Endeavor Board of Directors Review
Endeavor Snowboards is a Canadian company that has caught our interest over the past few years. Their attention to detail and focus on pushing the envelope in both board design and aesthetics drew us in. The founders are deeply seated in snowboarding’s roots. We’d never seen one in person but everything we’d heard about the brand and seen online resonated with us. When we finally had the opportunity to test one, we chose the Board of Directors. The B.O.D. is Endeavor’s flagship deck, which, as we understand it, is the board the company’s founders designed for themselves to ride. With a 158 for Carlos and a 155 for Hanna we set out to see what heavy hitters like Max Jenke and Scott Serfas shred on. Who liked it more? Read on to find out.
Carlos’ Experience: The Endeavor BOD is a freeride monster. It can handle anything you throw at it in a natural environment. I enjoyed this board and it would be my weapon of choice to ride fresh snow. Its no surprise that the higher ups at Endeavor favor this deck specially with all the natural terrain BC has to offer. My personal riding style tends to want a loose buttery feel, so at times, I felt I was not able change direction when I wanted to…specifically on ice. It was also a bit less forgiving with my mistakes. I attribute this to the board’s torsional stiffness.
Hanna’s Experience: Love it! This is the most stable alternative camber deck I’ve ridden so far. It took me a day to get used to it but once I did I felt rewarded with a platform I could charge on anywhere on the mountain in any snow conditions. I found myself riding fast…like ditching my friends fast, all the time. Big ollies over rollers and cat tracks were rewarded with the security of a stable landing every time. I also liked that the board’s rocker profile let it ride totally neutral and flat based but the shape and stiffness let me dial in as much or little edge angle as I wanted without the board hooking up on me. This certainly wasn’t an ideal butter or jib board for me; setting up for park features I would prefer something softer (read forgiving) but I loved it everywhere else. The B.O.D. will take everything you throw at it and ask for more.
Flex: Mid-Stiff. Longitudinally it feels pretty mid stiff but early rise rocker soften up the nose and tail. Torsionally stiff.
Pop: We both agreed that once you find the sweet spot it will shoot you to the moon every time. Awesome.
Stability: Another area we both agreed on. The board is super stable on takeoffs, landings, chundery stuff and running flat based. Very happy going fast with no chatter.
Butters/Presses: despite the stiffness early rise lets you lock into smaller presses and hold them easily, but butters take a bit more work. Scooped nose and tail do make the board catch- free, but neither of us felt that butters are the B.O.D.’s strong suit.
Float: when we got the board into some soft snow, and even into deep snow with a crust, the B.O.D. showed just how awesome it is. It floated well and was super responsive in the woods. In good snow we both loved the board.
Their Description: The flagship of the Endeavor Line for 10 years straight. The B.O.D. stands for the Board Of Directors; this board is the pride and joy of the people behind the scenes at Endeavor. The B.O.D. has changed identities over the years, first as an aggressive freestyle board, then as a directional all mountain board and now as a zero camber, tech laden twin, but one thing remains the same, it still stands as the pinnacle of performance and design.
Carlos Recommends the B.O.D. for: the intermediate -advanced rider who is looking to venture into natural terrain and get comfortable with more air time and steep and deep lines. It does a pretty good job on park features but its not a jib-stick and requires a little more input to nail freestyle oriented maneuvers.
Hanna Recommends the B.O.D. for: The intermediate-advanced rider that wants a stable reverse camber deck that can charge anywhere on the mountain. Great for a rider that likes to go fast, pop off anything in sight and who isn’t overly focused on jibbing. Its great deck for a dynamic rider that can take advantage of the board’s strengths. I think the B.O.D. is a solid choice for the all mountain freestyle rider who wants to charge on a twin.
Final Thoughts: When we started researching Endeavor we both found that their website offered good tech videos giving clear explanation of board designs that made sense to us while also highlighting the artists who they feature on each model. When the boards first arrived at Geeks HQ we were stoked to see they lived up to expectations. The finish quality is absolutely stunning and the graphics pop in a big way. We were impressed with the attention to detail and how well they’ve held up to our abuse product testing. We would like to acknowledge and thank our friends at Loon Mountain for their support during this review. Big thank you to Max and Jason at Endeavor for the support and providing us with the decks. To buy online visit Endeavor.com.