The number of models that endure into double figures these days is surprisingly small – but as others are discontinued, revamped or renamed, the Bataleon Evil Twin soldiers on.
No prizes for guessing that it’s a true twin, but it stands apart from other brands’ freestyle sticks in one very significant way. At each end of the board, the base is split into three – a flat channel running down the middle, with subtly angled sections at either edge.
Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology means that you’re less likely to catch an edge, even with the classic – albeit mellow – camber profile. Pressing on rails and boxes is made much easier as well, as the edges at the nose and tail aren’t flush to the feature.
It can feel a little skittish at first, but it doesn’t take many runs to get to grips with 3BT. Besides, the waist of the board is more traditional, keeping the Evil Twin grounded and stable when ridden straight.
The base construction also means that the board planes really well in powder, so you’ll have no trouble keeping up with anyone on a directional charger when it dumps – and you’ll have the edge should you get a kicker session going.
Also look out for the ETA, an asymmetrical version that debuted last year.