List Price US $499
Capita Supernova 2020 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) < 8, 8-10
Manufactured in Austria by The Mothership
Shape Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback -12.5mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Good
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Hard

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Capita Supernova 2020 Review by The Good Ride

The Capita Supernova is a somewhat old school narrow ride that sure is a fun poppy directional one board quiver for all but hard snow.

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.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Size: 156
Days:  3
Conditions: Late spring conditions.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom InsolesFootprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata

Similar Boards (but not the same) That We Compared This To:
Korua Otto, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Loaded Algernon, Capita Mercury, Capita Warpspeed

Set-Up: 22” Wide. 18 front -9 back. Close to Reference

Approximate Weight: Kind of on the lighter side of normal.

Sizing: The 156 and 159 are a great fit for my specs but this board was not really a match with Jimbo. It would not be good for carving or riding steep terrain for his size 11’s. It’s more of an 8 to 10 that favors more of an 8-9 kind of boot.

Flex/Buttering: The flex of the Capita Supernova feels very medium from tip to tail if you flex it in the shop but on snow, the nose butters easier than the tail thanks to the early rise. The flex has a good pop to it and it has lots of energy while still having the ability to bend well.

On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Capita Supernova feels somewhat locked in and only a little less than a full camber ride thanks to the early rise in the nose. Skidding a turn if you get off your game can feel a bit catchy on the tail but not as much the nose. It has a semi-locked in feel that tracks really well in the flats and one foots really well off the chair too. Not for beginners and ok for stronger intermediates but best for advanced to expert riders.

Edge Hold: It might be the way Capita tunes their boards out of the factory or just the way the sidecut is designed but the edge hold starts letting go pretty quickly when the snow starts to get hard.

Turn Initiation: This narrow waist Capita Supernova turns super-fast edge to edge and really initiates a turn quickly if it’s done correctly. It slows down a little bit once engaged into the turn but it is a fun board to make quick S-Turns with.

Turning Experience/Carving: In good snow, the Capita Supernova can carve pretty hard and of all the boards we were sent from Capita this year this was our favorite. It had the most spring out of a turn and to us it was a step up above the boards with flat in the tail. It just seemed to make the whole turn fun.

Powder: We had no powder but with that early rise in the nose and with a 21.5″ stance with the difference between nose/tail is 3.75″ making the setback from center of the board 1.875″ which is pretty good for an all-mountain board like this.

Speed: The Capita Supernova is pretty damp and you can point it if you want to. It isn’t going to bomb super fast but it’s more than good enough for most.

Uneven Terrain: Very quick weaving in and out of bumps and the Capita Supernova is great for those who like to turn through bumpy snow. If you power over stuff it might buck and bounce you around a bit but it can for sure hang. I want to clarify something in the video review I said too. It can reverberate and chatter and you can feel the board doing that but it doesn’t pass up into your joints and feel cranky so that is good.

Switch: Very doable either way and as long as you are turning it feels pretty similar.

Park: We liked it in the pipe when it was soft and didn’t want to take it in the jib park but it sure does pop well into the air. The somewhat narrower width might not have as stable of an approach as some slightly wider more jump specific boards but it sure does spring into the air when you hit a natural feature or kicker.

So, all in all, the Capita Supernova has a nice camber-ish kind of ride that is really fun to turn, pops well and can be set back in powder for decent directional float. If you liked the idea of the Kazu in Capita’s line but wanted a double-ender instead of a tapered board then this could work.

 
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