Snowboard Review: 12-13 Endeavor Color
22 Aug, 2012
Location: Whistler, BC
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Endeavor Color with Union Atlas Team bindings and Flow Luxe Coiler boots size 8.
First Impression: The Color is on the prowl with an aggressive streak and fun riding.
Flex: The Color is built for freestyle riding, so overall it’s on the softer scale with a softer to mid-range flex. The tip to tail carbon stringers help stiffen it up and give it the more aggressive handling torsionally so that turns are responsive. The RC gives the nose and tail a bit more playfulness for buttering. It’s one of those park boards you can ride the whole mountain with and still ride boxes and rails. The Color is 3mm reverse camber with a subtle concave or arching profile that curves upward, reducing pressure on the contact points of the board.
Turning: Just like the last time I rode the Color, it was quick engagement into turns on the mountain. It was the ideal board for Whistler conditions because the mountain was packed full of people that you had to avoid quickly. The sidecut is designed to be quick, aggressive and arcing turns on a dime. I liked the response out of it without feeling it was too aggressive, there was a still a level of forgiveness with the board thanks to the RC.
Stable: Conditions were constantly changing on the mountain, from the morning hardpacked to the softer snow on the groomers. The Color did fine in the handling on the groomers, not too soft and never dug into the snow deeper than it needed to. Some bouncing around in the choppy areas but never felt the vibrations in the feet.
Pop: The carbon nose tip to tail definitely packs some pop into the board making it really strong for ollies, even on rollers. The RC helps with buttering and playing around on presses. I took it into the park to take over a couple boxes and smaller jumps and it was totally comfortable on them.
Switch: Rode just like the true twin it was designed to be. I didn’t notice any differences when riding switch to regular.
Overall Impression: The Color is Endeavor’s fun, playful, park board that delivers a smooth, consistent ride with an aggressive streak. It’s a true-twin board that can handle the mountain with the 3mm reverse camber to help make riding a bit more fun.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Color is that fun board you can just pick up and ride. I didn’t have to question the board before riding it, I knew that it’d deliver a fun poppy ride for the mountain and grip the hardpacked where I needed some edgehold. Even just for groomer laps, it does the job and even delivers a fun graphic.
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On Snow Photo
Endeavor Color Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the Whistler Telus Festival on-snow demos.