Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Diamond
30 May, 2012
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Endeavor Diamond with Flux GM30 bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Pretty damn good diamond for a girl to ride the mountain with.
Flex: Longitudinally the Diamond varies, it’s stiffer towards the nose and tail which allow for more stability and the zero camber helps with that but it’s still consistent throughout the board in the handling. Torsionally you have quickness so you can get solid edge to edge response. I liked that this isn’t a stiff board for women, it’s still forgiving in the right spots but can handle the mountain riding. The Endeavor Diamond features a zero camber with DowTech and a flat kicked nose and tail. Basically the contact points are raised up so they don’t catch while riding. There is zero camber during the entire effective edge, until the flat kick on the nose and tail.
Turning: Easy to engage onto edge with the catch free contact points and no catching throughout riding the board. It’s a consistent board in how it turns, it’s quickly engaging into the arc of the turn thanks to the torsional flex and then it allows you to either go into a deeper carve or take it easy.
Stable: Definitely held a good edge and grip on the hardpacked conditions during the demos. I was cruising with the boys which means keeping up at their pace and the board handled the mountain without any issues. It would have been fun to take it on some powder to really see how the float did for the zero camber but maybe in the future.
Pop: Didn’t play with the pop on this board.
Switch: Rode like a true twin without any issues going to switch riding for me.
Overall Impression: The Diamond is Endeavor’s higher end women’s all mountain board that can ride anything you want. It’s slightly stiffer in the right spots to make sure it can handle the mountain without getting bumped around. The zero camber gives you the board good grip on the hardpacked and it still has a fun flare to how it handles.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Diamond is completely redesigned for 2013 but it still keeps up that Endeavor formula for riding. It’s built and designed to be more mountain riding than the Boyfriend (which I loved last year). Having never ridden the Diamond, I thought it rode pretty damn good, handled the mountain and still had some playfulness to it that I wasn’t expecting.
Ready to buy? Head over to evo to shop the full line of 2011-12 snowboards until the 2013 snowboards come out.
On Snow Photo
Endeavor Diamond Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.