Snowboard Iskola

Board: Capita Black Snowboard of Death

Size: 156

Camber Option: Alpine V1 Profile. Rocker in the nose, camber in the mid section, flat outside the rear insert, then rocker before the tip kick.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Arapahoe Basin

Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warm temps, hot pow, creamy snow, chop, chunder, and perfect hero groomers.

Flex: So I’ve ridden enough versions of this board to know when it’s had a little tweaks. The new core is more torsionally soft which changes the flex overall a little bit. This is still a hard charging all mountain freeride board, but it’s more approachable for the everyman. You do have a directional flex with it that starts with a ever so slightly softer nose and progressively stiffens back up to the tail. It’s on the stiffer side but not a full blown plank.

Stability: This board got more damp for this year. The new topsheet as well as the new core just absorb micro vibrations and more pronounced jarring better. You’ll notice that this board got smoother and slightly more damp without sacrificing any of its liveliness.

Ollies/Pop: The camber profile has to be loaded up and that takes a little effort, but what you put in you get double back out. This makes it a deck that launches sidehits, rollers, and poppers with ease. So just come in fast, load it up, and prepare yourself for takeoff!

Butterability: Won’t lie this is a work out. You’re going to be fighting the flex and camber in the center of this board to get it to lock into a nose or tail butter. You will find yourself sitting out over the nose/tail with all your weight and it will make you work for it.

Carving: Here’s where this board shines. It has a smooth and fluid initiation outside the front foot, but drives entirely from inside the rear foot. This board comes alive at speed and the carves get more pronounced and defined. You can lay it over if you want or you can just lock it in on edge and casually ankle flex steer this board. What’s nice about this board now is that it doesn’t want to kill you at slow speeds, it will be a little hooky, but you mostly notice that when one footing on flats. When strapped in this almost completely disappeared. There’s a ton of power out of the tail of this board so utilize that to your advantage.

Rider in Mind: Hard charging all mountain freerider.

Personal Thoughts: I was a big fan of the 2020/2021 and then they changed it for 21/22 and I felt it was a little more aggressive than I personally would have liked. This version feels more like the 20/21 torsionally and flex-wise but with the raw power of the 21/22. This gives it more power through a carve but doesn’t have a flex that makes you feel like if you don’t bring your A game all the time you will die. It’s far more approachable and god damn does this thing feel good just ripping a hard carve.

Comparable Boards: K2 Alchemist, Jones Ultra Flagship, Amplid Souly Grail

Recommended Bindings: Union Atlas Pro, Rome Cleaver, Ride A-10