Snowboard Review: 09-10 Capita Sierrascope FK

18 Jan, 2010

Location: Steamboat, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked conditions on the mountain.

Setup: I rode the Capita Sierrascope with Union bastardized bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.

Size: 152cm.

First Impression: The sierrascope is a collaboration between sierra snowboards and capita snowboards, sometimes collabs can make a product that is a great deal and a great ride…this is one of them.

Weight: Average

Flex: Just like the indoor, the sierracope has a softer nose and tail with stiffer flex between the bindings from the carbon X stringers.  It makes it really stable between the feet and a tad playful on the nose and tail with the help of the flat kick.  Stiffer torsional flex which I found doesn’t make it to difficult to go edge to edge but helps with the stability when riding and especially in halfpipe.  It’s not as playful as the horrorscope or ultrafear by any means.  Capita’s Flat Kick technology had zero camber between the bindings and then kicks up towards the nose and tail.

Turning: It’s easy to get on edge and despite the stiffness between foot it doesn’t make you work harder to get it into turns.  Turn initiation is super easy and doesn’t throw any surprises into the mix.  It handles short radius and long radius carves for me with no problems, didn’t feel like one was better than the other but a good mix for both.  The best thing about this board is the size should feel small riding and it doesn’t feel like it’s a small board with how it handles turns.  Good edgehold on steeper terrain and on icy conditions, I can still turn the board no problem without slipping out.

Stable: This is the best board for edgehold on icy conditions that I’ve ridden of the compared boards and that makes it really fun in halfpipe cause I’m not worrying about skidding out when I’m trying to hold an edge up the wall.  On the steeper terrain, it holds a carve with no problems and handles the mountain when you go faster without any speed wobbles.  I haven’t taken it in choppy/cruddy conditions yet so can’t speak on how it handles there but as soon as we get snow on the mountain I’ll let you know.

Pop: I’ve spent the majority of time in the park on this board and this board has more pop than my ultrafear which makes it more fun in the pipe especially from the stiffness/pop factor and I found I had no problems ollie’ing onto rails and ollie’ing off rollers all came easily.  When it comes to pressing/buttering it’s not as easy as the softer boards (ultrafear, horrorscope) so relies more on your skill of pressing, but it’s still possible.

Switch: The sierrascope is a true twin but it didn’t ride as clean to switch as the other boards when maneuvering but when I got into switch turns it felt fine and didn’t have that feeling, just the transition period.

Overall Impression: After riding the Indoor, Green, Horrorscope and Ultrafear, I thought that maybe the sierrascope wouldn’t be to different from those and would be difficult to review.   I soon found that the best features of each of those boards made one board, the sierrascope.  While it shared similiarities with each of those boards, it’s a totally different ride.

To compare, it’s similiar flex as the green machine or indoor survival (It’s been a while since I’ve ridden the indoor/green but the size difference is what gets me on this, the sierrascope feels stiffer at a smaller size than the indoor at the bigger size I rode), it’s stiffer than the ultrafear and definitely stiffer than the horrorscope which puts it right in the middle of the ultrafear and green/indoor combo.  It’s got more pop than the ultrafear but the ultrafer is easier to press/butter because it doesn’t have the carbon stringers and the sierrascope holds an edge better than the ultrafear/indoor.  So if you want a park board, ultrafear/horrorscope are it, if you want all mountain/park mixed equally sierrascope is it and if you want all mountain/some park indoor/green are it.

Shay’s Honesty Box: The sierrascope grew on me after riding it because at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but after riding it more, I grew to like it more and more.  I thought the size would be too small but for my park riding and pipe but the more I’ve ridden it the more I like with how it handles pipe to rails…something my ultrafear wasn’t as good at was pipe riding.

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On Snow Photo

Capita Sierrascope FK description


Review Disclosure: This board was given to me by sierra snowboards.

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  1. mark
    January 18, 2010

    fun, fun and more fun! glad to hear you liked it too.

  2. burritosandsnow
    January 18, 2010

    love this board! Hope to grab another just to have in reserve before they sell out.

  3. burritosandsnow
    January 18, 2010

    oh should have added it handles just as good in powder/chop … It slices the powder quickly but once you get used to that it becomes a fun ride

  4. January 18, 2010

    Shay, great review!

    Sierrascope is dope!!! I love the carbon x-string between the feet! I ride the 152 as well and love the playful feel without being too noodley! As you mentioned, it has a great edge hold but when i hit crud/varied conditions, I do get thrown around a bit. I weigh about 176 lbs so if you’re looking for an all rounder, the 155 would probably be perfect!

  5. telesnow
    January 19, 2010

    Glad you liked the board Shay! Mine came in the mail and I’m going to be taking it with me to Mammoth, CA tomorrow.

    It’s dumping there right now (~8ft by Fri) and I was wondering if you think I should setback my stance on the Sierrascope? Because it’s a true twin I don’t know how a setback will play with its sidecut. It’s the 156cm, and I’m about 165lbs.

    I’ve never been in powder this deep before so it should be quite an experience. Even though this isn’t a powder board I hope the flat kick helps keep its nose up.

  6. Bruizza
    January 20, 2010

    I have been on the sierrascope all season and I LOVE the board. It is GREAT mix of all mountain and park just like you said Shay. I have all kinds of boards and find myself taking the sierrascope out in all conditions minus pow.

  7. Jeremy
    January 27, 2010

    Firstly great review Shay!!

    Just wondering since the tech between the sierrascope and indoor survival is so similar, what exactly is the difference between the two? Because I really can’t make up my mind between the two… especially when Sierrascope is cheaper than indoor….

    BTW, I ride a bit of everything, all mtrn, park etc

  8. Jeremy
    February 02, 2010

    Hi shay,

    just an add on, I am riding a 155 Mid life Artist, it is great at everything, But I find it very difficult to press. So I am looking to replace it with a 152 sierra or 154 indoor. Could you help me out please?

    nb:I am about 133lbs and 5’7.