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