Snowboard Review: 09-10 Bataleon Evil Twin
20 Jun, 2009
This review was done through Board Insiders and will be featured on their site as a review with video of me explaining the board and riding it. I’ll update this link to that when it goes live.
Location: Stevens Pass, Washington
Snow Conditions: Snowing with powder on runs, some groomed areas.
Setup: I rode the Bataleon Evil Twin with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: Fun board to play around with, inside the park.
Weight: lighter than average
Flex: At first I thought it was stiffer overall but then I found the stiffness was in the nose and tail with some softer forgiveness in the center between the bindings, making it torsionally quick to turn and responsive. Even with the stiffer nose and tail, it’s still capable of butters and presses. I was riding a smaller size and I felt with that size that it was best to ride in the park. I did notice is going around bumps was the best on the evil twin, going directly over bumps was a little too much for the board and it didn’t handle as well.
Turning: The TBT on Bataleon’s makes it really easy to turn and you won’t catch an edge when you are turning. I found quick responsive turns from the evil twin the best and as a park board it suits that very well. When trying to ride longer drawn out turns, it wasn’t as stable and the contact length isn’t much. Even with the sidecut being deeper, you didn’t feel like it would catch an edge when riding. TBT makes carving easy, even on the evil twin.
Stable: I ended up in some powder spots on the side of runs and this board definitely didn’t hold up but it’s also shorter in length and a park specific ride. For just groomers and in the park, it was fine but if you went up to higher speeds it wasn’t as stable.
Pop: I played around with the evil twin off the rollers and small features in the park and the halfpipe, the ollies were super easy with good pop and easy to maneuver around into presses or butters.
Switch: I didn’t have a problem riding switch with it, rode the same regular as it did switch.
Overall Impression: It is Bataleon’s park board and it definitely rode like that. I stayed in the park with it and didn’t feel as comfortable riding any powder with it mostly from the size and how it handled on groomers with speed. It was very fun, playful and poppy which made it perfect for park riding, easy to throw around and I was able to make turns with just freeriding but it should stay in the park.
I took this board down the chute to the park and from there you have to gain a lot of speed to get over a flat area, the evil twin was easy to get quick responsive turns in the chute and it handled the speed to get over the flat area.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This is the park board for Bataleon, outside of park it’s not as well handling as say the Riot is but it’s a fun poppy true twin board that is great inside the park boundaries. For my own riding I liked the Riot better (sintered base) but I’m not riding entirely park so I like having a board that handles the whole mountain.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.
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