2012 Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition
Bataleon Evil Twin Artist Edition 152
I am a bit late doing this review but hopefully it helps others out in their board decisions this year.
I ride in the Northwest, primarily Baker, Schweitzer (Sandpoint), and 49 degrees north. This year I will be taking it on my trips to park city, keystone, red, white fish, big sky, and bridger.
That being said I mostly ride pow and trees with some groomed runs just to get to the lift and a bit of park.
I am sure everyone knows what TBT is and how it works, if not just look it up on youtube for 3 videos explaining it.
In the POWWWWWW:
Being regular camber, and previously riding a first gen skate banana, I expected to sink straight in or nose dive. Luckily, with just the slightest lean I was floating perfectly, I didn't feel a huge difference in float from my lib, and I think the lifted edges made this possible because I could carve side to side with ease. The base held up well jibbin off little trees and what not no scratches (I am also a religious waxer).
On the groomers:
Let me start by saying....I F**KING HATE CAT TRACKS....ok with that out of the way let me now say....I DONT MIND CAT TRACKS AS MUCH....with the tbt I didn't feel like i had to work as hard for that toe edge to stay in the center of the track so thats a plus, no more sore calves for me. Going down steep groomers it did fine, if you plan on doing this though definitely sharpen up your edges a bit just so its more responsive once you find the edge.
In the park:
Well, for a new park rider this would do fine, but personally I would prefer a bit more flex in the board especially with my boot and binding set up. It was too stiff and i had to put some UMPH into presses, but I don't ride the park much, however I do FILM a lot in the park and the TBT made it a lot easier to do that I found just rocking from side to side with ease made the film a lot smoother.
If you are all mountain/tree rider this board will do awesome for you and the TBT really is amazing
If you are a park rider get a softer model (Airobic, disaster, funkink)