Capita Black Snowboard of Death (ridden and semi reviewed)
Well guys, finally have had the chance to ride this board. I'm 5'11 175. I'm up at Revelstoke and Kicking Horse, and snagged a 156 for some fun. Not my board, but basically brand new. Buddy sent me with it for this trip to take along with my Lib Tech T Rice 157.
Here are some quick thoughts. One of these days I'll start writing reviews, but to do it right, I think you have to put the detail in that some of the other people do here, and I just haven't had time yet to do that.
Anyway, conditions have been amazing. Powder the last three days at both resorts, consisting of up to waist high in some sections of Revelstoke, and knee high in most of the untouched stuff at Kicking Horse.
Long story short, borrowed the board because I was thinking it would be a perfect place to try the board out and just mix it up.
Positives - groomers the thing kicks ass. You can really rail into a carve, due to camber in this board. Doesn't chatter anywhere near as much as my Yes Optimistic. Very quick base. Very solid float in powder due to the set back, and rocker in the tips. Not anywhere near as floaty as my Optimistic (which the Optimistic sized up at a 159 feels like a powder board to me), but still a board I would consider a good all mountain deck in the pow. The pop was also pretty good from this board.
Negatives - Edge to edge initiation and quickness. This thing has more pronouced camber than the Optimistic, therefore, you are dealing with more work to get edge to edge. Definitely not slow, or anywhere near the work of a pure cambered deck, so mission accomplished for Capita with a combo board.
***However, here was the main reason for posting. First, I'll preface this by saying that when you have that much snow, the chop in the afternoon as it's ridden out is brutal. That's natural. However, this board got chucked around more than any board I have ridden recently. The dampness is hardly there with this board, and maybe because it's super light, no idea, but this board is brutal in the chop. And that for me was HIGHLY disappointing given that this deck is an aggessive all mountain deck. Even riding in the trees, this board just gets bucked off every ridden out trail.
Conversely, the T Rice always holds strong here. Such a damp board, but, and I know, going to get banned for always mentioning it, but gives you better feel of the mountain in my opinion, than a Never Summer counterpart, which might as well be a plank.
The T Rice is much faster edge to edge, miles easier to initiate turns with the profile of having rocker between and under foot, and the MTX and camber zones just work. I am always curious to see if I find a board I like better than my T Rice, but always go back to this board. The BSOD obviously had powder float on the Rice with the setback, and softer rockered tip.
***Should be noted, a Jamie Lynn would be a better comparison to the BSOD, because it too has a setback, a similar waist, and fits the same category of board. I rode the Lynn last year, and loved it, but it's pretty damn similar to the T Rice.
Flex - should talk about this. The BSOD is much softer than my Rice, stiffer than a TRS. I was actually surprised this thing wasn't much stiffer from tip to tail like the Rice. However, if it makes sense, torsionally, the BSOD was stiffer. I would say on par with the Optimistic in flex.
***I recommend this for someone that bombs morning groomers, and likes getting into the powder, without having a dedicated pow stick. But be warned, it's not damp, and in fact, was below average for a big mountain board. Not as damp as the Optimistic.
***Overall, came away disappointed here. I have a Capita Ultrafear, and love the damn board. Perfect for what it's for. Was thinking Capita probably had this stick dialed as well, however, I could name about half a dozen boards I would take over this thing, with a small list starting with the Jamie Lynn, Yes Big City (should be similar to the Optimistic), Never Summer Heritage, Ride Berzerker (rode last years High Life, which is basically the same board no?).
Sidebar, but I'll get my ass into the review section soon. This year, I have had a chance to ride the following boards: K2 Happy Hour, Lib Tech Attack Banana, Never Summer Proto, Arbor Coda, Burton Sherlock, Forum Double Dog Destroyer, Forum Honeypot, Lib Tech TRS, Smokin Superpark, Never Summer Evo, Capita Ultrafear (own).