Board: Capita Defenders of Awesome
Camber Option: Hybrid FK. Camber 5cm’s past the inserts, into a flat zone, and then a very micro reverse camber zone before the upkick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Overcast skies, temps in the mid 3’s, about 2 inches of fresh snow on top of perfectly groomed corduroy, and zero wind with decent visibility.
Flex: There’s middle of the road all-mountain flex, then there’s stiffer middle of the road all-mountain flex. This board is the latter. Between the feet and out past the inserts is the stiffest portion of the board. This is where it gets its stability and drive. Then just before the tips is a tiny sweet spot (where the micro reverse camber zone is) that gives more flexibility. The torsional give of this deck is very minimal which makes you have to work to carve with it. Over all this isn’t a flex for those with weak knee and chicken legs.
Stability: Between the camber profile and flexibility the board is stable. It’s damp to an extent but still lively where it needs to be. Basically this board isn’t a slouch you can charge with it and not worry but you want to stay on your game because it can buck you.
Ollies: Much like traditional camber you have to preload the tail to get the snap you want. Knowing this, prepare yourself to use the board to get the desired snap you want. This will help you boost over rollers, slow signs, and probably ski patrol if they’re in your way.
Pop On Jumps: Are you a powerhouse rider that wants to send big jumps? Good because this is the board for you. The pop off lips on this deck is unparalleled in the other boards we’ve ridden from Capita thus far. This is a jumpers dream. It snaps off the lip after absorbing the tranny with power and finesse.
Butterability: As mentioned this isn’t a board for the weak legged. You have to man handle butters on this board. The tip shape is great for having a stable area to press on, but that means fuckall if you aren’t bringing your A game.
Jibbing: Go fast, put all your effort into flexing the board, and hopefully it looks good. Much like buttering you have to man handle this board on rails. It’s not for someone that is going to be lazy, you have to put the effort into it to get the desired effect.
Carving: Do you like laying hard carves? Do you find yourself driving your back forearm into the ground like a rudder? Do you just like making people look at you as you get low to the ground and leave pencil thing lines? If you answered yes to any or all of these then you’ll like this board. It rips turns aggressively. This is once again due to the flex pattern of the board. You can’t be lazy if you want to drive this board.
Rider in Mind: The aggressive all mountain freestyle guy that will do it all and will do it with power.
Personal Thoughts: I know when a board isn’t for me. This board isn’t for me, it’s too powerful for my personal style. That’s not a bad thing, but knowing that I know if I rode this everyday my knees would be destroyed. The camber profile rides very similar to that of traditional camber. This board might be listed as defending awesome, but what it defends is the tradition of hard charging freestyle boards that can do it all.
Comparable Snowboards: Interior Plain Project Honalee, Ride Burnout, Salomon Mans Board
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This snowboard was loaned to us for review by Capita Snowboards marketing department.