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Capita Mercury 2017-2016 Snowboard Review

Capita Mercury 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride

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The Capita Mercury is the the Totally Fkn Awesome but due to some pressure from retails stores they changed the name. It’s a little lighter but still the same well liked aggressive all mountain ride it was Fkn name change. We use this board often to compare other boards against and to test bindings with.  Capita moved to a new factory down the road but other than some rather minor tweaks the 2017 Mercury is very similar to the 2016.

2017 and 2016 Capita Mercury Review

Size: 157
Days: 20+
Conditions: Hard Sierra Snow, Good Sierra Snow, nasty Sierra Slush, 1-2feet of powder.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon F3.0, Burton AMBBurton Fiend LTD,  Burton RoverSalomon F3.0,  Burton FiendNike Lunarendore,
Bindings: Union Contact Pro, Union Atlas, Union T.Rice, Union Contact, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Union Force, Burton Diode, Union ContactFlux SF, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro,
(Favorite Binding for me was the Atlas followed up by the T.Rice. Would of been the T.Rice if the ankle strap was similar to the Atlas’)
Set Up: Centered and set all the way back. 22.5″ to 23″ wide 15 front -15 back and 15 front -9 back, 15 front -6 back and a few other combos’.

Approximate Weight: Feels normal bordering on the light side of things. It feels a little lighter than the 2015 TFA I owned.

On Snow Feel:  It’s got a good camber feel underfoot but with less catch/consequence which is great for those that like to push it. It’s still not a forgiving ride but it’s definitely more forgiving than camber. The stability between the feet is really solid and its great to flat base or one foot a long way to a close by second chair. Its a board that likes to carve, ollie and go pretty fast. Also if you are a stronger rider it will allow you to butter and play around too. It’s really fun for riders that love the mountain but also stop in the pipe and hit a kicker or two.  It’s got a lot of the personality that many All Mountain Boards have but with a sprinkle of aggression on tip.  On the table I don’t see much difference between other camber profiles but on snow it feels like there is a little more camber/consequence going on compared to other hybrid camber all mountain rides.

Flex: Not super easy to butter but with a little extra work you can make it happen. It’s not like many hybrid rocker boards with camber in the tip/tail that gives you a little spring out of it but it’s not completely devoid of snap thanks to the stiffer rocker tip/tail. After some time on the board I really started to like the extra challenge of buttering with the Mercury.

Turn Initiation: It’s not super quick edge to edge and it requires the right binding/boot combo to make it snap quickly edge to edge. We often use this for binding tests because the Mercury really exposes an unresponsive binding as well as rewards a responsive one.  So our favorite bindings with this board were the more responsive ones like the Union T.Rice, Genesis X, Diode and Flux SF it turned like you would want it to in tight spots.  As you go down the response spectrum binding wise you can really feel the Capita Mercury slow down edge to edge. So it prefers you ride with medium/stiff to stiff boots and more responsive bindings to get quick turning.  Still that camber makes the board pop out of a turn well.  So if you like to really enjoy turns then this will let you do that.

Skidded Turns: It’s not super easy to skid your turns so you have to be on your game almost as much as you do with a camber board. It can catch an edge and it prefers you to be on rail.

Carving:  It’s not like going out on a 166 Camber Freeride board but it does a really good job. Carving is satisfying with the Capita Mercury.  What we love about the Mercury is right after a carve you can ride switch, or do a manly Jimbo butter and enjoy the mountain in other ways.

Powder:  No powder yet with the Capita Mercury but because it’s the same board as the TFA that we did ride in powder then it will have nice directional float. There is a 1/2 inch set back on side cut and about an inch set back on board when you factor in the longer nose so combined with rocker in the nose that makes for pretty easy off the back foot somewhat surfy kind of float.  You can also ride this pretty well switch with the rocker in the back foot. The BSOD with the taper in the tail has more easy float but this is great for a double ender that can also own groomers.

Speed:  Nice stable fast board that can bomb.  Again it’s not going to bomb like a big freeride board but it’s at or near the top for all mountian boards.  Remember if you want a board to do most things well on the mountain you have to compromise.  This is a good compromise.

Uneven Terrain: End of the day snow wasn’t easy but it also wasn’t bad either.

Edge Hold:  Nice grip that we feel handles most firm snow but in the harder to icy mornings I had with this board I felt like it was at it’s limit. I’m glad it had the Death Grip bump in the middle of the board. The 2017 death grip seemed a touch less pronounced than the 2016 but it still seems to have the same effect as before.

Switch:  You know when centered up and ducked out it’s not bad.  I’d almost call this a twinish board and it’s pretty easy to get use to riding switch. The Capita Mercury for sure favors directional riding but its very doable switch. The Outerspace Living would be a better call if you spend a lot of your time riding switch.

Jibbing: Didn’t jib with this board.  I’m not a strong jibber and it’s stiff flex and camber profile is too intimidating for me. Matt has Jibbed with it here and there and likes it but it’s not ideal and more likely to buck you with this stiff poppy flex.

Pipe:  No piple where I was riding but I would of loved to take this through the pipe and carve some walls. With the TFA it was a lot of fun.

Jumps: The Capita Mercury has nice light snappy effortless pop to it and it’s one of those boards that’s fun to ollie off natural features. Its not a perfect board for hitting kickers like a twin with the same camber profile but it does a decent job if you aren’t expecting switch landings as good as regular. If you want to lap the jumps all day that is more the territory for the Outerspace Living and DOA.

So all in all The Capita Mercury is a really fun ride for those that like to be aggressive but also want a little less consequence than a traditional camber board. I love this board and so does our crewand own this board.


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Capita Mercury 2017-2016 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Best snowboard I have ever tried

Mar 21, 2016 by Best snowboard I have ever tried
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All Mountain, Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20-30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 189 cm, 80kg, (12 boots, 161 cm board) 

This review is about the This is the 2015/2016 model. I was worrying a little for buying Capita because it was unknown for me earlier and I have a bad experience with unknown factories (Joint). But the very good reviews here and on other sites convinced me, that this will be a different situation. Also I got this board for pretty nice price.
And well I was damn right. This Snowboard is the best I have ever tried.
This snowboard wants to go fast. It is really stable and has a great edge hold. I can make really nice, long curves with that board. I easily can do any jump with this when I touch the ground againthere are no surprises, makes exactly what I am expecting.
It is also really light, that makes it even more controllable and playful.
I had the chance to try the outside of the tracks and I have to say it was great. I was able to contoll it very well. I went through really tight places,and down very vary terrains and I always have had the confidence to do it.
If I have to say a cons I would say it is too stiff when the track is mounded and full with ruts, but this is needed for going fast and stable down in other time.
All together I recommend this board anyone who likes to go fast with a stiff board in different condition. It is a very good allmountain board.

Very fast, very responsive

Dec 15, 2015 by Matt B
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: All Mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ (2nd year) • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11" 180lbs 11 Boots 159cm 

First time out on this board today and I instantly became a bomber. People were following me for a change. The base is surely very fast, but the added stability, responsiveness, and edge hold gives you that boost in confidence that lets you straighten it out because you can feel that the board will do what you want it to. But you don't even have to straighten it out to bomb with it. I felt like 10 feet after starting I was already whipping down the mountain as it just picks up speed that quickly. It carries you through carving with hardly slowing you down. There was a distinct difference between this board and the other 6 that I have ridden. I can't say it's better than other aggressive all mountain boards in general, but I couldn't imagine something that is distinctly more responsive than this. Given the warm temps there was a decent amount of slush and some ruts, and the Mercury powered through the chop without bumping me all around. It's definitely quite stiff, maybe too stiff for being more playful on the mountain. This will probably be my groomer morning and powder board, and I'll use my DOA from last year as my mess around board (no jibbing, too old for that).

The Mercury may not be the best carving board out there, and it's not the most playful all mountain board, you probably won't be doing many tricks on this besides some jumps, so it's not going to be a person's only board unless they want to carve and whip down the mountain virtually all the time. For those wanting to do more tricks and need to butter some, the DOA about 5cm shorter will give you similar edge hold, but it just won't be as fast or carve as well as the Mercury.

I would have loved to wait on a better deal for this board, but I was worried that they would sell out completely half way through the season because of all the good words for this board and the shrinking availability of the two larger sizes. It might be virtually the same as the TFA from last year, but I have recently ridden a well broken in TFA from 2 years ago (gray one) in 157 cm and the Mercury just housed it. I'm happy that I jumped the gun.

5.0 5.0 2 2 This review is about the This is the 2015/2016 model. I was worrying a little for buying Capita because it was unknown for me earlier and I have a bad experience with unknown facto Capita Mercury 2017-2016 Snowboard Review

Riding Style

Aggressive All Mountain

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide

Manufactured in

Austria at The Mothership



Camber Profile

Hybrid Camber


Setback -12.5mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation




Edge Hold

Hard Snow







Uneven Terrain