Whitelines' Deputy Editor reviews the 2013 - 14 Capita Defenders of Awesome at the UK Boardtest in Kaunertal.
CAPITA DEFENDERS OF AWESOME - TECH SPEC
SHAPE: True Twin
CAPITA DEFENDERS OF AWESOME - WHITELINES 100 SNOWBOARD BUYERS' GUIDE REVIEW
When you call a board the Defenders of Awesome, you’re definitely making something of a statement. Thankfully, this high-end freestyle stick from Capita has the spec and performance to back that statement up. Which is just as well, because it also has to justify one of the most eye-catching graphics of the year – there’s a different Jackie Brown-style chick with a gun on each length.
Introduced into the line for the first time last year, the DOA won a whole host of awards in its maiden season. Understandably, Capita’s tech guys have decided to subtly tweak the board for the 2013-14 season, rather than tampering with that winning formula.
Interestingly, one thing they have changed is the core. The previous year’s ‘SS select core’ has been switched for one made of more sustainably grown wood. But the wood in question is still poplar, so the flex and feel of the board are largely unchanged. The profile on this board is also the same as the previous season’s model.
It’s a hybrid, with camber between the feet and a bit of reverse camber towards the tip and tail. This is a solid, chunky ride with relatively rigid flex, meaning it powers through slush and crud without batting an eyelid. The powerful core is stiffened further by carbon stringers that run the length of the board, meaning that it really fires you up in the air when you pop. Like last year’s DOA, it’s excellent for tackling kickers and for hooning it down the piste at Mach 10. If you like going big and you’re man enough to handle it, it’s an awesome freestyle stick.
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