Expert Review: CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher Snowboard · 2022Published on 02/04/2023 · 6 min read This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Gaelen Mast
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
The 2022 CAPiTA Slush Slasher is an oddly shaped snowboard that is easy to ride and seems to ride any and all terrain well. It’s suitable for all skill levels; however, intermediate and above riders will get the most out of the unique characteristics it has to offer.
About the board I tested
- Model: 2022 CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher
- Size: 147cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 150lbs
- Experience: 10 years of snowboarding
- When I tested the board: January 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Mount position: Regular, front foot +15, back foot -6
- Boots: Vans Aura OG
- Boot Size: 10.5 U.S. Men's
- Bindings: 2023 Union Stratas (Large)
- Where I’ve used it: Winter Park Resort (CO)
- Terrain: Woods, Powder, Groomers, Terrain Park
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’m lucky enough to work at a local snowboard shop and am able to demo their snowboards for free. I’ve been looking to find a “party snowboard”—which refers to a snowboard that is a bit unorthodox in shape. They’re usually short and wide (a.k.a volume-shifted), flexible, and just generally easy and fun to ride.
Why I chose to test this gear
As far as party boards go, the 2022 CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher has been an icon for many years. Its short and wide shape (with a huge nose and tiny tail) stands out on the slopes, and it provides a totally different riding experience than the average snowboard. The 2022 model was the final model year that CAPiTA made this board with a rocker-flat profile, before switching it up for the 2023 model. So I wanted to ride the board in its “classic” and well-loved form—since many people claim that this version was better than the newer 2023 version.
What I love about it
- Shape: The most noticeable thing about the CAPiTA Slush Slasher is its untraditional shape: it’s got a massive spoon-shaped nose, a tiny tail with a swallowtail cut, and it’s incredibly wide. This unique shape is what makes the board so fun. The big nose plows over any sort of variable conditions such as chunder, powder, or slush, the extra width helps me lay down deep carves, and the tiny tail lets me simply kick the board around into turns with the back foot—making the board very maneuverable. These features provide an easy-going and unique riding experience compared to other boards.
- Weight: As mentioned above, this board is volume-shifted and is meant to be ridden 3-6cm shorter than the average snowboard. This means the board is small and light…very light. It takes minimal effort to maneuver this board, this makes it super easy to get this board into the air and even easier to spin once airborne.
- Powder: Despite the easy-going nature of the Slush Slasher, this board is a blast in powder. It’s extra width and aggressive setback stance help keep the nose afloat in even the deepest snow. The small size of the board and the back foot steering were super handy for when I was hunting for powder stashes in tighter woods runs, and I felt like I could squeeze through even the tightest, most technical trees to score fresh snow. I comfortably rode this board through 8+ inch powder stashes and have full confidence it could handle much more than this.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Pop: This board doesn’t have much snap to it, or any really. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering it’s got a mostly flat profile (typically camber profiles have more pop) and no additives to make it more poppy, but I found this board to be exceptionally not snappy. When doing ollies on the Slush Slasher, it just didn’t spring into the air like other boards I’ve ridden do. The redeeming factor is that it’s quite light as mentioned above, so I can still get it into the air easily despite the lack of pop.
- Switch: This one is probably obvious just by the shape of the board. Can one ride it switch? Yes, but that’ll look ridiculous. When riding switch with the almost non-existent tail (which is now the nose in switch), it’s very difficult to steer (carve) the board and it’s a very unbalanced feeling. While this board can be ridden switch (I have seen people ride it switch in terrain parks), it’s not a good option for someone who plans to ride switch a decent amount.
- Flex: While this board only has a medium flex rating (5/10 according to CAPiTA), it doesn’t really want to flex. Some boards flex from the middle, others flex from the tips, this board just didn’t really flex. When pressing into butters (especially off the tail), it was quite easy to get it into the presses, but it felt like the whole board just lifted and there wasn’t actually a flex. The best way to describe it is like trying to imagine doing a press/butter on a 2x4 piece of lumber—that’s about what this board felt like. While it’s not a terrible butter board, there’s certainly better options out there if the main goal is buttering.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this board was while riding a section of Winter Park Resort that is known to have very tight tree lines (Vasquez Ridge). Due to the short tail, I was able to kick the board with my back foot in whatever direction I wanted to take through these tree lines. This was a totally different feeling than riding a traditionally shaped snowboard through the woods where I have to carve; with this board, I could really just “slash” my way through the trees with quick backfoot steering. I thought this was so much fun, as it allowed me to ride trees in a totally different way than I was used to.
Value for the money vs. other options:
I’ve tested quite a few “party boards” including the 2023 Ride Psychocandy, 2023 K2 Party Platter, and the 2023 Salomon Dancehaul. I felt that all of these boards had a bit more personality than the 2022 CAPiTA Slush Slasher (more flex, more pop mainly). However, they were all more expensive than the CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher, and none of them offered as unique of a carving experience as this board.
The 2022 CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher is a snowboard meant to be simply good around and have a good time on. It’s not the best at doing anything, but it’s easy and fun to ride and its unique characteristics provide a different perspective on how riders can take advantage of their ski resort. I would not recommend this as a daily driver, but for anyone looking to switch things up once in a while and breathe some new life into their snowboarding style, this is an amazing option.