Capita Horrorscope Review
The Capita Horrorscope is a famous soft jibbing snowboard. It uses their FK (Flat Kick) Technology, which means that it has a loose feel while riding. It is a true twin shape, so there is absolutely no difference if you ride it switch.
To reduce the swing weight, and also let you size down your board, it has blunted tips and tails.
New for this year is the RFC Sustainable core, which although it still has a soft flex, it will give more strength and pop from previous years. Because of the new core, the flex rating (now medium soft) has changed from a 3/10 to a 4/10. Not a huge difference, but something to take note of.
Surprisingly for a board this soft, it handles speed quite well, and with the tighter sidecut radius carves nicely too. Of course, on boxes, rails or just buttering, pressing this board is easy. I spent a season and a half (90 days) riding the 2011 model and had loads of fun. I rode it on everything from ice, pow and of course lots of park. It is ok in the powder, nothing special, but not terrible considering it is not at all designed for it.
I felt like the really soft flex helped keep the nose up as long as I had my weight shifted to the back.
Like most soft park boards, it has an extruded base, which is cheaper to make but easier to repair. For most people this is fine, but if you want to take the next step up, the Capita Ultrafear has many of the characteristics of the Horrorscope, but with upgraded materials.
A new addition to the 2015 model is the change from the regular extruded base to the HMC extruded base, that is harder and stronger than it was before, but is still going to be easy to fix when you ding it.
Overall this is a fun, flexy, loose board that doesn’t cost too much. It is their highest selling board for a reason. Buy it if you are looking to spend around $370 and just want to have fun riding the park, pressing and jibbing around the mountain.
How the Capita Horrorscope rides
For a board with such a soft flex rating, it presses easily. It really takes no effort to have a nose press and get the tail almost a foot off the snow. Like a fun sort of cheating. The downside of boards like this is usually stability. I was quite surprised that at speed and through chopped up snow, it held itself quite well. That might be a bit more on the style I ride, I am almost on an edge, so that might be why it felt pretty good.
On larger jumps, if you don’t land it evenly, it will want to wash out. I had a bad habit of landing bigger jumps and drops with my weight too far back, and the soft tail of the Horrorscope just flexes out of the way. So it is tougher to ride this board on bigger jumps, but its alright if you concentrate and make sure that you land evenly on both feet.
Another nice surprise when it was new was the edge hold. The first few days I rode it, it was great. It held a good edge in compacted snow (not ice though) and was easy to land spins on jumps as the edges just locked in. After having a close look at the board with a true bar, the edges were a bit edge high. Which explained pretty quickly why the edge hold was so good. That would have been fine, but I bought this board for jibbing, so it got a really good detune. After than, like expected, the reliable edge hold was gone, but that is to be expected when you file the edges right away.
Once the edges were detuned, it was great on boxes and rails, no grabbing, and the soft flex made it easy to force presses and sloppy 270s out.
Although this should be included in the flex section, the board had some decent pop. I was riding with a fairly wide stance, so the closer the bindings were to the tail, the better the pop seemed. Either way, olling was good, not like trying to ollie a useless noodle, it did push back.
Up from last year, the 2014 model comes in lots more sizes (and a bit cheaper than last year)
- 151cm wide
- 155cm wide
- 157cm Wide
Technology in this board (with explanation for everyone else):
- RFC Sustainable Core – strong, light and flexible poplar core, that is made from sustainable wood
- Urban FK (Flat Kick) – flat section between your bindings, reverse camber from there to the nose and tail
- True Twin – rides exactly the same switch as it does regular
- HMC Extruded Base – cheap to make, while not super fast, it is easy to repair
- 360 Degree Steel Edges – edges around the whole board (nothing special)
- 4×2 Inserts – lots of options on where you can set your bindings
Seeing that Capita Horrorscope is a fun jib board, I would choose a size or two smaller than what you normally ride. If you have big feet (size 11 or bigger), get the wide version. It comes with a 2 year warranty.
What other people are saying about the Horrorscope:
BETTER THAN EVER!
The horrorscope has been a staple in capita’s line for quite some years now. My favorite thing about the new 2015 horrorscope is that new full wood core. The board feels livelier than ever which will help this thing take years of abuse and delivers more snap than ever before. This is what you want for hitting the streets or riding Brighton’s terrain park. – Anonymous
Capita Horrorscope Technical Specs
|Size (cm)||Waist Width (mm)||Sidecut Radius (m)||Nose Width (mm)||Tail Width (mm)||Effective Edge (mm)|
Capita Horrorscope Product Video
The Horrorscope is Capita’s softest flexing board, great for the park or urban snowboarding. It as durable and lighter then ever. This board is made to take a beating and is affordable enough where you don’t feel guilty for unwrapping it and getting straight to business. This board has deflection tunning in the nose and tail to increase durability from tram to rails and boxes. Oh yeah, the Flat Kick floats in the pow, so if you are lucky enough to catch a storm or two, just wax er up and set the bindings back.