4 cm||31.8/31.8 cm||32.2/32.2 cm|
|Sidecut Radius||7,5 m||7,6 m||7,6 m||7,7 m||7,8 m|
|Setback (cm)||0 cm||0 cm||0 cm||0 cm||0 cm|
|Min-Max Stance||48-58 cm||49-59 cm||50-60 cm||51-61 cm||52-62 cm|
|Float Rating (0-100)||59||61||63||67||69|
|Weight recommendation||59-79 kg / 130-174 lbs||64-84 kg / 141-185 lbs||70-90 kg / 154-198 lbs||76-96 kg / 167-211 lbs||82-102 kg / 180-224 lbs|
|Shoe size (EU)||38 - 44||38 - 44||38 - 44||44.5+||44.5+|
I've spent a week on it now, and I'm very happy with it!
I upgraded from my first beginner/intermediate board from another company because I wanted something with more flex and the 3BT sounded promising. I wasn't let down. It has outperformed my old board in every condition I threw at it. Powder, groomers and park.
You know when you're riding your board flat (not on an edge) to build speed and you hit a bump or a track, rotating the board slightly under you?
Whenever that happened the first couple of days I felt my core tighten up because muscle memory told me I was about to catch an edge and eat snow, but the 3BT saved my ass every time, letting me steer the board back on track without catching that edge. The forgiving edge initiation really gave me more confidence to progress on butters and switch riding as well as there's more room for slight error.
My only complaint is that the top sheet seems to chip very easily. A portion chipped off on my first day from riding an anchor lift with a friend where our boards would sometimes touch. Not like, banging into each other or anything. Their board was fine. The tail is similarly chipped on the opposite side for reasons unknown. I can't think of anything that might've caused it.
Background: I live in Switzerland and have been snowboarding for a year now. I have skated and surfed since I was 8 & 10 respectively. I'm 54 now. I am 5' 8" (176cm) and weigh 167 lbs (75.5kg). I have a Bataleon Party Wave 154cm for a 2nd season and own a Lib Tech Orca 153cm. Bataleon Whatever: I picked up the Whatever a couple of weeks ago as a rental for the rest of the season, brand new, and I will buy it. I've taken it out twice in very different conditions and spent about 7 hours on it so far. The first thing I noticed is how easy it is to ride. It took a run or two to get used to, and after that, I didn't even think about the board anymore. I could look at where I was going and figure out what I was going to do. And I've never felt this way on a snowboard outside of fresh powder days. This board is so much fun! I have ridden it in soft piste runs that are chewed up, piste runs that are iced over on the top of the slopes and bumpy, powder and a mixuture of about 5cms of powder over a hard ice like base on the piste runs, and this board took everything and made it easy. There is a flat run coming into the chair which I've never felt very comfortable doing with my Orca. I ran a comparison yesterday. The Whatever was riding it so effortlessly and not catching an edge, whereas the Orca was occassionally catching edge which quickly jerks the board. When I initiate a turn on the Bataleon Whatever, it rolls into it instead of being catchy in the case of a serrated edge board. With the Party Wave, if I'm riding on piste, it takes a while for me to get to the edge, like I have to lean over more than I would expect I'd have to, so I have to be going pretty fast or I need a steeper run. But the Whatever feels very natural. It never slides out from underneath me. The softer flex, spooned nose and tech that's in the board makes roll right over messy stuff, like lines cut when the powder was fresh and it's now compacted and hard. And the board is so light that it sets a new standard for me in what I'm looking for in a snowboard. I like to hike around to find tree runs and powder, because it seems easier at a beginner level, so I carry my board. I noticed a huge difference in weight compared to my Orca. I also bombed down a steep drop-off and into a powder bowl and did a huge carve, then took a straight line down about 250 meters further and this board did it all exceptionally well. And I've felt confident enough on it to start working on 360s. I'm making them easy with this board. The Whatever doesn't float like the Party Wave, but it keeps up with the Orca. I know these are different boards and I can't help thinking that at my ability level and age, The Whatever is a better board to be on for about 80% of the conditions I face. I can't say enough good things about the Whatever. It's fun and it works well in all conditions.
In love with with the 3bt. Fantastic board which makes learning how to get good fun
Fun, lively board, a relief after owning Flex 7 board of another brand
Amazing design and quality from the looks, I am going to test it soon on the slopes, but I cannot wait to ride on this beauty!