|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||< 8, 8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Endeavor Ranger 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Endeavor Ranger is a lower-cost version of the Endeavor Pioneer, which we really love. Although the Pioneer has a more dynamic poppy flex, Endeavor didn’t skimp on the rest and they offer up a really great one board quiver for this price point.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Everything from perfect groomers, to uneven snow, to a few inches to almost 2 feet of powder, and some early morning slackountry time with the Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs), Nick (Size 10, 160lbs, 5’8”)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton Imperial
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor
Set-Up: 22” Wide.15 front 15 back, 21 front -6 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back. 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal and maybe just a touch on the lighter side.
Sizing: The 156 felt just right for my specs (James Biesty) as well as Nicks above. It worked ok for Grant but it would have been better for him in a wide.
Flex/Buttering: Like the Pioneer, the Endeavor Ranger has this really unique hybrid camber flex that feels a little easier near the tip and tail but also has a pretty good return/snapback after flexing it there. All endeavor boards have a ton of pop, and while this might be a bit behind the Pioneer it still is in the upper tier for hybrid camber rides. Just lot’s of feel-good energy underfoot.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The stability of the Endeavor Ranger borders on being semi-locked in but it is still on the stable side. It’s one of those boards that a stoked intermediate ready to learn could get on but it also is a serious taint tickler for advanced to expert riders. It skids turns well enough and feels the same in almost every condition you want to ride.
Edge Hold: Pretty competent edge hold even into harder snow. You have to dial back how hard you commit your edge but it’s still pretty good.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick even though it tracks soo well when you point it. Usually, it’s one or the other better, but somehow it does both pretty well.
Turning Experience/Carving: this extra camber and mellower early rise seems to do the same thing when hitting jumps in the sense that you feel it really spring out of the turn as it pops on an ollie. Yeah, we had more fun on the Pioneer but it’s hard to think of another board we have tried recently at $449 that can do what the Endeavor Ranger does.
Powder: Setting this all the way back transformed this board into an average freeride board and that is more than you should ask from an all-mountain board. Only a few others we have tried in the “one board quiver/all-mountain” category that you can ask. Setting it all the way back you can get a difference between nose/tail of 5” or 4 if you go by the suggested stance range markings. That means you could get a set back from the center of the board of 2.5” or 2” which is pretty far back for an all-mountain board. We usually get stoked on 1.75” or even 1.5”. Then, combine the early rise in the nose and you have a really solid directional floater in the semi-deep stuff.
Speed: The base of the Endeavor Ranger is the same as the Pioneer and that’s pretty cool. It’s pretty damp like the Pioneer too and those sidewalls might be why. Whatever is happening, it’s a pretty good board to point it…well within reason.
Uneven Terrain: We all were more than comfortable powering over bumps or weaving in and out of them. Also, in micro bumps on hard snow it handled pretty well.
Switch: Almost perfect either way. If you are considering the Jones Frontier or Endeavor Pioneer (two of our favorite low-cost all-mountain boards) get this if you want to work on riding switch or you like to ride switch a lot.
Jumps: The Endeavor Ranger is all about kickers. It’s only a shade behind the Pioneer mainly because the core and tech inside the core just make the board pop a little harder. Still, both boards approach a kicker equally well and land equally well. It has a nice balance between having tons of pop for hybrid camber and being forgiving on the landings. I’m old and broken but the Endeavor Ranger and Pioneer inspired me to say fuck it…hit that…and work my way to another surgery.
Jibbing: Doable for sure but not ideal.
Pipe: Like the Pioneer, the Endeavor Ranger had this nice drive wall to wall while not feeling super technical and unforgiving. It’s a great board for those that want to really work on riding pipe or it’s great for those that like to stop in the pipe at the end of a run.
So overall, the Endeavor Pioneer has a ton to offer for a wide variety of riding styles as well and just blends into almost any terrain or condition the average rider, like us, would come across.
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