The Capita Defenders Of Awesome is hybrid camber with camber between the feet, flat after and then a little rocker. This is an affordable but somewhat technical all mountain freestyle ride for those that like air most of all. For us the Outerspace Living is a little more forgiving and a more well rounded board but we wouldn’t unfriend you if you added this to your quiver. If you got it as your primary board just make sure you know it’s strengths and limitations. The overall flex of the 2018 Capita DOA feels like it’s easier to butter but not any less poppy and overall flex has seemed to improve the last few seasons.
Capita Defenders of Awesome 2013-2018 Snowboard Review
The Capita Defenders Of Awesome has a couple of things going for it that make it a great board for it’s price range. It’s aggressive for a twin, it’s super popy and it has a camber like feel to it. However don’t let the low price lead you into believing this is a beginner/intermediate board. This is still aggressive all mountain freestyle twin that’s only a little less forgiving than a camber ride. A lot of people have been on the DOA bandwagon for a long time. We see this as a board that’s unique and good for the price point but it felt one dimensional compared to many mtn freestyle rides out there. It’s all about Air.
Days: 3+ on the 2018, 4+ on the 2016 and 1 on the 2013.
Conditions: End of the year Sierra snow that’s hard in the morning, medium and then soft to slushy as the day goes by.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Peter
Boots: Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Imperial,
Bindings: Union Superpro Union Contact Pro, Union Atlas, Union Contact,
Set Up: Centered always 23″ wide always 15 front and -15 back always.
Flex: Medium and lively from the middle to the end of the tip/tail. It’s a little work to butter for a board this type. You could get a nice snap off the tip/tail. The 2018 Capita Defenders Of Awesome feels like it’s a little easier to butter than past years models and the overall flex of the board has improved a good bit. . Capita has been improving the flex year over year and I’m starting to notice a difference in the DOA’s overall ride. It’s softer but it’s more than just that. It feels like it can flex further than before but still keep that snappy lively personality Capita is known for.
On Snow Feel: This has a solid stable feel for those that like speed regular or switch on the groomers and also has a great ability to pop of rollers. It’s stable between the feet but feels more like an aggressive camber twin still in a lot of ways. It’s not super aggressive but instead we’d just say it’s a little less catchy than camber. The flat after the camber is close to the snow and there is still an edge waiting to be caught if you don’t stay on your game. The boards personality type calls for semi-aggressive to aggressive riders on a budget. It’s all about stability at pretty good speed, power butters and mostly air.
Powder: This is better than a camber board but just by a little. Most riders who will like this board don’t mind the kind of stay on your game ride in powder that this has. So compared to camber this is better but there will still be some work of your rear leg to stay afloat If you are a rider that needs an easy float then look to another board when it gets deep.
Turn Initiation: The DOA is pretty quick edge to edge and starts turning quickly.
Turning Experience: The first few times I rode this I liked it for turning and carving but the more I compared it to other hybrid camber boards the more I found it to have some detraction’s. When it comes to medium to wider radius turns it’s pretty not bad. Carving is pretty good but when comparing it to the Mercury on the same day it just didn’t have the same magic in and out of a carve. Also comparing the DOA to the new Outerspace Living it just didn’t complete the turn in a fun way.
Carving: While the flat after the camber pops really well for an ollie it seems like it’s messing up the radius of the carve. It’s just not as dynamic as Capita hybrid camber boards without flat after the camber and like regular turning it’s just not as fun.
Skidded Turns: It’s not great for beginners and intermediates that rely on skidding their turns and don’t let the low price tag fool you into thinking it’s a beginner board.
Speed: The base isn’t super fast but there is little chatter for a board of this type. The Capita Defenders of awesome feels stable and pretty damp for an twin.
Uneven Terrain: So the stiffer flex and faster ride is great for better conditions but this comes at a disadvantage when it comes to powering through a bumpy end of the day groomer. You can feel a little more rough stuff under your foot than you can with other boards with better dampening tech. It’s a board you want to pair up with bindings that have lots of shock absorption like the Contact Pro’s. Even then you can still feel things you wouldn’t with those bindings on more damp boards. Still it’s better than most with this board.
Approximate Weight- Pretty light for it’s price but I’d say it’s more on the normal side.
Edge Hold: the edge hold is more of a good snow board that doesn’t hold that well in harder snow. We’d love to see the bump in the center that the BSOD and Totally FK’n Awesome has. Our only gripe is we wish Capita would of spent a little more money and put in the same side cut as the Mercury and Totally FK’n Awesome that has a little bump dead center in the waist. It would of made this board much better in conditions that aren’t as good.
Switch: This is a true twin and its going to be the same either way. The only board I personally like riding switch better is an asymmetrical shape.
Rails- Not the best rail board but it can be done if you are a strong confident rider. For me I’d much rather be on the Horrorscope or even better the Ultrafear.
Pipe: If the edge hold was a little better and there was a little less flat after the camber the DOA would be an excellent board for those that know how to ride the pipe well.
Jumps: What a fun board to Ollie and jump. The combo of flat and camber is great for generating your own air. If you are into bigger jumps this is a fun board and the tip/tail won’t give way that easy if you land a little off of center. Probably one of the strongest points about this board. It seems to be designed primarily for those that live to be in the air.
So all in all turning the board is a little dead with the flat after the camber but it sure does pop well on an ollie. It’s hard to find a good aggressive board like this at this price range.
Capita Defenders Of Awesome 2013-2017 Review
Other than a few minor tweaks not much has changed for the 2017 model so most of the 2016 review stands. It has been updated to reflect how it stands with the 2017 line.