Endeavor Archetype Snowboard Review SideWays Gear Guys EP003

Endeavor Archetype Snowboard Review

· Board: 158 cm Endeavor Archetype
· Bindings: Arbor Cypress (MM), Now Pilot (SS)
· Boots: K2 Ender (MM), Burton Ion (SS)

Rides as badass as it looks.

The Endeavor Archetype is a sinister looking board when you first see it. Black on black on black with a tail reminiscent of something from the Empire Strikes Back, but when you get on it she purrs like a cat with a really nice balance of power tempered with playfulness. The combo makes for a really smooth riding board, also helped along by the taper and directional shape. Don’t let that fool you though, this thing will shred park and still hauls ass switch. The overall shape and swallowtail lets the Archetype blast through pow and varying snow conditions with ease, as well as initiating and finishing quickly, easily, and with power.

The lively flex and regular camber profile make this board super fun on side hits and rollers, easy to get in the air and feels solid landing. The medium flex also makes it easy to throw the tail to hack banks and spray the homies.

This thing carves trenches; mounted on channel system to give you the best board feel possible, the Archetype also features urethane dampening seamless 360* sidewalls so you can feel the mountain and not the chatter. If euro carves are your thing this board will get you low without sacrificing control. At 158 cm, the board still rides nice and tight – no hesitations getting into tight trees or making quick turns. The Archetype is part of Sev’s personal quiver, he has ridden (and enjoyed) it on terrain ranging from neck deep Heli runs to hardpack speed laps to jibs and bonks.

Overall feeling: Fantastic option for someone looking for a high end all around board. The Endeavor Archetype will ride the whole mountain top to bottom and will feel at home on pretty much any terrain. Not the board I would set up for someone hiking the park on the regular, but a sweet ride for pretty much anyone else.

Do you have any thoughts or questions you want to be answered about this board? Comment below and we will do our best to give you the info you are looking for. Please also visit your LOCAL SNOWBOARD SHOP, those guys want to get you set up on something rad that you’re going to enjoy.

Huge thanks to:

@mtseymour for providing us with a ‘Home Mountain’ and ideal multi-terrain testing ground for season 1
@cariboobrewing for keeping us hydrated, talking is thirsty work
@sandboxland for the sweet lid and goggle combo (safety first!!)

Gear in this episode:
@Endeavorsnowboards Archetype Board
@arborsnowboards Cypress Binding
@now bindings Pilot Binding
@k2snow Ender boots
@burton Ion boots
@sandbox Legend Apex helmet
@sandbox Kingpin Shift lens goggle
@salmon arms mitts
@gopro Hero 5


Kay's Turn says:

Sick review guys! I’m stoked to be riding the 18/19 Endeavor Archetype in Japan soon!

CodyH says:

Hey guys, just found this channel – great reviews! I had a question regarding this board: being 6’1″, 190-200lbs, should I steer clear of the 158, or will it have enough float in deep powder? I will being using this board for the season in Hakuba – a lot of tight trees and some tight terrain in places I like to ride, so I am wondering if the 162 will be too much board. I currently ride a K2 Peace Keeper 159, so wanted something different for my 2nd board. Cheers!

Craig64 says:

Great review. Have a ’19 162 Archetype (95kg/191cm). Only ridden in Australia so far but this board absolutely rips. I agree with the SWGG……., rode it dialed back front and rear at -20 (Genesis X) and it’s brilliant. Such a solid edge to edge carver. Could only find a few rare shallow powder pockets to bang into and you instantly feel this board coming to life in here. The Archetype will 100% be in my wheelie Gig for Japan in Jan/Feb.

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