Snowboard Review: 11-12 Capita Indoor Survival FK

15 Jun, 2011

Location: Snoqualmie Summit, WA

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked to heavy leftover powder.

Setup: I rode the Capita Indoor Survival FK with Union Force bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 156cm.

First Impression: I forgot what NW concrete felt like but the Indoor didn’t.

Weight: Average

Flex: Overall a playful board with the reverse camber on the Indoor Survival but the longitudinal flex gives it stability and there’s a good amount of torsional give so you have quick response.  It packs a powerful punch when you take it riding and delivers with a 5 on the Capita flex scale (which I completely agree on).  It’s not as stiff as the BSOD and it’s not as soft as the horrorscope.  The Indoor Survival FK features freestyle flat kick technology which is a level base from outside insert to outside insert then reverse camber from outside inserts to contact points then wah-pow on the nose/tail.

Turning: I had forgotten how responsive this board is on edge and carving but quickly remembered with the conditions because in the heavy concrete snow, too much edge meant possibly eating shit. Luckily the FK is forgiving on the board or I would have gone down.  The radial sidecut worked with me on both short and long radius turns.  The best part about turning on the indoor was taking it away from the Holy Oly contest through the trees in a banked course and really rallying around turns.

Stable: If you first asked me on the first run, I’d say yeah in the sloppy heavy snow it didn’t cut through as well as other boards like the BSOD or Fkn Awesome but for a all around park board, it held up.  It didn’t buck me off and it forgave me when the snow grabbed the board.  For speeds, it did fine and never felt too small or unmanageable.

Pop: Fun pop to play with during the laps throughout the day.  I found it easy to ollie over the snow boulders and just fun to play around with on the mashed potatoes towards the base.  Definitely butterable with the reverse camber.

Switch: Rode like a true twin and riding switch it felt like a true twin.

Overall Impression: The Indoor Survival is Capita’s all mountain freestyle destroyer.  If you could only have one board in your quiver and wanted to freeride and hit park, this is the board.  It won’t let you down.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I walked into Capita not knowing what board I’d borrow for the weekend.  I didn’t know conditions or terrain I’d be riding so I just went with what I knew could handle park or freeriding or whatever I threw at it.  That’s the indoor for me, it’s that board I’d ride when I wouldn’t know what I’d be riding.  And like the indoor it’s been for me in the past, it’s always held up its end of the bargain.

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On Snow Photo

Capita Indoor Survival description

Review Disclosure: I borrowed this board from Capita Snowboards during my visit to Seattle and it was returned after riding it.

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  1. Dan
    June 15, 2011

    I rode an IS FK last season, and the board felt really sketchy to me. Almost like the tail was searching back and forth when flat basing. Were you able to ride last seasons and did you notice anything like that? Is this season’s more stable?

  2. Jeremy
    June 17, 2011

    Hey Dan,

    What’s your height and weight? Coz I am 5’7 about 130lbs and a 152 FK was fine for me in normal conditions. Unless you were riding chop.

  3. L.E.D.
    June 19, 2011

    Dan ,
    You felt it in the back and only flat basing? Is this your first fk? Snowboards want to turn, ride flat for any amount of time and flat based and any board will hook a bit. Your body position could be affecting this too. Maybe your hanging out in the backseat and don’t realize it? FK ,from what I’ve noticed, wants me to ride centered a bit more. Close to equal on both feet. You don’t have that reinforcement you get with camber where you can lay back if you want too, so you have to switch it up a little. If you do that with an FK you certainly won’t feel stable at all.
    That being said I do have a friend who gets to try these out every year and he has said that this coming seasons board is supposed to be the best in quite awhile. He really is stoked on it.

  4. vince
    June 20, 2011

    same for me. I live in quebec, and it felt really sketchy to me too. (GM 56 FK). Maybe its because fo the snow here..lots of ice and really hard snow. The conditions are always changing here. Rain, snow and in the afternoon ice…..but maybe you are right LED. Maybe i’m hanging out in the backseat and don’t realize it.

  5. June 23, 2011


    Yeah wondering if that’s your first time riding FK or switching from camber? I didn’t ride the 10-11 Indoor so can’t compare last year’s to next year’s.

  6. john doe
    July 10, 2011


    Question: Why do you demo such big boards for a girl? Almost all your demo’s are from a 154-156…and I ride that size at 180lbs. Im sure you’re not 180 lbs haha
    What is the average size you ride for YOUR board?

  7. July 10, 2011

    John Doe, because I’ve been riding 17 seasons and I’m not a tiny girl. I’ve got curves and the weight to back up riding those sizes plus the experience. My board sizes are 153cm for park, 156-158 for all mountain and 161 for pow. So yep I do weight more than you 🙂

  8. john doe
    July 11, 2011

    id be stoked if i new girls who shred like you do!
    keep killin it on these reviews!

  9. mervinsnow
    July 12, 2011

    Weight is a got indicator but also Boots size for waist size too.
    After is about condition of riding, style and personal preference… I am around 170lbs but usually ride 158 to 162 (255 mm or less waist with boots 9US) I like to charge fast that is why maybe is longer… currently having 160cm with a waist of 254mm but I may try the 157cm Banana Magic which will be on of the smallest size for me

  10. Federico
    January 31, 2012

    Hi, I’m about to buy a new Capita board. I’m 150 pounds, 5’10 and 10.5 boot size. I can’t decide between the 2012 indoor survival fk or the 2012 ultrafear fk. I can get the ultra in 153cm (waist 254mm) or the indoor in 152 (waist 243mm) or 154 (waist 248mm). I personally want the indoor, but i’m afraid it will be to small for my 10.5 thirtytwo boots and if not, maybe too flexy for high speeds. I want a board that’s easy to press and butter and decent for the whole mountain and pow. Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.

  11. L.E.D.
    February 02, 2012

    Ultra is a rad and fun board. I ride it and love it no matter what I’m doing. That being said my wife and other friends have the indoor. They absolutely love that board. So I think you have two really good choices and you’re not going to lose either way. The easy part now is which size fits you best. Find that out and you’ve found your board.

  12. KoKO
    February 22, 2012

    Have their been any changes since the 2010 model to this board or is it relatively the same?