Bataleon Mini Shred 2017-2018 Kids’ Snowboard Review

  • Price: £260 / €300 (with bindings)
  • Lengths: 100, 110, 120, 130
  • Flex: 1
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Bataleon Mini Shred here

When you look at the ‘kids boards’ category, a larger-than-average proportion have foregone classic camber in favour of flat or rocker profiles. It makes sense to some degree, given that the traditional bend requires a level of finesse that some younglings may struggle with at first. Of course, Bataelon have never needed to use anything but camber, and the same goes for their kids board – the Bataleon Mini Shred.

“When they’re ready, kids can take on boxes and learn how to really press their nose or tail, and experiment with buttering the piste too”

The reason for this is that their Triple Base Technology helps to reduce the risk of catching an edge when getting to grips with turns. At each end the base is divided into three parts, so the edges are slightly raised off the snow. This gives your young charges a little more margin for error when turning, but once that edge is engaged you get all the bite and control of a camber board.

Given that it’s a true twin, it’s ideal for freestyle. When they’re ready, kids can take on boxes and learn how to really press their nose or tail, and experiment with buttering the piste too. Once they’re confident with their turns, they can really open this one up thanks to beech strips running through the full poplar core, delivering more power and stability at speed.

All in all, the Bataleon Mini Shred is a fine choice for progressing way beyond the green runs. It’s also available to buy as a set with matching bindings, so you’re good to go.

Tester’s Verdict

Punki – Whitelines Grom Team

“It’s nice for carving and jumping, and going switch. I like doing 180s on this, and doing really big turns.”

Dad’s Comments

“This board ‘worked’. The kids were clearly having fun on it; carving, throwing out spray, and charging around the mountain. It did the job.

You wouldn’t have any tears if you bought this, and it looked solid enough to be a hand-me-down a few times and still work well.

The bindings that come with the Mini Shred are well put together too. Coincidentally, they are a lot like the Rome Mini Shred bindings – they just work.”

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