The Bataleon Evil Twin remains far and away the jewel of their considerable range, and has played the biggest part in getting this relatively young snowboard company to where it is today.
As the name suggests, it’s got a true twin shape and features the Twin Triple Base profile. In other words, it has a wider middle section to increase stability during presses without sacrificing the catch-free benefits of raised edges. Still, it’s easy enough to engage the sidecut and get the most out of that camber profile on hard-pack groomers, halfpipes and kickers. It’s also no surprise that the board is as popular with backcountry freestylers as it is with park rats, given how the Triple Base Technology tends to keep the nose floating above the powder with minimal effort. This season’s graphic acknowledges the tenth year of the Bataleon Evil Twin by mashing up all the previous topsheets, including iconic designs like 2006’s iconic three finger hand and 2008’s smiley face. “Here’s to another ten years”, says Bataleon. We couldn’t agree more.
“This board is a great happy medium, as much at home on jumps as it is on rails. The mid flex makes it really playful on piste too. As with the whole Bataleon line, it’s the TBT that really makes this, keeping it fun yet predicable and solid on an edge. It can sometimes be a little flappy when you’re pointing it, but generally speaking it is really versatile – perfect for the rider who wants to tackle the whole park, as well as charge the odd stretch of piste.” – Matt Higson