Board: Capita Indoor Survival
Camber Option: Freestyle FK. Flat from the end of each insert pack and then a mellow rocker to the up-kick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Grey skies, low visibility, and cold temps. The aftermath of a storm that hit all of Colorado. The groomers were fast and soft, but not mushy. Off the beaten path the snow was tracked out in most places with minor pockets of knee deep snow.
Flex: Softer at the very end of the tips, stiffening up under foot, and then softening up again in the middle of the board. There’s an abundance of torsional flex as well which makes the board lively between the feet. To break it down this is a true middle of the road flex pattern.
Stability: Charging through various terrain this board was lively, yet stable. With rocker there’s always a bit of chatter in the tips at high speeds and you could see the tips flapping a little bit. This chatter however didn’t resonate back underfoot due to the titanium struts which helped dampen it.
Ollies: With flat kick like this it makes the board ride more like a skateboard. This means you don’t have to preload the tail to pop. This was nice for popping over various man made and natural obstacles. Over all the board isn’t super poppy, but it’s got more than enough to make it fun for hitting side hits and blasting rollers.
Pop On Jumps: Much like ollies the board has some snap, but not an overwhelming or even underwhelming amount. It’s just sort of there. Using the lip to throw you is a bit more key than loading up the tip and using the board to get the desired effect you want.
Butterability: The Wah Pow kick coupled with the Freestyle FK gives a great platform to butter. The flex pattern of the board makes you work a little bit to get the desired effect, but isn’t so strenuous that it dissuades you from trying to butter.
Jibbing: There’s a massive sweet spot in the tips for presses. Once you initiate it you are locked in and sliding along. Now if you want to be a bit more lackadaisical and take your time with presses, you can get away with being sloppy due to the rocker. The over all flex pattern of this board does make you work just a tad to get the desired press or slide.
Carving: I found myself laying trenches on this board. Rip it, and grip it seemed to come to mind as I was holding onto my heel edge and plowing a trough through the snow. The sidecut is deep enough to be aggressive with carves, but not so overpowering that when you’re dorking around it throws you into a hard carve.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle rider that will hit the park, slash some pow, rip some trees, and boost a side hit.
Personal Thoughts: I have always heard good things about this board, but I had never had the chance to ride it. Hearing what others have said about it, I can say it lives up to what I was told. It’s fun to carve around the mountain and then pop off natural or man made hits. It’s not an overly poppy board, but it’s not dead either. It’s a deck you can find your flow with easily and then roll with it. For me the sidecut with the slightly narrower waist was nice as it allowed me to drive hard aggressive carves on fresh corduroy with ease.
Check out the 2016 review of the Indoor Survival.
Comparable Boards: Marhar Liftem, K2 Happy Hour, Rossignol Jibsaw
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This board was loaned to us for review from Capita Snowboards marketing department.
*This board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.