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.
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.