In case you have been around in the snowboard scene over the seasons, you have probably hear the ongoing buzz about the 2017 CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death. As the pinnacle of the CAPiTA lineup and with the awards to back it up, this is a supreme snowboard. Build to be taken into the backcountry by experienced and aggressive free-riders who like to run the hills. In the past, the personality of this board was quite similar to the CAPiTA Mercury.
Its design features a Tapered Directional shape with a Hybrid Camber profile. Because of this board’s shape and slight tapering, the tail will sink in the snow while keeping the nose upright. This helps the board to plane well over deep powder and really boosts its freeride capabilities. Furthermore, its mid-board camber and custom-tuned rockered nose, provide the ideal mix of powerful edge hold and an almost razor-sharp response. Great for when you’re riding the steeper sections and laying down your curves. On snow, the ride felt similar to the one we tested last season. Although it has a little extra camber it still offers an easy freeride that’s stable and not too catchy. Thanks to its rockered nose this board behaves a bit better on powder than the CAPiTA Charlie Slasher.
Turning goes quickly with a nice pop from edge to edge. Although this board has a stiff flex it feels much softer compared to older version. This may allow you to navigate through the messy bumpy snow. But it also means you get more chatter when riding fast. The edge hold is good in most conditions but in the past, this board used to grip better. Overall, the 2017 CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death is a good choice if you prefer to cruise the backcountry and play around. For hard chargers, this is not the one.