Snowboard Review: 08-09 Capita Horrorscope FK

14 Nov, 2008

2008-2009 Capita Horrorscope FK

Location: Loveland, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Capita Horrorscope with Union Force bindings and my Vans Omni Focus boots size 8.

First Impression: Wow it handles the mountain with that freestyle flare.

Size: 156cm

Weight: lighter than average

Flex: I was expecting a stiffer flex park board after hearing the horrorscope is based off the stairmaster but even with the expectations, it was easy to butter and press. The first cat track ride on it, I didn’t have to try to press…the board was easy to hold and keep in press mode. However it still held it’s own when freeriding with, one of the more forgiving boards that I was riding where I never felt any out of control or loose feelings with it. Even just freeriding and small tricks for me, I had a lot of fun on it and a good way to start the day off…I could have kept riding it all day long.

Turning: It was easy to initiate turns on, no problem with edge to edge response and I thought the best turns on it were sharp quick turns. From just riding on the groomers, it was fine for handling turning, never felt it grab or any hooky feeling. On the icy spots, it held an edge just fine. I didn’t have a moment where I lost edge control or stability when riding it.

Stable: After a couple runs, I took laps with Johan from C3 and was riding to stay up with him and I didn’t lose control or have any speed wobbles on the board. For me with the 156cm waist wdith being a 25.5 which is a wider waisth widith for my size feet kept it more stable when riding. I guess you can ask Johan if I looked stable on the board, he was riding with me. I felt stable and on a 156 that is good.

Pop: So my favorite wall ride, first lap I rode up to it and was ready to pop to a tail press on the board…yeah I rode up, ready to pop and kept going up the wall into the rope fence. It was really easy to throw the board around, light swing weight and I had a couple laps of just 180’s and trying presses on the board. No problems with popping off the tail over a couple rollers and it does have that skate feeling to it with the whole flat kick technology.

Switch: Took one lap switch and the flex and turning felt the same as regular, didn’t need to adjust to any differences.

Overall Impression: I took the most runs with the horrorscope on Wednesday, with only two chairs open I was limited to what terrain I was on. In the end I liked it, it was a fun board and could handle me as the rider and just making turns with it. I wasn’t leaping off cliffs or ducking ropes to find powder, but on the conditions and terrain I had I found it a good ride. I probably wouldn’t ride it entirely on Steamboat but for a groomer or park lapping day, it did a good job.

It is not like Libs, K2’s, Burtons, Never Summer’s reverse camber. When I first tried it out, I thought it’d be very similar to K2’s but when K2 I had to remain centered to stay in control. I was in the backseat a couple times on the horrorscope and still had control over my edging, especially when coming out of a turn on my rear heel edge.

Side note…the graphics rock. I tried to get the 2nd photo to look like the girl was screaming at the snow.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I hate reading reviews when people say boards are fun…but can’t explain why. This board was fun, light, easy to ride and still stable in control plus it’s easy to butter and play with. It was the first I rode that offered up reverse camber without some techy sidecut. I thought it handled well and I’d ride it again.

On-Snow Photos

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  1. Anonymous
    November 14, 2008

    Hey Shay,

    Correct me but it look like on your pic that you rode it with Union Force black but not Union Force SL?

    Also would you say that was as good ass NS or Lib to hold edge on icy situation? ( I will be suprise)


  2. Shayboarder
    November 14, 2008

    Thanks for pointing out, my mistake. I rode the Force SL’s later on.

    I didn’t get the board on icy conditions, just hardpacked and it held an edge fine.

  3. Durf
    November 15, 2008

    seems like capita had a good idea by not changing the whole sidecut with the rocker tech. you basically have a snowboard that just bends the opposite way your normal board does. and they limit that to just after the inserts. i just got mine a couple days ago and we dont have snow here yet so i havnt ridden it. i am going to colorado in a few days though and cant wait to jump on it.
    jumping around on the carpet and flexing it ,it does seem very flexy. but i just put that to the rocker tech. makes sense that it would flex up easier since ther is no camber to push it in the other direction. and the graphics do looking board i think they have ever put out.

  4. Sean
    November 15, 2008

    After reading this review it put me over the edge. just copped a 152! im sure im going to be extremely happy with it. thanks for the review

  5. Anonymous
    November 17, 2008

    i jsut got this board
    rode it at boreal a few days ago, and it rides better than any reverse camberish board i have rode

    cop one up soon
    before ther gone

  6. Anonymous
    November 17, 2008

    Hey shay im interested in getting this bad boy in the 52 but am worried that my boot sized is too small. i run size 8 for dudes of course. you think i could rock this deck?

  7. Shayboarder
    November 17, 2008

    You’ll be fine with size 8’s on that waist width. I saw guys with size 11’s riding the 152cm.

  8. Andrew
    November 19, 2008

    just how many of these boards were released and do you think they will release a lot of them next year kinda like lib tech did with the skate banana? thanks.

  9. Shayboarder
    November 19, 2008

    There are only 500 horrorscopes this year. Up to Capita to decide to release more in the future.

  10. Nose Dradamous
    November 19, 2008

    The Horrorscope was a late release / shop kid board for this year. It was a huge success for us too. We sold out of them with shops in less than a week. Going forward next year this board will of course continue and we’re adding some sizes to it. Also a women’s version of it. These are the shops that carry it: East Coast Board Co, Pluto Sports, 3 Ride Shop, Pure, Stratton, Surf the Earth, Theory, Darkside Stowe, Locals, Eternal, Porters, Milo CA, OutOfBounds, BNM, Herbs, Shasta, Sierra Snowboard, Method, Outlaw, Hidden Valley Resort, Revival, Suburban Blend, 940 Boards, BC Surf and Sport, Milo Orem, Back Country, Emage, Milo SLC, Satelite, Click Park City, Click Steamboat, Moda 3, Youthshelter, The House, Martini Snow and Skate, Shred Shop, Cal Surf, Les Moise, Evo, SnoCon, Exit, Side Effect, Boarderline, Newt and Harolds, Hidden Wave, Northern Alliance, Board Effect (old Edge), Aedion and Stevens Pass Snowboard Shop.

  11. Kyle C
    November 20, 2008

    Get one! I have the 152, and it does everything I like… I’ve ridden it 2 days now, and the press-ability of this board is uncanny! It carves awesome as well, and on boxes it feels even better. If your into freestyle get this board! You will learn to jib like a mad man, and blow peoples minds when you are doing nose/tail press spins down the entire mountain. Handles well with speed, and butters the muffin like no other. Get one, and start blowing peoples’ minds today! I ride Vail, CO and get about 140 days a year, (just as a reference)

  12. Jay
    November 21, 2008

    If it’s sold out in the states they have some in Canada at out of alberta. I’m pretty sure they ship to the states as well.

  13. MelbaToasted
    November 22, 2008

    hey shay, nose dradamous, or anyone else with inside info on capita… nose, you said that capita is probably going to come out with some additional sizes for the horrorscope next year… any chance that these new sizes will come out in some wide or midwide versions like capita did with the stairmaster series? bigger footed riders want some capita reverse camber love too! i also saw in an interview that tj schneider gave that it’s possible his model decks for 09 might incorporate Flat Kick tech because he loved riding his horrorscope so much this summer… any chance that FK tech will trickle into other capita model lines?

  14. Anonymous
    November 26, 2008

    looking for crazy park board due to a forecasted shortage of snow this season in the Rockies.. stumbled across this board thanks to shay. found one locally – a 148 because the price was right. not 100 percent convinced, bolted an old set of customs on it and rode carpet (no snow yet).. back to back next to my banana this board has the same pop but way (3x) more flex.. zero effort to butter, my 156 banana seems like a tank now. they’re making snow here but not fast enough. screw off global warming! marmot Dec 6-7 .. CANADA

  15. Anonymous
    December 12, 2008

    more fun than prom night.. thanks capita!

  16. Shayboarder
    December 18, 2008

    Melba…I asked Johan from C3 your question and here’s his response.

    “Yep we got wider sizes. Peeps will have to wait to see TJ’s deck. Other decks in the line have FK. Yes.”

  17. Anonymous
    January 04, 2009

    would you prefer this board over the never summer evo-r overall?

  18. Shayboarder
    January 06, 2009

    Different flexes. Evo-R is a stiffer park board while the horrorscope is a softer park board. I like both depending on what I’d want.

  19. ZombiKite
    January 19, 2009

    just ordered one last night. i am more of an all mtn freestyle/freerider but rocker boards just look like too much fun, however I am concerned that its an extruded base- i honestly haven’t ever owned a board without a sintered base, am i just overreacting? Sick graphic, saw the 148 at darkside and it just jumped out at me. I got the 156 btw.

  20. Shayboarder
    January 20, 2009

    Extruded bases are easier to repair but a softer base than sintered. It’ll take damage but you should be able to repair them. I’ve heard of a friends horrorscope taking some hits and it showing in the base. Extruded is common in park boards since it’s easier to repair.

  21. Andrew
    January 27, 2009

    I just got a 148 today to go with by red Union Forces. It’s sick!

  22. Shayboarder
    February 02, 2009

    Sweet! Let me know how you like it after you get a couple days on them!

  23. tonicusa
    February 10, 2009

    The Boardshops that Nose posted still have Horrorscopes if you call them directly. I just scored a 156, stoked!!!

  24. Anonymous
    February 11, 2009

    Newt & Harolds still has a 148 left, fyi.

    Has anyone been able to compare this to the Signal Park Rocker? Just wondering which of these two crazy soft noodle boards is best.

  25. Shayboarder
    February 13, 2009

    Thanks for posting up where you can still buy them!

    I had the chance to ride a guy’s signal park rocker yesterday but it was a smaller size than I’d like and I didn’t think it was a good idea to try it that small and soft. Hopefully someone will chime in that has rode both.

  26. Anonymous
    March 05, 2009

    i went from a super stiff burton to the 148 horrorscope. ive progressed greatly in about 1 month. im in love with it. everythings soo smooth. butters, presses, tailblocks, you name it, this board does it. you can even take it in the glades/powder. it will make you wanna ride everyday.

    the only problem i had was in the beginning the edges were razor sharp so i caught a few edges. i detuned it to the max and i wouldnt give it up for anything. not even for a new car!

  27. Adam
    March 10, 2009

    Hey Shay,
    I am 5 foot 11 and want to know if this year’s 152, or next year’s 155 horrorscope would suit me. I spend all my time in the park. What do you think?

  28. Shayboarder
    March 10, 2009


    What’s your weight? Weight determines a lot more in board length than height does.

  29. Adam
    March 11, 2009

    I weigh 140 lbs

  30. Shayboarder
    March 11, 2009

    You could go either size, i’d say 152cm since you are entirely in the park.

  31. Adam
    March 11, 2009

    Thanks Shay!

  32. Jamal
    November 23, 2009

    I finally got a chance to take out my Capita Horrorscope this weekend for some turns. Everything you wrote in your review was spot on. I had to re-educate myself about snowboarding. Some rules that use to apply, don’t apply. Like riding flat. It didn’t squirrely or out of control when I was flat on the base between my feet. It did pretty good riding all mountain but it’s a beast on hills with a lesser grade. It ollies like a pogo stick and presses like an iron. This board has me thinking about snowboarding again and how much fun and happiness it brings to my life.
    If you have anymore pointers for me about this board please give me some inside info. I feel like I’m missing something.

  33. November 23, 2009

    Thanks Jamal for posting that! It was great to email you and stoked you enjoyed your board!

    Snowboarding is fun, definitely riding boards that make it more fun are what it’s about.

  34. Damian
    November 30, 2009

    I’m around 140, 6 foot 3 with my boots on, size 10 boots. You think this board in 156 will be good for me? I’m determining wether I should buy a package of this board in 156 w/ 09 red union force bindings. I ride basically like jamal, a little bit of everything but going slow and looking for those jumps.

  35. December 02, 2009

    Damien, I answered you in the chatbox as well on your reply. Horrorscope is definitely a softer park board, great for playing around with but it’s yet to be seen how people like it on jumps. Your weight is fine with the 156 and it’ll be easier than your 158 without sizing down insanely small, so at least you’ll have a more stable size for jumps. I’m a fan of the force bindings, I owned them last year and like them.