Hello and welcome to my Capita Paradise review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Paradise as an all-mountain-freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Paradise a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards.
For this season, I found someone to test women's gear, so this review is based on my tester's (Ash's) experience with the board, as well as my own experience with the men's equivalent (Capita Outerspace Living) of this board.
Board: Capita Paradise 2020
Flex Rating: Medium (5/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 86.0/100
Compared to other Women’s All-Mountain-Freestyle Boards
Out of the 22 women’s all-mountain-freestyle snowboards that I rated:
*Based on 2019 ratings. Not all ratings for 2020 models have yet been completed. These stats will be updated once they have all been updated
Overview of the Paradise’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Paradise’s specs and available sizes.
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Paradise Most Suited To?
The Paradise is best suited to anyone who likes to ride the resort and the park - and for anyone who likes to ride the resort like a park. You can also just use this board as a resort cruiser, if you don't ride freestyle - great for just doing that too.
Not really suited for deep powder, but perfectly good for taking off groomer and in shallower powder - Ashly said she had a lot of fun in the trees on this board.
Whilst not strictly a beginner board, is good for high level beginners, looking to progress to a more intermediate level. It's the perfect board for that high-end beginner to low level intermediate looking to progress.
The Paradise in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Paradise is capable of.
Board: Capita Paradise 2020, 149cm (239mm waist width)
Date: April 14, 2019
Conditions: Great vis first thing but started closing in and then snowing 10:30. Then on and off throughout the day. But vis was never terrible – in patches good and in patches OK.
Groomers were quite smooth and fast, especially compared to the day before, which was nice.
Nothing crazy in terms of fresh snow, but 1cm (0.5") overnight and few more than that in the days leading up - some fresh patches still to be found.
Relatively cold with a little wind, but not much - wind not as strong and not quite as cold as the day before. -4 with wind. Still pretty cold for April 14th!
Bindings angles: +15/-12
Stance width: 490mm (19.3″) - reference is 530mm (20.9")
Stance Setback: Centered
Width at Inserts: 246mm (9.69") - Ashly rode a little narrower than the reference stance - at reference stance the width is likely to be around 248mm (9.76") - based on measuring the 147 version of this board earlier.
Weight: 2340g (5lbs, 2oz)
Weight per cm: 15.92g/cm
Average Weight per cm: 16.48 grams/cm*
*based on a very small sample size of 8 boards that I weighed.
Rider Height: 5"6" (168cm)
Rider Weight: 130lbs (59kg)
Rider Boot Size: Women's US8.5 Ride Hera
Bindings Used: NOW Vetta, Small
Ashly felt that it was softer in hand than her own board (GNU Gloss) but when she got it on snow it was a stiffer feel. But still not more than medium - 5/10, maybe even bordering on a little softer - like 4.5/10.
Nothing really deep lurking around, but there was a bit of shallow fresh. And Ashly felt that the Paradise felt pretty good in there.
Based on specs, the Paradise isn't going to be a an awesome deck in deeper powder. But for an all-mountain-freestyle board it's a little better than average - with slightly longer nose and tail than you'd usually find - and the rocker tip and tail helps too. It's a really good option for those that like to ride a lot of switch in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Not a super deep/aggressive carver, but you can get a carve in on this board.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Nice and agile at slow speeds. Good for trees and approaches to side-hits - and those still learning to turn and still riding slowly or those that just like to cruise.
Smooth or snappy: Ashly described the Paradise as having a controlled and smooth feeling turn.
Ashly felt that the Paradise was a little more stable at speed vs the Gloss. Not by a massive amount, but just that little bit more.
Ashly described the Paradise as being effortless in bumpy terrain as well as crud.
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Overall the kind of board that's really fun for jumps of pretty much all sizes.
Pop: Really good pop, without being epic - but that pop was nice and easy to access.
Approach: Nice and nimble for trickier side-hit approaches, but at the same time stable enough at speed for faster approaches to larger jumps.
Landing: Solid landing platform without being an absolute stomper for bigger jumps
Side-hits: Really, really good for side-hits. Easy to spin, nice and light, easy to access pop and nice and agile.
Small jumps: Almost ideal for small to medium jumps. And a great option for those who are just learning their jumps too, and who want to progress beyond just the small jumps.
Big jumps: Not quite as good for big jumps, but still doable. But medium jumps are probably it's sweet spot.
It's a true twin, so basically the same going either direction.
Ashly found the paradise was easy to get spins around on. And that's not surprising given that it's light, easy to extract pop from and the torsional flex isn't too stiff.
Good for jibs without being the ideal jibber.
Not the softest, most buttery board ever, but better than the average board to butter on.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Paradise is a nice and versatile all-mountain-freestyle ride that is just about perfect for those at that high-end beginner to low-end intermediate phase that want something that will still be good for them, when they're more advanced.
Whether you want to mix it up between the groomers, trees and park, ride the whole resort like a park or just cruise, this board fits all that criteria.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to check out some other women's all-mountain-freestyle snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Paradise compares to other all-mountain-freestyle snowboards, then check out the next link.