The Capita Outerspace Living is a really fun all mountain freestyle ride that we all instantly got into. We started out demoing the 154 but then bought the 156 and that was a much better fit. The only thing we could ask for is a little more edge hold. It’s a board that offers up a lot of ride for this price and like Capita says it’s very much a twinned out Mercury. The 2018 Capita Outerspace Living is very similar to the 2017 minus a few tweaks to the overall flex making it a little better.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Matt,
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Union Contact, Union Force
Set Up: Centered 22.5″-23″ 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: Nice medium bordering on med/soft flex. The 2018 has some slight improvements to the flex making it bend a little better, pop a little better but not by a lot.
On Snow Feel: Really stable between the feet and has almost all the positives that you want from a hybrid camber board. Very easy to one foot and very stable in the flats. Its got that camber stability without being catchy.
Powder: We had no powder but we did have some slush here and there. Still you can tell with this camber profile that it will do well for a twin. It’s not like the Mercury or other directional boards with similar camber profiles you can set back but it’s great for those that want to ride switch in powder. It’s definitely a step up from the DOA and Outsiders.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick and poppy from edge to edge and we all enjoyed turning this board. That’s what separates it from many of the flat to rocker boards is this is fun to turn on the mountain and hangs with the DOA and Outsiders. Actually I think I liked this board better. It felt like it was springy and fun to turn but at the same time forgiving.
Turning Experience: Very fun to make almost any kind of turn and as long as the snow is good it’s going to be good for most. It’s a butter, turn, ollie, turn kind of board. All are fun.
Skidded Turns: Easy to skid turns for beginner/intermediates or those that aren’t super technical turners.
Carving: Now this doesn’t blow minds but in good snow it carves really well for a twin that doesn’t have camber from tip to tail. If it had a little better edge hold it would be a better all conditions carver but for those that only ride in good snow will find it has sufficient spring out of a hard carving turn.
Speed: It’s not a bomber but it has sufficient mountain speed to make it a fun mountain ride. Some people freak out about extruded bases but for those that don’t consistently wax their boards its probably better to go extruded. Also it works well with a lot of different conditions and doesn’t require you to carry multiple temperature waxes. It’s not sexy but hey when the lights are off (aka base is down) it often feels the same.
Uneven Terrain: Handles uneven terrain really well. It was fun at first chair and fun in sloppy end of the day spring snow.
Edge Hold: Probably the one place where we would like to see improvement. We’d love to see more grip. Maybe the death grip would help or some other side cut technology.
Switch: Other than an asymmetrical twin it’s not much better than this for riding switch.
Jibbing: We had a good time jibbing and even though I’m not much of a jibber it inspired me to hit some small ones. Jimbo and Matt had a good time with it but both liked the Horrorscope better. So did I. So not a super strong jibber but very good for how well it does in other places on the mountain.
Pipe: We didn’t have access to the pipe because it was closed for events the week we had it but as long as the walls aren’t too
Jumps: Great pop and such a lively board to ollie with.
So overall this is a great board for the price (actually thought it would be in the high $400 range) and something that we all would highly recommend as long as you ride in softer conditions. We’d also like to see this in mid/wide for that growing segment of riders.