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Bataleon Evil Twin 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 149, 151, 154, 156W, 157, 159, 159W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £429 / €490
  • BUY ONLINE

What can be said about the Bataleon Evil Twin that hasn’t been said before? Absolutely nothing. It has been one of the most ridden, talked about and reviewed all-mountain freestyle snowboards for over a decade. Then again, it’s a great yarn to spin, so let’s have another go.

The name is obviously derived from its shape, but you also get two for the price of one with the Evil Twin. On paper, it’s a board designed for life in the park; in reality, the rest of the mountain brings out an entirely different personality.

“As a twin board, it’s not perfect in the powder, but the 3BT design of the base makes it float far better than a regular park deck”

The full tip to tail, medium camber gives the snowboard plenty of snap and response. Although not quite as pronounced as in the Boss, it still delivers a solid dose of pop. It also has the same carbon cross beams beneath the inserts and hollow carbon tube interconnecting them. This keeps edge to edge response lightning-fast underfoot and adds a level of dampening and control for big landings and flat out hooning.

As a twin board, it’s not perfect in the powder, but the 3BT design of the base makes it float far better than a regular park deck. We’re not talking Surfer levels of float, but it’s effective nonetheless. This too has been improved by the increased Sidekick uplift at the widest parts of the board. Turn initiations, especially in cruddy conditions, feel incredibly smooth.

A flex pattern that sits bang in the middle and a rapid sintered base that remains fast through to last lifts finishes off a pretty stellar set of ingredients.

The Evil Twin hasn’t undergone any significant alterations for 2020, but why should it? Things should only change when there are improvements to be made. Look at Rod Stewart’s hair – it’s been the same for over one hundred and fifteen years, but who’s complaining? If it ain’t broke…

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“I’m about as far from a park rat as they come. Most of my days are spent on the pistes, in between them, or out in the backcountry. I’ll definitely take a few laps through the park when the sun’s shining, but it’s hardly my default setting.

That said, my usual preference for a board is a true twin shape. I try to ride about as much time in switch as I do regular and I’m constantly on the hunt for sidehits, drops and natural features.

“There are few other boards out there that inspire as much confidence or offer as much forgiveness to get yourself in some pretty kinky positions and lock in a few new flat land combos”

The Evil Twin suited me down to a T. A solid, medium to stiff(ish) flex, full camber from tip to tail and – obvious enough with that name – a true twin shape.

It’s stiff enough to go full ham down the piste and rail a carve. I didn’t notice the lack of a taper or stiffer tail here, but it’s still super easy to press about and jib on. That’s in no small part to the Twin Triple Base profile.

If I’m being honest, 3BT doesn’t really do it for me on the pistes. I find the edge to edge sensation a little weird – almost like my body has to lean a bit more before I feel the edge finally lock-in and engage. I prefer that ‘snap’ that you get from a regular camber profile.

Saying that there are few other boards out there that inspire as much confidence or offer as much forgiveness to get yourself in some pretty kinky positions and lock in a few new flat land combos. In the space of one run, I think I’d learned about four new butters.

There are even fewer boards that feature on a full camber profile and still allow for some float in deeper snow. The Evil Twin isn’t a one-stop-shop if you’re eyeing up some bigger backcountry faces this year, but on those days when you wake up to unexpected freshies, you won’t find yourself frantically switching your bindings onto another deck. This’ll do just fine.

Lastly – what’s up with the graphic? Does Scoph know about this? Hmm…”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

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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