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Expert Video Review: 2022 CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death

Published on 09/14/2022 · 3 min readSnowboard experts Mike Leighton and Bobby Chadderton take to the slopes to test out the 2022 CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death.
By Curated Experts Mike Leighton and Bobby Chadderton

Looking for a board that will reward hard and fast riding, while still maintaining control? The CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death might just be it.

First things first. Curated experts aren’t sponsored by any brands, which means that this review is totally unbiased and based on their honest opinions. We just want you to find the best gear!

Check out the video below or read on to find out what we think!

Meet the Reviewers

Mike Leighton

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Years Snowboarding: 22
  • Favorite Terrain: Park and big mountain

Bobby Chadderton

  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Years Snowboarding: 14
  • Favorite Terrain: Powder

Expert Review

Key Features

  • All-mountain freeride
  • Medium flex
  • Directional
  • Alpine V1 Rocker Camber (camber)

Overall Impressions

According to Mike, “This is a board for the rider who has death metal in their headphones and just wants to go fast and make the whole mountain into a playground. A very, very high-speed playground, but still a playground.”

The board is an all-mountain snowboard that can float through soft snow, while also getting you through some chunder. Mike found that the board rides like a full-cambered snowboard, but when he got into some softer snow, he felt “that float that came from the space of flat camber into the reverse camber with that last little bit of kick.” Both Mike and Bobby were happy with the board’s ability to hold an edge.

In terms of terrain, Bobby thinks that “groomers are going to be the bread and butter here.” With the board’s edge-control, he was dialed in on the groomers, able to lay deep carves, and thought the board was “super poppy.” He’d recommend the Black Snowboard of Death to “advanced riders looking for a board that's really going to haul down groomers.” This is where the board shines.

That being said, if you want to take this snowboard through the jump line, you’re still going to have fun on it. Bobby found it to be “super stable on landings and take-offs.”

CAPiTA designed this board to be able to rip, allowing the “hard-chargers, the speed demons'' to “go down the hill and bomb everything in sight, rail a turn, and hit a side hit.” In fact, Mike filmed this video while riding the Black Snowboard of Death at 67mph.

Mike notes that “there are a lot of boards out there that when you're going that fast, you know that you're going that fast.” In comparison, this one was “locked in, totally confidence-inspiring." He applauds CAPiTA for this board; "you’ve really outdone yourselves on this one.”

All in all, both experts found the board to be surprisingly fun and easy to control.

Things to Consider

Bobby rates the board a 6.5 out of 10 in flex and notes that it “has a bit of camber centralized to the middle of it.” For these reasons, he wouldn’t put a beginner on it. If you're a beginner, check out this guide on finding the right board for you.

Additionally, Bobby recommends that the "dedicated park rat looking for a smaller board to primarily jib on” avoid this board as well.

Summing It Up

What It’s Good For

  • Advanced riders
  • Riding fast without chatter
  • Carving groomers

What It’s Not Good For

  • Beginners
  • Park riders looking to jib

If you want to find the right gear for your next adventure or if you’re not sure if this is the best board for you, chat with a Curated expert to learn more about the 2022 CAPiTA Black Snowboard of Death and get free, personalized recommendations.

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Mike Leighton, Snowboarding Expert
Mike Leighton
Snowboarding Expert
After earning First Team All-America Honors in Snowboardcross in 2008 & 2009 at the University of Virginia, I started competing professionally in 2009. From 2009-2016, I competed at the NorAm and Grand Prix levels (finishing 12th at NorAm Finals in 2016), and I competed in the Rahlves' Banzai Tour, as well, in Lake Tahoe. My career took me all over North America and to Japan. ​ I was a Snowboard Professional for Breckenridge Resort from 2010-2017. During that time I earned an AASI Level 2 Snowboard Certification and an AASI Level 2 Snowboard Freestyle Certification. I also coached for Method Snowboard Academy from 2016-2018 in Snowboardcross and Big Mountain, qualifying two of my athletes for USASA Nationals, as well as, multiple podiums and wins in both disciplines. ​ I enjoy riding all over the mountain with an ideal run starting off with steep, fresh snow and ending with a run through the park with friends. I also love skinning to and accessing big lines in the backcountry, when the conditions are right, and have my AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification. ​ One of my favorite questions for my students when teaching was, "Who is the best snowboarder on the mountain?" Someone would inevitably ask, "You?" I would respond, "No, it's the snowboarder who is having the most fun!" That's my goal. I want to help each person be the "best snowboarder on the mountain" by helping them find the best equipment for their goals.
Bobby Chadderton, Snowboarding Expert
Bobby Chadderton
Snowboarding Expert
I'm Bobby, a (fully stereotypical) Canadian living in Keystone CO, chasing smiles and stoke with friends! I've been working in the Snowboard Industry for 8 years since I graduated from Temple University and led their Snowboard Club. Today, I'm lucky to manage a team of 150 amazing Experts right here at Curated! I'm a snowboarder, writer, photographer, tattoo advocate, gear nerd and a self-proclaimed spreader-of-stoke. I grew up riding park on the east coast and have been fortunate to travel all over the U.S. riding and exploring the best terrain North America has to offer. I've had the opportunity to demo the majority of boards on today's market and will happily give you unbiased insight on whatever you're considering. I work and live in Keystone, Colorado. If you'll be riding any Ikon resort in Colorado, let's take some laps together! Down to business! What do I need from you? Keep it real! Please feel comfortable being completely honest with me about what you are looking for, I don't bite! Tell me your timeline, your budget, experience level, and anything else that can help us get you set up with the perfect gear. I'm a passionate snowboarder, not a salesperson! I spent a year sitting in a rubber tube from falling on my butt while learning how to snowboard about 16 years ago, Trust me when I say I'll never forget being a beginner! I'm still learning and progressing as a snowboarder and always will be! If you're working with me, this is a team effort! I know this market pretty well - I'll go above and beyond if it means you'll be stoked and smiling on the mountain! I'm always happy to find something cheaper, a different color, or put our conversation on hold if it's better for you! Connect with me on instagram @chowderin and keep me in the loop on your winter shred!
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