Board: 2017 Capita Horrorscope
Type: Freestyle/Park Twin
Camber Option: Flat with a bit of rocker outside of the inserts
Rider Weight: 155LBS
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Heavy granular slush and bluebird skies
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Capita Horrorscope can be thought of as something like the softer, more jib specific version of the Capita Ultrafear. What that means for you is taller presses, better butters, and a board that is capable of handling the most technical of rail tricks.
Carving: This board is really playful and is fun to carve although it can feel a little washy, especially in heavy snow like we had at High Cascade. Its great for playing around on but wasn’t able to power through the slush easily.
Flex: The Horrorscope has a soft flex, I would rate it at about a 2/10; on par with the Lobster Jib Board and slightly softer than the Salomon Villain. It’s also soft torsionally allowing the board to “twist” and push off the side of rails for leverage when you spin out. Capita rates this board at a 4/10 flex.
Stability: This is the type of board that sacrifices stability for the sake of performing better on jibs. If you start to lean your weight over the tip or tail, the board is going to start flexing. It is possible for the snow to overpower and bend the snowboard when you’re riding with speed.
Butters: You can throw butters on a whim on this board. Whether you’re just cruising with some weight over your tail or spinning a butter 540 in slush, you can expect tall stylish presses to come easily and a catch free feel. Every time.
Jibbing: The soft flex delivers tall presses, the flat camber makes locking into features a breeze, and Capita was still able to get the Horrorscope to deliver some decent pop, too. Everything about this boards construction from the camber profile to the flex, the fiberglass weave to the base, is designed to make you smile when you hit a rail feature.
Jumps: This board does well on smaller features; I had some great laps through the jump lines on Hood while testing it. My best advice would be keep it mellow on jumps, and make sure you land centered over the bolts as you try to push its limits on bigger features.
Pop/Snap: I was genuinely surprised by the pop this board could dish out, especially considering it has no special features to assist with pop. With just a good old-fashioned, high-quality wooden core you can ollie ropes and other obstacles without hesitation. This board has a soft flex, but it’s not dead.
Switch: No noticeable difference riding regular or switch on this true twin park snowboard.
Recommendations: I would recommend this board to beginner and up ability level riders, but only to a rider who is motivated to spend time in the terrain park working on jib tricks. Whether you’re just learning or a park rat, the Capita Horrorscope is going to help take your jib game to the next level. If you’re not into jibbing, this isn’t your board.
Special thanks to High Cascade Snowboard Camp!
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