- Price: $500
- Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 147, 154, 156, 158, 160, 160W, 162W
- Flex: 6/10
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Profile: 3D Camber
- Base: Sintered
Legend has it that Manboy and freeride master Rusty Ockenden sketched out the idea of the Endeavor Clout on the back of a napkin. If this is the case then it’s probably worth hanging out at his favourite eateries in case he commits any more snowboard designs to tissue paper because the Clout has all the hallmarks of a classic all-mountain freeride charger.
Many freeride boards get their float from rockered noses but Endeavour have opted for their 3D Camber profile that turns up the edges of the board at the contact points to give it a shape more akin to that of the hull of a boat and the ability to smash through pow and slush. The elongated nose and tail enhance this surfy feel and keep the tips out of trouble when snow gets deeper.
“For 2021, Endeavor have swapped out their traditional carbon inserts, found on their higher end boards, and replaced them with the newly upgraded Inertia Carbon Rods”
Having opted for a directional-twin shape, Endeavor have given the Clout that little bit of extra length in the nose to help float in the pow but without stopping you landing switch when jumping off stuff in the backcountry. A Dura Surf 4001 sintered base means you won’t be left wanting for more speed and the Smoothride side walls ensure that speed isn’t turned into unwanted vibrations.
Any all-mountain freeride board worth its salt can handle the corduroy as well as the off-piste and the Clout’s camber shape puts a giant tick in this box, too. For 2021, Endeavor have swapped out their traditional carbon inserts, found on their higher end boards, and replaced them with the newly upgraded Inertia Carbon Rods right through the centre of the Clout stopping just short of the nose and tail. As well as providing the pop you would expect to ping you out of corners, they add a bit of torsional response when changing edge so you can commit your line and ride with aggression, where softer boards may start to wither under the pressure.
Pleasing the snowboarding aesthete has always been as important to Endeavor as pleasing the tech geek, which is why they have had some amazing collaborations on the go for the 2021 season. The Clout topsheet is designed in colab with Vancouver based artist Martha Sturdy to create one of those decks that you’ll be pained to remove from its pride of place in the living room. That’s until you put your first turns on it, of course. This one was designed with the mountain as its canvas, and it’s amping to go and paint some powdery lines.