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Bataleon Evil Twin 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 151, 154, 156W, 157, 159, 159W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £429 / €489

The asymmetric version has come and gone, but the original Bataleon Evil Twin snowboard keeps on trucking. A park board on paper, this has garnered a stellar reputation as an all-mountain option for a wide range of riders.

Twin-shaped, naturally, the Bataleon Evil Twin also boasts a full camber profile that’s still the best for generating pop and holding a strong edge. While the classic bend does have its disadvantages too, they’re tackled pretty well by Bataleon’s bespoke Triple Base Technology.

“A park board on paper, this has garnered a stellar reputation as an all-mountain option for a wide range of riders”

The side of the base is slightly raised at each end of the Evil Twin, making it less likely to catch in the snow at the contact points. It also improves powder float, as well as pressability. Did we mention that it ticks all the boxes?

X-shaped carbon additives under each foot give you a bit of extra torsional stiffness where you need it most, complimenting the triax fibreglass. It’s pretty soft from end to end, though – even when you take the new pop-enhancing central carbon tube into account.

The result is a board that’s responsive from edge to edge, but not twitchy thanks to the 3BT. Then when you want to really hold a press, or get some ollie power, it won’t require too much effort to make it happen.

There are new sizes at either end of the scale – a 149, and a non-wide version of the 159 – so now even more jack-of-all-trades snowboarders can take the Bataleon Evil Twin out for a spin.

Tester’s Verdict

Dan Wilsonsnowfit.co.uk

“It’s not for nothing that this board has been in Bataleon’s line since day one. The Evil Twin is perfect for riders of all levels, especially those who want to hit the park but are looking for a board that will hold up all over the mountain.

“The use of 3BT and SideKick really offer that catch-free edge, allowing for a super-smooth surfy feel”

I’ve ridden a few versions of this board, and it’s easy to see why so many riders love it. It’s full of life, and the use of 3BT and SideKick really offer that catch-free edge, allowing for a super-smooth surfy feel. This, combined with a medium flex, means that you can really let loose and go for it without ever feeling unstable. It’s perfect for heavy landings and uneven terrain alike.

So, whether you’re planning on lapping the park, tackling hard-pack groomers, natural side hits or end-of-season-slush sessions, the Evil Twin is sure to deliver everything you need.”

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