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Bataleon Distortia 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

The new-look Bataleon Distortia women’s snowboard may boast a more intimidating shape and colour scheme, but it’s essentially the same all-mountain funmobile as before. If freestyle’s your focus but you don’t limit yourself to the park, look closer.

The true twin shape and medium flex mark this out as a trick machine, and in many ways it is. Thanks to X-shaped carbon stringers under each foot, it’s a little more responsive than it might otherwise be, yet maintains its longitudinal softness. So you can rely on it to react at speed for the bigger features, as long as you’ve got your wits about you, then ease off the gas and have a mellow butter session.

“If freestyle’s your focus but you don’t limit yourself to the park, look closer”

Should things get powdery, the Bataleon Distortia has the edge over similarly-shaped boards due to the brand’s Triple Base Technology. The ‘3D’ shaping in the nose and tail make this more naturally floaty in deep snow, so you don’t have to work your back leg as hard.

The base isn’t the quickest around, but it’s no slouch either, and is tough enough to tolerate plenty of abuse on the metal in the park. Your ollies get a bit of a boost from the carbon rod that runs between the inserts, with the camber profile playing its part too.

All in all, the Bataleon Distortia is an excellent daily driver that can truly do it all.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy Dutchsnowboard-asylum.com

“Once again Bataleon have hit the mark with the Distortia – it’s the board I want with me for any and all conditions.

I took it out on what was a pretty icy morning, and was really impressed with how stable and powerful it felt. As long as you trust the 3BT to do its job you’ll keep ripping and gripping on piste, even when the conditions are slightly scatty.

“I took it out on what was a pretty icy morning, and was really impressed with how stable and powerful it felt”

Taking it through the park was an absolute treat; the uplifts in the nose and tail mean you don’t have to be stomping landings and you can get away with being a bit sketchy without too much trouble. 3BT is premium in the powder, and always gave a floaty surfy feel with minimum effort.

I would recommend this board to anyone who wants a jack of all trades that’s gonna allow you to progress across every single part of the mountain.”

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