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CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

Run to the hills

The Details:

The CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death is considered to be the brand’s flagship model, and it’s been a staple of the line for over a decade. Down in price since last year, at over £400 it still isn’t cheap, but for that you get a truly ultimate all-mountain snowboard that’s capable of taking on everything and anything.

It’s been tricked out with the brand’s highest-quality – and therefore fastest – sintered base, as well as a feather-light core. That, combined with the profile that features classic camber with a raised section towards the nose and a flat bit near the tail, makes it ideal for screaming down pistes and pow fields alike.

This year it’s been augmented with four carbon rods that start at the nose and tail and run to just inside the inserts. Exclusive to the CAPiTA BSOD, these have borrowed tech from the aerospace industry that allows for super-light pop boosters that are also ridiculously strong.

It’s been stiffened torsionally, meaning you’ll have to work a little harder to manipulate the board with your feet, but it makes for a more stable ride that’ll cut through crud and go like the clappers.

While not specifically a park board, the CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death would be more than fit for purpose on the XL kicker line, and is light and snappy enough to enjoy smaller hits too. In summary, it’s a true one-board quiver.

TESTER’S VERDICT
Ed Blomfield – Whitelines

“The name and skull-laden graphic might strike fear into many a prospective buyer, but the Black Snowboard of Death is not a particularly stiff or unforgiving ride. In fact this is one of the most accessible (albeit pricey) boards I’ve ridden this year.

The profile makes for a cruisy time on the piste without ever feeling dull, and there are some high-tech materials in here which make it super lightweight and lively. It encouraged me to pump hard into my carves – almost like a surfer pumping down the line – and gave me plenty of confidence to attack side hits and bigger jumps.

There’s none of the skittishness over ice or early-morning hard pack that you’ll find on CAPiTA’s more rockered Ultrafear, so all in all the BSOD would make a good choice for the seasonaire who wants to mix up their park laps with some powder days or old-fashioned charging.” 

“The BSOD would make a good choice for the seasonaire who wants to mix up their park laps with some powder days or old-fashioned charging”

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