Bataleon Fun.Kink 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Bataleon Fun.Kink here

  • Price: £355
  • Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159W, 162W
  • Flex: 3
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin

Bataleon have certainly had their fun with this model in the past. There was the time they answered the constant cries of “when will you put rocker on a board?” by literally writing it across the base of the 2010/11 release – and of course, last year’s “splitboard” version

This year’s Bataleon Fun.Kink might have done away with the piss-taking, but it’s lost none of its all-mountain chops. It’s pretty flexible and very nearly a true twin, so park laps are a must. Thanks to the traditional camber bend, there’s plenty of pop when you need it too.

Of course, calling it a camber board is an oversimplification. Like all Bataleons it has their patented ‘Triple Base Technology’. While the board has the usual bend from nose to tail, it’s divided longitudinally at both ends into three sections. The ‘centrebase’ makes contact with the snow at all times, but the ones on each side slope upwards, raising the edges slightly raised off the surface of the snow.

“The shape makes it a natural floater, and you lose none of the ability to set an edge on the hard-pack”

When you’re pressing on rails and boxes, you’re far less likely to catch an edge and eat metal. When you’re in the powder the shape makes it a natural floater, and all the while you lose none of the ability to set an edge on the hard-pack and carve to your heart’s content.

The benefits can be felt no matter what kind of riding you’re doing, and that’s just as well as the Bataleon Fun.Kink is designed to go everywhere. It has a slightly longer nose that makes it more stable at speed and more buoyant in the deep stuff. As already covered, it’s ripe for freestyle, and the long effective edge will come in handy when you really want to grip the piste.

If you’re interested in picking up one of these, take not that you can get it together with the matching Switchback Fun.Kink bindings for a bargain price of £420. Check out our full review of the Switchback Fun.King binding here.

Tester’s Verdict

Ed Blomfield – Whitelines

The catch-free nature of Triple Base Technology has long given Bataleon a strong reputation amongst park rats, but the updated Fun.Kink successfully blends that freestyle pedigree with genuine all mountain performance.

Where many so-called “quiver killers” are on the stiff side – making them hard work to throw about on rails – the Fun.Kink lives up to its name; the mellow flex encouraged me to butter, jib and generally get creative on man-made terrain, yet the generous twin outline ploughed easily through the powder that lay off the sides of the piste during our test.

“Where many so-called ‘quiver killers’ are on the stiff side – making them hard work to throw about on rails – the Fun.Kink lives up to its name”

The triple base is noticeable (if it weren’t, there’d be no point, right?) which inevitably means it’s not for everyone. Edge-to-edge carves have a more smoothed-out roll to them compared to a regular deck, but that’s ideal on a model that’s designed for surf-like flow across freestyle and freeride terrain. Together with that moderate flex, this is a playful snowboard that manages to pack the punch of traditional camber whilst feeling less vanilla.

All in all, the Fun.Kink would make a fine choice for the rider who prioritises the park yet will shred freshies when they’re on – but who isn’t old, rich and fat enough yet for a £500 powder gun.

Trade Secrets

Danny Kiebert – Creative Director, Bataleon

 This should actually be called the Fun.Kink 3.0, since it’s the third major shape update since this board was introduced to the line.

The latest update is a completely new Triple Base shape. We increased the side base uplift dramatically at the widest point of the boards after the effective edge. This makes the board initiate turns better, and makes the handling of uneven terrain super smooth.

This is now my go-to board for resort riding. It’s a lot of fun!

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