Capita Black Snowboard Of Death - 2013


Want a snowboard that is so menacing that you’ll have to keep it locked in a shed at the end of the garden? Well, your search is at an end. Capita have been making the BSOD since the company started 12 years ago and although it’s changed a lot in that time it’s still aimed at the same kind of rider. If you like riding fast over a variety of challenging terrain, from deep powder to icy piste, and hitting the biggest obstacles in the Park then the BSOD ticks all of those boxes.

Manufacturer's Description:

This one board is all you need to attack any situation. The Black Snowboard of Death integrates camber where you need it, for power and stability through variable terrain, with reverse camber where you want it, for control in powder conditions. The BSOD also features Death Grip™ – a unique reverse sidecut blend in the midsection of the board to complement the hybrid camber design. This combination retains high-speed control in any situation and continues to build upon the Black Death legacy, epitomizing all terrain freestyle design.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for halfpipe riding Recommended for freeride riding High cost snowboard Camber construction Directional twin shape

Year: 2013

Available Lengths (cm):
156, 159, 162, 165

Riding Style: All Mountain


Custom Weave – Basalt Fiberglass Configuration
4 x 20mm Basalt V Tech Reinforcements
Wax Infused Rotation Sintered Speed Base
New Age Directional Sidecut with Death Grip™
Silkscreened + Die Cut Base Graphics
PLT Topsheet Technology
360 Degree Steel Edges
Full ABS Sidewalls With Silkscreened Graphics
4 x 2 Inserts
Aluminum Logo Base Inlay

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My first impressions of the Capita Black Snowboard of Death were of surprise. Funnily enough, after uploading the board to this website every season for the last four years I’m pretty well versed on the catalogue spiel so I’d read that the Paulownia wood core was meant to be light, but I was really surprised by how light it was. I would put the BSOD in the Amplid UNW8 and Burton Vapour class and for its comparatively modest ticket price that’s very impressive.

Conditions for the BSOD’s test ride were pretty terrible, the snow was icy in places and granular, almost sugar like in others. Grip through carves was really good, despite the early rise tips, I felt I had plenty of edge hold through carves, particularly around the binding area. I’d be lying if I told you I could feel the Death Grip sidecut technology working, but edge hold was good so no doubt it contributed.  Pop from ollies was decent and there was enough feedback out of carves, not to the level of a cambered board, but definitely better than any reverse camber board I’ve ridden. The early rise nose and tail did a good job of freeing the contact points from the snow, so despite the narrow waist the BSOD felt stable and on sugary snow I felt the tips were less likely to bring me into a nose dive. The BSOD is very composed and I’m a bit gutted I didn’t get any freshies to ride it in.

Riding switch wasn’t really a challenge at all; it felt natural despite the setback stance. This board is perfectly suited to aggressive all mountain freestylers who want to take their tricks to larger natural features hidden out of view of the average slope or park rider. I felt the flex was too firm to be fun buttering and jibbing about the park. And hitting rails, well I don’t do much of that but my allergy to sliding steel was aggravated by the Black Snowboard of Death. I’d recommend the BSOD to advanced riders who want a blend between a pipe board like the Burton Custom X and a freeride snowboard like the Rossi Krypto, it’s not a thousand miles away from the Rossi One and I really enjoyed testing it!

Really Lightweight
Fast base
Good edge hold
Versatile hybrid camber

Too stiff for dedicated park riders

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Capita

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What colour is powder?

skip11 on November 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM

Great review Rich! Been waiting for the 2013 videos to drop. I’ve demoed this board 2 seasons ago but only for a few runs and in spring groomers condition. Did you by any chance try this board in chop and crud? I heard it’s not really good for those kind of conditions since it’s not damp and very light.

Milly on December 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Skip, I have the 2012 BSOD in a 162 - perhaps a size too big for me - and used it for a trip to Morzine in January.  This board is your piste and side-hit/backcountry destroyer.  It’s not tapered, doesn’t have huge amounts of rocker (the 2012 version indicated where the rocker began through colouring the sidewall) and isn’t particularly set back but for this borderline intermediate rider it handled everything without problem.

I had no foot problems from it at all - compared to other boards I’ve used that are supposed to be more damped - and because it’s so light, even when my legs were tiring, it was no effort at all to lay it on an edge and try to 360 carve (or fail in my case).

The base is fast.  I know that a lot of boards proclaim this, but this one is.  It also takes a proper battering and shows no marks for that.  The topsheet can easily chip though, but that’s just a cosmetic issue and would prefer the top sheet to take the brunt than the more important edges and base.

The only downside with this board is that I’m not good enough to get the most out of it, but for someone who likes to point it and gun it, but still want to reduce back leg burn in the pow, then this could be for you.