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Capita Slush Slasher

Capita Slush Slasher

The Capita Slush Slasher is one of the snowboard designs by Corey Smith made for the Capita / Spring Break experiment.

The Slush Slasher is one of the more affordable boards in the Spring Break / Capita line.

They come in 3 sizes, all short ranging from 143 to 151cm. Short, wide and set back so you get a floaty easy to turn ride.

They have the Surf Rocker camber profile, that is Zero Camber (or flat) from insert to insert, and then rocker at the tip and tail.

capita surf rocker

It has the RFC Sustainable core, which is made from sustainable Poplar wood. Combined with biax form 6 fiberglass gives the board a flex rating of 4/10.

Features of the Capita Slush Slasher 2016

  • Surf Rocker Camber Profile
  • RFC Sustainable Core
  • Form 6 Fiberglass Configuration
  • HMC Extruded Base
  • Level 6 DeepSpace Silkscreen Topsheet
  • Multitech Silkscreen + Die Cut Base
  • PLT Topsheet Technology
  • 360 Degree Steel edges
  • 4×2 Inserts
  • Inlayed Tail Alloy Skid Plate

Sizes available:

  • 143cm
  • 147cm
  • 151cm

Awards

  • Snowboard Magazine Platinum Pick

capita slush slasher base graphicHow the Capita Slush Slasher rides

Board: Capita Slush Slasher 147cm

Boots: ThirtyTwo Tm-Two

Bindings: Burton Cobrashark

Bindings set all the way back, +12 on the front and -9 on the back.

I have ridden it in lots of conditions, from light powder (40cm+), heavy slush and hardpacked groomers.

Flex & Camber Profile

The Slush Slasher has a pretty soft flex, which is rated as a 4/10. It doesn’t need much effort at all to press, but it still isn’t so soft that it feels unpredictable or sloppy.

This was the first flat/reverse camber board that I have bought in a long time, as I normally ride boards that are mostly camber. On top of that, getting the middle size (147cm) is still a decent step down in size form my normal 155cm.

I didn’t really know what to expect with a flat/rocker board that was that small, but it was actually a big surprise. The ride was no where near as loose as I thought it would be, and it actually felt quite stable at speed.

It is much wider than a normal board, and it has a waist width that is almost 35mm bigger than my normal board, which made things much more fun. Although it needs a little more effort to get it onto the edge, the wide width means that you can lay the board right down, and have no fear about the toes or heels of your boots dragging.

capita slush slasher sidewall

Shape

One of the main things that you notice about the Slush Slasher (as well as everyone else in the lift line) is the pretty unique shape. The large nose has a pretty dramatic almost sharp kink after the rocker section, and the super set back stance puts your back foot right near the tail.

capita slush slasher nose profile

capita slush slasher tail profile

Speed

It has a stable but easy to move feel when riding, and does better than I would have expected at high speed. If you are carving fast, it doesn’t have any problem cutting through chopped up and heavy snow. The only time it becomes a bit more unpredictable is when you are riding flat based. The wide and short shape bounces around on chopped up (heavy) snow, but that can be mostly avoided by keeping it on an edge.

I never detuned the edges, so the edge hold was quite good for a flat/rocker profile board, even on hardpacked and icy snow.

Float

Although it isn’t made as just a powder board, it does an amazing job when there is lots of snow around. The amount of float you get is crazy, and I am guessing that even though it has a smaller length, the wide width would give you the surface area of a much bigger board.

In any new snow the Slush Slasher is great, but if there has been a good amount of snow (30cm+) it is much more fun. The short length makes gives it a really surfy and loose feeling, which is extremely quick to turn. It is no problem riding fast through tight trees, as the tiny tail means you can turn out of the way with at the last second.

There is a big difference between riding a short and wide powder board compared to a standard (long) powder board. I can easily see why short and wide boards are getting more popular.

Even riding in very deep snow is easy, and for some reason my back leg didn’t get anywhere near as tired as you would expect from a long day riding powder.

Drops into deep snow are much easier, I think it is because the small tail sinks in so far, so you lose a bit of speed which makes everything a little easier.

Pop

There isn’t much pop in this board, but you can’t expect much from a soft flexing board that has pretty much no tail. Nollies or switch ollies using the nose push back much more than the tail does.

Overall

Overall the Slush Slasher is a super fun board, that I would definitely recommend. Although they got quite hard to get this season, so you might have to wait until the 3 color versions of the 2017 models come out.

It is by far the cheapest board in the Spring Break range, but even at the low price is does a really good job in powder. Even if you were to buy the board as a novelty, it is still fun to ride anywhere.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Fun
  • Great in powder

Cons

  • No tail means it is harder work on packed snow
Size (cm) Effective Edge (cm) Waist Width (cm) Nose / Tail (cm) Sidecut Radius (m) Max Stance (cm / in)
143 107.00 28.20 32.20 / 29.50 12.44 57.00 / 22.44
147 111.00 28.40 32.40 / 29.70 13.32 58.00 / 22.80
151 115.00 28.60 32.60 / 29.90 14.22 59.00 / 23.20

About Lachlan

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