Snowboard Review: 11-12 Endeavor B.O.D

16 Jul, 2011


Location: Mammoth, CA

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to icy groomers to powder.

Setup: I rode the Endeavor BOD with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 155cm.

First Impression:

Weight: Average

Flex: Noticeably stiffer than the previous Endeavor boards I rode (Color and Boyfriend) and more aggressive than them.  The B.O.D was stiffer longitudinally with a softer nose and tad stiffer tail to the board.  The zero camber makes it feel more charging and less playful.  I thought the B.O.D handled best on freeriding, steeps and jumps.  The B.O.D has zero camber with wings.  Basically the board is zero camber/flat to the contact points and then has “wings” that gives the board a reverse camber forgiveness on the contact points.

Turning: There wasn’t any hooking or catchyness to the board but it could handle aggressive quick turns and rode really good on edge even on the longer drawn out turns.  The stiffer flex helped it with stability on the mountain and on the steeps, it charged without getting that soft loose feeling.  It rode more like a camber board than anything else which is good, it means it’s predictable but also smooth riding in each turn.  The wings made it so the board didn’t catch if you made a mistake.

Stable: It was the last board of the Endeavor demos but also the most stable of the boards.  The stiffer flex helped it cut through crud, hold an edge on choppy spots and handle speed much better than the other two boards.  I also think the zero camber had a big effect on that, it kept the ride similar to riding a camber board for stability.

Pop: Snappy pop was the word of the day when I wrote down my B.O.D notes and it was a fun board to handle the jump lines with.  It was good on pop and quick which made jumps even better for me.  There was less playfulness with the board and the stiffer tail, so presses and butters were harder.

Switch: The B.O.D is a twin shape and it didn’t feel any different from switch to regular, regular to switch riding.

Overall Impression: The B.O.D is the stiffer park dominating board that can handle the rest of the mountain with ease.  It was great on pop and the zero camber gave it that good in between between reverse camber and camber riding.  It had stability and pop from camber but with wings, it didn’t catch as easily as camber would.

Shay’s Honesty Box: The B.O.D was the last board from Endeavor to ride, it was noticeably more aggressive and a dominant riding board than the Boyfriend and Color I had previously been on but that made it a lot more fun to charge with.

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On Snow Photo

Endeavor B.O.D description

Review Disclosure: I received this board from Endeavor and gave it to Transworld for the Good Wood Test.

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4 Comments

  1. Tango
    October 07, 2011

    Hi Shay. Great review. I’m looking to buy a new board with a focus on all mountain freestyle. Been riding a Custom ’07 for years and want something to help me develop my freestyle. Not going to be focusing on park riding but natural kicks and drops. Wont be riding rails too much but want something I can press. Shortlist at the moment is the Endeavour BOD or LIve RC, or the Never Summer Proto. Any advice on which board you think would be best? All have good reviews and leaning to the BOD but seeking some advice. Cheers.

  2. October 13, 2011

    Tango, BOD is on the stiffer end of the freestyle scale. Definitely more mountain suited. I haven’t ridden the Live RC to compare but the Proto is a lot softer than the BOD and way more freestyle focused. Definitely for drops and stability, the BOD would have the upper hand.