The Capita Outsiders is not for everyone. It’s a mostly camber board that just has a little flat at the tip/tail but we felt it was a more well rounded Aggressive Mountain Freestyle ride compared to the Capita DOA. So it’s been a while since we tried the Outsiders but based on all the changes to the core, side wall and top sheet over the years we are pretty sure the 2018 Capita Outsiders improved just like the other boards we recently tried.
Conditions: Cold Hard Colorado Snow with a little soft snow on top in some places.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up:Centered about 23″ wide 15 front and -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt almost light and we would say it’s on the light side of medium.
Flex: The model we tried felt medium bordering on Med/Stiff throughout the board. On snow the mostly camber with a touch of flat camber profile doesn’t like to let you butter unless you are a strong rider and know how to butter camber boards. It’s more for those that like to ollie, carve and bomb. The 2017 and 2018 Capita Outsiders has a lot of improved tech that makes this a more doable board for those that like to butter around. Also it’s going to give the board a more dynamic flex. Still if you want buttery and playful then go with the Thunderstick.
On Snow Feel: So the Capita Outsiders felt like it wasn’t much different from most aggressive camber twins we have ridden in the old days. There isn’t much hybrid in the hybrid camber shape and that is why we call it mostly camber. There is only a little bit of flat before the tip/tail. Capita calling it New Age Camber is perfect. It’s pretty locked in just like camber and we didn’t really feel like it was any more forgiving than a traditional camber board. So basically there is consequence if you don’t know what you are doing or you fall off your game.
Turn Initiation: The Outsiders has a good spring from edge to edge for quick turns and it goes where you want it pretty fast. Not bad for those that know how to turn and need it to turn super quick in tight spots.
Turning Experience: The Capita Outsiders is pretty fun to turn It springs nicely from edge to edge from short to wide radius turns. It likes someone who understands the technical aspects of turning and if you do it’s a pretty fun overall experience.
Skidded Turns: Not a good idea to skid turns with this unless you are a good rider. It’s locked in aka catchy so find another board if that is how you turn.
Carving: This is a blast to carve regular or switch and we really liked this here. Even with the flat at the tip/tail it didn’t seem to mess with the arc of the turn like it did with the DOA and it felt good. However our only complaint was we’d like to see a little more grip going on with the edge hold to make it a superior carver for all conditions.
Powder: We had no powder but can’t see this doing that great with all that camber going on. It’s even worse than the DOA. If you like a camber twin in powder you will probably like this a little bit better but most who are use to some rocker going on in the shape will find this a lot of work. It’s one of the last Capita boards I’d grab off the shelf on a powder day.
Speed: Really fast and feels almost like the Capita Mercury when pointing it. The Capita Outsiders doesn’t have the higher end base but it’s pretty good for this price point.
Uneven Terrain: A little rough in the sloppy snow we came across and it doesn’t feel like there is much dampening going on in the board. Even with the Union Atlas which is a damp binding it felt angry on the joints. The 2017 and 2018 Capita Outsiders should be easier on uneven terrain than the model we tried thanks to a new core, top sheet, sidewalls and other flex/dampening tech throughout the board.
Edge Hold: We wanted more. The Outsiders feels like it’s made to be a for people who want a mountain friendly true twin so why not put in the Death Grip side cut as well. It would give it a little more grip in those medium to hard conditions lot’s of people often ride in.
Switch: Almost perfect either way like a true twin should be.
Jibbing: Both Peter and I were intimidated by the Outsiders for jib park riding and didn’t even go in there. We wanted to stay gold like Pony Boy and be Jib Park Outsiders when it came to the Outsiders.
Pipe: The only complaint about the Capita Outsiders is the edge hold but everything else about the ride is outstanding in the pipe for an accomplished pipe rider. It’s not forgiving but if you know what you are doing you will like it as much or more than a traditional camber ride.
Jumps: Really good pop off the tip and tail and I think that little bit of flat helps it pop more than many true camber boards. We only hit a few small to medium kickers but the Capita Outsiders had lot’s of rewarding spring off the lip. If you want to go medium to big then this is a very fun board to do it with. Just like in the pipe is it’s not forgiving so you must know what you are doing.
All in all its not a bad board but comparing this board to the 2017 and 2018 Capita line we all preferred the Outerspace Living if you want something more forgiving and well rounded for all conditions….especially powder. If you have another board for powder it could be a great good condition daily driver for a technical rider that loves to turn and get air.