Snowboard Review: 09-10 Capita Midnight

27 Mar, 2009


Location: Steamboat, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Variety of snow conditions, some powder to hardpacked groomers to slushy snow.

Setup: I rode the Capita Midnight with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Another women’s board to add to the list of impressive women’s charging boards.

Size: 154cm

Weight: light

Flex: The midnight is stiffer from tip to tail, making it excellent for freeriding. A charging board for women but still manueverable, good torsional flex making it fine for turning quickly, stable on long radius turns and overall another women’s freeride board.

Turning: I didn’t need any adjustment when getting on the midnight and turning with it, it was an easy board to initiate and if you wanted the more aggressive turning, the sidecut would allow it as each carve would pick up speed and really let you arc out each turn. In this video I’m riding the Midnight all day, through groomers to heavy set powder. In the slushy terrain, it did surprisingly good.

Stable: On the groomers it was stable, in heavy powder it was stable and the slight taper helped with remaining afloat. The only place I didn’t feel stable was on bumps for me, I just needed to be on my game more with it so I wouldn’t get all bumped out.

Pop: Good fun pop, not insanely poppy but definitely some snap to it. I spent some time in the park with it riding up to logs, boxes and bonk features as well as riding pipe with it and handled everything good. Pipe it held an edge against the wall and could play with it, the lighter weight was nice to spin with.

Switch: It was rideable switch, easy to transition into switch riding and lighter swing weight. It’s directional so I didn’t spend much time riding with it switch, just on the groomers and felt stable on it.

Overall Impression: Good all around board, rideable in all conditions and a good progressing board with women. I rode it freeriding to some leftover pow, to park to pipe. I didn’t take it off jumps but I bet it would have done fine. I have to comment on the base, it’s extruded which I found interesting for a freeride board but the best part was in the spring slush I had to some heavy leftover powder, the base held up very well. I didn’t get slowed down and I think it liked the spring slush to ride in.

Shay’s Honesty Box: My honest opinion was caught in a video watch the very end, 5:04 mark. My only complaint was getting it to press and butter, it wasn’t as easy. The best part about this board is being able to review it over a couple weeks, I was able to ride it in a variety of conditions. I rarely mention board graphics…but this is my favorite graphic for 09-10, tj knows what the ladies want.

*This Review was done in March 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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On-snow Photos

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13 Comments

  1. Brek
    April 07, 2009

    I demoed a few of the 09-10 capita decks and I have to say that my favorite was the green machine. Suuuuper buttery because of the fk (flat-kick) technology but it was stiff enough to still lay down some good power carves and handle in the chop. Should check it out. The indoor survival was pretty sick too.

  2. Shayboarder
    April 08, 2009

    Hey Brek,

    I was able to ride both the Green Machine and Indoor Survival…definitely liked both. But they are based off each other so very similiar rides.

  3. Sam
    November 07, 2010

    Hi. I LOVE the graphics on this board. How come a lot of websites say that this board is made for a freestyle rider, this one for example: http://www.eternalsnow.com/2010-capita-midnight-womens-snowboard.html And then other websites say that it is a freeride board? I ride freeride, so I really want to know which it is! Also, how stiff is the board? I am an intermediate rider, I can only do easy black diamonds, but I’m 16 yrs. old, so I want it to last me a few years. Would it be better for me to get the 150 or the 154 if I am 5′ 6″ and weigh around 130? Thanks 🙂

  4. November 07, 2010

    Hey Sam,
    great question it’s best to go off of the description from the company and in which case, Capita describes the Midnight as women’s freeride and I agree 100% with that. It’s directional, camber, stiffer flex and a charging board. For size you could go either way, where do you ride and what type of conditions?

  5. Sam
    November 08, 2010

    Ok, that makes sense. What exactly do you mean by “charging board”? And if you look at the little description you posted above with the midnight’s story and creation theory, at the very top it say’s “women’s freeride” but then under creation theory, it says “progressive freestyle rider”. Why is that? And I ride on the East Coast. (CT, VT).

  6. November 08, 2010

    Sam,
    charging can handle going fast and still be stable and under control. Usually freestyle boards are not as charging like a freeride board. I’ve ridden the midnight and while it can handle freestyle riding like pipe/jumps it is a freeride specific board. For size you could do either.

  7. Sam
    November 08, 2010

    Thanks for your reply, that helped a lot! If you don’t mind me asking, how tall are you? I might go with the 150 just because of the different color scheme, but I don’t want it to be too small either.

  8. November 09, 2010

    Sam, I’m 5’6″ hope that helps. You’ll be fine on the 150 for your riding location and conditions.

  9. Sam
    November 09, 2010

    thanks! do you know anywhere I can buy this online? everyone seems to be out of stock for some reason..

  10. November 10, 2010

    Sam, The C3 shop has the midnight in that size from their demo collection
    http://www.c3-shop.com/products/capita/demo-boards/0910-midnight-demo for a good price and you can use the code shayboarder to get free shipping/10% off. You can also find this years online through various shops but if you wanted last years that’s a good place.

  11. Sam
    November 11, 2010

    What exactly is a demo board? That looks awesome! Thanks so much! Love your site and your reviews!

  12. lee
    November 11, 2010

    Sam
    demo is just that. its been used at demos on snow or maybe just hauled from one spot to the next for show. so in a nutshell slightly used goods. discount on barely used gear?? sweet. thumbs up and enjoy your treasure.