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
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 AMB, Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Rover, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend, Nike Lunarendore,
Bindings: Union Contact Pro, Union Atlas, Union T.Rice, Union Contact, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Union Force, Burton Diode, Union Contact, Flux 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.