Snowboard Review: 09-10 Capita Green Machine FK

05 May, 2009

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Cold weather on hardpacked groomers with winds. It was overcast with flat light most of the day.

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

First Impression: It is based off the Indoor Survival, I liked the Indoor Survival so this is just as capable but a greener ride.

Size: 154cm

Weight: average

Flex: It’s based off the Indoor Survival with similiar specs but this board isn’t the same, without the carbon stringers it’s a softer ride and a lot more freestyle focused than the Indoor Surival. I wouldn’t call it as soft as the horrorscope, that’s still softer but the green machine is easier to torsionally flex than the Indoor Survival and longitudinally a bit softer.

Turning: Very quick and easy to turn on edge in that respect similiar to the Indoor Survival, both were quick on edge. Initating turns and holding an edge was no problem. The only thing I noticed was a different feel on how it gripped the snow from Green machine to Indoor Survival. It could have been my riding but just something I wrote down noticing. With the radial sidecut, everything was predictable and no surprises when riding.

Stable: I took the last runs on the Green Machine through some hardpacked, choppy and icy snow conditions and through all of it was very stable and solid riding…despite the softer flex, it absorbed the changing terrain easily.

Pop: I found it had good pop, no issues with popping off the rollers. Easier board to press. The FK makes it fun…and easy to do all that.

Switch: I didn’t catch an edges going into switch riding and was the same riding switch as regular.

Overall Impression: Definitely after riding the Indoor Survival, this board gives another good ride to the Capita name while staying green and not making it look like a tree. I was impressed with how the board rode, it was the last couple runs of the day and I still had fun even though I was tired and it held an edge through some “eh” conditions.

Shay’s Honesty Box: Definitely the most fun eco friendly board I’ve ridden, where it doesn’t ride like a plank of wood that is green…it has style and I can see it being very popular. For my own riding, I liked the carbon in the Indoor Survival and preferred that board over the Green Machine but that’s my own personal preference. Of all the eco friendly boards I’ve ridden, this is the one I’d ride everywhere and be cool with it.

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

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  1. Anonymous
    May 13, 2009

    I demoed both this board and the indoor survival a few months ago at Crystal Mountain. I rode them both in 156 and I found the Green Machine to actually be a bit stiffer and handle better through the choppy snow. I love the thing though, definately getting one this coming winter through proform! Along with the Green Forces of course!

  2. Shayboarder
    May 13, 2009

    Good to hear your input and awesome you are picking it up!

  3. October 08, 2009

    funny, i too felt like the green machine was just tad bit more of a stiffer ride. I prefer the feel of carbon under my feet, and felt like the Indoor was a more playful responsive board. To be fair i rode the indoor and the green in vastly different conditions, and i rode the Green about 4 cm larger then usual. so great.. now i have a new excuse to bug a rep for another demo just to get my facts straight.

  4. November 10, 2009

    Interesting Guthy! Definitely get on another demo, be interesting to see if you have the same feelings after riding them again.

  5. TJ
    April 18, 2010

    I just bought one of these and it is being shipped over. It sounds like the board I need (stiff enough to do jumps but flexy enough to still Jib and Butter). Your review was mighty helpful.

    One thing I noted was your binding angles in the photo look like +5/0 which would be insanely uncomfortable in my opinion. Can you confirm your normal riding position?