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Old 01-08-2012, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Review: Bataleon Evil Twin 2012

Alright guys, as some of you man know, many of my post have been about the Triple Base Technology idea. I finally was able to get my hands on the ET 154. I will start off by saying I have been snowboarding for 5 years, ride at Liberty Mountain/Whitetail Mountain in Pennsylvania (so man made hardpack/ice), and I have previously owned a 2007-08 Burton Blunt 155.I took a run the day before I first rode this with the Blunt, so I will probably be comparing it to the ET I will say I am a intermediate rider as well, mostly riding the park and cruising around. Now to the fun part, the review.

Set Up
2012 Bataleon ET 154
2010 Flow The Five Bindings
2008 Burton Moto Boots

The Infamous TBT
So most people look into this board because of the technology it offers, called Triple Base Technology. I have read reviews saying it takes time to get used to this, but i actually took me no time at all. You ride it like any other board, except the best part is you can ride more aggressively than a flat board. With my Burton Blunt, I could not do butter spins more than 360 or I would catch my edge. With the ET, I was doing flat spins as big (I guess this is big) as 1080's and 1440's. I literally had to try to catch my edge. Some people complain that the TBT is too loose, but i disagree. The camber gave the board stability, so there was an equal balance of looseness and stability.

Speed
With the sintered base, this board flew a lot faster with my Blunt that had a extruded base. Combine the speed with the ability to not catch my edge, I won all the races down the slopes that I had with my buddies.

Flex
This board is surely medium to stiff, so those of you who are looking for a board for mainly jibbing, this is not for you. My legs are pretty strong, so i was okay with this. Bataleon's website rates the flex 6-7-6 with 10 being a noodle. I would give this a 5 or 4.

Park
Sorry guys, but the park was not open yet. I will add on later when I do get to ride it.

Rider in Mind
I would recommend this board to someone who rides all around park (jumps and jibs) but also wants to be able to take it out of the park and cruise around. This board is really a quiver killer.

Personal Thoughts
I was first really scared about how the TBT would treat me, but on the first run I knew I worried way too much. I agree that TBT may actually be the ultimate change of the shape in a snowboard. I fully agree to every advantage that was stated on Bataleon's website. I probably won't be buying another brand of snowboards. I was riding in terrible conditions and the ET held up great. Not only did my skill go up, but my confidence in my riding also did. Once I accepted the fact that it was 99999999999 times harder to catch my edge, I became a better snowboarder right away. This board exceeded all of my expectations. I strongly encourage everyone to at least try TBT.

Pics will be up soon. Any questions will most likely be answered as soon as possible, so ask away! Hope you liked this review.

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good review. I reviewed the Goliath. I would totally agree with you about the forgiveness of TBT. Personally, I did not like the lack of edge hold on ice. I found it much harder to carve and maintain edge hold. Other than that personal issue with the board, TBT is definitely a nice feel. It was super fun in powder.
I seem to have the opposite feeling. I actually like the edge hold of the ET better than the edge hold of a flat cambered board. But that doesn't matter, everyone has their own opinion
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Yeah, I am so done with camber and that is part of the issue. I am totally digging the C2 camber-rocker-camber and going back to a fully cambered deck even with TBT just did`nt do it for me. After C2, it felt sluggish in turns. I have also gotten to like the magnetraction or the NS Variogrip which holds an edge on ice better than anything I have ridden. Funny thing, after being on the Goliath for two days, I actually caught my edge a couple of time when I got back on my Gnu because I was starting to ride sloppy.
This is my biggest fear with riding Bataleon. It makes you a really sloppy rider and does not improve your foundational skill set. I'm scared to go back to any other brand now..
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This is my biggest fear with riding Bataleon. It makes you a really sloppy rider and does not improve your foundational skill set. I'm scared to go back to any other brand now..
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Good review. I reviewed the Goliath. I would totally agree with you about the forgiveness of TBT. Personally, I did not like the lack of edge hold on ice. I found it much harder to carve and maintain edge hold. Other than that personal issue with the board, TBT is definitely a nice feel. It was super fun in powder.
so i just rode on pure the other day, and have to say i change my mind. TBT is not too great on ice. I kept on slipping out, maybe even a little more that a regular "flat" board.

Also, one important thing is that in moguls (I don't even know why I was doing them) I felt as though I was getting "sucked into them." It's a hard feeling to explain, but it felt as though I was being pulled into the ditches between the moguls even when i was trying to go there. This board is a freestyle board, so I doubt many riders will be doing moguls with this board. Hopefully the different shapes of TBT have a different effect in this type of terrain.
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