Hello and welcome to my Endeavor Pioneer review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Pioneer as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Pioneer a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: Endeavor Pioneer 2020
Flex Rating: Medium
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 87.4/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 36 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
*Based on 2019 ratings. Not all ratings for 2020 models have yet been completed. This will be updated once they have been
Overview of the Pioneer’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Pioneer’s specs and available sizes.
Hybrid Camber Endeavor's Multi Camber
Just on the lighter side of Normal
* technically directional twin, but very close to true twin. The nose is just 3mm longer than the tail (from my measurements). It's true it's also blunted - so maybe more like 6-8mm longer if it wasn't blunted. Technically directional twin, but very close to true twin.
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Pioneer Most Suited To?
The Pioneer is great for anyone who wants to ride the park or wants to ride the mountain like a park. It excels in all things freestyle - and is a very well rounded board for riding freestyle.
It's not un-rideable if you want to carve and ride at speed but not its forte.
A pretty easy going ride overall, but not strictly beginner friendly. A high-end beginner will probably be fine on it, but not for the complete beginner. Intermediate to advanced freestyle riding is where this board fits best.
The Pioneer in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Pioneer is capable of.
Board: Endeavor Pioneer 2020, 154cm (254mm waist width)
Date: March 6, 2019
Conditions: Fairly cold wind, and quite cold all round. Cloudy with sunny patches. Visibility not perfect but decent.
Snow quite firm mostly, without being too hard, though some hard and even icy patches in places.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 264mm (10.39")
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 185lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Vans Aura
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2780 grams (6lb 2oz)
Weight per cm: 18.05 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. So the Pioneer just on the lighter side of normal. The actual weight of a board and feel on snow is often very different though. The Pioneer felt lighter on snow than normal.
Didn't have any fresh powder to test it in, but based on specs, not the kind of board you get for riding powder. Fine for the occasional pocket but not for being regularly in deeper powder.
Carving & Turning
Fun for all types of turns. Nice and maneuverable all round, whether riding fast or slow.
Not an aggressive carver by any means. Could get into a carve but not something that's going to have you elbows deep in a carve. A longer size would have been better for carving, but not what this board's forte is in any case.
It was the loosest feeling of all the Endeavor boards I rode. Not ultra-loose by any means, but just very slightly on the looser side of stable.
Decent at speed - again in a longer size would be a bit better again, but again, speed not its forte. Not what this board is best at, but not what I would be buying this type of board for anyway.
For bumpy terrain it felt really good. Going over bumps it hugged the terrain well and was nimble enough to easily weave through bumpy areas.
Was fine in crud too.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Now we get into the Pioneer's territory!
Good pop - and super easy to access that pop, and all round super fun board for jumps.
Approach: Great approach for everything from small to large jumps and sidehits.
Landing: Really solid. It's sweet spot is off medium jumps, but doable for large jumps too.
Side-hits: Ideal for sidehits. Really good, easy to access pop - nimble on approach for those trickier to get to sidehits, easy to spin and to take off and land riding switch.
Small jumps: Small to medium jumps this thing was super fun. Just about ideal.
Big jumps: Maybe not the boss of large jumps, but doable.
Basically the same either way.
I found the board really easy to get around. Yes I was riding a 154, which is a little shorter than I'm used to, so keep that in mind. But even so, for this type of board I would consider the 154 and no longer than the 156 anyway.
That plus great pop and works really well for taking off and landing switch, makes this a great spinner. Only half a point off for those that like to go massive with their spins - a board with a slightly stiffer platform would likely be better then, but for most of us, that's not part of our repertoire anyway.
A good little jibber too - a good all-rounder for freestyle riding.
I found the Pioneer to be the most buttery of the Endeavor boards I rode. I thought that would go to the Ranger, but I actually found this a little more buttery. And the Ranger is good for buttering, so this is a great little butterer.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Pioneer has everything you need for riding freestyle. It's predominantly a jumper and spinner, but can certainly hold it's own down the jib line too. It's also really buttery, but without feeling flimsy at all.
One of the funnest freestyle decks I rode last winter.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Pioneer, 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 freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Pioneer compares to other freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.