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Bataleon 2012/2013 Snowboards Preview | Product Focus

Bataleon have left quite a mark on the snowboard scene with their patented Triple Base Technology. Can you believe that it’s been a full 7 years since its inception? TBT was on Bataleon boards before the camber profile explosion and is as popular as ever in 2012.

For those of you that have been living under a rock these past few years, Triple Base Technology incorporates lifted side base sections around the nose and tail, raising the contact points out of the snow when riding the board flat (typically at lower speeds). This shape increases float in powder and improves edge-to-edge response. Importantly, the boards have traditional tip to tail camber allowing them to combine the pop and liveliness of camber with the catch free feel of rocker and with very few negatives! It almost sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? TBT definitely takes a bit of getting used to but it really does work pretty well and the Mpora Gear team are big fans.

This season Bataleon updated the shape of every single board in their range and we saw a widespread blunting of the nose and tail (check out our post on the benefits of this shape here) as well as the introduction of a new jib-specific TBT shape.

For 2012/2013 the shapes remain broadly the same but two brand new models have been introduced into the line. We caught up with Bataleon at ISPO to check out some of the boards:


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Evil Twin

The Evil Twin is not a new model but is definitely a contender for sickest graphics we witnessed at ISPO. Giant glow in the dark skulls? Seriously, how good would this be for freaking out your girlfriend with? The Evil Twin is Bataleon’s most popular board year on year and it isn’t difficult to see why. With a mid flex that is stiff enough for charging yet soft enough to be playful and a super fast sintered base, the Evil Twin is built for all-mountain versatility and total freestyle dominance. We’ve just got a fresh batch of this season’s slightly less lary Evil Twin’s on the site so get one while you can because this board sells like hot cakes!

Camel Toe

The brilliantly named Camel Toe is Bataleon’s new powder specific board. The use of Bataleon’s new Pow TBT in the board gives it a crazy nose shape that could easily be mistaken for the hull of a boat. Couple this with the ‘Camel Toe’ tail shape and you have a board that will undoubtedly be tonnes of fun in the deep stuff. Best of all, Bataleon are making this board affordable, allowing you to add it to your quiver. Making powder boards affordable seems pretty logical as how many people will realistically want to splash out the big bucks on a board that is only really amazing at riding one type of snow?

G.W. (Global Warmer)

The G.W. aka the Global Warmer is a soft flexing, high-end park and jib board that in stiffness, sits above the Disaster but below the Evil Twin. Bataleon have chucked everything they could into this board including a fast sintered base, edge-to-edge carbon stringers and a 4×4/24 hole insert pattern for stance fine-tuning.

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The G.W. is Bataleon’s response to the green washing that a few other brands may or may not have been guilty of in recent seasons. From their point of view, simply using a few sustainable materials and sandwiching them between all of the other resins and plastics that go into a snowboard isn’t exactly green is it? This raises an interesting topic for debate: can snowboards ever be made in a truly environmentally friendly way? Or should we accept that our sport isn’t that green and focus our environmental efforts on other walks of life?

We’d love to hear what you guys think so why not leave a comment below!

Showing off the new Bataleon Global Warmer snowboard

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