Snowboard Iskola

Board: Capita Mercury

Size: 159

Camber Option: Resort V2 Profile. Positive camber through the inserts and rocker in the tip and tail.

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 cloudy skies, warmer temps, cooler temps, snow squalls, fresh snow, chunder snow, slush, old powder, fresh powder, perfect groomers, frozen corduroy, ice, and everything in between.

Flex: With an overall flex that comes in past middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex you have a board that feels slightly stiffer than previous years models that I’ve ridden. There’s a little more play in the nose and tail but stiffer from midway between the tip upkick and insert through the middle of the board with a noticeable amount of torsional flex.

Stability: You get chatter in the tips which is to be expected and you feel it under foot. In rutted out terrain this board can get knocked around a little bit so keep those knees bent. At speed the board comes more alive and you feel less of the small variations in the snow underfoot. It’s a highly lively board so keep that in mind.

Ollies: You have to load that camber section up and when you do it works with the rocker section to create a more skate like snap. Overall the pop is solid on this board and does a great job of boosting side hits, launching rollers, or popping powder pillows. It’s easy to engage but gives you more than you put into it back.

Pop On Jumps: It’s at home hitting a jump and popping so you never have to worry about getting it into the air. Be laid back and let the lip throw you or be more assertive and launch off anything. The snap is nice because it gives you more than you put in which means you can send it a little higher or deeper with ease.

Butterability: The small rocker section in the tips is the ideal area to lock into a butter. You will feel the camber fight you so use a little muscle but you don’t have to over power this board or domineer it. You can get sideways and play around with relative ease but still retain some snap out of any variation you do.

Jibbing: The sweet spot for presses is just right that you’re not fumbling to lock into a nose or tail press and it holds that press till the end of the feature then pops out. When you get sideways the camber section hugs the feature and you feel locked in but not clapped out or like it can’t handle a little board slide. I will say that just a touch of speed and a little muscle coupled with speed helps you.

Carving: So I’d been hearing that since they tweaked the sidecut of this board it was a little more hooky. So I went out to rip turns and see if I could recreate some of these complaints I heard and I got it to happen but not often. So after spending a coupe hours railing turns I’ve come to the conclusion that what some people are feeling is the sidecut blend inside the inserts at slow speed. At higher speeds I never noticed it and it just disappeared but slow speeds on more firm snow it became a bit twitchy and that would hook up. Detune as needed and this should rectify it. Otherwise I found this board solid on edge and it just felt like you could sit on the edge and use simple ankle movements to get it to adjust the carve. When you want to lay this board over you can and drive into the center of the camber to push off the tail. Overall it’s got the power to really carve when you need to but it just wants to hang out on edge doing mellow carves or quick set up turns.

Rider in Mind: Rad dad all mountain freestyle guy.

Personal Thoughts: I had to ride this over a couple days to figure out the sidecut thing and I think that will effect some people as I’ve seen comments. I think this is a mix of boot size, stance width, and detuning the edge a little underfoot and inside the inserts to rectify it. Now with that said it also felt like they stiffened this board up just a hair and that was most noticeable in the trees or chopped out powder as it just sort of plowed through that without getting as bucked. Overall it’s still a great board but in a sea of perpetual change there are new comers to the all mountain freestyle category that are beating this deck out.

Comparable Boards: Ride Algorhythm, Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, Yes Typo

Binding Recommendations: Union Strata, K2 Formula, Ride A-8