The Endeavor High5 is a board we want to get to know better. It’s hard to get a hold of these boards in the US and I haven’t been able to get extended demo’s going from them these days. We only got to test this board in chopped up end of the day powder which is hard to gauge the boards personality but what we experienced made us want to get know how it rides in other conditions.
Size: 160 (I think)
Conditions: Over a foot of chopped up end of the day Powder
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Flux DS
Set Up: 23” wide 15 front -15 back centered
Approximate Weight: Feels Light
On Snow Feel: We had conditions that don’t really allow you to get the whole personality of the board but we both felt a few things come through. It was stable snappy, quick, poppy and fun. It also had a semi-aggressive feel to it.
Powder: It wasn’t a powder master but it didn’t throw us over the handle bars either.
Turn Initiation and Carving: From what we could tell in the conditions we had it was very quick and snappy edge to edge and it would have been fun to take it out in clean groomers and really throw down some hard carvy turns. It was also quick when negotiating moguled up powder and trees.
Speed: Not a bomber board but it seems to be on the faster end of the twin spectrum.
Uneven Terrain: It handled uneven terrain very well and even though it’s a touch on the aggressive side we had an easy time in the mostly bumpy snow.
Edge Hold: Not too sure here because the conditions were pretty soft with only a few short patches of harder snow but it looks like it’s going to be a board that can handle hard snow ok but I’d really like to spend more time on it.
Flex: Doesn’t feel super buttery like the Gorilla but it feels snappy and poppy.
Switch: Rides the same way each way. It’s a twin.
Jibbing: Not a bad jibber but it felt more at home to us in the pipe and on jumps.
Pipe: No pipe but these are the types of boards we usually like to ride in the pipe.
Jumps: Nice pop and it had a good snap to ollies off the tip and tail. That was probably one of the High Five’s top qualities.
All in all we felt like we got to shake the boards hand and exchange a few pleasantries but didn’t really get to know it.