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Capita Spring Break Powder 161 Tree Hunter Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Powder
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Austria at The Mothership
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Flat to Rocker
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Light
Split No
Powder Excellent
Base Glide
Carving Poor
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Average
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Poor
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Capita Spring Break Powder 161 Tree Hunter 2021 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride

The Capita Spring Break Powder 161 Tree Hunter line is exceptionally different from almost any other powder board we tried. Our review is for the Tree Hunter 161 and the older discontinued Powder Pill 158. They have lot’s of differences but all have that same uniquely thick, super-floaty feel, unlike any other board we tried.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Capita Spring Break Tree Hunter 161 2017 Review

We have the 2017 Spring Break Tree Hunter.  The 2018 Spring Break Tree Hunter has some improvements to the flex, core, rails ect to make the ride better but it’s still pretty close in terms of personality. If you can swing the 2018 the improved tech makes the ride better but it’s not enough for me to dump my 17 Spring Break to get a new one.

How This Review Happened:   We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this for you, good readers.  Then we liked it soo much we kept it.

Size: 161 Tree Hunter
Days: 15+
Conditions: Some occasional groomers but mainly moderate to very very deep powder.  Some was thick and mean and other days light and fluffy.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Matt, 
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover,
Bindings: Union AtlasBurton Genesis X
Set Up
Everything from 18 front -9 back to 18 front 0 back and a few in between.

Approximate Weight: Feels light for how big and thick it is but overall pretty normal compared to other 161’s which is a pretty cool accomplishment.

Flex: It feels stiff if you are flexing it in the shop yet on snow it can butter better than you would think.

Sizing: The Nose and Waist are super wide but it tapers back to a normal tail size so it’s manageable even for my size 9 boots.

On Snow Feel: This is a pure powder board and just about everything you would ever want for a dedicated powder board for those that see the deep deep often. Stable one footing off the chair and flat basing and not a hard board to ride despite how different it is compared to many other boards out there.

Edge Hold:  Same Capita Flat to Rocker edge hold that let’s go very easy in hard snow.  It’s probably the one weakness because even on the deepest of days wind can expose ice and make it a sketchy time.

Turn Initiation:  The Capita Spring Break Powder Tree Hunter is surprisingly easy to turn.  All that taper going on really makes it manageable and I could weave in and out of trees better than boards that have a lot less volume going on.  It’s kind of a medium turner on groomers but the deeper the powder gets the more it becomes a medium/fast turner.

Turning Experience: It’s not the most boring board I’ve tried it definitely is a different board turning on groomers than it is in powder.  It’s the kind of board you put away when the powder is gone.  You can ride groomers and get along fine but there are soo many snowsurfers that do a much better job.

Carving:  Not a carver and it’s pretty uneventful from beginning to end.  It can be done but it’s not fun.

Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid a turn and even though it’s a weird shape we always felt like we could easily skid to a stop.

Speed: It’s pretty fast and we felt that the Capita Spring Break Tree Hunter can go pretty fast as long as it’s in the deep stuff.

Uneven Terrain: We had no problem turning in uneven snow even compared to the other boards we have used on the same day with it. It can handle bumpy messy resort snow rather well for its large nose and waist.

Powder: What can I say here except it’s one of the most floaty boards I’ve ever been on.  Most of the board sits on top of the snow like the Jones Hovercraft but the tail sinks enough to make it feel like it’s helping you steer with ease.  The Capita Spring Break Tree Hunter 161 floats better than the old 170+cm camber boards I use to ride before the rocker days. It’s the kind of board I would take on a Heli trip if I could afford to take those.  The deeper the better for the Tree Hunter. When setting all the way back at a 22.75″ stance width the difference between nose and tail is a touch more than 8.75″ making the setback on board -4.375″.  That isn’t super far back but it’s pretty good. Then you factor in the super narrow low volume tail along with the big ass nose that has some early rise going on you have a very floaty board.

So overall, the way the Capita Spring Break Tree Hunter Floats is special and amazing.  It’s hard to recommend boards like these that are so one dimensional (aka powder only) but it’s such a special pow surfer but if you can swing it then don’t hesitate. Peter has my 158 Powder Pill and I own the 161 Tree Hunter.  It’s hard for me to even swing favorite boards like these because even at a pro-form discount they are more than most boards list price.  My kids might have to get a second job in college but I’m going to try not to part with these rides.

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