Snowboard Review: 09-10 Capita Ultrafear FK
23 Nov, 2009
Location: Loveland, Breckenridge & Copper, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Mixture of weather with hardpacked groomers, slush and hardpacked icy conditions.
Setup: I rode the Capita Ultrafear FK with my Union Force SL’s and my Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: This is my kind of porridge, just right for shredding…not insanely soft but not insanely stiff…still a fun deck to ride.
Weight: lighter than average
Flex: The Ultrafear FK is an upgraded horrorscope, the core plays a huge part in the flex differences between the boards. The Ultrafear is stiffer than the horrorscope and gives it a more stable feel freeriding with. The longitudinal flex feels a tad stiffer and torsionally it’s a tad stiffer but between both there’s a lot of play to it, you can still get quick sharp turns that are stable and you can still butter and play with the nose and tail of the board. It’s not as easy to butter as the horroscope but it still is playful. But overall this board is not a stiff ride, it’s a good medium flex board and just so happens to be stiffer than the horrorscope but softer than the Indoor Survival from my experiences riding them.
Turning: Overall it’s an easy ride, easy transitioning into turns and stable throughout short and long radius turns. I can quickly put it on edge and not encounter any catching or hooking when I go into a carve with it. The sidecut and effective edge are right in the middle of a good balance for riding consistently without needing to worry about the board not handling.
Stable: For the early season riding, I haven’t encountered a problem with stability but I also know the terrain is just groomers right now. When I’m riding at my normal speed and encounter bumps, it absorbs them better than when I’m going faster. For hauling down runs, it can handle the speed but I still feel any bumps that come out and it doesn’t charge as well as other more freeride orientated boards. On icy patches it does hold an edge better than the horrorscope and I have yet to feel it wash out on me.
Pop: I’ve been popping off the tail of the board and landing centered on the bindings. When I have landed off, I definitely feel it but I can ride out from it. Ollies on the board aren’t hard but if I pop off balance then I don’t get as much pop from it. In the park I like that I can ollie onto a feature or ride on, not feel the board catch on anything and be able to tail bonk everything I like easily.
Switch: I’ve encountered no problems with riding it switch, really easy to spin around from the weight and no catching on the snow. It rides the same switch as it does regular.
Overall Impression: Of the 10+ days I’ve been on this board I’ve enjoyed every second of it and when I demo other boards I still enjoy coming back to it. It’s a park board that can handle the mountain and freeriding but you can still take it into the park to get your tricks. I’m no park master but I’ve been playing with boardslides and new rails that I normally wouldn’t. I feel safe on it and despite it being flat kick I actually have grown to like it a lot.
With the base I’ve only waxed it once since I’ve taken it out on snow and I’ve noticed that hasn’t been an issue. It’s still going fast and doesn’t appear like I need more wax yet even though I think I do.
Shay’s Honesty Box: If I didn’t like this board I wouldn’t keep riding it and use it as “my” board but I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. I enjoyed the horrorscope but I wouldn’t ride it all the time on the mountain because it’s just a bit too soft for me, but the ultrafear is the next step up and a stiffer flex than the horrorscope but with the same added parks like good pop and a fun flex that I can take into the park or freeride with. Between my Force SL’s and this board, I have a light setup that works well together.
Construction wise, I’ve done probably about 50+ tree bonks with this board and encountered no problems with trying to chop down a tree with this deck. Oh yeah there’s only 274 of these out there after mine and I’m certainly not getting rid of mine anytime soon.
Review Disclosure: This product was given to me from C3.