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Bataleon Mini Shred 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

Props to the crew at Bataleon, who this year have slashed the cost of their kids’ snowboard setup, apparently selling it at cost price. The idea is to get more kids shredding, and there are few boards as likely to help your grom get to grips with all aspects of snowboarding as this one.

The Bataleon Mini Shred kids’ snowboard has a true twin shape, so any kid that’s dying to start doing tricks (which is most of them) will appreciate that. You’ve got to nail the basics first, though, and Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology is idea for that part of the process.

“3BT allows the Bataleon Mini Shred to still have a little bit of camber”

With its raised-up side sections of base, 3BT makes it harder for a Bambi-legged grom to catch an edge. Some brands get round this by making the profile flat or rockered, but 3BT allows the Bataleon Mini Shred to still have a little bit of camber. When your kid really wants to start making proper turns, or ollieing, there’s still no substitute for the classic bend.

It’s now possible to buy the Bataleon Mini Shred board without the accompanying bindings, but our test team certainly gave the full setup a massive thumbs-up – and again, there’s no arguing with that price. For first turns to park laps, this thing is a winner.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team

Lightning

“This board felt quite heavy, but it turned well and was quite stiff and popped really well into Ollie’s. I did my first ever backside 360 on this board and my dad said that mans it holds an edge well because I carved into it.”

Dad’s Comments

“Lightning had asked to use another board on the day I put him on this, so I fear his review is more negative than it should be. The board is really robust, which considering what happened to some of the lighter boards in the test is no bad thing.

Edge control was great and on a slushy spring day he was able to carve into side hits and get enough purchase to start rally spinning, which is a glowing endorsement.”

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