Expert Review: 2024 CAPiTA The Outsiders Snowboard [with Video]

Published on 11/04/2023 · 7 min readSnowboarding Experts Mike Leighton & Will Cabral tested the 2024 CAPiTA The Outsiders Snowboard in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Mike Leighton, Snowboarding Expert
Will Cabral, Snowboarding Expert
By Curated Experts Mike Leighton and Will Cabral

Curated Snowboarding Experts Mike Leighton & Will Cabral got their hands on the 2024 CAPiTA The Outsiders snowboard this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every rider is different; if you have any questions about the The Outsiders or need recommendations on which board would be best for you, reach out to a Snowboarding Expert here on Curated.

Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.

Brand Claims

What does CAPiTA claim about this board? [Mike] CAPiTA claims this is a freestyle-focused radial true twin at home all over the resort, specifically in the park.

[Will] CAPiTA claims that Outsiders is a perfect true twin freestyle board for riders who want to live in the park and go all over the resort.

Overall Impressions

What is your overall impression of this board? [Mike] This was really, really fun. It features CAPiTA’s park V1 profile, predominantly camber with a little flat section. This provides a skate-y feel. It’s a 6 out of 10 flex, but it felt much more playful than that. I think a big portion of that is the little flat section.

[Will] My overall impression of The Outsiders was that it was a fun, playful board. It’s rated as a 6 out of 10 flex, and for me, it felt slightly less stiff than 6. It was really fun to play around on. And this is a board that you can definitely, you know, butter on, pop some ollies, do some tail presses.

Carving

How does it turn? [Mike] You can get it up on edge, turn it well, and it’ll carve well.

[Will] It turned pretty well at mid-speed. The profile is predominantly camber, with some flat sections near the tip and the tail. That helps stability in presses, landing, and coming out of a spin.

What is the edge hold like? [Mike] It’s really good on edge. It makes quick, really short radius turns in bumps, moguls, and into some easier trees.

[Will] This would be an excellent fit for someone interested in getting more of a camber board that has pop in and out of turns and is not overly stiff. It’s easy to flex the board and get the camber on edge and locked into those turns.

How damp is the board? Do you feel any underfoot chatter? [Will] This is not the dampest board in terms of going through uneven and chopped-up snow. It’ll be able to get you through it, but that’s not its specialty.

How does it perform at speed? [Mike] This board is just fine speed wise in a straight line. I attribute that to the 6 out of 10 flex on it.

[Will] Once I brought it up to higher speeds, it lacked a bit of stiffness to support me at super-high speeds. But it was fine in intermediate terrain and carving around.

How is its energy/acceleration? [Mike] When you get it up on edge with that skate-y feel and that little bit of flat section, when you get into choppier and chundier terrain or even high-speed carving, when you start to get some energy into that board, it gets a little bit slidey and a little bit harder to control.

Freestyle

How is it for freestyle snowboarding? [Mike] This will be an excellent option if you’re starting to get into freestyle terrain, buttering, and even in the terrain park.

[Will] This board is geared towards being a little bit more freestyle. It’s by no means a noodle, so it will be there for you to get you up in the air and help you progress through new freestyle tricks.

Could you speak about playfulness and pop? [Mike] It is super playful. This is where it shines. The more playful you want this to be, the more it will give back to you. It just wants to have fun. It’s pretty forgiving as well. It allows you to explore.

[Will] You can take this all over the resort and hit sidehits. It’s a fun flex. I don’t have to work too hard to get it to pop and snap.

Is it good for riding switch? [Mike] I mean, it’s a true twin. So, suppose you’re a rider looking to explore riding switch, especially switch terrain park features. In that case, this is an excellent option for you. There’s no difference between riding it regular and switch.

How is it for buttering? [Mike] It does get a little slidey, so that will allow you to learn how to press, butter, and spin around. It encourages that kind of riding.

How is it on jumps? [Mike] Once you start playing around on it, whether it’s buttering, pressing, jumping, or you’re getting into jibbing, it just wants to play.

[Will] I would take this all through the park. It’s not the stiffest board, so it won’t take you off the biggest jumps. But hitting a medium park line — it’ll be there for you.

Freeride

How is it for freeride snowboarding? [Mike] This isn’t going to be freeride focused. It’s going to be at home for the rider looking to have fun all over the mountain, someone looking for that scary, loose feel and riding around and just really popping off everything, finding every sidehit. This board becomes the jungle gym.

[Will] This wouldn’t be my first choice for finding new snow or hiking out to new lines. But this is a good choice for staying on-piste within the resort.

How is it in powder? [Mike] In a little bit of powder, it will be okay. But because there’s that little bit of flat section and it’s camber almost all the way to the contact points, it won’t have a ton of float.

How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? [Mike] It’s not going to shine on anything steep, deep, and technical. It's not going to be great on anything that’s super choppy.

How is it riding in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Mike] It will be just fine on mellower trees.

[Will] This is a board that you can flex torsionally and get to go where you want it to go without too much effort. So, going through the trees, I didn’t feel hung up or bogged down at low speeds.

What terrain is this board good for? [Mike] It will be at home in the terrain park and thrives in the intermediate blue to easier black range. If you’re playing in and out of the park, maybe you’re ripping around and having a good time with your friends, finding all the sidehits on the way to the terrain park, this is probably the board that you’re going to want to reach for.

[Will] This board will shine in the park. It has a very predictable profile.

What kind of terrain should riders avoid with it? [Mike] It won’t shine on anything that’s super steep and technical. I’m not going to recommend this board to ride on bumps. If you are a pipe rider or advanced rider looking to jump and value fine edge control, this might not be the board for you.

Recommendations

Who would you recommend this board to? [Mike] I would recommend this board to an intermediate-and-up rider. This could also be for someone who’s fallen in love with snowboarding, and this might be their first board, and they want to ride park, someone on the East Coast riding it at night or riding a roto.

[Will] I would recommend this board to an intermediate rider looking to cruise around with friends and someone interested in improving their freestyle tracks and trying new things. This board is also a good introduction to camber. If you haven’t experienced a camber board and can load up the middle section, have it pop back and pop in and out of turns, this will do that at lower speeds without too much effort.

Who should avoid this board, are there other better options out there for them? [Mike] I wouldn’t put a true beginner on this board because the camber is almost out of the contact points. Riders that are looking for a ton of edge, holding a ton of control in the more freestyle terrain, you might want something that has a little bit less skate-y feel. Also, for anyone looking to ride a ton of steep technical terrain, this will not be the board for you.

Snowboards work differently for different types of riders. If you want help finding the right board for you, reach out to Mike, Will, or any other Snowboarding Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best board for you.

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