Capita has been around since the start of the century, but somehow it feels like much longer than that. That’s perhaps a sign of the impact that Blue Montgomery’s outfit has had on the snowboarding world in those few years.
With a real focus on innovative designs, a progressive team and top-quality decks, it has picked up a loyal following that grows every year. Formerly known as the ‘Normal Ass Snowboard’ due to its classic camber profile, Capita has now rebranded this one as the ‘Nippon Archetype Sword’ – Kazu Kokubo’s weapon of choice. For it to pass muster with Japan’s finest it’s been designed to kill backcountry booters just as easily as the pipe and park. The profile certainly ticks all those boxes, as does the sintered base and relatively stiff flex. It’s also pretty light, with two carbon beams built in to keep it snappy. In this case normal certainly doesn’t mean boring, and we look forward to seeing what Kazu did with it in the forthcoming sequel to the 2011 classic Defenders Of Awesome. It comes in comfortably under four hundred quid, too.
“As a camber charger it’s obviously quite stiff from end to end, but the torsional flex is way more than what I was expecting. This makes it very manoeuvrable, and you can really get the most out of short turns by twisting it though the waist. The downside is that when you’re cruising on a cat track at slower speeds it can feel jittery, and you have to keep your concentration to avoid catching an edge. That’s only a minor problem, though, and a total non-issue when you’re gunning it to 88 like you’re supposed to.” – Andrew Duthie