|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Endeavor Alpha 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Endeavor Alpha is a new board in their line that we have decided to call Mellowcross. Don’t get us wrong it’s a massive bow of camber that is very technical and hard to ride but it has a more playful flex that is uncommon for a board like this that makes it a very fun board for more than just the super gnarley to carve on.
Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Mainly clean groomers
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs),Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs), Zobel (Size 11.5, 6’ 180lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”) Stephen (Size 12.5, 215lbs 6’3”), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Falcor
Set-Up: About 22” Wide. 27 front +6 back. Close to Reference
Approximate Weight: Feels normal and maybe a touch on the heavier side of normal.
Sizing: It felt like the correct for Nick with his 10 boots and fine for me with my size 9’s and could easily handle our weight.
Flex/Buttering: It has a medium-stiff flex but that is pretty uncommon for a board like this. Usually, it’s soo stiff that it is hard to flex so that was cool to have it mellowed out. It is a very springy flex and with all that camber it’s hard to even get it to butter a little bit. It needs a very strong rider.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: Super locked in. There is soo much camber and effective edge that leads up to a nubbin of a nose/tail. So while it might not be a super aggressive boardercross/free carver kind of ride it really does feel technical and catchy. It’s not for skidding turns and you have to be on your game. The East was much more forgiving but carving for us but the way this springs out of a turn was a little more fun here.
Edge Hold: Very strong and competent hard snow friendly grip but never felt grabby.
Turn Initiation: Not very fast edge to edge but very springy.
Turning Experience/Carving: So when you lean into the turn with the Endeavor Alpha you feel this massive bow of camber give this nice prolonged flex downward and then rebounds like a bow releasing an arrow and springs you hard out of the turn. Even though a bow springs the other way I think you get what I mean. It’s such a fun feel underfoot to finish a turn and all you want to do is weight that camber down with another hard turn so it will spring out super hard. I loved how the making the Alpha flex as you commit to the turn was obtainable for even riders like me and you didn’t have to be a super-strong rider to get so much out of each turn. If you want to make the most out of traditional camber this is a great option. I enjoyed this more than the East and the D.O. Carbon for turning mainly because of the way it really sprang out of the turn.
Powder: I wouldn’t even think of riding this in powder. It would be super-scary even in 2 inches.
Speed: It isn’t going to bomb like the Alloy D.O.Carbon and it isn’t as damp as the East but it is still incredibly stable if you want to point it and the base has really good glide to it.
Uneven Terrain: Just put it away when the groomers are not smooth anymore. It can handle rougher snow better than most of its peers but it’s still not made for uneven terrain like most boards are.
So all in all the Endeavor Alpha could be a really fun board to have in your quiver as it really rails a hard turn and gives a much more mellow take on aggressive boards like this.
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