Board: Capita Black Snowboard of Death
Camber Option: Alpine V1 Profile. Rocker in the nose camber under foot, flat right before a short rocker section in the tail.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Warmer temps, sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, firm fast snow to spots that were a little more lumpy and slushy.
Flex: First off I want to say it feels like they softened this board up a bit from last year. It does have a true directional flex which means slightly softer nose progressively stiffening up into the tail with a very defined middle of the road flex that is a bit more loose. There’s a bit of torsional flex which helps with the twist and drive through the middle of the board.
Stability: So right under foot this board is damp and stable. You’ll notice that it just kills a lot of the vibrations there. In the tips you get some chatter and it does attempt to reverberate back under foot. In rutted out terrain this board plows up and over everything with ease without washing out or buckling.
Ollies/Pop: This board has snap. Due to the slightly softer flex this board is easier to engage. It’s almost a skate like pop but with a bit more rebound due to the camber in the mid section. If you load it up you boost and if you’re laid back you still get some pop.
Butterability: High speed wheelies are your friend, but you can get out over the nose and tail if you really man handle the board and lock into the sweet spots. It is going to fight you and there is a lot of rebound to it which will have you popping out of everything.
Carving: Here is where this board stands out. There’s a smooth and effortless transition from toe to heel. When it’s on edge it feels like you’re locked in and going to cut through everything in your path, but you can still disengage it when you need to. That defined middle of the board flex point is great for taking you from a mellow carve into an aggressive one. It allows you to steer from the front and then drive through the middle and rear of the board. Short tight quick carves or deep hard long drawn out ones this board lets you do anything you want.
Rider in Mind: The charging all mountain freeride guy that wants a 20 year piece of snowboarding history.
Personal Thoughts: While last years deck I understood who it was for, this years is by far the best BSOD I’ve ever ridden. It’s smooth on edge but still has the precision you want. It’s like driving a European R-Design car in the mountains, if you’ve never experienced that you’re missing out. The flex, shape, sidecut, camber profile are the culmination of 20 years of experience to bring you the best of the best.
Comparable Boards: Telos DST, Jones Flagship, Ride Berzerker.