The Capita Indoor Survival FK is there if you would like the flat to rocker Outerspace Living then this could work. However to us the Outerspace Living felt like a better board for how we ride and of the two that would be the board we recommend. I kept calling it a 155 but it was a 156.
2018 Capita Indoor Survival Review
Conditions: Mainly good spring conditions. Hard in the morning, pretty good mid day and soft to slushy in the afternoon.
Riders: James, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro,
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back approximately 22.75″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: So one thing I’ve noticed across the board with Capita the last few years is the improved flex. Back when we rode this board years ago the flex felt kind of plankish and a little dull. Now it has a much better overall flex that bends a little more, has more return when unweighted and just feels more lively. It’s more fun to butter and just feels better overall. It’s a very easy board to butter with.
Sizing: The 156 felt just right and the
On Snow Feel: The Capita Indoor Survival has a buttery playful feel but still a stable mountain ride for those that don’t like the park. It’s very stable between the feet without being catchy and it works great for long cat tracks or one footing off the chair. It’s very similar in feel to the Outerspace Living but the flat instead of camber makes it feel a little less fun overall for us. It’s a good board but the Outerspace Living is just better.
Edge Hold: There isn’t much going on when ever the snow was hard. It felt really good in medium to soft snow like there is lots of grip left but it’s grip just vanishes in hard to icy snow. We both wished there was a little more grip going on.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick edge to edge and the board is always there when you need it.
Turning Experience: It’s not bad for flat to rocker but the Outerspace Living and other boards like it with camber somewhere in the board really make for a much more fun board to turn.
Carving: Pretty boring on a carve and the flat has no real spring out of the turn. The Capita Indoor Survival is doable but not for those that enjoy turning as much as they do buttering and playing around.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and it’s fine for riders of any level.
Speed: Decent mountain speed and the new flex tech seems to help the board with chatter even though it’s not that stiff for bombing. This board is a compromise when it comes to doing most things because it tries to do a lot in a lot of places. But it’s competent enough on the mountain.
Uneven Terrain: The old Indoor Survival was way less fun to deal with uneven terrain and it seemed to almost be bothersome when dealing with weaving in and out of bumps or even worse powering over them. Now days all the new tech from core to sidewalls makes the Indoor Survival easy to ride all day on a crowded Saturday.
Powder: We didn’t have any powder when we had the board but you can tell with the early rise and decent size nose/tail you can see it’s got decent float for a twin.
Switch: As a true twin it’s very easy either way.
Jibbing: It’s a very good jibber for something that kind of acts as an all mountain freestyle board. It’s probably where we feel the Indoor Survival has an advantage over the Outerspace Living. The flat to rather mellow rocker helped even poor jibbers like myself do better. Yeah I’d rather be on the Scott Stevens, Horrorscope of Ultrafear but it’s really good for the kind of board it is. Capita does a great job with park boards and they seem to get jibbing better than most companies out there.
Pipe: Not for us with the sub par edge hold in harder snow and no camber to help drive the board from wall to wall.
Jumps: Pretty good pop for flat to rocker but we would rather be on the Outerspace Living.
So as you can see the Outerspace Living was pretty much our preferred board with everything except Jibbing. So if you like the idea of the Outerspace Living but turning and air isn’t as important as jibbing and to a lesser extent buttering then this could work. For us the Outerspace Living was just a more well rounded mountain freestyle ride.
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On Snow Feel: The Indoor Survival felt heavy and sturdy but it also felt kind of tankish. It’s very stable underfoot and felt aggressive even though it wasn’t catchy. It’s something you can get use to but it’s definitely a weird feel underfoot for a twin.
Powder:No real powder to play around in but from our experience a twin like this with a flat/rocker and centered stance will be better than camber, plane well but doesn’t have that effortless float that some hybrid boards do.
Turn Initiation: The flat/rocker almost flat camber board was more difficult to get from edge to edge than many other boards of this style. There is even a narrow waist which usually makes for a an easier board to turn. At first Jimbo said it felt like a fat awkward kid but after a run or two you get use to its feel. If you are into short snappy turns then you might not be into it but if you like a slow but stable profile under foot then it might work.
Skidded Turns: It’s easy to skid turns but it took a little more work than some flat to rocker boards we tried from Capita.
Carving: When laying into a carve there it’s kind of boring and dead. The side cut and flat to rocker camber profile doesn’t work well.
Speed: The Indoor Survival is damp and has little to no chatter. We’d say this is a pretty fast board for a lower cost twin.
Uneven Snow– We had pretty decent conditions but it was towards the end of the day and there were places that are chewed up and places that were smooth and pristine due to week day riding. The Indoor Survival had a very stable tankish kind of feel on the groomed runs and in softer chewed up slushy parts the Indoor plowed through it. It’s a feeling that some will really like and some won’t. It’ suppresses some of the rough stuff under foot but certain harder uneven conditions might not be very fun.
Approximate Weight– This isn’t terribly light but that’s what you expect for the price. Kind of medium when it comes to weight.
Edge Hold: Not bad here and we never felt like we needed more. Ice and snowment might be another thing but in most conditions you should be fine with the Indoor.
Flex: Felt like it was run of the mill medium from tip to tail and it’s got a decent mountain flex. It’s not terribly easy to butter for flat to rocker but it’s not difficult either.
Switch: Easy either way like a true twin should be.
Jibbing: Not bad but the medium flex is a bit much for our taste. Still it works well for it’s size and flex.
Pipe: It’s off from being good pipe board. Didn’t really drive well from wall to wall and didn’t feel right.
Jumps: Flat/Rocker boards are hard to get a snappy feel when it comes to springing up from nothing and the indoor survival isn’t super springy. It’s not bad when it comes to hitting a kicker or two but it was missing something here.
All in all the indoor survival isn’t for everyone and it didn’t really stand out anywhere to us.