Snowboard Iskola

Board: Bataleon Evil Twin Plus

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Size: 154

Camber Option: Medium camber with 3BT and Sidekick

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: A mix of blue skies with high cloud cover, low to moderate winds, average temps, chop, chunder, and perfect corduroy.

Flex: This comes in just past a middle of the road park flex. Most of the stiffer flex is noticeable in the mid section of the board right under the inserts to the middle. The tips have more play in them and almost feel similar to the regular Evil Twin. The torsional flex is there and easy to engage when you twist the board.

Stability: Underfoot this board is stable unless you abruptly slam into something then your body gets jarred. The tips have more flex which makes them a little chattery at speed, not a ton, but enough that you do notice that you’re feeling some vibrations there.

Ollies: The camber profile has to be loaded up and when you do it reacts with a liveliness that wants to get you in the air. This is a board that you have to be a bit calculated with how you pop so you’re prepared for what you’re doing vs being more laid back. The snap is solid and most people will be happy with how it performs.

Pop On Jumps: As it’s the Plus line of the Evil Twin it’s going to have more snap and be better for bigger jumps. So if you like sending it go to the big line my guy because you’re about to launch. What that means is if you pop off a lip you’re going higher and further, or if you’re laid back and let the lip do the work you’re still going to be happy.

Butterability: The spooned out tips are virtually catch free. The thing you need to know is that you have to get your weight outside the bindings past the carbon array to hit the flex point and really leverage this board. It will fight you, so prepare yourself for that. If you can butter you’re fine if you can’t and think the 3BT and Sidekick will save you, then you need to learn how flex points work, after that you’ll be golden.

Jibbing: It takes a little more effort to engage a nose or tail press on this board. You do want to keep your weight centered on the 3BT to utilize the flat section the most. After you’ve manhandled it and learned exactly how much pressure you need to engage it, you have to be aware that the snap will be there at the end of the feature. So prepare to pop. Going sideways this board does a little bit of a balancing act on the feature it doesn’t fully cradle around it but it doesn’t feel like a plank that’s teeter tottering either.

Carving: While you do lose some edge bite from the elevated contact points just understand that if you drive it closer to the bindings you’ll have a smoother ride. The edge to edge transmission is fluid and smooth and when the edges hit at the contact points you feel a little more power than what you would get out of the regular version. Laying it over as hard as you can you notice the limitations this is a park carve type of board which makes sense because of what it is. By that I mean you’re not leaving full blown trenches but you can rip around features or fat skier kids in your way. At the end of the day it handles set up carves with ease and has enough edge hold in soft snow to make it fun. On ice sometimes you have to watch yourself.

Rider in Mind: Higher end park rider.

Personal Thoughts: There’s a little bit of a difference between the regular Evil Twin, but it’s never enough to go “holy shit this is so different” it’s basically the difference between sucking your knees up and not when you pop with it. Maybe you get a little more power out of the tail on a park carve, but you sacrifice some torsional give. Overall I’m not sure it really warrants existing in the line except for those guys that are really hitting bigger features or are slopestyle riders.

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