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 (BSOD) as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the BSOD a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
Board: Capita Black Snowboard of Death 2018
Price: $619 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium to Medium/Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 85.3/100
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 82.1/100
- The highest score was 91.8/100
- The lowest score was 57.1/100
- The BSOD ranked 6th out of 20
Overview of the Black Snowboard of Death’s Specs
Check out the tables for the BSOD’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Freeride||Flex||Medium (7 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Semi Locked In|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber Camber to the tail with rocker in the nose||Shape||Directional (taper almost non-existent now)|
|Stance Setback||Setback 25mm||Edge-hold||Medium snow|
|Price||$619 (USD)||Base||Sintered (Hyperdrive NC12 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 BSOD 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.
The 2018 model especially is a little bit more towards the do-it-all type of board, but I still consider it freeride – just a little closer to the all-mountain end of the freeride spectrum than previous models. It’s something you also ride switch ok on too, now.
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 BSOD is capable of. This is for the 2017 model, so some things will be different with the 2018 model. The scores have been adjusted to reflect the 2018 model, but the demo notes here are for the 2017 model.
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.
2018 model should be much better for riding switch but it’s still got a directional camber profile, so won’t feel like a twin.
Changes from the 2017 Model
Th 2018 model has undergone a few changes.
- It’s slightly stiffer than the 2017 model
- It has gone from a 5mm taper to a virtually non-existent 0.3mm taper
- Carbon X-Arc stringers added to the nose (in place of straight stringers)
- Different fibreglass formula
- Different resin formula
- New Hyperdrive NC12 base
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||85.3/100|
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 (slightly stiffened up for 2018 but still slightly stiffer than the average freeride 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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