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Bataleon Evil Twin 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

Fearful symmetry

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Bataleon Evil Twin here

The Details:

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.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk

“When I first got on an Evil Twin I thought it was going to be a soft, playful jib stick. I was wrong. It’s a medium flex, cambered snowboard with plenty of pop that is best suited to lapping the park and all-mountain freestyle.

Bataleon have never entertained the concept of ‘rocker’ in their snowboards – and they don’t need to, as the side bases are lifted up from the snow at the contact points, making it almost impossible to catch an edge.

It’s great for newbies, and also for riders who are trying new tricks and are sick and tired of smashing themselves to bits in the process.”

Bataleon have never entertained the concept of ‘rocker’ in their snowboards – and they don’t need to”

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