The Capita Spring Break has a tapered directional powder snowboard shape but has a thickness to it that reminds us of a surfboard. At first you think it’s got a foam core but it’s wood. The first day we tried the Powder Pill it was the last board after a long day of riding different powder boards and it stoked us out.
Capita Spring Break 2016-2015 Snowboard Review. 158 Powder Pill Review Only
Conditions: Approx 2 feet of tracked up PNW Powder near the end of the day that took a little work to get fresh tracks.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Contact, Union T.Rice, Ride Capo
Set Up: Set Back 18 front 0 back, Set Back 15 front -6 back 23″ wide
So just to clarify this review is based solely on the 158 powder pill. We didn’t try the other shapes/sizes.
So the Capita Spring Break was the last board we took out on at the end of a demo day in up to 2 feet of powder. Normally we’d be done if it wasn’t a demo day and we wouldn’t be out in this chewed up left over powder. Also Peter and I were both really exhausted too and kind of dragging from a month on the road. We got on the Spring Break and it felt like slamming 2 Red Bulls. We both instantly perked up and our pants got tight as we started to make turns in left over powder that usually gives you the let’s go get a beer vibe.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal to a shad on the light side
On Snow Feel: the first word that comes into mind is snappy. It’s a flat to rocker or continuous rocker camber profile but it felt more like mellow continuous rocker. It’s a little loose between the feet but it’s not bad flat basing or one footing. Basically the stoke you see from Peter and I in the video really sums it up. On paper this is nothing special but on snow this is a fucking blast.
Powder: The Capita Spring Break is all about powder. It’s such a fun playful ride that floats effortlessly and turns quick. There is almost no extra strain on the back foot. It’s a dart in and out of the trees kind of board for Peter and I. We rode lot’s of powder boards that day at the demo’s and this was our favorite. What factors in even more stoke is this was the last board of the day so the snow was choppy. If it wasn’t a demo day we would have been off the hill already. It’s the kind of board that can provide a shit ton of fun from the first track to the last messy track after the last chair.
Turn Initiation and Carving: So when we got this board we didn’t ask about specs or anything. We just strapped on bindings and went. If I were to guess I would of thought 25.5cm so I was super surprised with the 27cm waist. I never would of guessed with how quickly it turns that the waist is soo wide. I also wouldn’t of guessed how much taper there is so maybe that’s what makes it so easy to turn. So it doesn’t feel that tapered and that wide. It’s super quick edge to edge so it’s great in tight spots like narrow chutes that you need to turn in or dense tree lines. Carving wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t really good either. It’s more of a powder board only. Sure you can go out on groomers and have a pretty fun time but it doesn’t hold or spring out of a carve well. Short to wide radius turns are pretty fun though.
Speed: We didn’t really have the kind of terrain at the end of the day to see how well it bombs. We spent most of our time darting in and out of bumps and tight tree lines. It seems like it can handle chatter well.
Uneven Terrain: Perfect in uneven terrain. It really weaves in and out of bumps and handles chunder pretty well.
Edge Hold: We couldn’t find one hard spot that day so we can’t say for sure how it holds in snowment to ice. My guess is it won’t be that good because it’s a powder board but I don’t know for sure.
Flex: Pretty medium stiff flex but it’s snappy, quick and easy to throw around.
Switch: Not great but doable. A little more if you are centered but it’s very far from a twin. I don’t buy into their marketing hype here about how easy it is to ride switch. Maybe if you are a pro or a very accomplished rider but if you are an average rider like Peter and I it’s more work.
Jumps: Nice pop and the board really springs from between your feet. It was fun getting air off the end of the day bumps here and there and we could see this being a great board for a method off a drop.
So all in all the Capita Spring Break is one of those boards that has a unique look and a very fun ride. It’s really only a board I’d take out in powder but it really nails it there. We felt it’s right up there with many of the great powder boards we have tried and it blows doors on the Capita Charlie Slasher. Both Peter and I want this board for our