Board: Capita Pathfinder
Camber Option: Park V1 Profile. Camber dominate with a small flat section right at the contact point.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with some late afternoon clouds rolling in, warmer temps, low to moderate winds at time, creamy snow, soft groomers, slush, chunder, and pools of water forming in the base area.
Flex: This board sits in that range between full blown jib noodle and middle of the road park board. It’s softer but it still has some rebound to it which makes it a bit more well balanced. You have softer tips that stiffen up right at the insert pack through the middle with a lot of torsional flex. It’s not that much stiffer than the tips but it is noticeable.
Stability: I’d throw the idea of stability out the window you will feel everything in this board. There’s a level of chatter that just sends shock waves through the whole board. You feel any variation in the snow under foot and in rutted out terrain it does get knocked around a bit.
Ollies: What’s nice about this board is it’s predominately camber. So when you load it up it rebounds back to its shape and while it’s a very meat and potatoes deck the snap is there and never fights you to load it up. What you put in is exactly what you will get out which makes it predictable for launching a roller, hitting a side hit, or boosting a cat track gap.
Pop On Jumps: Small to medium sized features are fine for this board anything more and you’ll be pushing it past its limits. It snaps off the lip with ease and lets you know it’s got camber as it will rebound when you load it up. It’s predictable going off a jump so what you put in is once again what you get back.
Butterability: That softer flex in the tips is great for locking into a butter. It just presses so easily and fluidly that you don’t have to worry about it. When locked in and pushing into the board you’ll notice the camber wants to snap out of what you’re doing but it doesn’t fight you. All this means is you can hold the press for as long as you want and then it will pop out of it.
Jibbing: Here’s where this board shines. The flex is forgiving and makes it easy to do just about any jib variation you want. You can lock into a press with relative ease and never worry about it not holding. There’s a little snap from the board to get you out of a feature so don’t worry about that. When you go sideways the camber section just embraces the feature full force and feels locked in. While it does have a softer flex that really cradles the jib it doesn’t clap out like something that is a full on noodle.
Carving: The edge to edge transition is smooth and fluid meaning it’s very predictable how it will go from toe to heel. You can push into the camber section to drive a carve off the tail with minimal effort, but if you put a lot of power into it then it can wash out at times or be over powered. This board is best for mellow set up carves or medium ones that don’t have you pushing it to the limit.
Rider in Mind: Price conscious park rider.
Personal Thoughts: This thing wasn’t bad for what it was. It was predictable and easy to engage. It just felt like a well broken in park board that you have been riding a 100 days a year. I won’t say it’s anything mind blowing because it’s not, it’s just such a basic solid board for what it is.
Comparable Boards: Telos Adit, Rossignol Retox, Bataleon Global Warmer
Binding Recommendations: Union Contact Pro, Rome Vice, K2 Indy