Hello and welcome to my Capita Mega Merc review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Mega Merc as an aggressive all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Mega Merc a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other aggressive all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Capita Mega Merc 2022
Style: Aggressive All-Mountain
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff (6.5/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Stiff (8/10)
Rating Score: 86.0/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 16 men’s aggressive all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Mega Merc’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Mega Merc’s specs and available sizes.
Setback 12.5mm (0.5")
Sintered (Capita's "Hyperdrive" base)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Mega Merc Most Suited To?
The Mega Merc is best suited to advanced riders who like to ride aggressive and who need a board that can handle speed and can lay down a big carve, but that can also hold its own in powder.
A one board quiver for those that ride aggressively and don't believe in riding casual. Or the bomber in a quiver, if you have other boards for cruising or park or powder.
Definitely not for the beginner and not even an intermediate rider. You want to be advanced on this board and preferably relatively strong.
The Mega Merc in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Mega Merc is capable of.
Board: Capita Mega Merc 2022, 157cm (257mm waist width)
Date: February 25, 2021
Conditions: Mostly overcast with patches of blue. Quite a cold wind.
Temp was -3°C (27°F) and -10°C (14°F) with wind chill factor.
24 snow: 15cm (6")
7 day snow: 41cm (16")
On groomer: Soft and smooth for the most part! Did get a little cruddy later in the day but for the most part very friendly fun conditions.
Off groomer: Plenty of fresh snow. Was really nice off groomer - soft and whilst not super deep, enough of a layer to be really fun.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 555mm (22″)
Stance Setback: 12.5mm (0.5")
Width at Inserts: 265mm (10.43") at front insert and 267mm (10.51") at back insert.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2770grams (6lbs 2oz)
Weight per cm: 17.64 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.43 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 100 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021 *& 2022 models. The Mega Merc, typical of Capita, is significantly lighter than average. Felt normal on snow. I think the main reason it doesn't feel as light on snow as it weighs is how stiff, damp and smooth it feels. Snappier, softer boards tend to feel a little lighter on snow.
Really decent in powder. Was great to get this board in some pow - all be it not waist deep, but decent amount.
It's got some rocker in the nose and overall a directional shape with a small setback, which helps, but it's not hugely setback and it's not tapered or anything - and the nose isn't massively longer than the tail or anything. So it's not going to be the world's best floater when it gets really deep, but above average in powder for sure.
Carving & Turning
Carving: It's a beast and like all beasts it likes to carve. And do it at considerable pace. Prefers to be on edge and really laying into a good carve more than anything.
Turning: You've got to put in the effort to get this thing to turn. It's not a complete tank, but you've got to put the work in - it's not effortless to turn. And it prefers turning when at speed - and longer turns at speed, versus short sharp turns at slower speeds.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not super nimble at slow speeds. Again, it's not a complete tank, but you've got to muscle it a bit to get it to turn sharply when riding slow. Once it gets into powder though, it's easier to maneuver a little sharper, when riding slower.
Skids: Pretty punishing of skidded turns. You don't want to get too lazy on this board. You've got to take control of it and purposefully ride it. When you do, you get rewarded. When you don't you get punished.
You can confidentially bomb on this thing. Just really open it out and go. Feels really stable. Definitely prefers fast over slow. Comes to life and feels most at home when at speed.
Crud: Completely crushes through any crud in it's path. Doesn't get bucked around, which in some ways is a little surprising, given how light the board is, but it's just so damp and rather stiff, that it doesn't get thrown off. If it did get bucked around it wouldn't be super easy to adjust with, but it doesn't - so long as you don't try to navigate it too hesitantly - in that case you're liable to catch an edge or more liable to get bucked around, and then it's just going to be hard work. This board is better utilized smashing through it.
Bumps: It's an effort to weave between bumps, especially if you try to do it at slower speeds. Also doesn't hug bumps that well when going over. Better to blast it over and get some air - which doesn't always work out, depending on what's on the other side of the bump! So can be hard work in trees, if it's not powder full trees. In powdered trees, it's fine.
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It's stiffer than I prefer for jumps, just because you've got to really load it up to get pop and also it's less forgiving of errors on landings, but it's OK. More suited if you like to go bigger. I prefer the regular Mercury for jumps.
Pop: Good pop when you load it up. But not easy to access - you've got to put it in to get it out.
Approach: Super stable on approach - so if you've got a smooth fast approach works well. But not so good for speed checking or when you need a bit more easy maneuverability, such as trickier approaches to some side hits.
Landing: Stomps them, when you stomp them! But if you're landing isn't perfect or if you hit the knuckle or something, it's not forgiving of errors and you can pay for it.
Side-hits: I like a board that's quite agile, to find those trickier approaches and also one that has easy to extract pop. And where those landings are a little rugged, it's nice to have a bit more forgiveness. So I wasn't a big fan of it for side hits. Fine for easy to approach side hits, with nice landings.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: Most suited to big jumps where you need a nice stable landing platform.
It's pretty good for switch. It's directional, but not super directional by any means. Feels fairly similar riding it switch. Since it's not a super forgiving board, if you're switch game isn't that tight, then it might be harder to ride switch for you than an easier to ride board.
Pretty easy to get the spin around - and I'd say that lightness really helps there. But setup isn't super easy and pop is good but harder to extract. So overall not great for small spins but would be better for bigger tricks.
It's not easy to press the nose and tail of this board. It's 2/5 at best - not a lot of give in there. If you're really strong or a heavier rider it might be easier, but then you'd likely be on a longer size, so yeah, not easy to butter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Mega Merc is a beast! I could stop there, as I think that's an apt enough description.
It loves to bomb and loves to carve. It's not the biggest fan of riding slow, but it is pretty good in powder. A good one board quiver option for a more aggressive, advanced rider - or part of a quiver as your more aggressive bomber.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Mega Merc, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
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