Capita Charlie Slasher 2014 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Capita Charlie Slasher has Flat camber from the tail to just a little bit past the binding on the nose. From there it kicks up like a normal rocker board. Its ready for the deep stuff but the inserts aren’t so back on the tail that its overly surfy. At $400 there aren’t many boards in this price range so it’s a good pick if the sizing is right.
Days on the board- 11+
Bindings Used- Burton Cartels, Burton Co2?s, Flux SF 45?s & Union Force SL’s
Riders on the thang- 3
In 2011 the Slasher dropped their extruded base for a sintered base which makes the 2011 model much more recommendable. Capita also added another model that is called the Party Shark but its just the Slasher with different graphics and the extruded base from last year. For 2012 Capita dropped the party shark and but the Charlie hasn’t changed much from 2011 except for a few minor tweaks and the addition of a 154 to go with the 158 and 164. The 2013 and 2014 Capita Charlie Slasher is pretty much the same board as 2012 but with different graphics.
Our first impression is this board is a beast! Its thick, pretty heavy for a 164, has a very tough base and crazy graphics. This can be good or really bad. Even though the Charlie Slasher is $200 or more less than the average pow board it still sucks when you take a core shot or deep gash when you ride it so it’s nice to see a strong base. We can really like heavy and thick for a pow board because that means when you hit tracked out lines or crud it will plow through it like a tank through a trench. It also usually means it’s damp and will function well at high speeds. It has 2 deceptive cm’s of taper that is hard to tell from your first look. It also looks like the board is set back about 20mm to 30mm which isn’ t all that much for a pow board. Another interesting thing is when we set the Charlie Slasher next to the 166 Salomon Burner we were surprised to see the Charlie Slasher seem to be taller. The Flat camber with a bit of rocker makes the Charlie Slasher ride bigger than a cambered board of it’s size or a few cm taller.
On Snow Feel: The Slasher is made for pow riding so it’s made to be stable and pretty fast. The feel underfoot is very flat and stable without being very catchy. It feels very aggressive though. Even though it’s tapered it doesn’t have a washy in the tail kind of feel. The slasher is a directional pow board above everything else but also handles clean groomers pretty well.
Powder: The Slasher is really unique. Its definitely surfy/slashy but not squirly like a lot of boards with this much taper. We weren’t to sure about the flat camber to the front inserts but after a day in 2ft plus powder we got it. There was never an issue in the trees or even the flat chopped up crap on the way to the chair. It’s soo stiff that it’s bomb proof on any type of terrain. You can bomb a groomer to get to a just opened chair first or bomb through nasty tracked out sierra cement. Most of the time you have to have a board that is big, thick and not very agile to have this speed and stability. Our one issue is the Slasher doesn’t have that rear leg burn free feel like the Lib Tech Snow Mullet does. The Flat Camber in the tail end of the Charlie Slasher makes it a little more work to keep it up and we’d like to see the tail have rocker similar to the nose so you can lean back and keep the board afloat. So planing is just fine but if you want to wheelie up it takes a little more work than some powder boards.
Flex: This board is very stiff in the center. There is almost no give. Once you get to the tip and tail it softens up considerably. It is a little less stiff when you give a torsional flex. This pays off when you hit the chop. It is stable and smooth but it’s no butter board.
Turn Initiation and Carving- It turns like its not tapered but still has slashability. What we mean by this is the board has that feel of regular board and never gets squirly turning on the hard pack that you often find on the way to the powder. It also is great when you flat base the board. It doesn’t have that weird sketchy/catchy feeling like some ultra tapered or rocker boards do. With the front nose kicked up you also don’t have to muscle around the incredibly wide nose for it’s size. The further you move your set back to the tail the easier it becomes to turn. It has a similar feel to the Nidecker Megalight in the sense that a severely tapered board can ride more like a non tapered board. Let’s face it the Nidecker Megalight blows the Charlie Slasher away but it should for twice the price. We have to admit that it is very fun to carve out a deep turn on a groomer too. The tail of the slasher is almost flat so it could handle a lot of pressure from a hard carve without giving out. It still doesn’t have the spring out of a turn like the Burton Barracuda or the Rome Notch but it’s pretty fun to carve.
Speed: This stiff beefy board should perform really well but we were worried about the extruded base. Extruded bases are usually for park boards that never pick up any speed, hit the street and hit rails all day. That being said we were really surprised to see that this thing held its speed and this is one of the fastest extruded bases we have ever experienced. Still its an extruded base and that’s a big drawback. What makes this board so fast is also the damp and stiff build. We haven’t found a speed where the board makes us feel unsafe or unstable. It is also sturdy as hell. There have been many rocks hit so far and there isn’t a single mark on the base. So its tough and pretty fast.
Uneven Snow- So this can bomb through mostly tracked out powder and handle some uneven terrain but when it becomes rutted and mogul filled it’s a little more work than you would think for a tapered board. It’s probably due to the stiff flex.
Approximate Weight- Not light. This thing is heavy and thick but it pays off in thick chopped up sierra cement.
Edge Hold: Not going to light the edge hold world on fire but it can get you from the ice to the powder without being too sketchy. The editor did get a flat light surprise on one run where he hit a sizable ice patch at high speed and it wasn’t that bad.
Switch: Capita claims that this board can hang switch but we aren’t seeing it. The Charlie Slasher was not a dream riding switch with any of the riders who rode it. It’s not terrible and you can land a jump switch but it isn’t a joy like many twinish pow boards out there. However there are many other boards out there that will ride in the Pow switch like the Rome Notch 1985 and K2 Gyrator. If you aren’t concerned about riding switch in pow but might like to on occasion then this will be better than many boards in the pow category but don’t get it to ride like you would in the park.
Jibbing, Rails and Boxes- maybe trees but not rails or boxes. This is just to stiff to play around in the jib park.
Pipe: It will do OK if you just go up and down but you don’t buy this for the pipe.
Jumps: Really fun and really stable for landing off a big or small natural hit. The Flat camber didn’t give that spring that many camber boards can generate but it’s still pretty fun.
To sum it all up the Charlie Slasher Pow FK is the perfect price and while it does have some minor issues we are seriously impressed with the performance you receive from a $400 powder snowboard.
Advanced - Expert
Flat to Rocker
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Capita Charlie Slasher
I've had my slasher for a couple of years now, I have the 2011 (sintered base) model. As usual everything in The Good Ride review is pretty bang on. Maybe except the weight, the review is of the old extruded version which might have been heavier because my 164 is really quite light.
The lighter weight doesn't effect the way this board handles rough conditions or high speeds though, it is so much fun to straight line runs on this and the board is so stable in any conditions you can bomb through anything.
The first season riding the slasher i rode it heavy on the tail trying to force the float like on a camber board, rear leg burn was pretty severe. I found if I just let the board do the floating it became much easier on the legs and that big nose just kept ploughing thru and pushing me up. With the unique shape of the slasher you can ride it on powder almost like you ride a groomer and you'll love it, I've done it even through 3 feet of fresh Japan dry powder.
The stability is also there landing jumps, I probably would have given it one more star than The Good Ride for jumps. You think it's going to suck and be too big for jumps but clearing gaps or cracks is a breeze. It's obviously not a freestyle board but big straight airs are fun.
Switch - The Good Ride 100% right, don't go switch.
The board is super stiff, so stiff that I would definitely recommend some decent stiff bindings. My first few days on my Charlie Slasher I had burton mission bindings and it was hard work, putting a stiff pair of ride bindings on it made a huge difference.
I've seen some forums where people claim they use the Charlie Slasher as their one, do everything board. I wouldn't go that far, it still rides like a big board at times and other boards would be better for that.
I love this board though and wouldn't want Capita to add rocker to the tail, it would ruin the way it rides and big power carves wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun. It's a bit of a freeride beast too, pick a crazy line and just hammer each turn. Great through trees too.
The only negatives I've found are the topsheet, my mission bindings left small depresions on the board when they haven't on any other boards, not deep and not effecting the ride but they're there. The other small thing to watch is the surface on the edges. My edges went dull real quick from new and when I went to tune them I saw why, the factory grind on the edges was quite course. Maybe it was just a quality issue missed on my board but worth checking. A board this shape needs good edges for any edge hold on firmer snow.
I give it four stars but if four and a half was an option it would get it.