Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro 2020
Kazu Kokubo’s powder and all mountain board, that is a cambered, smooth turning machine – a solid board all over the mountain.
Features of the Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro 2020
- Alpine V3 Profile
This profile has a large camber section, with a reverse camber nose. It is made to get the benefits of camber, giving the board power, strong turns, pop and stability, while the reverse camber nose helps the board to float in deep snow.
- 6.5/10 Flex Rating
- Radical Taper Sidecut
Made first as a design for powder and second for all mountain riding, the sidecut is made of a standard radial sidecut that blends into the tapered tail.
- FSC Certified Panda Core
Based on the P2 Superlight core, it is made with high density wood, which has Bamboo Power Rods inlaid in the core, which saves weight but keeps the strength. FSC certified means that the wood used is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The wood comes from forests that are certified for protection of the wildlife and biodiversity, water quality and allows for quick regeneration/reforestation.
- Core Ash Woodgrain Topsheet
- Amplitex V-Tech Amplifier
- Holysheet Fiberglass + Magic Bean Resin
The Magic Bean Resin is made of 60% renewable bio-content, which is plant based and doesn’t compete with primary food sources, or produce waste or green house emissions when it is made. It is strong, rigid and means that you can use thinner bases (use less wood) and get the same performance.
- Hyperdrive Base
The top level sintered base, as long as you keep it waxed you won’t have a problem keeping speed.
- Multitech Level 4 DeepSpace Metallic Silkscreen
- 360 Degree HRC48 Steel Edges
Nothing special here, just edges that run around the whole length of the board.
- Full ABS1000 Sidewalls
- Stainless Steel Inserts
Capita Kazu Kokubo 2019 Review
How it Rides
Board size: 157cm 2019 model
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa SJ
Bindings: Salomon District set with a 22.5″ stance width, at +15 and -9.
This review is based on me demoing the 2019, at Mt Hotham in Victoria Australia and in Japan in Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba. I was riding it at Hotham very late season, in soft slush. Japan was a combination of hard packed cold snow, a little bit of soft fresh and some warm slushy days.
Overall, the Alpine V3 profile that the Kazu has makes it ride like a camber board, but with a touch less of the catchy feeling. The rocker on the nose makes starting turns very smooth and easy, and the camber section keeps the ride stable at high speed.
Flex and Pop
It had a medium stiffish flex, that is especially solid when you are riding fast, even if you are smashing through chopped up snow. It makes it a bit easier on your legs, and the tail has a nice solid flex, so you can land quite heavy on the tail, and count on it not washing out. I could get a decent ollie out of it, but I had to work for it. I wouldn’t describe it as a super poppy board, the camber section is fairly low, so there isn’t a huge amount to push against.
Edge hold is really good, very close to the feel you would get on a full traditional camber board. Through the middle and end of a turn, I could push the edges hard into the snow, and was always confident that the board wasn’t going to slide out.
Even though they change the name of their bases all the time, the Kazu has one of Capita’s fastest base materials on it. I freshly waxed the Kazu before riding it, and on cat tracks and flat section you really noticed the speed. There was no problem at all keeping the speed up, maintaining the speed took no effort at all.
- Good edge hold
- Great at turning
Overall, the Kazu is a very solid choice as an all mountain board. Although it is aimed at pretty advanced riders, I think it would still be a good choice for an intermediate rider. The camber profile with the rocker nose takes away that “catchy” camber feeling, and makes turns very smooth and easy. It is one of the nicest turning boards that I have ridden, edge to edge feels super quick, and it still rides well switch.
For all mountain riding, drops and jumps it has a very solid feel, and the tail is strong enough to save you if you don’t land perfectly. The price is pretty high, but you get a very fast and smooth riding board for the price.
|Size (cm)||Waist (mm)||Edge (cm)||Sidecut||Tip / Tail (cm)||Max Stance (cm)|
|151||251||116.0||8.00||29.6 / 29.0||60.9|
|154||253||118.4||8.20||30.0 / 29.2||62.1|
|157||255||122.8||8.40||30.4 / 29.4||63.3|
|160||257||123.3||8.60||30.7 / 29.7||64.5|
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