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Expert Video Review: 2022 CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro

Published on 11/13/2021 · 3 min readSnowboard experts Mike Leighton and Bobby Chadderton take to the slopes to test out the 2022 CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro.
By Curated Experts Mike Leighton and Bobby Chadderton

Looking for an all-mountain board that excels at floating through powder? You might just find that in CAPiTA’s Kazu Kokubo Pro.

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 V2 (rocker/camber/rocker)

Overall Impressions

Curated expert Mike lets us know right off the bat that “this board is designed to be an all-mountain pow ripper, and it is!” Staying true to the Kazu name, the board is about “pushing the limits, going big, riding everything, and making it look super, super good.”

Designed to go fast through fresh snow, this board excels in the powder. The taper in its nose and tail gives it exceptional float, allowing you to lay in the backseat and let the board do the work.

When riding, Mike says that “when you see something you want to hit, you better pop off it.” The board’s stability lets you float through big drops and hit all the terrain. Expert Bobby recommends the Kazu Kokubo Pro to “somebody who's looking for a board that can pop around all over the mountain, find those side hits, and mob off of 'em.”

The board is stiff, designed to go fast, and when it’s on edge, it rails a turn. So that being said, Mike explains that “this board is definitely for the aggressive, very high-level intermediate to the advanced and expert level rider.”

All in all, Bobby found that the board is everything he expected it to be, and Mike was thrilled to find that it was one of his favorite boards that he’s ridden in a long time.

Things to Consider

While the Kazu Kokubo Pro’s profile lets you float through powder, Bobby found that the upwards curve meant that the board was a “bit washy.” He explains that he was still able to get great edge hold on the groomers, but he wasn't able to push it as hard as a “traditional full-camber board, just because of that profile.”

“If you are someone that really wants something to just kind of cruise on or if you're a beginner,” Mike recommends avoiding this board. He adds, “Or if you're a park rat! It's too pretty to be hitting rails.”

Summing It Up

What It's Good For

  • High-level intermediate to expert riders
  • Floating through powder
  • An all-mountain board to take everywhere

What It's Not Good For

  • Beginners
  • Park rats
  • A dedicated jib board

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 Kazu Kokubo Pro and get free, personalized recommendations.

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Mike Leighton
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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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