Review: CAPiTA Indoor Survival Snowboard · 2024

Published on 04/08/2024 · 3 min readCurated Experts have tested this product, and we have compiled their unbiased reviews to give you the definitive take.
Leonid Cha, Snowboarding Expert
Dylan Gatto, Snowboarding Expert
By Curated Experts Leonid Cha and Dylan Gatto
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Photo by Leonid Cha & Dylan Gatto

The Curated Take

4.6/5

The CAPiTA Indoor Survival Snowboard is a versatile and durable choice for advanced riders seeking a high-performance board. Its camber design, enhanced by Death Grip edges, provides exceptional edge hold and stability. The board is ideal for park riding and freestyle tricks, offering easy maneuverability and control. While not the best for deep powder, it excels on groomers, trees, and moguls. The board's durability and resistance to wear and tear make it a long-lasting option for those who ride aggressively. Overall, the Indoor Survival is a top pick for riders looking for a reliable, high-performance freestyle board.

Ideal for
  • Perfect edge hold with Death Grip
  • High durability and torsional twist
  • Stable across a variety of terrains and conditions
Not ideal for
  • Flotation could be better in deep powder
  • Isn't an ideal powder companion
Turn Ease
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
When I tried it out on the tough terrains, it was super easy to turn and control. Even in tight spaces between trees and on icy slopes, this board made...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
During testing, I had no problem weaving in and out of trees at high speeds and making hard, effortless stops when needed while dabbling in the glades and playing in...Read more
Playfulness
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
It bends and moves easily and helps me turn quickly and avoid obstacles. Also, when I find small hills, it's as if I'm jumping on a trampoline; it's so much...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
This board deserves six stars on the playful meter. With a twin shape and five flex, it's ideal for jibbing, side hits, rails, boxes, jumps, and more. I was able...Read more
Durability
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
I have used it for 14 days this winter, and it has gone through a lot of slippery ice, tree-filled trails, and some rocks. This board is truly strong. I...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
The base of the Indoor Survival is burly. The quantum drive running base is crafted with a hybrid blend of compressed ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. Higher density means more durability. This base...Read more
High Speed Stability
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
When I rode it down the steep slopes, I trusted it completely. Even on ice instead of snow, it stayed stable and didn't make me feel scared or unsure. This...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
The meta core and quantum drive base are made for cooking and getting spicy. I had no problem with chatter or instability when pushing this thing as fast as I...Read more
Carving
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
I was curious to see its performance. As I carved down the slopes, it was fantastic. The camber-on-camber design gave such a quick and responsive turn. There was this time...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
I felt beyond completely confident carving into jumps and on groomers. I think it excels at jumps versus flatter terrain due to the twin aspect, but I still had a...Read more
Versatility
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
It comes with a full camber profile and flat sections near the ends. These features mix well together so that the board responds quickly while still being gentle during slow...Read more
Dylan Gatto, Curated Expert
The CAPiTA Indoor Survival has excellent versatility for park and resort riding, but as far as powder, I'd be worried that it isn't its strongest suit. I took this thing...Read more
Flotation
Leonid Cha, Curated Expert
I tried this board when there was new snow, but not a lot of it. This board has a full camber profile with small flat areas near where it touches...Read more

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About the snowboard gear
  • Model: CAPiTA Indoor Survival Snowboard · 2024
Test conditions
  • Where I've used it: I went through thick forests, smooth trails, and bumpy bits, mainly during sunny days.
  • How many times I've used it: 14

Expert Reviews of the CAPiTA Indoor Survival Snowboard

Leonid Cha This board is great. It's camber all over. It's very strong and fast. This board handles twists so well. The torsional twist helps turn and control my movements while keeping my balance. The edge hold on this thing is fantastic. Even though the snow wasn't perfect when I tested it, the ride felt smooth due to its very good edge control. This is a true twin board. It's symmetrical front and back, great for doing tricks or switching directions easily. Plus, the whole length of the board has camber, which gives tons of control and pop! Even on steep slopes, it works ideally. One of my favorite things about this board is how easy it makes cruising along catwalks. Its edges dig deep into the snow, providing better traction and preventing accidents on slippery surfaces. Its resistance against wear makes it last longer than other boards. This board is perfect for resorts since it's symmetrical. Even though there were some hard and slippery parts on the mountain, this snowboard had no problem keeping its grip and staying steady. With all the camber and stiffness, it smoothly goes over bumpy terrains. Not many boards can handle rough patches as gracefully. Although it might feel stiffer than others, riders will enjoy it fully.
 The Indoor Survival is a master in the freestyle classroom. It is versatile for playing in the park and popping to the moon off jumps. It's not restricted to just riding freestyle, either! While hucking jumps or hitting booters may be its strongest suit, it carves extremely well for a twin and will have no problem ripping just about any slope one can imagine. Certain snow conditions may cause this rip stick to struggle or have riders working harder in those secret stash spots. Being a nearly full camber, centered stance, and true twin board, it's not specifically designed for powder. So it might feel a bit sinky and be a back-leg burner. The science behind this board will have riders more than surviving on the slopes. They will be thriving every time they strap in!

Product Specs

Age GroupAdult
GenderMen's
Model year2024
Snowboard typeFreestyle, All Mountain
Skill levelIntermediate, Advanced
Rocker profileFlat/Camber/Flat

Review Ratings

Averaged between reviewers, view below how all experts voted.

Turn Ease

5/5
Leonid Cha gave 5 of 5 stars. When I tried it out on the tough terrains, it was super easy to turn and control. Even in tight spaces between trees and on icy slopes, this board made everything feel simple and fun. Torsional twist let it bend and adjust as I moved. It was definitely helping me make sharp turns easily. It has camber on camber. At first, I thought it was too much, but nope. It gave the board bouncy energy, letting me smoothly get from one turn to another. There were these gentle, flat areas near the edges, too, tiny things, yet they helped make the ride smoother while still being quick to respond.
 gave 5 of 5 stars. During testing, I had no problem weaving in and out of trees at high speeds and making hard, effortless stops when needed while dabbling in the glades and playing in the park. With the new radial death grip edges, I was able to link S turns and make big carves on groomers while throwing slashes and turning to safely stop at ease when needed.

Playfulness

5/5
Leonid Cha gave 4 of 5 stars. It bends and moves easily and helps me turn quickly and avoid obstacles. Also, when I find small hills, it's as if I'm jumping on a trampoline; it's so much fun. But sometimes, the board gets excited while riding.
 gave 5 of 5 stars. This board deserves six stars on the playful meter. With a twin shape and five flex, it's ideal for jibbing, side hits, rails, boxes, jumps, and more. I was able to ride this thing switch just as well as I rode it regular and had no problem hitting features switch and feeling confident in my stability and control. The meta core definitely has increased pop compared to the P2 Superlight core in some of their other boards.

Durability

5/5
Leonid Cha gave 5 of 5 stars. I have used it for 14 days this winter, and it has gone through a lot of slippery ice, tree-filled trails, and some rocks. This board is truly strong. I have crashed into things that I believed would harm it, but it just shakes it off and works perfectly. Even though I have used it a lot, the top layer does not have regular scrapes or dents, and the sides are still pointed and complete. I did not treat this board gently.
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The base of the Indoor Survival is burly. The quantum drive running base is crafted with a hybrid blend of compressed ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. Higher density means more durability. This base also absorbs more wax to keep the base waterproof for longer, thus riding faster. I only demoed it, but it had definitely gotten some use before I took it for a spin, and it was still in top-tier shape. I made sure to throw in a couple of really hard bonks and managed to leave no big dings or core shots.

High Speed Stability

5/5
Leonid Cha gave 5 of 5 stars. When I rode it down the steep slopes, I trusted it completely. Even on ice instead of snow, it stayed stable and didn't make me feel scared or unsure. This might come from its camber. With camber on top of camber, it feels strong and secure on the snow. It's like having a tight hold on something solid, giving me confidence. Plus, Death Grip keeps me safe on slippery surfaces without causing sudden stops.
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The meta core and quantum drive base are made for cooking and getting spicy. I had no problem with chatter or instability when pushing this thing as fast as I could go while testing. The stability stood out when I landed bigger jumps at higher speeds and transitioned to the next feature.

Carving

5/5
Leonid Cha gave 5 of 5 stars. I was curious to see its performance. As I carved down the slopes, it was fantastic. The camber-on-camber design gave such a quick and responsive turn. There was this time when I went through the trees with steep terrain, and the board moved so well under me. Its edges gripped so great, even on rough or icy snow, making me feel confident and much more skilled.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. I felt beyond completely confident carving into jumps and on groomers. I think it excels at jumps versus flatter terrain due to the twin aspect, but I still had a blast ripping this thing all over the resort. I didn't get a chance to carve this thing in powder, which is why I'm not giving it five stars, but it performed extremely well on hardpack, groomers, and carving in the park.

Versatility

4/5
Leonid Cha gave 4 of 5 stars. It comes with a full camber profile and flat sections near the ends. These features mix well together so that the board responds quickly while still being gentle during slow rides. It pops and moves when attempting tricks off jumps. And it can stay steady on slippery surfaces with its strong grip. Flexibility is also great there.
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The CAPiTA Indoor Survival has excellent versatility for park and resort riding, but as far as powder, I'd be worried that it isn't its strongest suit. I took this thing on green, blue, and black runs and had no problem riding any groomed or maintained terrain. It even did great in the trees and moguls, but I didn't get a chance to rip it in powder as I only demoed it for one day, and it wasn't a powder day.

Flotation

3/5
Leonid Cha gave 3 of 5 stars. I tried this board when there was new snow, but not a lot of it. This board has a full camber profile with small flat areas near where it touches the ground. This is not the easiest way to float on top of deep snow. As the snow became deeper, I needed to put in more effort to keep the front part from going under.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

Leonid Cha I really love it. Its torsional twist helps me so much while snowboarding. My rides are exciting because of how well the board responds to what I want to do. It has that magical connection and character while being comfortable.
The CAPiTA Indoor Survival is built for thriving not surviving. I love this board because it is an elite freestyle companion. With a true twin shape, and new age radial Death Grip edges, this thing can handle any park feature riders throw at it big or small, rail or jump. I had a ripper of a day demoing the Indoor Survival at the Woodward Park at Eldora Mountain in Colorado. They had a great jump line I had no problem controlling my speed through and could even throw a few back threes and 540s with confidence and comfort on the bigger line of jumps. I hit a few boxes and smaller rails and had no problem popping on and off at ease. I got to open it up a bit and had some fun ripping it down some black diamonds and tighter trees and had no problem controlling the highly stable board. 

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

My favorite moment when demoing the CAPiTA Indoor Survival was after landing my first backside 360 in the park. Gave me that feeling of riding park when I was a kid all over again. Having not been a park rat in nearly 10 years, I was a bit worried. As I was going into the jump, the board carved perfectly and popped exactly how I wanted off the lip to allow me to float a big slow back three and land with plenty of control and speed to hit the next feature. I ended up lapping the park for most of the afternoon because I had so much fun jibbing around and hadn't ridden a true twin in a while. I ended up being able to land 540s at the end of the day because of how confident this board made me feel in the park.

Why did you choose this product?

Leonid Cha I love doing tricks and exploring different parts of the mountain, so I needed a new board to test that would be good/great for these things. I thought it would be excellent to use this same board for playing around in the park and then go fast on the smooth part of the mountain. It was hard to get it but I've managed to ride it for some time.
I chose to demo the CAPiTA Indoor Survival because I've been a big fan of CAPiTA since my early days of riding park at ski school. The Park V1 camber profile zeros out a traditional camber approach by 4cm before the end of the sidecut. The small but highly effective zero camber sections at the tip and tail provide a more controlled ride when needing to make quick adjustments in the park. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the skate-like feel of this highly responsive snowboard.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

Leonid Cha The Indoor Survival is priced just right compared to other big names like the Custom or the TRS. But guess what? With its amazing features, in my opinion, it totally leaves them behind. If riders love having fun while snowboarding and want something reliable yet exciting, it's so great.
The CAPiTA Indoor Survival is an extremely fair-priced snowboard. This top-tier freestyle board is constructed with the latest and greatest technology and materials from CAPiTA, a leader in the freestyle world for over a decade. Compared to some of its competitors over $600, this board will easily outshine them in terms of construction, specs, and performance. Riders will not be disappointed with their investment in the Indoor Survival.

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