THE TOP 40 SNOWBOARDS OF 2013/2014 – BY THE WHITELINES
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When it comes to choosing a snowboard, the possibilities are seemingly endless. There are so many thousands of variations of models with all kinds of technical variations – where do you even begin?
Our advice would be to start thinking about what you want your board to do. What do you like riding? What’s your ability level? How much do you want to spend? Then get on the research. This is where our 40 Top Snowboards comes into handy. Taken from the Whitelines 100 issue, the Snowboard Buyers’ Bible, this is a list of what our experts judge to be the best 40 boards on sale in the UK this winter.
The boards in this list were picked by the Whitelines team, based on the feedback and comments we received from the hundreds of riders of all ability levels (from pros and shop monkeys to members of the snowboarding public) who attended the Snowboard Spring Break event last May. Over the course of the week these testers wrote over 1,250 reviews of around 500 bits of snowboard kit, including 350 boards from 30 manufacturers, so there were plenty of voices involved!
Over the course of the week our testers wrote over 1,250 reviews of around 500 bits of snowboard kit, including 350 boards from 30 manufacturers.
We combined these opinions with technical information from the brands and the Whitelines test team’s own expertise (the four of us have over 60 years riding experience combined) to create our detailed and in-depth reviews. There are no bad boards in this list (it’s a top 40, so there bloody well shouldn’t be!) but each has its particular strengths, and some will suit different ability levels and riding styles better than others. We can safely say however that all the sticks we’ve picked are awesome. If you pick one of these that we’ve said will suit your level and style, you’re basically guaranteed a good time!
ENDEAVOR COLOR SNOWBOARD 2013/14 REVIEW
Endeavor Snowboards have been going for more than a decade now and the Color has been a staple of their range for most of that time. A soft, jibby board, it’s long been a favourite with the kind of Whistler park rat who loves this Canadian brand. For proof of this board’s quality in this area you need look no further than Whitelines’ jib-loving online editor Sam Oetiker. Having done two seasons in Whistler himself, he’s been riding one of these for the last five years and loving it. So what is it that makes the Color so good?
Well, there’s the flex for starters – the poplar core and bi-axial fibreglass weave give this a soft, buttery feel, making it perfect for pressing on rails or jibbing down the piste. This flex is combined with a reverse camber profile that lifts the contact points making it tricky to catch an edge and giving the board a forgiving feel. That’s not to say it’s a complete noodle. Endeavor have thrown some carbon strips into the mix to add a bit more pop, and there’s enough ollie power in this to have fun with. The comment that cropped up most regularly amongst our testers was “playful”.
Essentially though this is still a very soft board. That, combined with the extruded base, means it’s never going to be the best for hooning it down icy steeps at a million miles an hour. But if you’re looking for a park and rails board that you can push your freestyle skills on, the Color should definitely make your shortlist.
ENDEAVOR COLOR SNOWBOARD 2013/14 – VIDEO REVIEW – BY WHITELINES
ENDEAVOR BOYFRIEND SNOWBOARD 2013/14 REVIEW
Endeavor describe the Boyfriend as a “no nonsense, take no prisoners park dominator”. Take a look at the spec, and it’s easy to see what they mean. It’s a true twin for starters, which makes riding switch easy, and its combo profile is tailored to offer a perfect combination of the poppiness of camber with the catch-free feel of rocker. There’s camber between the bindings, while the contact points near the tip and tail are lifted, making them snag on rails. The poplar wood core is made softer than normal so that women, who are generally lighter, will find it easy to butter and press. Carbon stringers down the length of the board adding a bit of extra power, but this is still designed more for jibbing than charging around the pistes.
That said, if you do choose to go fast, there is rubber in the sidewalls which helps cushion you from lumps in the piste and reduce chatter at speed. One of our testers remarked on how responsive the board felt when carving, an unusual comment for such a soft board. The base of the board is extruded, so it’s not super-tech or super-fast, but then you don’t really need that for a board designed primarily for freestyle. And make no mistake, although intermediate piste cruisers will probably love the soft flex and easy feel, it’s the park where this board is most at home.
If nothing else that badass bird-flipping graphic, designed by Mexican artist El Grand Chamaco, should tell you that the kind of woman who rides this stick is not the kind you wanna mess with.