The High 5 is like no other. By using Flat Kicks the High 5 has a longer effective edge than other boards of the same length; in other words if you size down a couple of centre meters for you freestyle board you’ll get the same grip that you would from your all mountain board. Perfect for advanced freestylers who like bigger jumps and halfpipe where edge grip is essential.
The versatility the H5 offers makes this deck the obvious choice for Jody Wachniak when filming his part for Sandbox. Jody rides rails, park, and huge custom hits and needs to know that his board will react when he needs it to.
Available Lengths (cm):
151, 153, 155, 157, 159
Skateboard Style Flat Kicks
Medium Flex Rating = 4/10
Extremely fast Sintered 7500 base factory waxed
Aggressive sidecut for quick turns
10 Tip-To-Tail Carbon Stringers for “POP”
Stance centered on contact points
26” maximum stance width
Poplar Tip-To-Tail Wood Core
Watch the 2011 Endeavor High 5 Series Video Snowboard Review
This was the last board which I tested at the 2010 UK board test and so it was nice to finish off with a traditional cambered twin which had, in our opinion, the best graphics of any board at the test. The topsheet was basically made up of Endeavour’s ‘Cosmonaut’ graphic which was beautifully printed and the base shared the same burnt orange colour with very detailed Space-odyssey style sci-fi space ‘things’ painted on it. The cost of such elaborate artwork cannot have been cheap and this board looked so good I was desperate for it to work for me on the hill. Fortunately, I was not to be disappointed. The board featured Endeavour’s ‘Flatkick’ tip and tail which means the tips and tail curve up quite drastically at one particular point, rather than a more gradual curve. The idea of this is to help give the board more float in powder and I felt it did work well, especially where the snow was a touch heavy. It even seemed to get the board up above shallow layers of powder and away from the harsher lower layers of snow pretty easily and I would not be surprised to see this construction appear on other manufacturer’s boards next season. One thing I would say about the flat-kick is that the point at which the tip and tails turn up move further away from the feet and this made the 157cm I was riding perform more like a board at least 3cm longer. Upon further inspection it did appear that this construction was giving the board up to 1.5cm of extra effective edge at each end. I have tried to think about this and am not sure where I stand – the board is still a 157cm and would spin and swing like one, but the extra edge gave super high-speed stability and felt really responsive underfoot. I guess for the beginner this extra edge may cause a problem but for the more accomplished rider I think this board could really offer serious benefits. I loved the ride it gave me, it had a medium-hard flex (about 7/10) but torsionally the board flexed nicely and I could make it do what I wanted fairly effortlessly. I seriously enjoyed riding this snowboard and would recommend it to any intermediate riders upwards. The Endeavour High-5 looks the part and after an afternoon riding it I can safely say that this board has more depth to it than simple good looks.
Posted by Ben Molloy in • Endeavor
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on March 09, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Hey i’m thinking to buy a 151 high5 board, but i’m not sure if it will work out on rails….. have you tried it on rails and boxes? does it spin well on them??
i agree with you it is one of the most good looking boards i’ve ever seen, and it looks good for bigjumps and powder.
on September 28, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Hey everyone. Board looks sick, but im stuck as to whether to buy the 159 or the 157?!
Im 6’4” and 80kg, so would usually stick to a 159… but you say you can afford to go a bit smaller with this board because of the longer edges caused by the flat-kicks? Enjoy the park, but I also love a bit of off piste and back-country action, so dont want to go and sacrifice a couple of centimeters and get a smaller board only to end up regretting it when im pissed off and sunk in the pow! Any input would be appreciated, cheers!
on September 28, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Nick you’re definitely right and for your weight I’d probably still say go for the 157. You might also want to check out this year’s Board of Directors (2012). Quite similar to the High5 in that it was flat kicks and a slighly longer effective edge, but it’s also zero camber which will definitely help with float in pow… probably more so than a couple of extra cms of snowboard. We haven’t got the review up on the site yet but you can see the video review on our Youtube channel snowboardreviewTV . Rich
on September 28, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly Rich, and cheers for the recommendations! Have checked out the 2012 B.O.D and it sounds awesome, especially if its a bit softer than the 2011 model. But finding it much cheaper than around the £400 mark is going to be a struggle - dont know if my budget will stretch THAT far :(!
Other than the Hi5 iv also been tempted by both the k2 believer and k2 parkstar as both have pretty sweet reviews for all mountain riding(even if the parkstar graffix are less than inspiring!). If you had the choice, which one would you recommend most?
Hope you dont mind me picking your brains! Thanks again, Nick
on September 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Well yeah the Beliver isn’t a bad choice but I think you’ll find the Parkstar lacks some guts for hard, rutted and mgul infested snow. You might want to look at K2’s new release the Lifelike, it’s like atoned down version of the Slayblade and £340 it’s quite well priced. Tom who tested the BOD as well really enjoyed the Lifelike… but I think the BOD was his favourite.
K2 graphics are always less than inspiring! I can’t name an exception to that.
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