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Endeavor Archetype 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 146, 150, 154, 158, 160W, 162
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £549

The board-builders at Canadian brand Endeavor have put together a small but impressive line of twin-shaped snowboards, differentiated by their profile and tech specs. Of course, they also love powder as much as any of us, as epitomised by the Endeavor Archetype snowboard.

This mid-stiff swallowtail is clearly directional, and even has a slight taper, but it’s not designed purely for tanking. Natural features are the order of the day, thanks to a narrower-than-average divide at the back end.

“The Endeavor Archetype feels premium in every sense”

While you still get plenty of help in deeper snow, there’s also a more rigid platform for popping off. It also reduces how different the Endeavor Archetype feels on piste when compared to a more standard stick.

Extra oomph comes from carbon rods that run right through each half of the tail, and up to the waist. Getting this thing airborne is therefore easy if you give it some welly, and it’ll also stay stable at high speeds. When you hit the pow, however, the relatively flexy nose requires no effort to keep out of trouble.

With a lightweight-but-strong combination of poplar and paulownia in the core, as well as a slick sintered base and shock-absorbing urethane sidewalls, the Endeavor Archetype snowboard feels premium in every sense. Keep that in mind before letting the price put you off.

Tester’s Verdict

Owain Bassett – Island Snowboards

“This board is RAD. It rides powder as you would expect from a swallow with heavy taper: great float and a lot of spray coming from that tail, super stable at high speed on open faces but also loose enough for quick turning in tight trees. The kicked swallowtail feels stable to pop, unlike a regular swallow.

“I thought I would put it back in the rack when the snow eased up, but rinsing it on a groomer is just as sick as riding it in the pow”

This board kind of killed my quiver. I thought I would put it back in the rack when the snow eased up, but rinsing it on a groomer is just as sick as riding it in the pow. The sidecut and flex are perfect for carving deep trenches. It’s really light, fast as fuck and black as metal.”

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