Snowboard Review: 11-12 Endeavor Boyfriend

04 Jul, 2011


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Location: Mammoth, CA + June, CA

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.

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

Size: 148cm.

First Impression: I could love this thing like a boyfriend on the mountain – it rips and doesn’t talk back.

Weight: Lighter than average

Flex: The Boyfriend was longitudinally more stable than torsionally, it had a softer torsional flex to it and all around the board was mid-flex for me.  It wasn’t as soft as I was expecting it to be and it felt like I was riding a bigger board. The Boyfriend Series comes in regular camber and RC which is reverse camber from the middle of the inserts and then a flat area from the middle of the inserts to the contact points.  I rode the regular camber version which helped for stability and traditional carving on the board.

Turning: Really easy to engage into turns and effortless in turning.  The sidecut was quick and definitely shorter turns were more comfortable on the Boyfriend.

Stable: It never felt like I was riding a small board because it handled speed better than some bigger boards I rode this year.  That being said it still wasn’t a board to charge with but it had good stability on jump landings and for resort riding and cruising, it did fine.

Pop: The Boyfriend had good pop and was a blast to take into the park.  It felt really easy and comfortable on the jumps in Forest Trail and it was fine on the boxes I play with it on.  Easy playfulness was what I wrote down in my notes on the board and it was, just easy and no adjustment.  The softer flex helped with the playfulness factor.  In Art Park, I took it on the dance box to see how it did when I went into a boardslide and the board didn’t catch.

Switch: The Boyfriend is a true twin and rode like a true twin on the mountain.  No adjustments to riding switch and the same all around ride when it was switch.

Overall Impression: The Boyfriend is that easy to ride park and freestyle board for women.  It’s on the softer flex side but you have the choice between camber/reverse camber depending how much playful/stability you want.  The camber version offers up good stability for freeriding out of the park and can still rip through the park.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Boyfriend due to the size of it.  But it exceeded my expectations as a women’s park board and ended up being a favorite board – because I thought about not returning it.  This board comes in camber and RC, I rode the camber which helped give it stability and good pop.  The size ended up being even more fun and playful in the park because it was so quick and responsive but also poppy and playful.

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On Snow Photo

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On Snow Video (ignore the skier at the end)

June Park Lap – Shay and the Skier from Shayboarder on Vimeo.

Endeavor Boyfriend description

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

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Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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