Hello and welcome to my Capita Black Snowboard of Death review.
In this review I will take a look at the Black Snowboard of Death (BSofD) as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the BSofD a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Capita Black Snowboard of Death 2017
Price: $619 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium to Medium/Stiff (6.5/10)
Rating Score: 82.6/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 20 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $599 (USD)
- The average score was 81.9/100
- The highest score was 91.8/100
- The lowest score was 57.1/100
- The BSofD ranked 10th out of 20
Overview of the Black Snowboard of Death’s Specs
Check out the tables for the BSofD’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Freeride||Flex||Medium (6.5 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Locked In|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber||Shape||Tapered Directional|
|Stance Setback||Setback 12.5mm||Edge-hold||Medium snow|
|Price||$619 (USD)||Base||Nano-Carbon Race Base™|
|Waist Width (mm)||253||256||259||262|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-175||135-185||150-200||155-210+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57-79||61-84||68-91||70-95+|
Who is the Black Snowboard of Death Most Suited to?
Anyone who isn’t superstitious about the name!
This board is ideal for anyone looking for a freeride deck but wants one that is a bit softer flexing than your average freeride deck.
So if you want to ride the backcountry finding powder, carve up the trails and generally ride hard and fast – but want a little bit more forgiveness in the flex, then the BSofD is a great choice. It also handles jumps pretty well – so if you like to throw in some jumps over rollers and drops off lips etc
This is definitely not for beginners – this is an advanced rider’s board only.
The Black Snowboard of Death in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the BSofD is capable of.
Board: Capita Black Snowboard of Death 2017, 159cm, (waist width 256mm)
Date: February 27th, 2016
Conditions: Choppy and slushy on the groomers. Some sparse pockets of powder off. Rain came later in the afternoon but fine prior to that. Visibility great all day even when the rain came.
Bindings angles: +18/+3
The strength of this board is in powder. I didn’t find a lot of it on the day I rode the BSofD, but when I did get the chance to float over some slushy powder this board really felt at home.
It’s got a tapered directional shape, a 12.5mm setback and some rocker (reverse camber) towards the nose – these things all really help this board to be a good powder floater.
Felt really nice on a carve when I got the chance to open it out. Felt no fear of washing out and could really get up on the edge and carve with confidence (in the spots where I could – it was very choppy).
This board is pretty fast and pretty stable at speed. It would probably feel even faster and more stable at speed if it was a bit stiffer. But I guess that’s the deal with this board – it’s a bit softer flexing but this is on purpose to help it to stand out from other freeride boards.
So if you want a softer flexing freeride board then this is definitely a good option – just be aware that it does necessarily sacrifice some stability at speed because of it.
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One thing that that softer flex does do is help this board to be better in bumpy conditions. Which I was definitely thankful for on the day because there was plenty of that!
It handles going through, around or just charging straight over all the bumps.
The other thing I found with board was that it was better with jumps than your average Freeride deck. If you really want to go through the jump line in the park you can. But what this is really useful for on the rest of the mountain is dropping off lips and popping over rollers.
It’s got a fair bit of pop and it’s stable but forgiving on landings.
Not great riding switch. Feels a bit cumbersome in the other direction. But that’s not surprise really. With a setback stance, tapered directional shape and an aggressive feel, it was never going to be great riding switch – nor is it designed to be.
You can definitely survive if you’re going backwards at any point for short bursts, of course – but not one if you want to be riding a lot of switch.
Changes from the 2016 Model
There have been a couple of changes for the 2016/17 compared with the 2015/16 model.
- The camber section has been elongated
- Lower tip height
- Nano-Carbon Race Base™
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||82.6/100|
Overall this was a fun board to ride and I definitely wish I had more powder to take it through. What powder I got was just a teaser.
Probably the biggest stand out for this board compared with other freeride boards is the softer than average flex for the type of board. This has advantages and disadvantages.
If you’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of stability at speed for some better jumping ability and the ability to butter if you wanted to, but otherwise still want a freeride board, then this is a great option.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re looking to learn more about the Black Snowboard of Death, are ready to buy or want to research current prices, check out the links below.
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