Hello and welcome to my Endeavor Archetype snowboard review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Archetype as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Archetype a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
Board: Endeavor Archetype
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 83.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 36 men’s freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Archetype’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Archetype’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Camber Camber to tail but rocker before the nose
A little heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Archetype Most Suited To?
The Archetype is great for anyone who's looking for a short/wide-ish board that is great in powder - but one that can still carve really well on groomers, and handle speed on harder snow.
Certainly not for beginners - too much camber and too stiff.
It's a quiver board for sure - but it could be a daily driver, if your style fit within it's bounds.
The Archetype in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Archetype is capable of.
Board: Endeavor Archetype 2020, 158cm (260mm waist width)
Date: March 5, 2019
Conditions: Quite hard/icy in patches on and off groomer. Firm else-where.
Overcast conditions with OK but not great visibility.
Cold with a cold, biting wind.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Setback 25mm (1") - naturally a centered stance (on effective edge, which is still quite a bit of setback on board) but I wanted to be a bit setback on effective edge on this board
Width at Inserts: 278mm (10.95") at front insert and 264mm (10.39") for me it was 275mm and 264mm with the extra setback, but centered, it's 278mm and 264mm.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight per cm: 18.98 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.45 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of 51 boards that I've weighed in 2019 and 2020 models. The Archetype is a little heavier than average, but not by a lot. And despite having that big swallow cut-out, it still has quite a bit of surface area. And, most importantly, it didn't feel heavy on snow. Quite a lively feel to it.
There's never a time that I don't wish for powder, but it's especially so when I have a board like the Archetype for a week - but unfortunately I wasn't blessed with the opportunity to get the Archetype in powder. But based on the feel and on the specs, how this performs in powder is pretty easy to predict. As in, really well at an educated guess.
Carving & Turning
Carving: For a board with such aggressive taper, in fact I think it's the biggest difference in terms of width at inserts of the front insert vs back insert that I've ridden, I expected the tail to feel a bit more washy - a bit more like it would kick out easy, but on a hard carve wouldn't be that great. But it surprised me - it was actually really decent on a carve. And actually felt semi-locked in on a carve.
Not as aggressive a carve as the Endeavor Alpha (but not many do!) but still felt nice to carve.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not the most nimble at slow speeds. This board prefers to go fast. Didn't love it in the trees, but if there was powder in there, it would have been a completely different story, I would imagine.
Skidded Turns: You can get away with it to an extent - but a very small extent. This board is not made to skid.
Felt nice and stable at speed - and carving at speed. I expected a little more washiness, but it was way more locked in than I expected. Perhaps something to do with the carbon rods in the tail (see video below for more on that).
Was good going through crud - could smash through it. But didn't like unduating terrain so much - more suited to even terrain or powder.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Better for jumps than I was expecting.
Pop: Really good pop and quite easy to access as well. There's certainly some in there that needs more of a load up, but there's some that comes easy too. There's 2 levels of pop you can get out of this board, for sure.
Approach: Nice stable approach, particularly good for larger jumps.
Landing: Nice stable landings. Felt like you could stomp it - and was best when you did stomp it. Not super forgiving if you get the landing too wrong.
Side-hits: Not as nimble as I would like for trickier approaches, but otherwise OK - I preferred having a nice smooth take off with this board for jumps though.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: More suited to bigger jumps, but small jumps certainly doable.
Felt weird riding switch. I rode it with more setback but even being centered on the effective edge would feel weird with all that taper - and even just psychologically seeing that swallow tail lead, was off putting.
Whilst it was fine on jumps, I preferred sticking to straight air. Taking off and landing switch was weird for 180s. And wasn't the easiest to get the spin around on. Perhaps quite torsionally stiff, and perhaps being a little heacvier contributed to that. But it's not really designed for that, IMO.
You can actually butter on this board. It feels a bit weird on the tail, but there's some butterability there. But still not great. Probably 2.5/5. But I was expecting it to be worse.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Archetype is a fun board that I would have loved to have tested in more powder, as it's almost certainly a good time there.
But it surprised me with it's edge hold, carving and speed - and a feel that is semi-locked in. It does have plenty of camber, so that certainly aids it there. Plenty of pop too and a better jumper than I was expecting. Overall a fun ride that would make a good quiver board, or potentially even a daily driver depending on your style of riding.
And beauty is, no doubt, in the eye of the beholder, but I really like the look of this board.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Archetype, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Archetype compares to other freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.