• Price: £520 / €599
  • Lengths: 156, 159, 162, 165
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin

With only the name staying constant in its various years of terrorising the slopes, the CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death is the Dread Pirate Roberts of all-terrain decks. Maybe that’s why they’re so fond of putting threatening tall ships on the topsheet?

"The CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death still boasts a freeride-friendly setback camber with a lifted nose that loves the powder"

Among the most significant changes to the CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death for the 2017/18 season is the new layout of ‘X-Arcs’. These curved carbon rods replace the previous model’s straight versions, making the board torsionally stiffer at the nose than at the tail - ideal for crud-busting and high-speed charging.

Elsewhere you can find an improved core (as light and strong as always, but now FSC-certified too), and an upgraded blend of biax and triax fibreglass. It also has new, faster base material, and improved sidewalls.

The profile, at least, remains unchanged, so the CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death still boasts a freeride-friendly setback camber with a lifted nose that loves the powder. It’s not so directional that you couldn’t throw a few shapes, but fast-and-serious is definitely this board’s comfort zone.

Sometimes a classic board disappears for a few years, only to reappear to high acclaim. In the case of the ever-evolving, ever-excellent CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death, however, a change is as good as a rest.

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Tester's Verdict

Ed Blomfield - whitelines.com

"Pricey boards with stealthy graphics are often super stiff, but that’s not really the case with the BSOD. Yes, there’s some carbon in here, but overall the flex felt lively and fun rather than race-tuned, with plenty of pop.

"The eye-catching angular outline looks rad but has no discernible effect on the ride, being more about style than function"

The unusual profile (rocker front, camber middle, flat rear) feels almost surfy in slush and offers plenty of float in the pow, though it’s not optimised for straight up piste carving (on early morning hardpack, a traditional camber board still has the edge - no pun intended!).

The eye-catching angular outline looks rad but has no discernible effect on the ride, being more about style than function. If you’re after something lightweight and chuckable that’s more versatile than your average park noodle – and you’ve got deep enough pockets – then the Black Snowboard of Death could be the ideal quiver killer."

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