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Capita Spring Break Review And Buying Advice

Capita Spring Break 2016 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

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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

Size: 158
Days:  3+
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 ContactUnion 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.

Jibbing:   nah….

Pipe:   nope….

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




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Amazing

May 04, 2016 by John Hawkins
Ability Level: Darn good • 
Riding Style: Big mountain trees • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 190lbs 6 ft 

I have the 2014 158 Orange and Blue version. It is amazing in powder. Just a whole new totally different experience. I have a very fancy TRS Firepower that is a fantastic board but doesn't touch this board on a pow day. I demoed a NS Cobra and it felt like thin crap compared to my SpringBreak. I cant say enough good things about this board. You know the first time you ride powder and you're like "ohhhhhh". Well, you can have that feeling again. Get this board. I believe the thickness is part of the key. Not just the shape. I lent it to a guy for one run and he was laughing and smiling the whole time. Its also really really well built. Buy it. You will not regret it for a second.
The only bad characteristic is its performance on ice or flat surfaces. It will try and kill you. Maybe that's the trade off for the best powder experience of your life.


If you don't have a Powder Pill you're missing out

Feb 01, 2016 by Dave
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Powder/All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'1", 240lbs, size 11, L/XL 

Last season I had my heart set on that gorgeous Tree Hunter but they all quickly sold out and none were popping up on eBay used. After seeing James' review I knew I had to try the Powder Pill. Luckily I was able to snag one of the first year's of the Capita x Spring Break Powder Pill 158 (that gorgeous Orange/Blue) for a stupid cheap price and I don't regret it one bit.

I own the BSoD in 165 and a Charlie Slasher in 164 and NEITHER are half the fun or have near as much float as the Pill. I've been riding nothing but Japan Pow this season and it is just unsinkable. It turns on a dime, makes deep slashes effortless and just cruises over the crud. Even when you're sailing down the groomers to get back to the powder it's a blast. I thought it would be terrible on the groomers but it holds edge pretty dang well. It's got me reaching for my edge on every heel-side turn.

I'm a big dude and was expecting sub-optimal float in the powder but my expectations were slashed as soon as the board met the snow. Fresh powder runs make you want to surf and bounce-turn all over. Powder wheelies are lots of fun too. This short board impressed the shit out of me.

If you don't ever get to own or ride one of these boards you're missing out on a necessary snow experience. I'm glad to see it's getting recognized as a Good Ride Favorite. Hopefully they'll get to ride the new shapes from Spring Break next season.


5.0 5.0 2 2 I have the 2014 158 Orange and Blue version. It is amazing in powder. Just a whole new totally different experience. I have a very fancy TRS Firepower that is a fantastic board Capita Spring Break Review And Buying Advice

Riding Style

Powder

Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide

Manufactured in

Austria

Shape

Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Flat to Rocker

Stance

Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Excellent

Carving

Average

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Average

Jumps

Good

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor