|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Capita Spring Break Powder 2018 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Capita Spring Break Powder line is exceptionally different from almost any other powder board we tried. Our review is for the Tree Hunter 161 and the older Powder Pill 159 (now 158). Both have subtle differences but it seems all have that same uniquely, thick, super tapered floaty feel unlike any other board we tried.
Capita Spring Break Tree Hunter 161 2017 and 2018 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.
Size: 161 Tree Hunter
Conditions: Some occasional groomers but mainly deep light to thick powder we have been lucky enough to have.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Matt,
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Rover,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton 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 lets 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 its 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 it’s 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 floats better than some old 170+cm 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.
The rest doesn’t matter. The only thing I wish was there was a little more pop off the back binding for getting air but it’s good for flat rocker.
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.
Capita Spring Break Powder Past Reviews
Capita Spring Break 158 Powder Pill Review
The Capita Spring Break Powder has a tapered directional powder snowboard shape but has a thickness to it that reminds us of a surfboard. At first you think it’s got a foam core but it’s wood. The first day we tried the Powder Pill it was the last board after a long day of riding different powder boards and it stoked us out.
Capita Spring Break 2016-2015 Snowboard Review. 158 Powder Pill Review Only
Conditions: Approx 2 feet of tracked up PNW Powder near the end of the day that took a little work to get fresh tracks.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Contact, Union T.Rice, Ride Capo
Set Up: Set Back 18 front 0 back, Set Back 15 front -6 back 23″ wide
So just to clarify this review is based solely on the 158 powder pill. We didn’t try the other shapes/sizes.
So the Capita Spring Break was the last board we took out on at the end of a demo day in up to 2 feet of powder. Normally we’d be done if it wasn’t a demo day and we wouldn’t be out in this chewed up left over powder. Also Peter and I were both really exhausted too and kind of dragging from a month on the road. We got on the Spring Break and it felt like slamming 2 Red Bulls. We both instantly perked up and our pants got tight as we started to make turns in left over powder that usually gives you the let’s go get a beer vibe.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal to a shad on the light side
On Snow Feel: the first word that comes into mind is snappy. It’s a flat to rocker or continuous rocker camber profile but it felt more like mellow continuous rocker. It’s a little loose between the feet but it’s not bad flat basing or one footing. Basically the stoke you see from Peter and I in the video really sums it up. On paper this is nothing special but on snow this is a fucking blast.
Powder: The Capita Spring Break is all about powder. It’s such a fun playful ride that floats effortlessly and turns quick. There is almost no extra strain on the back foot. It’s a dart in and out of the trees kind of board for Peter and I. We rode lot’s of powder boards that day at the demo’s and this was our favorite. What factors in even more stoke is this was the last board of the day so the snow was choppy. If it wasn’t a demo day we would have been off the hill already. It’s the kind of board that can provide a shit ton of fun from the first track to the last messy track after the last chair.
Turn Initiation and Carving: So when we got this board we didn’t ask about specs or anything. We just strapped on bindings and went. If I were to guess I would of thought 25.5cm so I was super surprised with the 27cm waist. I never would of guessed with how quickly it turns that the waist is soo wide. I also wouldn’t of guessed how much taper there is so maybe that’s what makes it so easy to turn. So it doesn’t feel that tapered and that wide. It’s super quick edge to edge so it’s great in tight spots like narrow chutes that you need to turn in or dense tree lines. Carving wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t really good either. It’s more of a powder board only. Sure you can go out on groomers and have a pretty fun time but it doesn’t hold or spring out of a carve well. Short to wide radius turns are pretty fun though.
Speed: We didn’t really have the kind of terrain at the end of the day to see how well it bombs. We spent most of our time darting in and out of bumps and tight tree lines. It seems like it can handle chatter well.
Uneven Terrain: Perfect in uneven terrain. It really weaves in and out of bumps and handles chunder pretty well.
Edge Hold: We couldn’t find one hard spot that day so we can’t say for sure how it holds in snowment to ice. My guess is it won’t be that good because it’s a powder board but I don’t know for sure.
Flex: Pretty medium stiff flex but it’s snappy, quick and easy to throw around.
Switch: Not great but doable. A little more if you are centered but it’s very far from a twin. I don’t buy into their marketing hype here about how easy it is to ride switch. Maybe if you are a pro or a very accomplished rider but if you are an average rider like Peter and I it’s more work.
Jumps: Nice pop and the board really springs from between your feet. It was fun getting air off the end of the day bumps here and there and we could see this being a great board for a method off a drop.
So all in all the Capita Spring Break is one of those boards that has a unique look and a very fun ride. It’s really only a board I’d take out in powder but it really nails it there. We felt it’s right up there with many of the great powder boards we have tried and it blows doors on the Capita Charlie Slasher. Both Peter and I want this board.
Capita Spring Break Powder Specs
Capita Spring Break Powder Images
Capita Company Information
Capita Spring Break Powder User Reviews
Blast to ride, board sits extremely high in snow. Was lucky enough to catch a 5 day storm in Tahoe last year and picked this up on sale mid-way through. The board changes how you ride deep snow.
Super bouncy and surfy, while being able to rip through tight trees. Powder only, recommend stiffer bindings. Pricey but worth it.
Perfect for deep days and a great carver - wouldnt push it too hard
I love this board, as TGR states, you forgive it a great deal because its incredible on the deep days.
I found in Whis, on a pow day the first 4/5 runs were incredible, and from then on I really was just trying to survive riding it.
Being relatively light with smallish feet didnt help my control of the deck. So I would save it for the deep days rather than use as a resort board (although it rips a carve!!)
A lot of people warn about the fragility, I went big quite a few times with this deck and the board survived.
Dont know how long it could keep doing that for before snapping.
TLDR: Probably best suited to taller/heavier guys, the board can rip a carve & charge, just sensational when its deep - like nothing else.
I have the 2014 158 Orange and Blue version. It is amazing in powder. Just a whole new totally different experience. I have a very fancy TRS Firepower that is a fantastic board but doesn't touch this board on a pow day. I demoed a NS Cobra and it felt like thin crap compared to my SpringBreak. I cant say enough good things about this board. You know the first time you ride powder and you're like "ohhhhhh". Well, you can have that feeling again. Get this board. I believe the thickness is part of the key. Not just the shape. I lent it to a guy for one run and he was laughing and smiling the whole time. Its also really really well built. Buy it. You will not regret it for a second.
The only bad characteristic is its performance on ice or flat surfaces. It will try and kill you. Maybe that's the trade off for the best powder experience of your life.
If you don't have a Powder Pill you're missing out
Last season I had my heart set on that gorgeous Tree Hunter but they all quickly sold out and none were popping up on eBay used. After seeing James' review I knew I had to try the Powder Pill. Luckily I was able to snag one of the first year's of the Capita x Spring Break Powder Pill 158 (that gorgeous Orange/Blue) for a stupid cheap price and I don't regret it one bit.
I own the BSoD in 165 and a Charlie Slasher in 164 and NEITHER are half the fun or have near as much float as the Pill. I've been riding nothing but Japan Pow this season and it is just unsinkable. It turns on a dime, makes deep slashes effortless and just cruises over the crud. Even when you're sailing down the groomers to get back to the powder it's a blast. I thought it would be terrible on the groomers but it holds edge pretty dang well. It's got me reaching for my edge on every heel-side turn.
I'm a big dude and was expecting sub-optimal float in the powder but my expectations were slashed as soon as the board met the snow. Fresh powder runs make you want to surf and bounce-turn all over. Powder wheelies are lots of fun too. This short board impressed the shit out of me.
If you don't ever get to own or ride one of these boards you're missing out on a necessary snow experience. I'm glad to see it's getting recognized as a Good Ride Favorite. Hopefully they'll get to ride the new shapes from Spring Break next season.