Hello and welcome to my Capita Ultrafear review
In this review, I will look at the Ultrafear as a freestyle snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Ultrafear a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freestyle snowboards.
Board: Capita Ultrafear 2018
Price: $479 (USD recommended retail)
Style: FreestyleéJib/Park (Capita call it “Advanced Urban and Park” which is pretty apt)
Flex: Medium Soft (4/10)
Rating Score: 82.4/100
Compared to other Men’s Freestyle Boards
Out of the 42 men’s freestyle snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 79.6/100
- The highest score was 92.3/100 (see below)
- The lowest score was 69.8/100
- The average price was $439
- The Ultrafear ranked 9th out of 42
Overview of the Ultrafear’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Ultrafear’s specs and available sizes.
|Style||Freestyle/Jib||Flex||Medium-Soft (4/10) *|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker *||Shape||True Twin|
|Stance Setback||Centered||Edge-hold||Up to medium snow|
|Price||$479 (USD)||Base||Sintered (Wax Infused Enduro™ Base)|
* flat from the center to the outside of the inserts and then rocker from outside of inserts to tip and tail.
* 5.5/10 according to Capita — I’d say it’s more of a 4/10 at most a 4.5/10 – definitely felt softer than medium.
|Waist Width (mm)||248||250||252||254||255||256||258.5||260|
|Weight Range (lbs)||100-140||105-145||110-155||125-170||135-180||145-195||130-180||145-180|
|Weight Range (kgs)||45-64||48-66||50-70||57-77||61-82||66-85||59-82||66-82|
Who is the Ultrafear Most Suited to?
The Ultrafear is best for anyone who wants to only ride the park or the street – or anyone who wants a separate board to ride the park or the street.
That’s not to say you can’t take it down the trails – of course you can and it’s actually quite fun there. But it’s not the board you’d use to charge steeps, slash through trees or venture into the backcountry on. But if you want to cruise some groomers between park sessions it’s fine.
It would be ok for a beginner because it’s pretty easy going and catch free. But not an ideal beginner deck. Great for someone who is a beginner in the park though and has other aspects of their riding down already. Also great for any level of rider in the park/street. Particularly strong with jibs, which is where this board really kills it – but definitely no slouch over jumps either.
The Ultrafear in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Ultrafear is capable of.
Board: Capita Ultrafear 2017, 155cm (waist width)
Date: March 31st, 2016
Conditions: Very slushy especially by the end of the day. Pretty slow conditions but fun.
Bindings angles: +15/-15
It’s got enough rocker in the profile to float ok. But it’s still a cenetered true twin board so not amazing.
Took a bit of work really putting weight on the back foot to float over some of the deeper slushy areas I encountered on it, but it’s not made for that kind of thing so it was actually a bit better than I would have expected.
Carving & Turns
It’s pretty quick edge-to-edge and really maneuverable when making quick tight turns but not so good when you really wanted to carve. But again, it’s not made for carving.
Turning wise it’s good at what it needs to be – maneuverable for approaching features.
Got a bit chattery when picking up speed but again that’s to be expected it’s not the kind of board made for speed. It’s not a downhill bomber – it’s a creative park tool.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Check out the video below for more details on the tech.
It’s pretty good over uneven terrain when going slow. The softer flex helps it to hug the curves quite well. A bit more sketchy when hitting it faster though.
O.k. now onto the things that this board is really good at and was really made for, starting with switch.
Really easy to ride this thing switch and the transition to and out of switch is smooth and catch-free.
This is no surprise, given the profile and the centered stance and true twin shape.
Super fun over small jumps and small hits on the trails. Probably too soft to be ideal on bigger jumps but it’s definitely doable – but where this thing feels best, in terms of jumps, is popping off small to medium jumps and natural hits and of course throwing spins in there.
Feels nice and damp on landings which is always nice!
Now this is where the Ultarfear really shines. It’s a killer jibber. Nice flex and feeling on jibs and the maneuverability is awesome for the approach to jibs.
The board spins very easily too so it’s great for tricks onto jibs and on dismount.
Changes from the Past Models
The 2018 model has the following changes from the 2017 model.
- New fibreglass formula that is said to make the ride lighter and more dynamic
- New Magic Bean Resin in place of the Evo Resin used in the 2017 model
- New ABS1000 sidewalls
Otherwise it’s the same great board it has been the last few years.
The 2017 model is pretty much the same as the 2016 model as far as I can tell. But that’s a good thing.
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||82.4/100|
A really fun board this one. Not the board you get if you want one board to do everything. But if you only really ride the park and/or the street or if you want a separate board to do that with, then this is a great choice.
It made my top 10 freestyle snowboards list and would be even higher on a jib/urban board list if I was ever to make one, given it’s jibbing prowess.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in the Ultrafear or want to research current prices and availability or are are looking to buy online, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freestyle snowboard options or want to see how the Ultrafear compares to others in the same category, check out the next link.