- Price: £575 / $630
- Category: All-Mountain, Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 156, 159, 161W, 162, 165W, 169W
- Flex: 6.5/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: Directional Camber
- Base: Sintered
Why we chose the Capita Black Snowboard of Death Snowboard: CAPiTA’s black-on-black OG gets a full redesign for its 20th birthday.
CAPiTA’s bastion of all-mountain annihilation is celebrating twenty laps around the sun this winter. It’s had a complete overhaul for 2020/21, but two things remain unchanged – the name and the colour. Take another quick look at the top sheet and decide if you really think this is the board for you. To stare down at your feet and see the words “Death Machine” and the Merchant of Death skull looking back up at you will either invoke fear or inspire fortitude. Those in the former camp will be saying their prayers; those in the latter will have them answered.
The BSOD sits in CAPiTA’s Alpine Assault Force collection of snowboards along with the likes Kazu Kokubo’s and Jess Kimura’s pro models. It’s designed with powder and pistes in mind, but riders should be confident in bringing elements of freestyle to these environments, too. Having said that, it’s less about the style and more about the intensity of riding you bring to it.
“It’s had a complete overhaul for 2020/21, but two things remain unchanged – the name and the colour”
Dressing up for the big occasion, the BSOD has a new shape that features a slightly wider outline and tighter, progressive sidecut. The addition of the Death Grip reverse sidecut in the centre of the snowboard provides an extra point of contact and increased grip to compensate for the slightly shorter effective edge. Along with CAPiTA’s faster than fast Hyperdrive Base, rest assured that the BSOD is as good at holding a line as it is at taking the bee-line.
The Alpine V1 profile features a midbody camber with a flat tail and long rocker in the nose. The setback stance and camber running deep towards the back of the snowboard suggests which way the BSOD was primed for charging in. Switch isn’t out of the question, of course, but what you lose from the limited rocker in the tail you gain in increased float and a super solid platform for launching and landing in regs.