- Sizes: 153, 156, 158W, 159
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £429 / €490
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The Goliath with tits. Bataleon have teamed up with BYNDxMDLS Swedish shredders, Tor Lundström and Kevin Backstrom, to bring a limited design of the all-mountain freestyle classic.
Almost everything remains the same. You get the 99% twin shape, so the board will flex, ride and feel like a true twin, with a centimetre of extra length in the tip to help charge when the conditions get a little deep or dicey. They’ve only slightly eased off on the hollow carbon tube additives along the sidewalls. Only just, though. This thing’s still a complete beast.
The Freestyle 3BT is the most versatile in Bataleon’s line. You get a medium uplift in the nose and tail sidebases, making it glide over powder and jib on slush confusingly well for a full camber profile. The added Sidekick injects a further dose of forgiveness and float, with increased stability in turn initiation, too.
“Underneath that stripped-down top-sheet, there’s a core that’s packed with performance”
It’s a powerhouse. Underneath that stripped-down top-sheet, there’s a core that’s packed with performance. Two carbon stringers run to just beyond the inserts and the hollow carbon rods that have been milled into the core give the camber a kick up the arse when you rebound out of turns.
There’s still a bit of play in the nose and tail, however. Despite the more torsionally stiff and responsive triax fibreglass layers, the ends of the board have been kept additive-free for some easy spreadin’ organic butters.
For strong intermediate and up riders it’s hard to look too far beyond the Bataleon BYNDxMDLS. There’s the softer flexing, easier going option – the Whatever – or alternatively if the majority of your time is going to be spent in the park then the Boss might suit you better.