The Capita NAS, AKA Normal Ass Snowboard, is a fun aggressive traditional camber ride still around in the time of hybrid shapes. For most these days it’s not a quiver killer but for those that still live for camber and are on a budget this could work.
Not too much has changed in terms of the overall personality over the years with the Capita NAS except a few minor tweaks like changing the base from Extruded to Sintered which is good. It’s a little lighter and it’s had some tweaks in the sidewall and core to refine the ride but there hasn’t been enough change lately for me to want to ride it again since the initial reviews. The personality remained pretty consistent throughout the years.
Size: 159 (2013 model) and 156 (2012 and below model)
Conditions: Never really got a good day on it. Hard Sierra Snow and Hard to Icy Rocky Mountain Snow.
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX
Bindings: Union Force, Union SL, Union Atlas,
Set Up: 15 front -6 back 23″ wide and I think it was close to or centered.
On Snow Feel: The feel between the feet is pretty locked in and unforgiving even compared to many aggressive all mountain hybrid camber profiles out these days. Before this would be not too aggressive for camber but standards have changed. Directional camber boards are great when it comes to touring groomers and making good turns. If you are a stronger rider who understands camber and the consequences associated with it this might work for you.
Powder: Camber already has a disadvantage in powder because you are fighting to stay up. Still this directional set back shape does well for a camber board in powder but you will be fighting it on your back leg. It’s for those that are always on their game, know how to keep their speed in all situations and plane above the snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The NAS takes some effort to turn but those that want a camber board will like the old school feel that it takes to turn and will enjoy the return you get at the end of a carve. It’s quick edge to edge if you know what you are doing but if you skid your turns you might find it a bit challenging. To lay into a carve is great and of course it is with a good camber board. It gives you a good spring out of the turn and has a nice poppy carve. The pre-2013 models had less of a quick edge to edge thing going for my size 9’s and felt a little sluggish with the wider waist. Now the more narrow waist feels super quick edge to edge and is much more appropriate for my size 9’s.
Speed: The 2013 is pretty fast for a board with a extruded base and the 2014 plus models sintered base is faster. The 2013 doesn’t have that effortless glide that picks up speed quickly but when you do it’s very stable. I only rode the 2013 model but with the upgrade my guess is the newer models when well waxed holds it’s speed better in longer flats as well as picks up speed a little better.
Uneven Terrain: Not an ideal board for the end of a crowded day but it’s not terrible either. If the snow is harder and the bumps are taller it starts to become a little rough. It can bomb chunder pretty well.
Approximate Weight– Nothing bad on the foot/knee on the chair but not a fly weight either. Keeps getting a bit lighter but not too much. Just an average weight.
Edge Hold: The edge hold was lacking on the hard to icy snow we encountered and it felt a little slippy. Maybe it was detuned but still it’s on the border between good and average. In the older days this would be good edge hold but now days with all the variations in side cut tech we would like to see more.
Flex: A good medium /stiff responsive flex that makes for a fun ride. It’s not much for buttering and it takes a lot of work to bend it but if you are a strong camber familiar rider it’s doable.
Switch: This board is pretty directional so switch takes some getting use to. It’s better for riders that like riding most of the time in one direction but you can do switch with this.
Jibbing: Not so great but you can occasionally take a lap through a more mellow jib park.
Pipe: Great board in the pipe. Just keep the edges sharp and all will be well. It’s not forgiving though so if you are learning the pipe you’ll want something else. If you are good in the pipe you’ll love this.
Jumps: Pretty easy to Ollie and not bad off a big kicker. The camber feel offers a nice pop from the tail kind of feel that many like. If you like to incorporate switch riding in your jumps it’s not as good but for most people it will be fine.
So all in all the NAS isn’t for everyone and any time I have the choice to ride this board I often choose the Mercury or older model the TFA instead. That being said some older school camber riders might appreciate this.
The 2015, 2014 and 2013 Capita NAS expanded the line a bit to make boards that work for normal ass feet and wide ass feet. Before 2013 the board was more of a mid/wide width. Also the 2014 changed the base from Extruded to Sintered but
2013 Capita NAS
The Capita NAS was called the the Quiver Killer and before that the Food Court Gangsta. This was a great board back in the camber days and it’s still a pretty good ride despite the fact it hasn’t changed much since it’s time of accolades and awards.
We aren’t fans of extruded bases for all mountain boards like this because they don’t perform as well as sintered bases on the mountain but at least it is easy to maintain. It is one of the reasons the board is not as expensive as other boards in it’s class. If they could just change out the base (even at a higher cost) this would take the NAS to another level. The NAS rides big for it’s size and has a pretty wide waist. Its not a wide snowboard but it does well with that mid sized foot and if you have a smaller foot you can also ride it as well. The NAS’s directional camber shape with a good set back rides well in powder but it doesn’t have an effortless float like many of the hybrid shapes do. If you can get past the extruded base and the less than leading edge tech the NAS is a good board for the price.
2012 and below Capita NAS and Quiver Killer
This is a good directional boarder line mid/wide camber board for the old schooler or person that likes a directional and technical ride. To many of us this board has just been passed by with all the hybrid tech and it’s in need of an upgrade. We’d love to see the NAS go to NSNAS (not so normal ass snowboard) and get the same upgrade the BSOD did or maybe even the camber to flat shape the DOA has. That would be a lot of fun in all conditions.