Welcome to SNOWBOARDER Magazine's unbiased blank snowboard test, The Blackboard Experiment. Last spring, ten snowboard brands provided us with a snowboard of their choice, but the one caveat was that it had to have a black topsheet and base graphic, so as to keep the anonymity of the brand only between them and us. The brands were given the specs of the yet unknown rider who would be testing the boards–his height, weight, riding style, etc., and from that information, had the opportunity to select the snowboard they felt best fit the bill. Sage Kotsenburg, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic gold medalist, then tested every deck, putting it through the paces in Mammoth Mountain's hallowed Main Park. Over the next two weeks, we will be releasing Sage's review on each of the ten snowboards he rode.
The second board tested is the 2017 Bataleon Fun.Kink, an all-terrain destroyer that is soft enough to press on rails, but stiff enough to rail turns–performing all over the mountain, but at home in the park. In the above video, Sage shares his thoughts while lapping on the Fun.Kink. For the full run down of what Sage thought about this deck and how he scored it, check out The Blackboard Experiment Bataleon Fun.Kink full review.
From October 3 through October 14, we will be releasing a new review every day. Go to The Blackboard Experiment page to see each and every board that Sage tested and reviews.