|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro 2019 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride
The Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro is a board we had a shit ton of requests to review but we had a hell of a time getting a hold of it. Thanks to Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor I was finally able to demo it. Then got an extended demo a little later from Capita as well. It’s nothing like the specs and its look would make you think and not your typical freeride board. Despite its taper and directional camber it’s got a very mountain freestyle twin kind of feel underfoot.
The 2019 Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro is very similar to the 2018 model except it’s got a little tweaking under the hood to slightly improve the flex and feel underfoot but the overall ride is very much the same. That’s why Capita didn’t send another demo this year and the 2018 review still stands.
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Conditions: A little snow on the ground but not a lot with some pretty hard snow underneath. Some stashes had enough snow to resemble the beginning of a powder turn here and there.
Boots: Adidas Superstar
Bindings: Union Atlas,
Set Up: A bit set back, approx 23″ wide 15 front -9 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: A snappy medium-stiff flex that likes to pop but isn’t that easy to butter. Even off the nose with the early rise isn’t that easy but it’s doable.
Sizing: Feels like the 157 was best for a size 9-10 boot.
On Snow Feel: The Kazu was a big surprise for us. I thought it would be this kind of surfy freeride board but it almost feels like a double ender twin-ish aggressive all mountain type of ride. It likes to point it, feels almost like a camber board and really caters to that aggressive all mountain style rider.
Edge Hold: The edge hold of the Capita Kazu Pro kind of likes to let go when it’s challenged with a little hard snow.
Turn Initiation: Not super quick edge to edge despite the fact I was on some less than responsive boots. It likes slower turning and straight lines more than quick slashy turns.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal for skidded turns mainly because of all that camber. The Capita Kazu Pro has some consequence if you catch your edges.
Carving: In softer snow, this was a fun carver but it didn’t elate me when it came to carving for all the camber it had. I think the sidecut had something going on that made it less than I thought it would be. So it’s fun to lay out a hard carve but just not as fun as I thought it would be.
Speed: So it’s got a pretty good personality for speed but it’s not an uber damp bomber for those that point everything no matter how steep but it’s pretty good for its flex. I personally like that the core and flex aren’t super stiff/damp because it gives the ride more personality underfoot.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good but not the board I’d pick first out of Capita’s line when dealing with the end of the day messy resort snow.
Powder: So I didn’t get the deep deep, but had a few tastes of what it could be like. Overall I was kind of surprised at how little the set back on board was with the Capita Kazu Pro. It was only 2″ all the way back on board which is as much as I have seen on some stance diverse All Mountain Freestyle Twins. I expected more here but I guess if you want more set back on board you could go with the BSOD. It doesn’t give me the confidence for riding the deep deep, that we can often encounter on West Coast.
Switch: So riding switch on the Capita Kazu Pro is much easier than I thought it would be for a tapered directional board.
Pipe: This could be a great spring pipe board or if you sharpened the edges really well it might do much better in the pipe.
Jumps: Very good pop off the tail. It’s got a nice snap to it that makes it easy to ollie.
So all in all the Capita Kazu Pro was not what I expected. That’s not a bad thing unless you want more of a traditional Freeride board. If you want more of a tapered twin-ish feel with a little more directional float than your average all mountain freestyle ride then this could be a good thing.
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Kazu Kokubo Pro 2017
This board is a ripper in powder if you're looking for something fun to freestyle with in the BC. This board can hold its own in the resort but what it really is suited for are those deep powder days where you want to freestyle. I'm 72kg and ride a 154 and it floats like a dream. The taper is really noticeable when you're in the deep stuff and the large nose just effortless floats on top of the powder.
This board was perfect for me as I was looking for a shorter powder board that I can use to ride in the BC.