The Capita Spring Break Twin is a pretty fun take on asym riding by Spring Break. It’s voluminous tip/tail feel a little cumbersome and the edge hold isn’t perfect but it’s got lot’s of pop and a good amount of nose/tail for powder. Even though it didn’t stand up to some of our favorites none of us would fault you though if you want it. Actually disregard me saying it’s similar in camber profile to the Mercury. It is similar to the Mercury but the camber profile is much more similar to the Defenders of Awesome.
Conditions: Good Sierra snow to Spring conditions that were hard in the morning, medium mid day and soft to slushy in the afternoon.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Matt
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial, Burton Rover, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Genesis, Union Force, Union Ultra
Set Up: Always Centered approximately 23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt medium bordering on light.
On Snow Feel: The hybrid camber shape is a bit unique. It’s camber between the feet and then going to flat and then rocker as you get towards the tip/tail. We tested this last season and just by looking at the board we thought it was camber with a slow transition to rocker. On snow it felt more like a camber to rocker board too. It was stable flat basing, easy to one foot and had that camber feel that wasn’t too catchy.
Edge Hold: Missing that magic edge hold that we’d like to see for a mountain board. It’s fine in medium snow on down but we would of liked to see more. The death grip on the heel side is a bit weird and some of us could feel more grip on the heel side turns. I would of liked to see death grip on both sides and just maybe different shape death grips to match the different side cuts as it felt a little lopsided.
Flex: Pretty medium bordering on medium stiff but with a light snappy feel on snow. Still it was ok to butter and felt a little softer in the tip/tail.
Turn Initiation: Not super fast but fast. We all had mixed opinions on this. Peter felt it was medium edge to edge where I felt it was med/fast and the rest of the crew was on my side or Peters. Still short to wide radius turns were pretty fun.
Skidded Turns: Pretty easy but a little catchy compared to some hybrid camber rides. Still pretty forgiving.
Carving: This was pretty fun to carve regular or switch as long as the snow was soft. So even though this has a very similar camber profile to the Capita DOA we didn’t feel the flat like we did when we laid into a harder carving turn like we did with the DOA
Powder: We didn’t have any powder but instead had just a little spring slush. The Spring Break seems like it would be very good for a twin with that big nose and tail. It’s not a board you should set back. It’s asymmetrical side cuts mean it’s best to be centered on the board with a duck stance so it’s not for those that like set back directional riding. Based on how it handled slush this seems like it would be very good for a twin.
Speed: It’s got some good mountain speed and it’s right up there with many all mountain boards. The tip/tail were a little chattery but not bad enough to be a problem. This is where the all mountain in all mountain freestyle comes into play and it’s a good board for riding switch or regular.
Uneven Terrain: What’s nice about Capita boards like the Spring Break Twin is how crisp and snappy they feel but what can be a negative is how it works in uneven snow. Its fine turning in messy snow or around bumps but it can get a little cranky and pass up chatter into the joints when it’s harder and uneven.
Switch: As good as it gets switch and that’s what we love about Asymmetrical Twins like this. It makes you a better switch rider as long as you center and duck the ride. If you aren’t centered or ducked out you might like a true twin or directional twin better.
Jibbing: Not a jibber and we didn’t really focus on that. With the medium to med/stiff flex it didn’t feel like the best call there for us.
Pipe: We only had a little time in a smaller pipe and the tip/tail felt a little big but overall it’s not a bad board in the pipe as long as it’s not too icy.
Jumps: The Capita Spring Break Twin is a pop machine just like the DOA. If you like air and twins that can handle powder pretty well this is a great call. It’s swing weight is a little heavy but man it pops well and it’s a great board for treating the mountain like a jump park. It’s also not bad off a kicker either. It has a stable catch free camber approach, nice spring off the lip and a nice stable landing. If your landing is off and a little tail heavy it will be ok and you might not wash out.
So all in all the Capita Spring Break is a fun Asymmetrical Twin and although it didn’t make the favorites list it still has a lot of good qualities for the right rider.