Hello and welcome to my Capita Ultralight Powder Displacement Snowcraft Review.
I don't know for sure, but this has got to come close to the longest name for a snowboard in history - especially when you bring in the full name (that's right, that's not the full name in the title!):
Capita Spring Break Ultralight Powder Displacement Snowcraft!
In this review, I will take a look at the Powder Displacement Snowcraft (for short) as a mellow freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Snowcraft a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other mellow freeride snowboards.
Board: Capita Ultralight Powder Displacement Snowcraft
Depending on the size/shape it might be called:
- the "Diamond Tail (154)"
- the "Powder Glider (158)"
- the "Powder Pill (158)"
This review is for the Diamond Tail version (the 154). Note that the 2022 model had a "Pintail (166)" and "Mini Tree Hunter (151)" but both appear to be gone now.
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium (5/10)
Rating Score: 89.8/100
Compared to other Men’s Mellow Freeride Boards
Out of the 32 men’s mellow freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Powder Displacement Snowcraft’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Powder Displacement Snowcraft’s specs and available sizes.
Flat-to-Rocker Capita Call it "Surf Rocker Profile"
Setback a good bit
Sintered/Extruded - Capita's "Power Drive" base
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
* note that the "Pintail (166)" and "Mini Tree Hunter (151)" that were available with the 2022 model, don't get a 2023 model.
Who is the Powder Displacement Snowcraft Most Suited To?
The Powder Displacement Snowcraft is best for anyone who predominantly wants to ride it in powder. It's not a one-board quiver - it's very much a powder specialist. But it's also very good in the trees - so for those powder days in the trees, this would be the board you take, if it's in your quiver.
If I had a separate "powder" categroy, this board would score even higher.
Honestly a beginner could most likely ride this board, but it's so specialized that most beginners won't be interested in it.
The Powder Displacement Snowcraft in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Powder Displacement Snowcraft is capable of.
Board: Capita Powder Displacement Snowcraft 2021, 154cm (Diamond Tail) (274mm waist width)
Date: February 25, 2020
Conditions: Lightly snowing picked up to moderate during testing. Some fresh over the prvious 48 hours too. Around 15cm I think.
Visibly wasn't bad though. Not 100% but 80-85%
-3°C (26.6°F) with wind. Feels about that. Cold but certainly not bone chilling cold
Off groomer some decent powder pockets in places. On groomer soft packed and quite cruddy
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 525mm (20.7″)
Stance Setback: Setback. Not sure how much on effective edge, but overall on board it's quite a bit. I measured the center of the front binding to nose at 61cm and center of the back binding to tail at 40.5cm.
Width at Inserts: 288mm (11.34") at front insert and 276mm (10.87") at back insert
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Weight: 2680g (5lbs 14oz)
Weight per cm: 17.40 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.36 grams/cm*
*based on a small sample size of around 80 boards that I've weighed in 2019, 2020 & 2021 models. A good bit lighter than average on the scales (as you typically get with Capita boards - and when you call it "Ultralight" then you expect it to be light!) and even lighter feeling on snow than the scale weight would suggest.
When I rode it and before I weighed it, I commented in my notes that it might be the lightest board I've ever ridden. When I got it on the scales turns out it was super light, but not the lightest on the scales I've weighed, but on snow, it felt the lightest.
Was a super fun surfy and easy float in the powder I had. Just felt so natural in powder. Would have loved to have had more to test on.
The specs are well suited to powder too, naturally, with a really wide base - so the surface area on the 154 was easily over a regular width 160, at a guess.
It has a large overall setback, a setback camber profile, big rocker in the nose and a decent amount of taper.
And given the length, the very short tail and how nimble it felt, this is an awesome board for powder in the trees.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Everything about this board is designed to perform in powder, but it can still carve a little. It's not super aggressive on a carve, but it's OK.
Turning: Has a fun, easy, surfy feel on a regular turn.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Nice and easy to maneuver st slow speeds. That, and that lack of tail makes it very tree friendly
Skidded Turns: Easy to skid turns on
Decent at speed, without being awesome. But pretty good, especially for a 154.
Really good in bumps. Can weave nicely and is nice and forgiving and nimble in bumpy terrain - again very well suited to trees.
Not as good in crud, gets bucked around a bit.
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Not really what it's designed for, but not terrible at all.
Pop: Decent pop. Super easy to access. Put lots in and you don't get much more out but you get a good amount with minimal effort.
Approach: Stable enough but nimble. Not as suited to big approaches that require more speed.
Landing: Solid enough but not a stomper.
Side-hits: Quite fun on side hits. Nice and nimble and light and easy pop.
Small jumps/Big Jumps: Best for small to medium, IMO.
You can ride every board switch but some are easier than others. This was not!
Ultra easy to spin. Just comes around so easy! Part of that is it's weight I imagine, plus easy access pop. Not great for setting up landing switch though.
Really easy to butter - off both tail and nose. Not a consistent feel off each. Felt a little different off nose vs tail as expected, but really quite buttery.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
When talking quiver boards, it's not the cheapest going around, but it sure is fun!
If you're looking for something for those powder days, particularly if you like to ride in the trees, assuming 154 is sizing down for you, then it's one of the better powder/tree boards I've ridden.
And when the powder's tracked it's a bit of fun on the groomers too - don't expect it to bomb or charge hard, but you can certainly ride it around the resort and have a bit of a play on it, but for the most part this board is something you get for powder and trees.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Powder Displacement Snowcraft, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other mellow freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Powder Displacement Snowcraft compares to other mellow freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.