The Capita DBX is basically an upgraded Totally FK’n Awesome board with a better core and in my opinion much better graphics. There is more bamboo in the board but other than that the ride is going to be very similar to the Totally Fkn Awesome. The Capita DBX is another choice for aggressive all mountain riders that might want something original compared to the Totally FKn Awesome.
2014 and 2015 Capita DBX Review
Totally FKn Awesome. The DBX expanded the line from one board in 2013 to 3 boards in 2014. They also mixed up the camber profiles making the ride very different depending on what you choose. The 2014 and 2015 157 is not like the 2013 157, the 154 is completely flat and the 151 is flat to rocker like the 2013 157.
2014 Capita DBX 154– is flat from tip to tail and has a completely different feel from the 154. While the 157 will carve and charge like a dream the 154 will not carve well and charge ok. It’s going to have more pop from the tip/tail though for ollies and be a fun board for hitting kickers. I believe this has a centered stance as well so it’s not going to be a set it back and get a directional ride when it gets deep.
2014 Capita DBX 151– is flat to rocker with a nice bit of kick (as they say) in the tip/tail. This is more for Jibbing and and having an easy playful ride.
2013 Capita DBX Review
Conditions: Cold Hard Pack with some soft snow here and there.
Riders: James approx 23″ wide Centered 15 front -9 back
Boots: Nike Zoom Ites
Bindings: Union SL
*****Another thing to know about this board is the Death Grip Side Cut actually makes the board seem wider than it is. If you look at the specs the 25.69 cm waist would seem like a mid/wide but in actuality it’s much more suited for a regular foot. Without the Death Grip it would be something closer to a 25.3 cm waist so you have been forewarned.
On Snow Feel: The hybrid camber provides a very stable feel between the feet that is excellent for one footing, flat basing without being as aggressive as if it was a camber board. It still has some locked in qualities in the ride and it’s on the catchier side of the hybrid camber profile world. This is for a technical rider that likes to do things fast and big.
Powder: Same great ride in powder and the same as the Totally FKn Awesome.
Turn Initiation and Carving– This is challenging but super fun to turn if you are a more accomplished and technical rider. The Burton Ions and Union SL’s felt great with this board. Short radius turns are some work but still are a lot of fun if you like to make technical turns. The wider you get the more fun it is. When you get to carving out your turns it’s a lot of fun. I liked this a little better than the Totally FKn Awesome and almost as much as the BSOD. Felt just a little more forgiving than the Totally.
Speed: It’s a fast base and a damp board. It’s one of those boards that can hold up well at speed even in steep wide open terrain. It’s very straight line friendly.
Uneven Terrain: I didn’t really encounter choppy conditions but what little uneven snow I came upon the DBX did well for it’s flex and felt like it had decent shock absorption. Maybe it’s the Bamboo Stringer that makes it a little better than it should be but I don’t know for sure.
Approximate Weight- It felt normal and wasn’t a burden on the feet going up the chair lifts.
Edge Hold: The added “Death Grip” bump in the middle makes this a great board for riding everything from soft thick snow to pretty hard snow. I’d say this is the kind of edge hold I really like because you feel stable in just about anything you want to ride. Ice might not be the best but it can hang.
Flex: This feels like the Totally FK’n Awesome…..wait did I say that already? It might be a touch softer but it’s definitely an aggressive med/stiff flex. You can butter or press better than you would think because of the rocker in the tip/tail but it’s not going to blow your mind if you want to slow down and play around on the mountain. This is a board that likes to flex at higher speeds in a hard turn more than with a butter.
Switch: With a centered stance riding switch isn’t perfect but it’s very doable. After a little time on the board riding switch will be pretty easy.
Jibbing– Not the kind of board i’d like to take in the Jib park. I see Dan do it no problem but he’s further proof that pro’s can do anything on any board. I’m an average guy at best in the jib park but I wouldn’t want to hit anything more than a little bonk or mellow box with this. I also like the edge hold so much that I wouldn’t want to ruin it in the jib park with this board.
Pipe: What a fun directional pipe board. It’s got enough edge hold to climb icy walls, it builds momentum in the flats from wall to wall. It’s a technical ride though and I don’t feel as comfortable on this trying new things.
Jumps: Has the same super fun spring as the BSOD. It feels like you need to be on your game when you ollie but the spring is there for sure. It’s the kind of board for the rider who likes to go big and enjoys the camber style ride. I didn’t go big but could feel this board track really well into small jumps and pop very high when ollieng around the mountain. I loved riding around the mountain looking for natural terrain to pop off.
In conclusion this isn’t for everyone but if you are an aggressive advanced to expert rider you will love this board. It’s ideal for those that like to straight line, carve, and ollie around the mountain. I still like the BSOD the best but this is a fun board that other riders could easily argue the other way on.