Bataleon Distortia 2019-2020 Women’s Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the Bataleon Distortia Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.

  • Sizes: 140, 143, 146, 149, 152
  • Flex: 4
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £389 / €450

Why we chose the Bataleon Distortia Snowboard: It’s a complete quiver killer.

The Bataleon Distortia has long been a favourite amongst lady shredders, from piste to park this twin ripstick can handle it all. Like all Bataleon offerings, the Distortia is tip to tail full camber. Having this long cambered section allows for insane amounts of pop as anytime the board is compressed down into the snow, it is itching to get back up and out.

“Bevelling the edge up also means that you’re gonna get smoother turn initiation”

The traditional drawbacks of having a full camber board have been ironed out by utilising Bataleon’s patented Triple Base Technology – which essentially acts as a torsional rocker. The Distortia employs their Twin 3BT which is the same both ways, and has medium uplift in the nose and tail, for maximum stability without sacrificing the board’s jib capabilities.

The 3BT bevels the base right by the contact points, which allows for a much smoother ride, so you can wave goodbye to those unintentional edge catches. Bevelling the edge up also means that you’re going to get smoother turn initiation, and a more uniform carve – as the whole edge engages at the same time.

When you’re looking to improve your freestyle skills, there’s not many more confidence inspiring sights than 3BT. The uplifted edges allow you to be much sketchier when you land without chucking you on your arse, and the fact that you don’t have to stomp every single trick is going to have you making super natural and fast progression. Go for that 360 safe in the knowledge that you’ve got a bit of wiggle room when you’re landing (this is the perfect board for those days you’ve had a few too many beers and need something ultra easy to ride).

3BT also works a dream in the powder, as it stops the nose from sinking in the deep stuff. If you’re heading east out for some ‘Japow’, maybe consider a more directional board – but for everything else you’ll be laughing.

“4 Carbon Stringers run directly underneath each binding, keeping the board super responsive underfoot”

Crack open the Distortia and you’ll find her chock full of goodies to keep you riding like a dream. A ‘Central Super Tube’ is a hollow carbon rod running from nose to tail, one which is designed to keep the board snappy but not interfere with the torsional flex.

Four carbon stringers run directly underneath each binding, keeping the board super responsive underfoot, and allow for powerful and quick edge to edge transitions when needed. All of this comes together to produce a truly versatile mountain slayer with a massive penchant for fun and progression, powerful enough to tackle any terrain and playful enough for hot laps in the park.

Tester’s Verdict

Joy DutchWhitelines

“The first time I rode this board I was so enamoured I immediately went out and bought one. That was several years ago now, and each year I ride the updated model and I’m reminded why I fell in love with snowboarding in the first place. The Distortia is a complete mountain destroyer, there’s absolutely no need to traipse off on holiday with a collection of snowboards anymore.

““The Distortia is a complete and utter quiver killer”

On piste the camber profile keeps it feeling lively and I find it very solid on its edge. Admittedly you do have to roll a little further to get there, but trust the 3BT and you’re golden. The Distortia is responsive without feeling twitchy, and I’ve never felt wobbly at speed despite the relatively soft flex.

As a rider who is always looking to progress the Distortia is a complete pleasure to strap into. The uplifts in the nose and tail give you stacks of confidence when you’re going for new tricks. It’s such a confidence inspiring board, and allows you to just ride and have fun. Being able to ride away even when you haven’t landed perfectly is a God send. It’s poppy and playful, and brings fun by the bag load.

I can even attest to its ride-ability in powder, and while it wouldn’t be my first choice for a pow hunting trip to Japan it’s able to handle the deep snow much better than you’d think. I love this board, and can’t recommend its versatile nature enough. It’s a true go anywhere board, that’s as eager to have fun as you are”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19


“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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