Hello and welcome to my Capita Outsiders snowboard review.
In this review I will take a look at the Outsiders as an aggressive-all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Outsiders a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
Board: Capita The Outsiders
Price: $459 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Aggressive All Mountain Freestyle (Capita call it “Progressive Park and Resort”)
Flex: Medium (6/10)
Rating Score: 81.8/100
Compared to other Men’s Aggressive-All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 16 men’s aggressive-all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 84.4/100
- The highest score was 90.9/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 75.6/100
- The average price was $530
- The Outsiders ranked 13th out of 16
Now this might sound like a low rank but aggressive-all-mountain-freestyle snowboards tend to rate high and be quite pricey.
It’s not the best I’ve ridden and we’ll look more into the details – but it’s definitely an above average aggressive-all-mountain-freestyle deck for a way less than average price. It was the 2nd cheapest of all the 23 that I looked at but it still rated 13th.
Overview of the Outsiders’ Specs
Check out the tables for the Outsiders’ specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||All-Mountain-Freestyle (on the aggressive side)||Flex||Medium (6 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Locked In|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber with some small flat zones before the nose and tail||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Medium snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||250||252||254||255||258|
|Weight Range (kgs)||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Weight Range (lbs)||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
The 148, 152W, and 156W, which were available in the 2017 model are no longer available for the 2018 model.
Sizing (2017 model)
|Waist Width (mm)||248||250||252||257||254||255||260||258|
|Weight Range (kgs)||not available||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Weight Range (lbs)||not available||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Who is the Outsiders Most Suited to?
The Outsiders is most suited to anyone who wants to be able to carve up the groomers and really be able to get their elbows deep but who also wants to olly over rollers and lips and hit as many natural jumps as possible on the way down.
Then when they come to the jump line in the park, they want to be able to hit any jump extra large or extra small on their way through.
If this sounds like you then you may well love the Outsiders. You can carve really well on this board but it’s also quite freestyle oriented so it’s nice for doing tricks and jumps too.
Not the greatest jibber though so you probably want to be someone who takes the jump line and skips the jib line in the park – not to say you can’t but that’s not its bread and butter.
Also definitely not for the beginner rider. This thing is too aggressive for a beginner. And finally not one for the powder but let’s take a look at more details below.
The Outsiders in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Outsiders is capable of.
Board: Capita Outsiders 2017, 158cm (258 mm waist width)
Date: Monday March 28, 2017
Conditions: Had icy conditions for the 1st hour or so and then slowly got more and more slushy by the end of the day.
Bindings angles: +18/-6
Not great float over powder but that’s not what it’s made to be good at.
And no surprise given there isn’t any rocker in the profile and it’s got a centered stance and true twin shape.
Was fun to carve on this board, particularly later in the day when the slush developed. Earlier on in the icy conditions it wasn’t as fun. Luckily where I ride I don’t encounter that much icy snow. If you do, there are probably better boards for handling the ice. That’s not to say this was bad but I’ve ridden better in ice.
But was definitely super fun to carve in the slush and on normal snow – would have ranked even higher for carving if I was just ranking for normal snow conditions.
Turning was really quick edge to edge too if you leant into them properly – not one for skidding turns though – hence why it’s not great for a beginner to intermediate rider. If you skid your turns on this thing your likely to catch an edge.
I had ridden Capita’s DOA a couple of days earlier and that thing was pretty quick. Relatively the Outsiders is a slower board – that said it certainly wasn’t slow – it was faster than the average board but not lightning quick.
Felt pretty stable at speed though which is always a good thing – though not as stable in the icy conditions. Felt pretty stable in the slush and medium snow conditions.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Check out the video below to see more on the tech in the Outsiders and to see the board in action. This is for the latest 2016/17 model.
It was o.k. probably say middle of the road for uneven terrain. It’s a freestyle oriented all-mountain deck but with a stiffer flex than you get in your typical park board. So it’s a bit stiff to be amazing over the bumpy stuff but it was o.k.
Really enjoyed the Outsiders over jumps. Didn’t feel like it had quite the same pop as the DOA I tried a couple of days before but was still really good and landings were nice and stable. Even when I came in for a slightly wobbly landing the Outsiders made it easy to steady the ship.
Definitely one that you can take over larger jumps. It’s a bit stiffer so not as forgiving as a softer board but it’s good to have that little bit more stiffness over those larger jumps – but you’ve got to know what you’re doing to take advantage of this – this isn’t for entry level jumpers.
Felt really nice transitioning to switch and riding in switch was all good. No surprises given it’s a true twin, centered board. I think the transition into switch was better than I’d expected given the camber profile – maybe those flat zones help with that?
This board isn’t made for jibs. If you get sick of hitting the jumps in the park (which you won’t on this!) you could do a couple of jibs but if you jib a lot then there are better options out there.
Whilst I didn’t go in the pipe I imagine the Outsiders would fair pretty well between the walls. It’s got a centered stance, true twin shape and is stiff enough and fast enough to handle it. The only thing that would make it better as a pipe board would be to have better edge-hold in hard conditions.
The rating here is based on how I think it would go in the pipe based on how it felt to ride and based on the board’s specs.
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||81.8/100|
This is a great board but if I had the option I would go with the Capita DOA over The Outsiders. Even though they are different boards they are fairly similar in what you want to do on them in my opinion – and I just had more fun on the DOA (which I rode in the same week).
Outsiders slightly over DOA for carving and DOA over Outsiders for jumps.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re keen to learn more about the Outsiders, are ready to buy or want to research availability or current prices, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other all mountain freestyle options or see how the Outsiders compares, check out my list of what I consider to be the top men’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards currently on the market.