Hello and welcome to my Capita Kazu Kokubo review.
In this review I will take a look at the Kazu as a powder snowboard – though it’s kind of unique for a powder board as I’ll explain later.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Kazu a score out of 100 (based on several factors).
Board: Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro
Price: $539 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Powder-Freestyle (Capita calls it a Freestyle Powder Hound)
Flex: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 84.5/100 (though this is for my powder rating system – don’t have a rating system for powder-freestyle boards so this isn’t that accurate as far as a score for the Kazu goes. But even purely as a powder board it scores pretty highly)
Compared to other Powder Boards
This is where I’d normally do a comparison to other boards in the same category. However, the Kazu is quite a unique board in that it’s really powder-freestyle and I don’t have any boards that would make a proper comparison to.
Overview of the Kazu’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Kazu’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Powder-Freestyle||Flex||Medium (6 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Weight||Lighter than Normal||Turn Initiation||Fast|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (setback camber that goes all the way to the tail then a rockered nose)||Shape||Tapered Directional|
|Stance Setback||Setback 38mm (1.5")||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Price||$539 (USD)||Base||Sintered - Omega Mark II™ High Speed Base|
|Waist Width (mm)||251||253||255|
|Weight Range (lbs)||145-195||150-200||180+|
|Weight Range (kgs)||66-88||68-91||82+|
Who is the Kazu Most Suited to?
This board is essentially for anyone who wants to rip freestyle in the backcountry.
You can definitely ride it in the resort – but where this board excels is in the powder. But it’s not your typical big surfy powder board. It’s a small freestyle board designed to ride the powder. So if you like to do tricks – especially jumps – in the backcountry and you want the board to be nimble and maneuverable at the same time (as opposed to big and surfy) then you’ve probably met your match here.
If you know the type of thing that Kazuhiro Kokubo likes to get up to in the backcountry (see 1st video below for some examples) then that’s what this board is capable of.
This maneuverability and powder prowess also makes this board great for the trees.
Definitely not for a beginner and not a one-board quiver (unless this is the only type of riding you want to do – which would be understandable!).
The Kazu in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Kazu is capable of.
Board: Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro, 157cm (255mm waist width)
Date: March 29th, 2016
Conditions: Groomed – hard packed. Some spots of icy snow and some very slushy spots. A real mixture. Some softer pack spots too. Felt like quite slow conditions in general considering it was hard pack
Bindings angles: +18/+3
Very effortless keeping the nose above the powder/slush that I found. Felt like it had very good float – particularly for a 157. They’ve done a great job of making a small powder board – it’s not a surfy feel in the powder but you don’t have to work to keep the nose above the snow at all – floats above nicely.
It’s a great little carver. In terms of wider carves I’ve ridden better but it’s still definitely good. In terms of edge-to-edge speed this thing is super quick for those fast tight turns – especially considering it’s a powder board predominantly.
It was really nimble and maneuverable on the hard pack and felt really at home on the slushy, soft spots too.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Super quick. Even though I had slow conditions you could feel it was quick. And if you point and shoot down something steep enough you get up speed!
And the Kazu was up for it. Felt really stable. It’s got all the camber right back to the tail which adds to that stability. The only rocker is up in the nose for powder float.
The base is super quick too – even in slow conditions it glided well on flat spots and up-hills. On some boards I would have been stopped on some of those spots, especially in those conditions but the Kazu had good glide.
This board isn’t overly stiff. It’s designed for freestyle in powder – so it’s not overly stiff. That, IMO, helps it over bumby terrain. It’s not the best I’ve ridden in this area but it was definitely decent and better than most powder or freeride boards.
Let’s check out another video
Heaps of pop, heaps of stability on landings. This is made for big jumps and cliff drops in the backcountry, so it’s supposed to be good at that – and it doesn’t disappoint. You can even take it through the park and hit some large jumps in there.
Didn’t feel completely natural riding switch. It’s setback and tapered and that camber going right back into the tail doesn’t make it ideal for riding switch
But despite all of that it wasn’t actually too bad. I felt like it should feel worse than it is – but it’s actually kind of doable – I mean it certainly doesn’t ride switch like a true twin, centered stance board – but surprisingly good given it’s specs.
Changes from the 2016 Model
The Kazu Kokubo Pro is new for 2017.
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||84.5/100|
Overall this board is what it says it is – a freestyle powder board. Great for jumps and great float in powder – but also a good carver and very nimble and fast from edge-to-edge.
It’s perfect for anyone who wants to play in the powder but wants to play with a shorter, smaller board and wants to do some freestyle in the backcountry.
But it’s surprisingly nice on hard pack too – it’s got really decent edge-hold and it feels nimble and maneuverable on hard pack. Also great through trees.
I really had a lot of fun on this board. If I had to sum it up in two words – light and lively.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Kazu Kokubo, are ready to buy or want to research prices and size availability, check out the links below.