CAPiTA Ultrafear 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

Regular readers of the Whitelines Gear Guide will be familiar with the skull graphic on the CAPiTA Ultrafear by now. As park boards go, it’s always been one of our favourites, so we’re delighted to see it coming back for another winter.

With its mostly-flat base it’s perfect for rails, banishing hang-ups and allowing for heavy presses on its rocker sections at the nose and tail. Expect relatively good float in powder, too, with a lot of the work taken out of keeping that front end up. This is really for park and urban days, however, built to handle bone-shaking landings all day.

Thanks to getting their Mothership up and running, CAPiTA have been able to give most of their boards an upgrade for 2016/17, and the Ultrafear is no exception. The combination of triaxal and biaxal fibreglass layers are bound with their new ‘Evo Resin’, made from plants and extremely durable. Also, the new base is both super-quick and tough as nails, so there’s no excuse not to take this to the streets as well as the park.

Given that it’s for the jibbers out there, it veers towards the shorter sizes, but larger-footed riders can pick up the wide version complete with natty red print.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

“Ed’s taken the CAPiTA Ultrafear out for the last few years – and given its multi-award winner status it’s probably true that I went into this test with a fair bit of expectation – but my first impressions were that this almost felt like a bit too much of a specialist for my taste.

Around the mountain it handles different terrain well, but is if anything a little bit lackluster – almost as if I could hear it sullenly whispering ‘take me to the park, you idiot’.

Unfortunately the day’s conditions didn’t really afford me the luxury of playing to the Ultrafear’s strengths, but from the pop and playfulness underfoot I could feel that it was waiting to spring to life when it hit home soil. Urban and freestyle fans will no doubt flock to it as before.”

“From the pop and playfulness underfoot I could feel that it was waiting to spring to life when it hit the park.”


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