The Capita Thunderstick to us is kind of like a softer more playful version of the Outsiders. It makes the Thunderstick a really good freestyle ride and if you are ok with limited edge hold then the rest of the board offers up a great ride for this price point.
Conditions: Some Sierra Cement on Crust, Hard snow and some Good Spring Conditions
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV,
Bindings: Union Superpro,
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back about 22.5-22.75″ wide
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty light for the price and is on the light side of normal.
Flex: There is a really mellow on snow flex that makes the Capita Thunderstick a lot more playful/buttery than what you think for a mostly camber ride like this. It still has a good snappy return to it out of the tip/tail.
Sizing: Pretty much size 10 and under. The 155 fit me well but the 153 would of been ideal as pure park ride.
On Snow Feel: The Capita Thunderstick has that semi-catchy feel that the Outsiders has because it shares a very similar camber profile but it’s more mellow forgiving flex gives it a much more playful feeling underfoot. It’s easy to one foot and flat base because it tracks so well but it favors a more advanced freestyle rider. The board has a nice balance between the buttery playfulness you find with many flat to rocker Capita boards and the dynamic pop you get from camber. It’s a very playful freestyle ride.
Edge Hold: Probably our only complaint about this ride is the edge hold. It just doesn’t seem to hold well in hard snow. It feels fine until you get into hard snowment patches and then there is nothing that resembles any type of grip.
Turn Initiation: The 155 had nice turn initiation and you can easily get it from edge to edge.
Turning Experience: There is a pretty fun feeling when it comes to turning with the Capita Thunderstick. It’s flat transition after the camber doesn’t seem to mess with the turning radius like it does with the DOA. Despite this being a mostly park ride it’s got a really fun feel when making turns of all types. If you slow it down it’s fun to make turns on the mountain with.
Carving: Big surprise here and when the conditions are soft it can be fun to lay it out regular or switch.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal when it comes to skidding a turn if you are an intermediate or beginner. It’s doable if you are bordering between intermediate and advanced but you might find yourself catching and edge on the Capita Thunderstick compared to boards like the Horrorscope or Ultrafear.
Speed: The Capita Thunderstick is not fast. As you pick up speed it does not turn into a mess but you can feel the chatter from tip to tail. The extruded base is pretty doable and it keeps it’s speed rather well. It’s a great call for those that don’t wax your board a lot because extruded bases have less highs and lows when it comes to speed. It’s never super fast when waxed but conversely it’s never super slow when not waxed either.
Uneven Terrain: I had a run down some messy bumps on a stormy day and the 155 weaved in and out of the Bumps really well. It’s not the kind of board I’d like to power through uneven snow with but it’s great for turning around them and making those bumps mini park features.
Powder: No thanks. Like the Outsiders it’s not the board I’d like in even a little bit of powder. The flat transition at the end doesn’t make for more float. Instead its more for adding pop at the end of a camber profile.
Switch: The same either way and the only thing more true than this twin would be an asymmetrical version of it.
Jibbing: The Thunderstick is a great Jibber. I suck at Jibbing but I felt pretty confident jibbing with the Capita Thunderstick. It’s almost there with the Ultrafear or Scott Stevens and could easily be used as a dedicated jib board. When didn’t get much film time with this but did get a lot of riding time. When the cameras were off the Thunderstick did a great job for me and Jimbo as well.
Pipe: If we could get the edges super sharp this wouldn’t be a bad pipe board but as it comes out of the wrapper it’s not ready for pipe time.
Jumps: There is so much good pop going on here. It loves to get air from an ollie and it’s great for small to mid sized kickers as well. It’s not really about hitting up a super parks kicker line but instead hitting those progressive to mid sized parks.
So all in all the Thunderstick is a great ride for this price range. If you can get past the edge hold you have a semi-technical freestyle ride at a very reasonable price.