Snowboard Review: 10-11 Capita Black Snowboard of Death

10 Feb, 2010

Location: Winter Park, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain, flat-light riding conditions.

Setup: I rode the Capita Black Snowboard of Death with Union Flite bindings and Vans Veil Boots.

Size: 156cm.

First Impression: The BSOD is back, 10 years later and charging the mountain like the badass board it’s meant to be.  It felt like coming home, coming back to a board I loved and what made me a better rider.

Weight: Lighter than average

Flex: I found the Black Snowboard of Death (BSOD) to be torsionally softer, easier than I was expecting to turn and be able to get quick response edge to edge from it.  Longitudinally it felt stiffer in the nose and tail so while it was easy to maneuver when you pointed it straight, it charged.  Overall it’s a stiffer board but with 10-11 more forgiveness than in previous years. The BSOD is reverse camber freeride FK so positive camber between the outside inserts and then reverse camber from the inserts to the contact points, then flat kicks up on the nose and tail.  The feeling is a stable cambered ride with reverse camber to help lift the contact points, float in powder and not impact the freeride capabilities of the board.

Turning: The BSOD has always been a more advanced freeride board but I found the freeride FK version a bit easier to handle than previous years.  It was less catchy and easier to put on edge than what I remember from the past BSOD.  I found it quick responsive edge to edge, torsionally softer so you could really lay it over into turns short or long radius and it handled them all.  The new sidecut grips the snow without feeling locked into a turn and the camber between the feet still has the powerful ride.

Stable: The most noticeable stability from the BSOD was the edgehold, it gripped the snow very well for the first board of the day on some icy/shitty areas of the mountain.  There were moments where the forgiveness saved me with the flat light conditions and I could have wrecked but didn’t.  When I took it into the pipe, it surprised me by just how well well it rode the walls and never slipping out.  On the hardpacked, when I took it faster and through some bumpy areas I didn’t feel flopped around on it and felt stable riding down the mountain especially when going fast on it…it loved being fast.

Pop: I didn’t play with the pop on the BSOD, flat light conditions and my own riding waking up meant cruising fast with it and not playing with it.  I took it in the halfpipe where it was held an edge, easy to rotate 180’s and felt comfortable but no big pop tests on this board.

Switch: Easy to manuever into switch riding and being directional was possible to ride switch but not what the board is meant to do all the time.  I made a couple turns switch and was stoked to be back to charging regular on it.

Overall Impression: Capita re-introduced the Black Snowboard of Death for their 10 year anniversary and this revamped freeride FK version continues with the qualities that made the original a legendary ride but with an increased better ride for today’s technology.  The freeride fk doesn’t lose the freeride focus, the bsod continues to charge the mountain but now lighter and faster than before.  To be frank, it’s still a badass board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: If there’s one board that I knew I’d be tough on at the on-snow demos, it was this board because it has a lot to live up to in my opinion and I still own this board so I know how good of a ride it can be.  The expectations were upheld and I found myself riding a better improved BSOD with reverse camber, that doesn’t lose the freeride board that is meant to charge the mountain with.  I ended up spending the morning riding this board and taking my time enjoying it again, it was like coming home to the BSOD and we enjoyed the ride together.  My only complaint was the early morning conditions and the wax on it, made it slow in the flat areas but everywhere else the board did fine.

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On Snow Photo

Capita Black Snowboard of Death description

Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.

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  1. November 29, 2010

    Scotty, yeah you don’t need the wide board with your boot size. 13 stone in pounds is 182 according to google…really depends on what conditions you’ll be riding, you could go either way. If you ride more powder, freeriding charging the 159 but I think you’ll find the 156 suitable for your weight and handling all mountain.

  2. Jacob
    December 02, 2010

    Hey Shay, what do you think about the 1.2 inch boot overhang on toe and heel side? Is it acceptable or should i get binding risers? I was also thinking about getting some shrinkage fit boots, like burton moto or sth similar, but it turned out, that the motos are just 0.2 inch smaler then my deeluxe rough diamonds, so I guess its not worth spending the money, since my boots are a good as new. Any tips?

  3. Jacob
    December 03, 2010

    Btw. which are the center insert on the BSOD? The 2nd and 4th or the 3th and 5th inserts (counting from the center of the board)?

  4. December 03, 2010

    Jacob, can you email me pics and show the board tilted on edge. That’s the best way to know for sure, see how far your board is on edge (toe and heel) before you drag.

    Jacob, I’ll look at my BSOD tomorrow…it’s at work and will find out for you if Lee hasn’t answered yet.

  5. lee
    December 03, 2010

    I believe its the 3&5 th..

  6. RJ
    January 04, 2011

    You might need to learn to ride a lil better before you start acting like you can spit out some knowledge about this snowboard that apparently took YOU for a ride. I recently got this board and was hitting rails boxes corrugated pipes and park jumps with spins but where this board really shines is off piste cliffs and chargers. The only thing I found a lil tricky was riding switch in pow but found it easier than traditionally cambered directional boards. This board surpassed my expectations for the new and improved all mountain destroyer.

    159 with flux super titans and vans cirro size 9.

  7. Lee
    January 04, 2011

    Why all the hate RJ? One love dog. Mike had a “bad” ride doesnt mean he cant ride. The board just wasnt for him. I found that if my stance was too narrow the board felt squirrly. So I widened it bit and this board is a champ. So stable when Im popping off rollers and hits on the sides of the runs. Plus I lay out some fat euro carves with it……

  8. doug
    January 09, 2011

    Man i’m so torn. I previously rode an option Makinenn through 3 versions and loved how it rode, the only issue was the base got super slooooooowwwww.

    I switched to an indoor survival camber board two years ago and found it heaps more fun but less stable at speed, i kept checking if my bindings/boots were cranked enough.

    I got used to the looser ride before i snapped the tail on the board. Now i’m looking for a replacement and looking at the indoor fk or the BSOD.

    What should i do, i love heading out the back, hitting kickers in the park/back country, fresh tracks at speed and playing around on snow.

    Please help before i rip into two.


  9. January 09, 2011

    Doug, if you want more stable at speed from the indoor, then go with the BSOD. It’ll handle in the backcountry, kickers and speed.

    Update on my BSOD. I took this board out on a knee deep pow day and charged the powder with it. It could handle the drops, the charging and powder. In some of the deeper flat pow areas, I had to stay back on the board a bit or I’d notice the nose dipping into the snow. But on steeper terrain didn’t notice this at all.

  10. doug
    January 10, 2011

    I’m 5″10 and about 200lbs, should i go for the 156 or 159?

    Worried that the 159 would be less fun and that the 156 might sink in the fluff, what are your thoughts?


  11. lee
    January 10, 2011

    I’m your size and I ride the 59. Hands down most fun board I’ve ever owned. I don’t do rad with it ,cause that’s just not my thing, but I’m sure you could if you wanted.

  12. Mike
    January 14, 2011

    Thanks Lee. Sorry for the criticism of the board RJ. I didn’t realize I was dating your sister by demoing the BSOD. My comments of the board were based on my experience with this and lots of other boards. You’ve obviously connected with the BSOD and are able bring out its finer points. Cool beans, but I came up short on that connection. Save your personal criticism for after you see how bad I really am. I’ll be the one limping in the parking lot because I was the only 40 year old guy dumb enough to trying to learn spin tricks in the park.

  13. January 16, 2011

    Doug you could go either way. The 159 would hold up better in the deeper snow than the 156 but the 156 will still do fine. Depends on your pow to park ratio.

  14. grant
    February 01, 2011

    at u.s out door ( not the web site) there selling the bsod for $510.
    also what board will drop small cliffs and not butter out on landings better… the bsod or the yes great dudes of history? thank you shay 🙂

  15. February 06, 2011

    Grant, sweet the bsod to me is more aggressive and stiffer than the GDOH.

  16. james
    November 30, 2011

    I’m 5’11 and weigh about 155lbs.
    i mostly ride powder/treeruns with occasional groomruns.
    what size would you guys recommend?

  17. December 01, 2011

    James, either the 156 or 159 depending on your preferences and what you were riding before.

  18. Pikeboarder
    January 01, 2012

    Hi Shay
    Do you know how this board compares stiffness wise to the Ride DH2.5 (or ’12 DH2)? I have that board and it’s stiff. Many people say they feel it’s stiffer than Ride’s rating of 7. Both the DH2.5 and BSOD seem to have a similar profile. I think the BSOD may be the perfect board if it’s slightly less stiff than the DH2.5.

    If you have any other comparisons between the two it would be appreciated.