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Endeavor KTV 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

Endeavor is a Vancouver-based company that’s big with Canucks (including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) and others alike. They’re the masters of the early release (this Run DMC board, for instance, and an upcoming line of powder shapes), but their main focus is on their core line of 12 boards.

The Endeavor KT features the brand’s highest specs that you’ll also find in the High Five and the Clout, but this is the only one with the ‘All-Terrain Freestyle’ shape. It has a flat base – always a good choice for an all-rounder – as well as raised contact points to further reduce the likelihood of an edge catch.

Going back to the tech, it’s much the same as last year; a high-quality sintered base, carbon and Kevlar for pop and strength, and a seamless urethane sidewall that’s fused right to the core for dampening nasty chatter in uneven terrain. Throw in a fairly stiff flex, and you’ve got a true twin that’s not just for the park.

Endeavor are the only non-Burton brand that has licenced The Channel, so as well as any standard bindings you also have the option of going for a pair of Burton EST. They’ve also doubled the number of available sizes for 2016/17, so you can get just the right ride.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

“I took the KTV out for some early morning fun this spring, and even though I was riding a slightly shorter setup than my usual, it was packing plenty of power and pop.

Hard-pack was handled happily without too much chatter, and piste ollies and reverts were pretty much put on a platter. For what’s essentially a souped-up version of the Color, you can happily throw this about a bit.

Hopping between presses made me think this would hold up well as a powerful but playful park thrasher, with the chops to tackle changing conditions and step up to burlier riding when needed. Ideal if you don’t know exactly what you’re going to be up against.”

“Hard-pack was handled happily without too much chatter, and piste ollies and reverts were pretty much put on a platter.”

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